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Course content

This accredited course provides a complete walkthrough of the PRINCE2® terminology as defined in Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2®, the official manual of the method published by the Cabinet Office (CO) in 2009.

The CO's website explains: "Projects bring together resources, skills, technology and ideas to achieve business objectives and deliver business benefits. Good project management helps to ensure that risks are identified and managed appropriately, and objectives and benefits are achieved within budget, within time and to the required quality."

At the end of the course a one-hour multiple choice test takes place, which leads to the official PRINCE2® Foundation certificate.

Course content

The Foundation course is designed to introduce the basics behind the PRINCE2® process-based method and to prepare for the test that leads to the PRINCE2® Foundation certificate.

The course begins by exploring the increasing importance of projects in today’s world before discussing what a project is, why projects fail and what the role of the project manager is. The structure of PRINCE2®, which consists of its principles, themes, processes and the idea of tailoring the method to its environment, is then introduced before each one of these elements is expanded and explained in turn.

The topics covered include:
-What is project management
-The PRINCE2® principles and themes
-Starting up a project
-Initiating a project
-The business case
-The project organisation
-Project planning
-Risks and quality
-Controlling a stage
-Managing product delivery
-Change and progress
-Directing a project
-Closing a project

Teaching and assessment

The course requires a first pass of all the material in the official manual, so it is important that students do some reading before the course starts. All students are provided with pre-course material that explains what reading is expected prior to beginning the course.

The course consists of a series of interleaved lectures and seminars. The lectures are designed to introduce the method’s terminology, which is then discussed in the seminars where exercises based on case studies explain how to use the method in practice. A comprehensive course handbook, containing all the course slides is handed to each student upon arrival. At the end of each day multiple choice questions are used to remind us of the day’s learning and to prepare us for the certificate examination.

Associated careers

Project management is a modern career that is so generic it is applicable to any business sector. The presence of PRINCE2® certification has now become a minimum requirement for many CVs. For many, the certificate is a career-changing opportunity that leads to project management or consultancy work in one of the large UK or international government or non-government organisations.

The following sought after skills will become part of your CV: PRINCE2® Foundation, Product Based Planning, Risk Management

Visit the PRINCE2 - Foundation page on the University of Westminster website for more details!

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