Project management is the process of leading the work of a team to achieve goals and meet success criteria at a specified time. The primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals within the given constraints. This information is usually described in project documentation, created at the beginning of the development process. The primary constraints are scope, time, quality and budget. The secondary challenge is to optimize the allocation of necessary inputs and apply them to meet pre-defined objectives.
The objective of project management is to produce a complete project which complies with the client's objectives. In this course, students explore project management with a practical, hands-on approach through case studies and class exercises.
This programme is available at several learning institutions through standalone courses, as well as through certificate and degree programs. Undergraduate programs commonly result in a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Project Management or Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a concentration in project management. Graduate students may earn a Master of Science (MS) in Project Management or Master of Project Management (MPM) degree. Certificate programs are generally offered at the graduate level, while standalone courses are usually available for continuing education purposes.
Concepts that are commonly addressed in project management programs include project scheduling, project assessment and evaluation, project scope management, communications management, conflict resolution and decision-making processes.