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The questions which follow provide a basic knowledge test of selected concepts covered in this learning pathway: Project management in context.

The questions published at the end of each learning pathway are re-used for the knowledge test for learners interested in earning a digital badge or certificate of participation for the Role of the project manager (IPM101) micro-course. Please consult the Certify participation page for more information.


True - false questions

Indicate whether the following statements are true or false:

  • A project manager is a subject or professional expert in the focus area of the project
    • True
      • No. a project manager is not necessarily a subject expert in the focus area of the project.
    • False
      • Correct.
  • Project management began in the 20th century
    • True
      • No, the Pyramids and the Great Wall of China required project management millennia ago.
    • False
      • Correct.
  • A project is a temporary endeavour undertaken to create a unique product, service, or result
    • True
      • Correct.
    • False
      • No, a project is temporary as it is not ongoing business; it has an end.
  • Quality, Risk and Resources are referred to as the triple constraint
    • True
      • Incorrect. Although these are important Time, Cost and Scope are known as the triple constraint.
    • False
      • Correct. Time, Cost and Scope are known as the triple constraint.


Multiple choice questions

  • Identify which of these are project attributes (Select all that apply – there are three correct answers.):
    • A project is different from ongoing work or business operations
      • Correct, a project is not part of normal business.
    • A project brings about a product or service that hasn’t existed before
      • Right, projects create a new product or service.
    • A project’s goals drive the project
      • Yes, the purpose of a project is to meet its goals.
    • A project is part of ongoing work or business operations
      • No, a project is not part of normal business.
  • What are the characteristics of a project? (Select all that apply – there are two correct answers.):
    • It has been done before
      • Incorrect. If the activity has been done before it is not a project.
    • It is time limited
      • Correct. A project has an end.
    • There is a way to determine when the project is completed
      • Yes. At the end of the project a unique product or service is created.
    • Stakeholder satisfaction cannot be determined
      • Incorrect. The expectations of the stakeholders requirements are documented during the planning processes.
  • Choose the correct project constraint descriptions (Select all that apply – there are two correct answers.):
    • Cost always refers to the money spent on the project
      • Almost correct. Cost refers to the approved budget for the project, for example, in some grant-funded projects under-spending on the approved budget may require unspent funding to be returned.
    • Quality identifies the standards and criteria to which the project’s products must be delivered
      • Correct.
    • Risk is potential internal events that will have a negative impact on your project
      • No, risk refers to external events that will impact negatively on the project.
    • Time is the deadline to complete the project
      • Correct.
  • In multicultural/international projects project managers should (Select all that apply – there are two correct answers.):
    • Appreciate the culture dimensions and try to learn relevant customs, courtesies, and business protocols
      • Correct.
    • Take into consideration these various cultural influences and how they may affect the project’s completion, schedule, scope, and cost
      • Correct.
    • Have past experience of working in the relevant culture
      • No, although this may be an advantage, a project manager should be able to work in any culture so long as they are cognisant of the cultural nuances.
    • Be able to speak all of the languages of the team members
      • No. Although this may be an advantage, all members of the project team should speak a common language.