Centre for Continuing Education

Project Management Course: Core Skills

Stakeholder and people management. Master soft skills for project management.

COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses online and in-person. Please check the delivery format of each class before enrolling.

Please note that course materials (excluding prescribed texts) are shared electronically within 48 hours of course commencement. Printing is not available.

In partnership with the School of Project Management
All course materials have been developed in conjunction with the University of Sydney’s School of Project Management. The School’s team comprises world-class academics and researchers – ensuring we deliver the highest quality content.

Our project management class provides training in the technical aspects of project management and people management.

You will learn critical interpersonal skills for working in project teams and on projects. In addition, you will learn essential project management tools and techniques.


This course aims to develop tools and methods for technical project management, while also equipping you with essential people management skills.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • build a project team
  • empower individuals and teams to get the best results including creating an environment for psychological safety
  • apply different leadership styles to suit different project phases and contexts
  • develop communication, facilitation and negotiation skills to more effectively engage with people
  • develop an awareness of psychological models and EQ Frameworks for consideration in future professional development
  • allocate work to resources
  • apply scheduling tools, including defining your critical path
  • apply estimation techniques to define a project budget and schedule
  • prepare a project cost estimate and budget
  • describe earned value management techniques to develop an integrated baseline and track progress, performance and forecast completion date and cost
  • apply risk management techniques and integrate risk treatments into the project plan.


Part 1: Forming and leading teams

Forming and leading teams

  • Team roles that may exist on your projects
  • Building a team with targeted interventions
  • Adaptive leadership approaches
  • Embracing diversity on projects

Leading others

  • Personality traits, learning styles and leadership styles
  • Adaptive approaches for effective stakeholder engagement
  • International standards for leadership and emotional intelligence

Managing relationships

  • Stakeholder analysis techniques, including network thinking, stakeholder dynamics and relationships
  • Tailoring communications for audience and purpose
  • Facilitation techniques for running effective meetings and workshops
  • Negotiation techniques and conflict resolution

Part 2: Technical skills

Planning a project

  • Preparing a project WBS, budget and schedule
  • Estimation techniques
  • Identifying, recording and evaluating risks
  • Building risk treatments and contingencies into your project plan

Monitoring and controlling a project

  • Measuring project performance
  • Integrated performance baseline
  • Effective status reports

Even more

  • Tips for project success, including what not to do
  • Exploring advanced tools, beyond the course

Intended audience

  • Project Managers
  • The 'accidental' Project Manager
  • Team members and subject matter experts involved in projects
  • Anyone interested in project management
  • Anyone wanting to be more organised in their work
  • Current and aspiring business leaders



Before the course

Please complete the Communication and Learning Styles Questionnaire before attending your course.

  1. Please go to the Communication and Learning Styles Questionnaire page and register your details (please use either Chrome, Firefox or Safari).
  2. Click on the Register button and enter the following information:
    1. sign up as a Student
    2. select Unspecified Institution
    3. enter your email address
    4. create a password
    5. enter the Group Code FUFQ (please use capital letters)
    6. click Register.
  3. You will be redirected to the login page where you can enter your email address and password to log in. If you are not redirected, please use this link to login to the questionnaire.
  4. Click on the CCE Soft Skills link to complete the questionnaire.
  5. Once you complete and submit the questionnaire you will immediately receive your results on-screen.
  6. To compare your results to the whole CCE cohort, please click on Group Results.

Please note: The results from this questionnaire are important to parts of the course and must be completed prior to completion of the Forming and leading teams component of this course.

Delivery style

This two-day course focuses on experiential learning, including group activities where the theory is put into action.

A range of interactive methods will be used including:

  • storytelling and the use of professional examples to exhibit concepts
  • self-reflection and group discussions
  • case studies where the concepts are actively applied
  • individual and team activities and presentations
  • suggested readings for after training.


You will receive:

  • online course materials with case study activities
  • online project management tools and templates
  • a Statement of Completion.

In order to access online course materials, we recommend that you bring your own device (Windows or Mac) to class. You should ensure your device is fully charged as access to power is limited. Please note that the University does not carry any responsibility for your lost, stolen, or damaged devices whilst on the University premises.

Search courses by module

An introduction to project managementTechnical skillsForming and leading teamsScoping a project
Project Management Course: Introduction
Project Management Course: Core Skills
Project Management Course: The Master Class

Note: Each module represents one day of content. Course content overlaps between courses. Please get in touch if you have questions.


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What others say.

  • Having not had much experience in the world of project management, this course was a great introduction to the concepts with more advanced techniques offered when needed. I’ll definitely be able to apply these learnings to work and life.
  • Fantastic course, presented in a very engaging and thorough way by the facilitator.
  • A very interactive and hands on course balanced with theory. The facilitator was very engaging and the use of PowerPoint and whiteboard effective. Good use of break times. Great balance of content. Thank you.
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