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Fundamentals of Project Management

Fundamentals of Project Management

Course Overview


As organizations struggle to address the challenges of increasing technological complexity, Project Management has become crucial to deliver projects on time, within budget and of acceptable quality.

Project management not only addresses the technical issues regarding, scope, schedule, cost, risks etc. but also people issues such as leadership, team dynamics, change management, stakeholders' expectations etc.

Project management is critical to organizational success as it focuses on the implementation of projects to meet the organization goals and objectives defined in its strategic plan.

Why Study Project Management?

  • Project management skills are highly utilized in moving organizational strategy, goals and objectives to project implementation
  • Attain the knowledge, skills and techniques to successfully manage projects throughout their life cycles
  • Improve your professional profile, competencies and capabilities for career development
  • Improve your marketability and create opportunities for professional growth and development
  • Attain recognized professional certification

Course Outline


Pre-Project Setup/Initiating

  • Defining a project and project management
  • Define a typical project lifecycle, Project vs product
  • Projects and organizational strategy
  • Managing project stakeholders
  • The project environment
  • The role and functions of the project manager
  • Project Charter
  • Key concepts:
  • Business case, project charter, project goals and objectives, kick-off meeting


Project Scope Planning

  • Project requirements
  • Defining project scope
  • The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Key concepts: Assumptions, constraints, deliverables, acceptance criteria, decomposition, acceptance criteria, key performance indicators, scope creep

Project Schedule Planning

  • Define and sequence tasks
  • Tasks dependencies and relationships
  • Develop the project schedule
  • Creating a network diagram
  • Key concepts: Milestones, critical path, predecessors and successors, duration compression, expert judgement, Gantt chart.


Resource Planning

  • Determining resource needs (human and physical)
  • Building the project team
  • Monitoring team performance
  • Conflict management
  • Acquiring physical resources
  • Key concepts: Resource types, project organization chart, RACI chart, resource breakdown structure, resource allocation/overallocation.

Quality Concepts

  • Definitions of quality
  • Concepts in quality
  • How organizations deal with quality
  • Cost of quality
  • Quality tools and techniques


Cost & Budget

  • Estimating costs
  • Create the budget
  • Reserve analysis
  • Monitor expenditures and reporting
  • Key concepts: Actual cost, variance, planned cost, management reserves, contingency reserves, cost baseline, performances indices


Managing Project Risks

  • Risk definitions and concepts
  • Risk identification
  • Risk analysis
  • Risk planning and response
  • Risk monitoring
  • Key concepts
  • Risk probability and impact, SWOT, risk register, risks vs issues, secondary risks, residual risks, positive and negative risks, risk owner


Project Communication

  • Key concepts, technologies, skills and approaches in project communication management
  • The components of a communications management plan
  • Key concepts: Formal and informal communication, sender-receiver model, virtual communication

Project Change Management

  • Documenting change requests
  • Justification of change
  • Change control management
  • Key concepts: Change approval, change control system, change requests, corrective actions, defect repair

Project Closure Procedures

  • Steps in closing a phase/project
  • Final report


Agile Project Management

  • Introducing Agile
  • The Agile Manifesto
  • The Twelve Agile Principles
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Comparison of the Traditional vs Agile Project Management
  • Overview of Scrum


Practical Project Management using Microsoft Project

Identify and set up Tasks

  • Setting up the project – Start date, project calendar, title, other properties
  • Task durations using estimation techniques
  • Tasks dependencies, relationships, and constraints
  • Linking tasks to create the project schedule

Set-up and assign resources

  • Set up and enter work resource rates
  • Set up cost and material resources
  • Resource calendar

Tracking progress

  • Enter actual values for tasks
  • View the critical path
  • Examine a plan’s variance
  • Examine task and resource costs

Views and Reports

  • Gantt chart view, Timeline view
  • Network Diagram view, Calendar view
  • Create a custom report

Who Should Attend?

  • Persons who would like to have solid foundational knowledge of Project Management
  • Project officers
  • University students
  • Persons new to project management and who wish to pursue further education in project management in areas such as CAPM, PMP, Agile
  • Persons who are not in the field of project management but wants a working knowledge of project management


This is a basic course in project management and previous experience is not necessary. However, some involvement in projects would be useful.

Hands On

This course presents a broad overview of project management principles and sufficient opportunities for practical work would be provided to apply the learned principles. This would include class assignments and an individual assignment.

Course Duration

Twenty-four (24) contact hours. Eight (8) sessions of three (3) hours.

Course Objectives

  • To provide a sound knowledge of project management principles
  • To understand how projects and project management contribute to business value
  • To demonstrate the use of project software to apply the theoretical principles of project management to develop and track a project
  • To develop and use project management documents
  • To understand the dynamics of a project environment and how projects are affected by it
  • How project management can be applied in personal life

Course Outcomes

  • Conceptualise a project
  • Establish and document project goals and objectives and related documents
  • Develop a project plan - project scope, schedule, resource plan, project budget, risks and related plans
  • Manage project execution – resources, stakeholders, communication, changes, risks
  • Track project performance
  • Effectively conduct project closure procedures

Delivery Mode

Online Classes

This course will be delivered via live online classes. Students who have successfully enrolled in the course will be provided with a link to join the class as well as other relevant instructions at least one day before the start of the class. These classes are also recorded; therefore, students have the option to review the course content as often as they like.

Course Schedule

Course Offering

Day Time Duration Contact Hours Cost Lecturer
Tuesday 05:30 pm to 08:30 pm 8 weeks 24 hours $1,500.00 Mr. Heera Rampaul

Session - Tuesday (05:30 pm to 08:30 pm)

Session Start Date End Date
2023 - Cycle 1 - Online Classes Tuesday, July 4, 2023 Tuesday, August 29, 2023
2023 - Cycle 2 - Online Classes Tuesday, October 3, 2023 Tuesday, November 21, 2023
2024 - Cycle 1 - Online Classes Tuesday, March 5, 2024 Tuesday, April 23, 2024
2024 - Cycle 2 - Online Classes Tuesday, June 25, 2024 Tuesday, August 13, 2024
2024 - Cycle 3 - Online Classes Tuesday, October 1, 2024 Tuesday, November 19, 2024


Course Study Options at CTS

At the end of this course students would receive a certificate from CTS College. There is no official examination. Student performance would be based on class assessments.


Students will be provided the following set of resources for the course

Books and Resources

  • Fundamentals of Project Management, 5th Edition, Joseph Heagney
  • Project Management From The Ground Up, 1st Edition, Denis Geoghegan
  • The Scrum Guide, Ken Schwaber & Jeff Sutherland, 2020

Student Support


Heera Rampaul - BSc, MBA, PMP.

Heera Rampaul has over twenty years of experience in fields of Information Systems/Technology and Project Management with specific emphasis in the areas of Manufacturing, Legal Services, Medical Informatics and Health Information Systems.

He headed many projects at both the private and public sectors and has been a member of various executive teams, steering committees and project management teams involved in projects at national and institutional levels.

Mr. Rampaul is the holder of a BSc, MBA, and the PMI-PMP (Project Management Professional). He has also pursued studies in Program Management, Agile Project Management, Risk Management and Project Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP).

During the last six years, he has been lecturing various project management courses at CTS College inclusive of the PMI-CAPM, CompTIA Project+, and Microsoft Project.

Programme Management

The programme management team is responsible for the management of the course. If you would like further information or would like clarification on this programme please contact:

Ms. Reena Seepersadsingh
Programme Manager
Phone: (868) 376-7721

E-mail: certifications@ctscollege.com

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