Project Management Life Cycle


Learn how to apply project management tools, processes, and techniques for the successful execution of a project from initiation to closing.

Learn about project management from a multidisciplinary perspective, as we cover fundamental tools and techniques for managing a broad range of projects.

You will learn about the project management lifecycle from initiation to closing.

We will address the behavioural and quantitative facets of project management, as well as the use of methods, tools and techniques for the initiation, planning, execution and closing of projects.

The course will be divided by the project life cycle phases. First, we will cover project initiation. We will review projects in organisations, project selection models, the project manager role and project organisation structures to better understand how a project is initiated.

You will also learn how to create a key project management deliverable, the project charter.

Second, we will cover the project-planning phase. You will learn how to build a comprehensive project management plan covering the key aspects of risk, quality, scope, schedule, cost, time, resource and communications.

Third, we will cover the project execution phase. We will explore the monitoring and control of a project including earned value analysis and project reporting. Case studies and examples will be used to help you understand the correct actions for a project manager to take to keep a project in control.

Finally, we will cover the project closing phase, where we explore the tasks to complete an effective project closure. This course is part of the RIT Project Management MicroMasters® Programme, offered through the edX® platform, that is designed to teach the skills and behaviours necessary to be successful in a project management career.

In order to qualify for the MicroMasters® Credential, you will need to earn a verified certificate in each of the three courses as well as pass a capstone exam.

Associated Programmes:
MicroMasters® Programme: Artificial Intelligence

Recommendations only: This course is intended for those who have completed a Bachelor’s degree or have a minimum of 5 years of work experience in a project related business environment. Recommended education or work experience in organisational behaviour, mathematics and basic accounting or equivalent.

The Project Management MicroMasters® Programme is comprised of the following courses:

Project Management Life Cycle
Learn how to apply project management tools, processes, and techniques for the successful execution of a project from initiation to closing.
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Best Practices for Project Management Success
Learn how to create an organisational environment that supports project success.
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International Project Management
Learn what makes global projects uniquely challenging and how to successfully manage projects based in different industries and countries.
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Project Management MicroMasters Capstone Exam
Demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired in the Project Management MicroMasters program, and prepare for graduate level programme options at RIT.
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  • Programme duration
    10 weeks
  • Estimated effort
    8 to 12 hours per week
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Start Dates
  • The roles and responsibilities of a project manager
  • Project initiation and planning
  • Project execution
  • Project closing Project management tools and techniques