In guiding a project – particularly one in the building and construction industry - to either success or failure, an intricate knowledge of Project Management is critical in determining the project’s outcome. In reality, people practice many of the concepts involved in Project Management however to fully utilise and benefit from such a detailed understanding of Project Management Diploma theory.
Please note that this course is priced in US dollars.
Duration of Study
The pace at which each student studies is different. The nominal hours for this course are 80 hours, however, this can vary greatly depending on your previous experience and study techniques. Student support is available by asking a question online or visiting our website.
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Whilst a Project Management Masterclass is not a new concept for teaching, Exner Education, drawing on their 25 years of experience in the construction industry have tailored this course to address many of the challenges facing Construction Projects and their Project Managers today.
Typically, these projects have the greatest risks associated with them and as such are far more susceptible to deliver outcomes where large financial losses are experienced or the project be delivered late or to a lower quality than expected.
Whilst on its own Exner Education’s Project Management Masterclass serves to provide an understanding of the theory and practice of project management in the building and construction industry.
If you would like to discuss being assessed for this course, visit our website.
Welcome to Project Management Master Class! It's great to have you on board and we look forward to working with you.
Post any questions or comments along the way as you progress through the course. Questions are for the group so let's jump in, splash around, and help each other out.
This lecture takes us back to the beginning. Where did project management start and why? It all started a long time ago in a defence department far far away....
What is Project Management?
Here we define what is meant by the term Project Management and more specifically how does it apply to Construction works.
We explore the overall objectives of project management and more specifically the breadth of the field in which the objectives are pursued.
Learn what a Project Manager does in this lecture. There are several different definitions relating to the different roles undertaken by a project manager.
We'll also look at the different models for project management. The classical management model and the Management Function Model are the two key models explored.
In this lecture we explore the steps involved in Project Management
More specifically we look at
Understand the reasons behind why it's important to manage projects. Learn how successful outcomes are achieved and what is required to get to this objective.
There are key differences between what is required for project management and general management. Identify what those differences are and how just applying general management principles to project management is no guarantee of success.
Understand how projects change through their lifecycle. Learn what causes these changes and how to prepare and manage this changes to achieve successful project completion.
Projects have unique features which require specific skills for their management. Understand what are the specific needs of a project and how to clarify and refine its objectives.
Watch this short video on the Western Ring Road road construction project and then answer the questions in the case study that follows. This case study focuses on the unique objectives of the project, including innovative design as well as operating in a high risk environment for both road users and workers. It discusses the careful quality assurance planning that was involved in this successful project.
Understand what it really takes to be a successful project manager. What are the key skills required by a person who is in charge of a project? Learn what they need to do to achieve the objectives of all the project stakeholders.
What leads to project failure and more importantly what is project failure? Not meeting budget? Not achieving objectives? Can you not meet budget or some objectives and still have a successful project? Explore these topic in this lecture.
Watch this documentary on the project management issues associated with building Melbourne's Federation Square Project. Its a fascinating insight into the many challenges this project faced. Difficulties arose at all stages of the project's lifecycle - in planning, in delivery and in completion. They faced many areas of underperformance, including the major issues consistently faced by construction projects of all size, Time, Cost and Quality issues. The documentary provides an insight into the roles of project managers at their challenges in delivering major construction works. There are some case study questions to consider afterwards.
After watching the Documentary on Federation Square, please provide your response to the case study questions.
How are projects organised? Look at the interaction of the many project resources and understand how their connection to each other is vital to the successful completion of a project. Learn how different connections between these resources can have a profound impact on the achievement of the project objectives.
People. No project can be undertaken without them. Understand the scope of personnel management and what kind of work behaviour is best for the project. Learn how to best manage people to achieve an outcome which meets the requirements of all the project stakeholders.
How do a person's abilities, skill and knowledge affect the outcome of a project? Understand how EFFORT can be brought forth from your staff. Be clear about the impact of psychological forces required to motivate and satisfy staff. Ensure that project and staff goals and needs are mutually compatible.
The number of people on the project is a critical aspect affecting the success or failure of a project. What is the right number of people? And what specific skills are needed in what quantity? It is important to understand the changing staff requirements of a project before it commences and through out the life of the project.
What is the culture that binds your project team together? What makes them work seamlessly together or operate in a destructive manner? The are advantage and disadvantages to the different types of organisational cultures. Is it possible to draw the best from each of these culture types to achieve the best outcomes.
Understand what makes up a project team and the general personality characteristics best suited to project management. Learn what are the four types of leader profiles and skills and attributes.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. Understanding people psychological preferences helps better team people together to ensure a successful project outcome.
Time. It's the one resource that is unchangeable. You can't change it, extend it or shorten it. Efficient management of time is vital to the successful management of a project. Learn what is required for good time management and scheduling and schedule control.
Explore the different types of schedules and their component make up. Understand the different types of scheduling reports. Learn how to control a schedule and how various forms of communication will help ensure everyone is on the same page.
What is project failure? How is it caused? What can we do to avoid project failure? Learn the factors which affect the project's outcome. Understand the management aspects affecting project failure. Be in a position to protect against a negative project outcome.
Scope is the key to defining the deliverables of a project. What is required to be handed over at the end of the project's life? The scope will tell you this. Understand the nuances that make up the project's scope. It is important for all parties to be clear about what is expected at the project completion.
Exner is an integrated education and consulting firm with over 25 years of experience providing an extensive range of professional management services to the construction industry. Our hands-on experience includes design and construction, expert claims quantification and management, project management, business systems consulting, value for money models, safety in design and risk management systems.
Exner Education is an ASQA registered RTO and is the training development and delivery branch of Exner. From its practical experience and knowledge Exner Education has designed, developed and delivered construction specific training over the past 15 years. Exner Education provides a 'hands on' practical approach to training, developed and delivered by people who have real current practical experience in the field and are qualified VET sector trainers. This gives Exner a unique ability to balance both theoretical teaching knowledge complemented with current 'best practice' work examples.
Our Training & Education experience includes the instructional design of training ranging from:
· safety and site compliance;
· project management including from tender preparation, claims management to project close out;
· engineering practices; and,
· corporate improvement strategies.
Exner Education has designed, developed and delivered training for both large and small companies as well as government authorities including, Leighton Contractors, Pro-Build, Grocon, Schiavello, MBAV, HIA, VMIA, Nicholson Construction, Johns Lyng, APM Group, Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, VicRoads, Department of Treasury and Finance and Victorian Catchment Management Authority.
Exner continues to develop its online learning 'experience' and provides a unique interactive delivery methodology which gives students world first teaching tools, combining Exner's practical construction knowledge with core theory to further enhance the students learning experience.