APM Project Fundamentals Qualification in Project Management

Course code: PR013
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Gain an accredited project management qualification, all from the comfort of your own home!

  • Learn the definition and characteristics of projects and the key roles involved in project management
  • Understand how to put together an effective business case for a new project.
  • Develop your knowledge of risk management and how to identify, assess and mitigate risks
  • Study critical path analysis and how to manage the control cycle of a project.
This course is only available to study online.
Course Overview

Study the key principles of project management, such as the project lifecycle, control cycles and stakeholder management, so you get a real understanding of working within the industry.

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

Unlike traditional colleges, study at your own pace, in your own time, with strict deadlines and timetabling a thing of the past!

Enrol today and join the 90,000 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.

Course Outcome

You will receive an APM Project Fundamentals Qualification .(APM PFQ)

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


Multiple choice exam.

Course Content
  • Course structure
  • Case study
  • Summary
  • Project characteristics
  • Project definition
  • Projects vs BAU
  • Key roles
  • Project life cycle (1&2)
  • Programmes and portfolios
  • Exercise
  • Summary
  • Definition
  • Business case contents
  • Business case and the life cycle
  • Key roles
  • Exercise
  • Summary
  • Scheduling steps
  • Product breakdown structures
  • Organisational breakdown structure
  • Responsibility assignment matrix
  • Cost breakdown structure
  • Benefits of structures
  • Exercise
  • Summary
  • Networks
  • Dependencies types
  • Lead and lag
  • Common faults
  • Definition
  • Estimating approaches
  • Risk management – identification
  • Risk management – assessment
  • Risk management – mitigation
  • Risk management – implement the mitigating actions
  • Effort vs duration
  • Node layout definition
  • Critical path calculation forward/backward pass
  • Gantt chart critical path/total float
  • Factors that affect resources
  • Synergy
  • Resource allocation
  • Resource smoothing
  • Resource levelling
  • Resource cumulative curve
  • 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
  • Key activities
  • Project Manager responsibilities
  • Post project review analysis
  • Termination problems possible solution
  • Project life cycles
  • Benefits of phasing
  • Project content
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Project management plan
  • Project success and benefits management
  • Project reviews
  • Organisational roles and the project sponsor
  • Drag and drop exercise
  • Stakeholder management
  • Communications
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Teamwork
  • The Tuckman model
  • Leadership
  • Summary
  • 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