Course at a Glance
Code: CPM
Course Length: 3 Months

In this interactive 3 month LIVE ONLINE course, you will learn how to:

  • Create quality project plans
  • Generate effective work breakdown structures
  • Create computerised PERT and Gantt charts for your projects, add and level resources, and monitor/report on your project effectively
  • Define appropriate cost reporting mechanisms for your projects
  • Define, analyse and manage the risks associated with your projects
  • Introduce appropriate quality management procedures
  • Keep your projects on track using the 'Earned Value Analysis' method
  • Exercise an appropriate leadership style and keep team members creative and motivated
  • Avoid the pitfalls caused by a lack of understanding of the legal issues pertaining to projects
  • Use appropriate software to leverage your time and expertise
  • Deal with projects that have a large degree of inherent uncertainty and/or a strong emphasis on timely completion


Course Details


More and more engineering and technical professionals are making career transitions from product design into project management. This, however, requires formal training and a willingness to learn new skills. All the technical know-how in the world will not deliver a project successfully, i.e. with the required level of quality, within cost constraints and on time, without proper project management skills. Unfortunately very few engineering professionals have any degree of formal project management training, which results in a great deal of personal stress as well as cost blow-outs and other woes.

The lack of training often applies to the 'people skills' required for effectively leading the project team as well. To address this problem, the course will focus on the critical project related activities such as work breakdown, scheduling, cost control and risk management, and show how these can be performed with software to lighten the project manager's workload. The 'soft' (but equally important) aspects such as team leadership and contract law are also covered. All topics will be supplemented with practical exercises focusing primarily on the areas of electrical/electronic (including instrumentation) and mechanical engineering. If delegates wish to do so they can choose, as a basis for the practical exercises, small projects from their work environment so that they are familiar with the attributes thereof.

Course Outline

MODULE 1: Introduction

Project definitions
Project life cycles
Professional Bodies of Knowledge
Project organizations
Project success criteria
Critical success factors

MODULE 2: Fundamentals

Quality project plans
Work breakdown structures
Assignment for Modules 1 & 2:
Developing a Work Breakdown Structure

MODULE 3: Time Management

Critical path method
Precedence method
Gantt charts

MODULE 4: Fundamentals

PERT charts
Resource levelling
Progress monitoring and control
Software Selection
Assignment for Modules 3 & 4: Generating PERT and Gantt charts

MODULE 5: Cost Management

Cost estimating
Estimating methods
Forecast final cost
Financial control
Change control
Assignment for Module 5:
Tracking cost variations

MODULE 6: Earned Value Analysis and Management

EVA/EVM concept
Examples and case studies
Assignment for Module 6:
Calculating EVA parameters

MODULE 7: The Project Manager

Management vs. Leadership
Management/leadership theories
Cultural influences
Authority and power of the project manager
Project management functions
Project manager selection

MODULE 8: Quality Management

Quality concepts and definitions
Quality management fundamentals
Supply chain relationships
Quality assurance systems
ISO 9000:2005 quality system guidelines
Assignment for Modules 7 & 8: Quality structures and processes

MODULE 9: Risk Management

Risk management
Risk identification
Risk analysis
Risk treatment
Assignment for Module 9: Risk analysis for given project

MODULE 10: Contractual Issues

The Commonwealth legal system
Attributes of contracts
Procurement strategies
Extensions and termination of contracts
Remedies for breach
Assignment for Module 10: Questions on selected legal case studies

MODULE 11: Evaluation of Financing Options for a Project

Overview of Financial statements
Time lines of Money
Future Value of Money

MODULE 12: Time Value of Money and Related Concepts

Present Value
Present Values of Multiple Cash Flows
Net Present Value (NPV) of Multiple Cash Flows
Internal Rate of Return (IRR)
Assignment for Modules 11 & 12: Establishing Internal Rate of Return

Learning and Teaching

Benefits of Online Learning to Students

  • Cost effective: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Interactive: live, interactive sessions let you communicate with your instructor and fellow students
  • Flexible: short interactive sessions over the Internet which you can attend from your home or office. Learn while you earn!
  • Practical: perform exercises by remotely accessing our labs and simulation software
  • Expert instructors: instructors have extensive industry experience; they are not just 'academics'
  • No geographical limits: learn from any location, all you need is an Internet connection
  • Constant support: from your instructor(s) and a dedicated Learning Support Officer for the complete duration of the course
  • International insight: interact and network with participants from around the globe and gain valuable insight into international practice 

Benefits of Online Learning to Employers

  • Lower training costs: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Less downtime: short webinars (60-90 minutes) and flexible training methods means less time away from work
  • Retain employees: keep staff who may be considering a qualification as full time study
  • Increase efficiency: improve your engineering or technical employees’ skills and knowledge
  • International insight: students will have access to internationally based professional instructors and students


How Does it Work?

EIT Online Learning courses involve a combination of live, interactive sessions over the Internet with a professional instructor, set readings, and assignments. The courses include simulation software and remote laboratory applications to let you put theory to practice, and provide you with constant support from a dedicated Learning Support Officer.

Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories

As part of the groundbreaking new way of teaching, our online engineering courses use a series of remote laboratories (labs) and simulation software, to facilitate your learning and to test the knowledge you gain during your course. These involve complete working labs set up at various locations of the world into which you will be able to log to and proceed through the various practical sessions.

These will be supplemented by simulation software, running either remotely or on your computer, to ensure you gain the requisite hands-on experience. No one can learn much solely from lectures, the labs and simulation software are designed to increase the absorption of the materials and to give you a practical orientation of the learning experience. All this will give you a solid, practical exposure to the key principles covered and will ensure that you obtain maximum benefit from your course.




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