Aberdeen Business School

Project Management Fundamentals

Short Course - 15 credits at SCQF level 11

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Project Management Fundamentals
This module will help you understand the key principles, concepts and strategies of project management.

You will examine the broad project environment and apply project management tools and techniques to a real project.

This course has one study option
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Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
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  • Part Time
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12 weeks

This module will provide a broad overview of the make-up of a project and the fundamental activities that take place in project management.

The project life cycle is introduced and the key activities within the sequential phases. The process of defining the project including setting objectives, determining scope, identifying stakeholders and clarifying strategies will also be evaluated. The increasingly critical role of project management within organisations shall be examined including the underpinning project management processes.

The importance of project organisation (the people, the communication and resources) will be introduced, with an emphasis on the provision of adequate leadership, structures and feedback paths through and across the organisation.


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

You will learn through engaging with online learning materials, taking part in seminars & discussion forums and directed self-study. You will also have regular contact with your tutor who will support you through the module.

All modules are credit rated and can be worth 5, 10, 15 or 30 credit points. This equates to the number of study hours required within the module, for example 50 hours for 5 credit points, 300 hours for 30 credit points. The SCQF modules can range from level 7 (undergraduate) through to level 11 (Master's) on the Scottish Credit Qualification Framework (SCQF). You can undertake individual modules or build them up to gain an exit award.

Find out more on progression and the framework on the SCQF website.


This module is assessed by written course work and a case study project.


Academic Support

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.


Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support



At the end of this module you will have an understanding of the principles, concepts and strategies of project management. You could progress to other modules within the Professional Development @ RGU programme or to one of our two project management courses, Graduate Certificate Project Management and MSc Project Management.



This is an online distance learning module and we recommend you have a good honours degree or a degree or degree equivalent qualification and/or 2 - 3 years work experience in a management position. This includes qualifications from an approved professional body.

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, should have either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL.  You should note that modules taken through Professional Development@RGU are not eligible for Tier 4 sponsorship.

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact ugoffice@rgu.ac.uk (undergraduate courses) or pgoffice@rgu.ac.uk (postgraduate courses) for further information.


Course fees: £1,010

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Other Fees and Charges


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



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This module is accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM) and the Project Management Institute. Professional accreditation and membership with PMI® adds exceptional credibility and career opportunities. The Aberdeen Business School is recognised by the Project Management Institute (PMI)® as a Global Registered Education Provider. Registered Education Providers (R.E.P.s) are organisations approved by PMI® to offer project management training for Professional Development Units (PDU). We are now one of the 27 institutions in ten countries to be accredited by GAC and the first UK university to achieve this accreditation.

This module is also approved as being an acceptable element of an individual Further Learning plan for Chartered Engineer registration in that it meets the requisite content, academic level and academic rigour expected of an approved Further Learning plan.


Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

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Register direct to the university using our online application form. 

Applications close 1 week prior to the start of the module. 

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