CERTIFICATE IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT

INTRODUCTION
The Certificate in Project Management has been designed to provide an overview of the practices and concept of project management. In particular, it will promote an understanding of the importance of project management and its principles, tools and methodologies to enable students transfer the knowledge acquired to project management positions in the public and private sectors. Project management is the art of matching a project’s goals, task, and resources to accomplish a goal as needed. We say “as needed” because one has limited time, money, and resources (human and machinery) with which to accomplish a goal.

This course will broaden the skills needed to implement and manage projects effectively; this will be done by looking at the operational change, and strategic contexts of project management.

Project management skills are in high demand across many sectors including:
• Financial and professional services
• Health and social work
• Engineering
• Energy oil and Gas
• Information Technology / software
• Public / NGO / Private sector

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
This programme, coordinated by distinguished IBS faculty who are record-breaking experts in their fields, provides the management framework tool box of skills including decision making, problem solving, planning, organization, communication, teamwork and critical thinking skills necessary within the area of management to build and sustain competitive advantages.

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVE
• Basic knowledge of the nature and importance of projects in the international as well as local arena;
• Working knowledge of the disciplines and knowledge areas involved in project management;
• Understand the various organizational structures by which projects operate;
• Recognise the relationship of project management to other management discipline; and
• Practical knowledge and skills to apply project management techniques required in the identification, planning, management and execution of projects;

ORGANISING PRINCIPLES AND VALUES
In designing the course, its content, and operating procedures, we have tried to adhere to a number of basic beliefs and values that are worth making explicit:
1. Responsibility: The students in the course are responsible, both individually and collectively, in large measure for what goes on both in the classroom and outside of class. What you learn from your project depends on the effort you and your colleagues expand and what you do to apply the course concepts.
2. Implementing the principles we are learning: We have tried to organize and run the course in ways consistent with the ideas we are teaching. These include an emphasis on teams, mutual trust and respect, and information sharing.

WHO SHOULD STUDY PROJECT MANAGEMENT?
• Working professionals looking forward to formalize their existing skills and knowledge in project management. Also, fresh graduates and individuals who want to start a career and break into the field of project management.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
• Admission Requirements for the Graduate Certificate
Graduate with or without project management experience
• Admission Requirements for the Graduate Diploma
A bachelor’s degree / HND or a credit average in the GCPM Graduate Certificate with cognate experience.

PROGRAMME DURATION
This Certificate Programme is packaged to be delivered over three (3) months: weekdays and weekends.

BENEFITS
At a personal level you should gain higher levels of self – confidence, self esteem and improved individual strengths and abilities. Ultimately this will lead to more business and project management experience which in turn will result in opportunities for career progression. During your studies you will also have the opportunity to network with fellow students from a variety of disciplines.

CURRICULUM
 MGT 501: Course Title: Principles of Management
The course which is designed to equip participants with the fundamentals of management is aimed at producing high level manpower in management and administrative position.

• The Concept of Management
– Management and administrative compared

• The various schools of management thought
– The classical – Scientific and Administrative
– Human Relations
– System approach to management
– The evolutional of management as a scientific discourse

• Functions of Management
– The traditional functions of management
– The modern function of management
• Planning as a management function
– Benefits of planning
– Forms and symptoms of effective planning
– Steps in planning
• Organizing as a management function
– Essentials of organizing
– Forms of organization
• Coordinating as a management function
– Problems of Integration and control in organization
• Controlling as a management function
– Basic steps in controlling
– Essentials of controls
– Types of controls
– Directing as a management function
– Essentials of directing
• Functional Areas of Management
– Marketing
– Personnel
– Finance
– Production

 PRM 502: Fundamentals of Project Mnagement
– Definition of a project; projects in history
– The project life cycle
– Increasing role of project management in strategic planning in an organization
– Estimating projects budgets
– The Gantt chart
– Network techniques- PERT / CPM
– Resource allocation problems
– Resource loading, resource leveling
– Constrained resource scheduling
– Multiproject scheduling and resource allocation

