1Course Overview

APM Project Fundamentals Qualification in Project Management

Course code: PR013

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Gain an industry accredited qualification - all from the comfort of your own home!

Whether you are starting out in your career or looking to refresh your skills for a current Project Manager role, this internationally recognised qualification will give you all the skills and insights for working with the industry. 

  • Study the key principles of Project Management, such as the Project Management Lifecycle, Control Cycles and Stakeholder Management so you get a real understanding of working within the industry. 
  • Unlike traditional colleges, study at your own pace, in your own time, with strict deadlines and timetabling a thing of the past! 
  • Handing in assignments has never been so easy - simply submit online or send in the post. 
  • Benefit from a FREE CV writing course after your course has taken place so you can show-off your new skills to future employers. 

Enrol today and join the 50,000 students who have chosen to study with Open Study College to improve their career prospects. From the moment you enrol, our friendly, award-winning tutors will be on hand every step of the way to ensure you progress with your studies.

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2Course Content

Course Content

Unit 1 - Introduction
  • Course Structure
  • Case study
  • Summary
Unit 2 - Projects, Programme and Portfolios
  • Project characteristics
  • Project definition
  • Projects vs BAU
  • Key roles
  • Project Life Cycle (1&2)
  • Programmes and Portfolios
  • Exercise
  • Summary
Unit 3: The Business Case
  • Definition
  • Business Case contents
  • Business case and the life cycle
  • Key roles
  • Exercise
  • Summary
Unit 4: Work Content and Scope Management
  • Scheduling steps
  • Product Breakdown Structures
  • Organisational Breakdown Structure
  • Responsibility Assignment Matrix
  • Cost Breakdown Structure
  • Benefits of structures
  • Exercise
  • Summary
Unit 5: Networks
  • Networks
  • Dependencies types
  • Lead and lag
  • Common faults
Unit 6: Estimating and Risk
  • Definition
  • Estimating approaches
  • Risk management – Identification
  • Risk management – Assessment
  • Risk management – Mitigation
  • Risk management – Implement the mitigating actions
  • Effort vs. Duration
Unit 7: Critical Path Analysis
  • Node layout definition
  • Critical path calculation forward / backward pass
  • Gantt chart Critical path / Total float
Session 8 – Resources
  • Factors that affect resources
  • Synergy
  • Resource allocation
  • Resource smoothing
  • Resource levelling
  • Resource cumulative curve
Unit 9: Monitoring and Control
  • Out of control projects
  • The control cycle: Authorise the work
  • The control cycle: Follow project progress
  • The control cycle: Plot and update data and evaluate status
  • The control cycle: Take corrective action
Unit 10: Project Closure
  • Key activities
  • Project Manager responsibilities
  • Post project review analysis
  • Termination problems possible solution
Session 11: Establishing the Project
  • Project life cycles
  • Benefits of phasing
  • Project content
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Project management plan
  • Project success and benefits management
  • Project reviews
Unit 12: People and Projects
  • Organisational roles and the project sponsor
  • Drag and drop exercise
  • Stakeholder management
  • Communications
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Teamwork
  • The Tuckman Model
  • Leadership
  • Summary
Unit 13: More on Techniques
  • Drag and drop exercise
  • Risk management
  • Risk log
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Quality definitions
  • Quality control and Quality Assurance
  • Quality plan and benefits
  • Change control
  • Configuration management
  • Information Management and Project Reporting
  • Issue Management
  • Procurement
3Other Information


This course is assessed by a multiple choice format examination lasting 60 minutes. You will be required to answer 36 marks out of 60 correctly in order to achieve a pass. If you pass the exam successfully, you will gain an internationally recognised qualification in Project Management.

This exam can be taken at home or at work at any time. You will be required to have access to the Internet and a webcam to complete this examination.

Course Duration

This course will take approximately 10 hours to complete. You can start at any time and work at your own pace from home.

Study Method

The APMIC Practitioner course is an high-quality interactive course including audio and animation features. It includes access to a virtual learning environment where you can find resources, support videos and discussion forums. You will also be able to take mock exam quizzes after each session to ensure your progress.

Full tutor support is provided throughout your course via phone, email and live interactive sessions.

Course Outcomes

Successful completion of the APM Introductory Certificate (APMIC)  proves your knowledge and skills of managing work-based projects to any employer in the world. AMPIC is an internationally recognised qualification accredited by APMG, a leading examination institute, as well as the Association for Project Management.

The course on this page is offered by Training Bytesize, an Accredited Training Organisation of The Association of Project Management.


Your Questions Answered

What skills do I need to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

What is included in the cost of my course?

All course content is provided as part of the interactive course package. 

Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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