This programme prepares you to become a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM).

In order to be able to take the exam to achieve this qualification you must attend all of the following four workshops – Introduction, Intermediate, Advanced and also the CAPM Prep Day (a mandatory one-day session to prepare you for taking the qualification). These all need to be attended, even if you may have attended one or more in previous years. By signing up to the first session on 27th February, you are signing up to and committing to the whole programme and the other 3 dates (28th February, 19th March and 23rd April), as detailed below.

In order to then qualify as a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), you will be responsible for signing up to the exam and paying for this yourself. The exam cost is circa £230 ($300). There are two ways to take the exam: In a test centre (the nearest is on Kingsmead Square in Bath) or online. Taking the exam is not mandatory. Please note that you are very welcome to attend the project management workshops without taking the qualification.

 

Project Management – An Introduction, Thursday 27th February
09:15 – 16:00, Room: 4 West 1.1, led by Dave Bartholomew of Fistral (max. 10 people)

Project Management – Intermediate, Friday 28th February
09:15 – 16:00, Room: 4 West 1.1, led by Dave Bartholomew of Fistral (max. 10 people)

Project Management – Advanced, Thursday 19th March
09:15 – 16:00, Room: 10 West 2.47, led by Dave Bartholomew of Fistral (max. 10 people)

Project Management – CAPM Prep. Day, Thursday 23rd April
09:15 – 16:00, Room: 10 West 2.47, led by Fraser Robertson of Fistral (max. 10 people)

 

Project Management – An Introduction, Thursday 27th February

An introduction to the project-management process and the tools used to plan and track progress. This first part of the programme is intended to be immediately applicable to academic/research projects as well as commercial projects. We will cover the theory and principles of project management within the context of the Project Management Institute.

During this introductory session, you will:

• Learn the basics of the project planning process and receive a set of checklists and guidelines that you can use immediately on any project
• Appreciate the fundamental principles of a well-led and well directed project, such as identifying and scheduling tasks, activities, milestones and understanding and managing stakeholders
• Be aware of the critical factors that will influence whether a project will be successful or not, including identifying and managing risk
• Use practical, group-based exercises to reinforce and enhance the skills learned
• Create work breakdown structures, network diagrams, critical path analysis, Gantt charts and other techniques that ensure robust project control

 

Project Management – Intermediate, Friday 28th February

This second part of the programme offers a more in-depth and hands-on experience. It is designed to help you integrate previous project-management training and techniques. We will use applied learning to further embed project management skills and knowledge with reference to the Project Management Institute.

During this intermediate session, you will:

• Follow a case study from initial conception through to full project initiation and implementation using practical, group-based exercises to apply learning to ‘real world’ situations and requests
• Practice more advanced work breakdown structures, network diagrams, critical path and PERT analysis, Gantt charts and other techniques that ensure robust project control
• Demonstrate planning a project from initiation to completion
• Manage and adapt the plan to meet challenging requests in terms of scope creep, resource change, change requests, and cost/budget challenges
• Understand the impact of human “utility” on project planning and management
• Learn techniques to identify risks, quantitatively and qualitatively assess probability and impact and use a 5-point assessment matrix to categorise risk and then undertake a proactive, detailed risk analysis of the case study by following a rigorous and robust risk management process
• Be able to calculate and justify EMV and project contingency

 

Project Management – Advanced, Thursday 19th March

This third part of the programme introduces techniques for dealing with complex and ill-defined projects. You will learn how to prioritise multiple projects, how to allocate work and how to predict likely outcomes.

During this advanced session, you will:

• Learn about initiating complex projects and programmes including reconciling stakeholder priorities and constituting the project board
• Prioritise multiple projects, establishing the project slate and calculate the cost of changed priorities
• Be aware of phased project delivery, distinguishing needs and wants and avoiding “gold plating”
• Understand establishing a project office and defining function and responsibility
• Learn effective work allocation including scheduling multiple tasks and Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints
• Understand different project types and alternative project management methodologies
• Learn to employ Earned Value Analysis (EVA), computing CV, SV, CPI, SVI, and predicting likely outcomes
• Appreciate ethics and professionalism in projects and the need to comply with rigorous standards of behaviour

 

CAPM Prep. Day, Thursday 23rd April

This final part of the programme provides revision of the project management tools and techniques necessary to pass the CAPM examination. It will touch on the necessary background theory required for the exam, however it will focus on the techniques required to score highly in the 150 multiple choice question format. You will gain valuable skills in answering CAPM-style questions by experiencing sample exams. Pre-course revision of chapters 1-3 of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) is strongly encouraged.

During this final session, you will:

• Understand the structure of the PMBOK Guide including the 5 Process Groups, the 10 Knowledge Areas, the 47 Processes and the relationships between them
• Learn the importance of the Initiating and Closing Processes
• Be aware of the iterative nature of the Planning, Executing and Monitoring & Controlling Processes
• Learn techniques to easily solve the guaranteed Earned Value questions
• Cover the PMI terminology required to pass the exam
• Sit three sample examinations
• Learn how to identify the “gotcha” answers in the multiple choice questions
• Complete a computer-based sample exam
• Learn when and how to schedule Final Exam, exam format, and tips for “on the day”

 

CAPM Exam

To re-cap, you will then be responsible for signing up to the exam and paying for this yourself. The exam cost is circa £230 ($300). There are two ways to take the exam: In a test centre (the nearest is on Kingsmead Square in Bath) or online. Taking the exam is not mandatory. Please note that you are very welcome to attend the project management workshops without taking the qualification.

Date/Time
Date(s) - 27/02/2020 - 23/04/2020
9:15 am - 4:00 pm
Main Campus (4W 1.1)

Event Speaker/Organiser: Fistral
Course Code: RSPM2020
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Digital Capability: All
UKPSF: All
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Target Audience: Staff who Teach and Research

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