 PRM 503: Project Auditing
– Importance of project auditing in project management
– Purpose of auditing (evaluation)
– Construction and the use of the audit report
– The project audit life cycle
– Essentials of audit / evaluation
– Measurement

 PRM 504: Monitoring and Information System
– Emphasis is on planning – monitoring cycle, information needs and the reporting process.
– Computerized project management information system
– Case studies and exercise

GRADING ASSESSMENT
Thirty percent (30%) of your grade will be based on mid – programme test, designed to test your knowledge and your ability to use it in a real situation to make recommendations for action.

Fifty percent (50%) of your grade will be based on the group project. You can do this project with your study group. Instructions for the group project are given by the course instructor. What is important for you to know is that:
a) The group projects will be presented in class;
b) The written, final version of the project will be due on the day and at the time your group presents in class- late projects will not be graded; and
c) The group project is intended to help you apply the concepts learned in the course; see their relevance in a real field situation.

Twenty percent (20%) of your grade will be based on your class participation. Your class participation will be based importantly on the evaluations made by your peers as well as evaluations made by the course instructor.

WHY CHOOSE IFE BUSINESS SCHOOL?
IFE Business School is a leading Business School that provides advanced learning opportunities that strengthen the leadership capacity of both individuals and their organizations. Unlike any other, the IBS executive education learning model immerses the participants in a transformational experiences that transcends the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and tools and fosters professional, intellectual, and personal development. Every programme challenges participants to grow as leaders, to shape powerful ideas into decisive action plans, and to think and manage differently in a changing business world.

IBS MISSION AND STRATEGIC GOALS
Our mission is “to be a leading institution in generating new business ideas and empowering people with skills required to operate effectively in the dynamic and multi-cultural global business world”.

In order to achieve this mission the school seeks to:
• Provide high potential professional with a general management education which stresses professional ethics and service to the community through the practice of management.
• Have a positive impact on professional and ethical standards of business management in Nigeria.
Business has become global, complex and strikingly turbulent. Management gurus are warning that knowledge in the new economy becomes obsolete very quickly. New skills and competences are required to continue to make sense and decisions in a fast – paced corporate environment.

The strategic goals of IBS programme are to:

• Provide access to high quality management education aimed at improving the quality, relevance and the efficiency of executive education.
• Prepare (our students) to succeed in a rapidly changing technology-driven global business environment; and
• Focus on developing leadership and other managerial skills to improve the practice of management and shaping leaders who will create, redefine and build cutting-edge product, services, markets and organization.
Every IBS executive education experience is shaped by the school’s cross-functional approach to general management, its innovative teaching methodologies, and a unique learning environment that promotes teamwork and collaboration.

OUR FACULTY
IFE Business School are widely recognized as skilled educators, who through consulting, and teaching, have leverage their expertise and field based research to create new knowledge and enduring concept that shape the practice of management. Others serve as advisers, consultants and directors of companies also join the core faculty to present special topics, conveying their specific insights to further enrich the learning experience.

TEACHING METHODOLOGY- The adult learning approach using;
• Short lectures
• Case studies
• Discussion and sharing of experiences.

CASE METHOD
The case method is one of the most effective tools for teaching general management and leadership especially to practicing managers. Case studies offer multiple levels of learning, compelling participants to identify relevant issues and to apply practical lessons to their own organization.

ALUMNI STATUS
After completing the Programme, participants become alumni of IFE Business School with exclusive access to:
• A 10-percent discount on all IBS Executive Education Open-Enrollment programmes.
• A lifelong IBS email forwarding address and lots of other benefits.
• Free access to IBS journal of Business and Management

IBS CORE VALUE
The programme will continue delivering value after you return to work to help you achieve the personal and professional goals you set for yourself during the programme, the faculty will send you a follow up reminders. You will also be able to draw on a valuable network of peers for advice and support.