This Project Management article offers extensive detail of the tasks that professionals are charged with completing as well as a look at Centennial College’s program that prepares students for the field.
Project management program prepares students for multifaceted role
Project Management Program Prepares Students for Multifaceted
The tasks of a Project Manager are extensive. This person is responsible for planning,
staffing, implementing, controlling and evaluating project. Each stage comes with its own
set of responsibilities that, according to the HR Council include: creating a detailed work
plan that identifies and sequences the activities needed to successfully complete the
project; determining the resources (time, money, equipment, etc) required to complete the
project; developing a schedule for project completion that effectively allocates the resources
to the activities; managing project staff and/or volunteers according to the established
policies and practices of the organization; contracting qualified consultants to work on the
project as appropriate; monitoring the progress of the project and making adjustments as
necessary to ensure the successful completion of the project; writing reports on the project
for management and for funders; managing all project funds according to established
accounting policies and procedures; ensuring that the project deliverables are on time,
within budget and at the required level of quality; and evaluating the outcomes of the
project as established during the planning phase.
Through the Project Management courses at Centennial College students lean the skills they
need to successfully complete the above tasks and not only work as Project Managers in
areas such as health, engineering, computer, new media, advertising, marketing, financial,
education, transportation and construction, but also to launch careers as project leaders,
process development analysts and global project managers.
This three-semester program employs a curriculum that is based on A Guide to the Project
Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Fourth Edition, Project Management
Institute, Inc. 2008. The training ensures that students are equipped with standards the
industry expects while gaining the skills and strategic business techniques to manage
projects in their discipline. Use leading-edge project management tools, technologies and
best practices, students complete courses that include: Project Leadership, Project Planning
and Scheduling, Project Management Tools and Applications, Procurement and Contract
Management, International Project Management and Professional Responsibilities and more.
While each course in the program has elements of practicality that see students apply what
they are learning in realistic scenarios, the entire final semester is devoted to a field
placement experience. During this time, students head into the industry where they
experience the Canadian work environment and to apply the range of skills learned in the
first and second semesters of the program. Taking their interests into consideration, faculty
members assign students to an external host organization, which essentially functions as
the students’ employer for the duration of the internship. To ensure that students are
getting the most out of their placement, faculty members monitor them while facilitating the
sharing of experiences during the internship in a safe and encouraging environment. The
placement also serves to help students structure their experience into a portfolio.