Project Management Tools and Concept

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Course Overview

This Modular Skills Provision course is funded by the Government of Ireland as part of an extension to the July Stimulus Provision Package 2020. This Higher Education initiative is part of the Government’s response to COVID-19 and is designed to help people enhance their employability, upskill and re-skill in the current climate.

All our courses are modules from our QQI approved BA and MA programmes in Business and Law and range from level 6 to 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) with 5 to 15 ECTS credits on offer. This enables successful learners to progress to a full qualification, with an exemption from that module/s for the corresponding BA or MA programme if they decide to do so at a later date. The courses are a blend of theory and practical learning and will provide participants with skills that can be immediately put into practice in the workplace.

The modular courses have a limited number of places available so early application is recommended. Places are allocated on a first-come-first-bases. The courses will be delivered live online and recorded for repeat viewing.


Eligible: Unemployed / Returners / Employed / Previously Self-Employed.

  • This course if fully funded if you are Unemployed, PUP Receiver, Returner to the workforce.
  • If you are currently employed, 90% of the course is funded. A 10% fee payment is required.
  • Other requirements in respect of modular skills courses will align with Springboard+ eligibility criteria.
  • Further information on eligibility can be found here
  • Eligible applicants must be ordinarily resident in Ireland and must meet the nationality and EU residency rules as aligned to Springboard as detailed here.

Please note in the case of Modular Skills Courses – applicants can register on multiple modular courses as long as they do not exceed 30 credits across all institutions.

What is the Course about?

This level 8 short course will convey how organisational structures have become increasingly dynamic and fluid so that management teams may quickly respond to opportunities and fast-changing market conditions. As a result, project management has risen in importance in delivering organisational success. Therefore, an increasing number of students and employers are recognising the value of more specialised knowledge in the field. This module serves to provide the learner with a grounding in the fundamentals of Project Management, acquainting them with key concepts and tools. Then, building on this basic understanding, the learner will be introduced to the key practical dynamics of effective project management, coupled with a strong appreciation of the human, interpersonal imperatives of successfully fulfilling the role of Project Manager.

Entry Requirements

There are no academic entry requirements needed for this course.

Course Outline

This level 8 course is a constituent module within semester 5 of the BA (Hons) in Business Studies QQI approved course therefore, on successful completion, learners will be exempted from this module on the level 8 programme and be able to gain a full level 8 qualification by undertaking the remaining modules should they so wish. This module is also stand-alone so that participants can acquire skills and put them into practice immediately in the workplace.

The aims of this module are to:
+ Provide the student with solid grounding in the area of project management and its role in delivering organisational strategy.
+ Acquaint the student with the key tools, approaches and conceptual frameworks which are commonly used in practice.
+ Illustrate the key dynamics and challenges of managing projects successfully.
+ Impart an appreciation of the importance of finding a balance between the human, interpersonal dimensions of project management and the practical, rational demands of the role.

On completion of this module, the learner should be able to:
+ Identify and explain the factors which contribute to project success and the role of projects in delivering organisational strategy.
+ Distinguish the most common project management methodologies and the characteristics of the projects for which they may be appropriate
+ Understand the key elements of a Statement of Work document and the role of a Project Manager in successfully managing budget, time and resources, stakeholders, risk and procurement.
+ Design project networks from Work Breakdown Structures, estimating the associated duration, as well as identifying tasks where timing is more most critical
+ Recognise and explain the key interpersonal skills of successful project management, incl.Team-building, Leadership
Negotiation and Conflict Management.

Course Duration

This course will be provisionally delivered every Thursday from 9th September 2021 at 18:30 – 21:00hrs for 10 weeks. Each class is streamed live and recorded via Zoom for repeat viewing.

Course Timetable and Assessment Criteria

Full Course timetable to follow shortly.

I would highly recommend this course. I was incredibly nervous about starting a course as I hadn’t participated in any formal education courses in a long time. The lecturer Paul McGloughlin made this subject, something I had next to no knowledge about, accessible, understandable and he did it all with great humour and practical examples which I hope to apply to my everyday work. Thank you, Paul, for all that you did and for sharing your incredibly in-depth knowledge and expertise of the industry with us. Ashling O' Neill | Class of 2021
I have really enjoyed this course and definitely think it will benefit me in the future. Project Management is something I want to move into and I really had no idea what next steps to take. This course has provided me with answers to these questions. I now have a clear set of goals to progress further and it’s all thanks to the excellent lecturer Paul McGloughlin. Linda Broderick | Class of 2021
No Fees Apply if you are: Unemployed / in receipt of PUP / Returning to the workforce. The course is fully funded by the Government.

Fees Apply if you are: Employed. You must pay 10% of the overall course fee.
Cost per place is €40.00

Refund Policy
Students should note that the 10% course fee is non-refundable except in cases where courses do not proceed.

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If you want to apply directly for a place on the course please
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