Today’s environment requires organisations to continuously change policies, processes or practices - changes often organised as projects: unique, temporary efforts, performed by multi-disciplinary teams. Projects need dynamic project managers that structure complex tasks, keep an overview and have great social skills. This course prepares you for all this by combining theoretical background with a practical approach to project management. You will learn about leading project management methods, work on project simulations in teams. Part of the assessment is the PRINCE2® Foundation Exam; you can earn the official certificate.
Everything changes, and nothing remains the same. More than ever, this is true for the competitive environment of organisations. Many changes are managed as projects; unique efforts that require the organisation of resources of different disciplines, capabilities and organisational units. Project management is becoming increasingly important to execute projects in a controlled way. Budgeting, deadlines, working with multi-disciplinary teams, personal strengths and weaknesses; these are all challenges a project manager needs to deal with.
This course prepares you for participating in or managing projects. You will learn about leading project management methods, work on project simulations in teams, and experience the different factors that determine the successful completion of a project. As part of the course assessment, you will have the opportunity to do the PRINCE2® Foundation Exam and earn the official certificate. This is one of the leading approaches to structured project management which describes procedures to coordinate people and activities in a project, how to design and supervise the project, and what to do if the project has to be adjusted if it does not develop as planned.
Next to theoretical background, in the form of the PRINCE2® methodology, the course offers a practical approach. You will develop your skills in project management in a one week hands-on project simulation in which you will perform various team assignments and will act as project manager in various settings. An excursion to an important project in the Netherlands is part of the course.
The second week of the course offers a ‘learning by applying’ project simulation. Participants will experience the dynamics and teamwork that make working in projects so special. During this simulation, the trainers build upon the theoretical knowledge developed in the first week and will provide additional inputs from the other project management standards, change management and team development.
The content has been developed from the perspective of projects as temporary organisations that realise change in, or between, organisations. The central question is: How can a project manager, together with his/her project team, successfully and sustainably realise the project’s outputs and outcomes? The course follows the logical phasing of a project:
- Project initiating;
- Project planning and start-up;
- Project executing, monitoring and controlling.
Next to these project management activities, the participants will engage in peer-observation, reflection and feedback in order to enhance the learning experience.
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"No matter what your profession will be, this will be useful in every career! (student from the Netherlands, 2019)".
"It was really challenging both for learning, and self-development (student from Italy, 2019)".
Our one week add-on course on Agile Project Management (Agile Projects as Dynamic Capability) can be followed directly after this course. With these two courses together, a study load of 160 hours can be realized, with a recommended value of 6 EC.
! Please Note: in case the Covid-19 situation does not permit us to offer this course on our premises at Utrecht Science Park in August 2021, this course will be offered online.
Gilbert Silvius, PhD MBA
Bert Hedeman, MSc
Dagmar Zuchi, PhD MBA
This course is open to students in all fields, as long as you have a wish to develop your project management skills and realise that it takes a lot of personal effort to develop those. A good command of English is necessary.
Aim of the course
After successful completion of this program, you will have a clear focus on project management from both a theoretical as well as a practical (personal) perspective. If you successfully completed the PRINCE2® Foundation examination, you will obtain a certificate for this. The specific learning outcomes of the program are:
- A thorough understanding of the phases and activities of the project life cycle;
- A thorough understanding of the concepts of stakeholders, project outputs vs. project outcomes, business case, work breakdown structure, planning & organising, project governance, risks, scope creep and changes;
- An understanding of the dynamics of organisational change;
- An understanding of team dynamics;
- An understanding of the factors influencing an organisation’s competence in performing projects successfully;
- An understanding of the developments in project management and project management standards.
105 hr(s) lectures/group assignments + exam preparation (incl. self-study).
The fee includes participation in the official PRINCE2 ® Foundation examination.
The Students' Fee ( = discounted price) applies to all students currently enrolled in a Bachelor, Master or PhD programme and to 'Fresh Alumni' of any of these programmes. If this applies to you and you therefore believe that you are eligible for the discounted student fee, please include this in your motivation.