Project Management: From Theory to Practice

Organizing institution
HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht - Economics and Management
Course code
B16
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 1070.00
Level
Advanced Bachelor
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Today’s competitive environment requires organizations to continuously change policies, products, processes or practices - changes often organized 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, and experience different factors that determine successful completion of projects. 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 organizations. Many changes are managed as projects; unique efforts that require the organization of resources of different disciplines, capabilities and organizational 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 organizations that realize change in, or between, organizations. The central question is: How can a project manager, together with his/her project team successfully and sustainably realize 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.

Recommended combination: Agile Projects as Dynamic Capability. 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.

Read below what participants of previous years think about the course:

‘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).

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Course director

Gilbert Silvius PhD, MBA

Lecturers

Gilbert Silvius PhD, MBA
Bert Hedeman MSc
Dagmar Zuchi PhD, MBA

Target audience

This course is open to students in all fields, as long as you have a wish to develop your project management skills and realize that it takes a lot of personal effort to develop those. A good command of English is necessary.

Course aim

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 & organizing, project governance, risks, scope creep and changes.
  • An understanding of the dynamics of organizational change.
  • An understanding of team dynamics.
  • An understanding of the factors influencing an organization’s competence in performing projects successfully.
  • An understanding of the developments in project management and project management standards.

Study load

105 hr(s) lectures/group assignments + exam preparation (self-study).

Costs

Course fee
€ 1070.00
Housing fee
€ 350.00

Housing through Utrecht Summer School

The fee includes participation in the official PRINCE2 ® Foundation examination. 

More information

E: summerschool.business@hu.nl

Recommended combinations
Agile Projects as Dynamic Capability

Registration

Application deadline: 01 July 2020