Centre for Continuing Education

Project Management Course: The Master Class

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

COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. 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. Course participants can gain Professional Development Unit (PDU) points towards becoming a Project Management Professional®.

Take the next step with our project management master class for project managers looking to build out their stable of skills. In this course, you will learn the technical aspects of project management, people management and how to scope and initiate a project.

This course offers an in-depth view of project scoping from business case to the realisation of benefits. Work collaboratively to develop the suite of deliverables required to baseline, monitor and control your project scope.

This non-award course provides up to 21 Professional Development Unit (PDU) points with the Project Management Institute (PMI) towards becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)®. This is awarded at the discretion of the external party.


This course is also endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management.



This course aims to provide a structured approach to the effective initiation and scoping of a project. You will develop your knowledge and skills to set up your projects for success in the initiation and planning phases. The course also aims to further develop your technical project management skills and 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
  • analyse a business case and benefits as inputs to the project scope
  • develop a project charter, including definition of benefits, objectives, success measures and deliverables
  • identify stakeholders to define a project scope
  • meaningfully engage with stakeholders to define fitness for purpose and develop requirements in a quality plan
  • develop a WBS, scope statement, requirements traceability matrix, configuration management
  • ensure requirements flow through to statement of work through appropriate procurement strategies
  • apply integrated change control methods to control or change scope after project commencement
  • describe the role of projects in supporting benefits realisation at a program, portfolio and organisational level.


Part 1: Scoping a project

Strategy & business benefits

  • Context and business benefits or outcomes

Initiating a project

  • Preparing the project scope statement
  • Aligning scope with strategy and benefits
  • Identifying and engaging stakeholders

Develop scope & requirements

  • Scoping terminology and approaches to scoping
  • Developing a work breakdown structure
  • Developing requirements, including traceability matrix and configuration management
  • Delivering on requirements using a quality plan
  • Developing a procurement plan that will deliver on desired scope

Controlling changes to scope

  • Integrated change control approaches

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 contingency 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

Part 3: 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

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


Some familiarity with project management.

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 three-day course focuses on experiential learning. Content is broken into 10-15 minute blocks and immediately followed by 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
  • an online project management toolkit with templates
  • a Statement of Completion indicating eligibility for PDUs (points/contact hours).

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.

Additional information

The Project Management Professional (PMP), PgMP, PMI-RMP and PMI-SP are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

The PMI logo is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

The Centre for Continuing Education has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI). CCE has been approved by PMI to issue PDUs for our courses.

Once you complete this course, you will receive an email with a code to claim PDUs from the Project Management Institute, Inc.

For further information on PMI, please visit the Project Management Institute website.

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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