Centre for Continuing Education

Project Management Course: Project Scope and Initiation

Technical Project Management skills. Hard skills for project success.

In partnership with the Faculty of Engineering
All course materials have been developed in conjunction with the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Engineering, Project Management Program. The Faculty’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®.

This course offers an in-depth view of project scoping, from the original business case to the final realisation of project benefits. You will learn to work collaboratively to develop the suite of deliverables required to monitor and control your project scope.

This non-award course provides up to 7 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 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.


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

  • 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 are in the statement of work and 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.


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

Intended audience

  • New and experienced Project Managers
  • ‘Accidental’ Project Managers
  • Team members and subject matter experts involved in projects
  • Anyone interested in working on projects
  • Current and aspiring business leaders


Delivery style

This one-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 the concepts
  • self-reflection and group discussions
  • case studies where the concepts are actively applied
  • individual and team activities and presentations
  • suggested readings for after the training.


You will receive:

  • online course materials with case study activities and sample templates for your toolkit
  • 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.

Note: many of our courses contain overlapping content. Please refer to our diagram of project management courses to compare course content.

An introduction to project managementTechnical skillsForming and leading teamsScoping a project
Project Management Course: Introduction
Project Management Course: Project Scope and Initiation
Project Management Course: Methods, Tools and Techniques
Project Management Course: Managing People and Projects
Project Management Course: Beyond the Fundamentals
Project Management Course: The Master Class

*Each subject area represents one day of content. Course content overlaps between courses. Please get in touch if you have questions.


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