eCourse - Fundamentals of Project Management
This course is a comprehensive introduction to development project management. Designed for people who want to build or increase their skills in project management and who work or are looking to work with international development organizations, donor and public institutions, NGOs, non-profit and community-based organizations, Government and donor agencies, and anyone interested in a career in development project management.
This course will teach you the most important concepts in project management, such as the project life-cycle, process management, roles and responsibilities of a project manager, organizational structures, program and portfolio management and use of various management techniques. This course promotes and facilitates a collaborative learning approach in an online environment. Students participate in discussions as part of the assignments and receive feedback from the course instructor. Students "learn by doing" through the class exercises while lecture points are reinforced with class discussions and videos.
The course is asynchronous; the instructor provides materials, lectures, tests, and assignments that can be accessed at any time. Students are given a timeframe during which they need to complete the assigned activities, participate in discussion forums, and submit their exercises in order to receive a grade. The course is based on the fourth edition of the textbook Fundamentals of Project Management.
The course has a duration of three weeks. Each week students will work on the activities and exercises required to meet the learning objectives. Participants require an average of one hour per day to complete the assigned activities. You will learn all the fundamental concepts of modern project management as it is applied in the development and humanitarian sector. You will also learn the essential project management methods and techniques to deliver projects on time and within budget while meeting the expectations of key stakeholders. This course is specially designed to give you a complete understanding of project management and how it is used in development projects
The audience for this course includes people that are new in development or who want to explore career opportunities in development project management. This course is a perfect start for those who are interested in learning the modern concepts of project management and want to become project managers. Course participants include team members, program managers, project supervisors and project managers wishing to upgrade their skills and knowledge to understand the basic concepts of modern project management. Participants to our courses come from various parts of the world, and they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge that is shared in the course forums.
Upon successful completion of the Fundamentals of Project Management online course participants will: Understand the key terms, definitions of project management. Describe the project cycle and the management processes, identify project structures, understand the roles and responsibilities, and have a clear understanding of project, program and portfolio management. This course is part of the certification program. Students that complete the certification program will receive the Certification in Development Project Management (CDPM)
There are no requirements to take this course, although the students will benefit if they know the type of work that occurs in development organizations and development projects, or had some experience working on a project. Students should have a good internet connection, Adobe Reader in their computers as well as MS Office to work on the course assignments. Good connectivity is required to watch some of the online videos. As a convenience to our remote students, you can download most of the course material to read offline.
The course fee is $175 and is due before the start of the course; you can receive a 20% discount if payment is made one week before the course starts. On the registration page, you can choose your preferred payment methods. We accept all major credit cards in a secure online payment system. We also accept payments via Western Unions or Money Gram. If you have any questions or require more instructions to send your payment please contact us at info@pm4dev Reference: eCourse FPM. We offer additional discounts for groups from development organizations.
Registration for this course is now open. To apply please click here and complete the application form. We will close the registration one day before the start of the course. On the registration form, you will find the different payment options. If you have any questions contact us at info@pm4dev Ref. eCourse FPM.
Lesson 1 - Development Project Management
Definitions of project management
Project management constraints
A systemic approach
The project management ecosystem
Lesson 4 - Roles, Responsibilities, and Skills
Role and responsibilities of the project manager
Managerial skills of project managers
Interpersonal skills for project managers
Influence and power of the project manager
Project management competencies
Lesson 2 - Project Management Processes
Scope and project logframe
Team and stakeholder management
Risk and contract management
Lesson 5 - Project Management Structures
The project structure
Factors in designing a project structure
Types of project organizational structures
Lesson 3 - The Project Management Cycle
Initiation and planning phase
Implementation and monitoring phase
Adapting and closing phase
Project management cycle
Adaptive project management
Lesson 6 - Strategic Project Management
Integrated project management
Project maturity model
Project management office
- Registration. See the course schedule to select a date.
- Fees. The course fee is USD$175 and is due before the start of the course.
- 20% discount: If payment is made one week before the start of the course, use the promo code 20FPM
- Group discounts: For groups or organizations that want to register for 3 or more students we offer an additional 20% discount. Use the code 30FPM.
- Access. Access to the online course starts one week before the start of the course.
- Course limit: The course is limited to 20 students per class.
- Course duration. The course is three weeks long and requires between 30-40 hours to complete it.
- Materials. Course materials are available for download from the online course module page to allow for printing and review.
- Evaluation. It is required that participants complete the course evaluation after they take the final exam.
- Course credit. This course provides 35 PDUs (Professional Development Units)* or 35 contact hours.
RegistrationReserve your seat in the course. Use the form below to start your registration.
"The e-learning experience was truly amazing! The tutor (Rodolfo Siles) is always available for teaching and supporting us." Marcos Vinícius Neto da Silva - MSF, Brazil
"I enjoyed very much this course in Fundamental of Project Management. This course was very helpful and gave me a lot of new skills and knowledge I will be able to use in a future job. The tutor is very present and is here for any question you need to deeper understanding. The discussion with other fellow classmates who are coming from different countries and cultures is very interesting and very rewarding. I will definitely recommend this course to anyone interesting in project management." Nathalie Goulay - France
"I was in the middle of the course when some of the development organisations invited me for the written tests and an interview for the jobs I previously applied. I felt so confident because the questions were exactly about those things that I had just learned during the course. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is looking for a job in development organisations or for those who are already working there but want to improve their performance." Jasminka Peruničić Allen - Serbia.
"Fundamental of Project Management has empowered me to implement all sorts of development projects using the appropriate tools and concepts. I have been implementing projects but with the ideas gained from this course, I will now definitely implement a project in a different and coherent manner. Thanks to the organisation for providing such customized training opportunities. Thanks also to Rodolfo for his passion and dedication in facilitating the course." John Sinah - Government of Sierra Leone.
* In 2013, PM4DEV became a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), approved by the Project Management Institute (PMI)®to issue professional development units (PDU's) for its project management training courses. Our instructors are experienced trainers and project managers who are PMP® certified. Our comprehensive courses in project management theory, fundamentals, principles, and practices are designed around industry best practices and based on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI®) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide). We are confident in our ability to provide comprehensive, practical courses that will enable you to further your project management education