A project in progress

Course Name: Executing and closing a project (IPM104)

In this course, you’ll gain knowledge about the steps required to ensure effective implementation of a project plan, how to finalise a project, and how to capture lessons learned to improve your future project management.

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:

  1. Create a communications plan
  2. Implement appropriate activities to achieve project goals
  3. Measure and monitor project progress
  4. Plan and respond to changes that arise in project scheduling
  5. Close down a project upon completion
  6. Review and reflect on a project, in order to improve project management performance

What’s involved?

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

The learning pathways are:

  • Your project
  • Communication
  • Project implementation
  • Project closure
  • Review and reflection post-implementation

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 increase learning markedly.

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).