A project team

Course Name: Role of the project manager (IPM101)

In this course you’ll gain knowledge of the different roles in project management, how to manage stakeholders and lead teams.

Course Metrics

  • Notional learning hours: 37.5 hours (12 Directed Learning hours, 3 Authentic Workplace or Practical Learning, 22.5 Self-Directed Learning hours)
  • Duration: 2 weeks; 15 hours per week
  • Assessment: 7.5 Hours
  • Formal Credit Option: The four micro courses combined:
    • 15 credits of a 15-credit course towards a 360-credit credential at Otago Polytechnic or
    • 15 credits towards a 120-credit credential at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
  • Course: One of four micro courses for ‘Introduction to Project Management’
  • Credential: The following articulation pathways are available:
    • NZ Diploma In Business (Level 5, Leadership and Management)
    • Certificate of Higher Education (Business)
  • Level: Level 5 / 1st year Bachelor Degree

What will I learn?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Determine the role of a project manager and the requisite skill requirements
  • Define and describe key knowledge areas and phases of project management
  • Identify stakeholders and their impact
  • Describe practices of effective team leadership

What’s involved?

There are four learning pathways, each containing numerous resources, activities, and an assessment (for those seeking formal credit).

The learning pathways are:

  • Project management in context
  • Describing project management
  • Stakeholder management
  • Leading effective teams

What prerequisites should I have, if any?

Anyone is free to participate in this course. An internet connection and basic web-browsing skills are recommended, with the ability to create a blog and microblog account (instructions and self-study tutorials provided.) You are requested to keep a personal learning journal, as reflection has been shown to markedly increase learning.

Learners aiming to submit assessments for formal academic credit will need to meet the normal university admission requirements of the conferring institution (e.g. language proficiency and school leaving certificates).