The Open University Online Course - Business Fundamentals - Project Management


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Gain the basic skills to manage all phases of project lifecycle effectively, using the most appropriate methods and tools.

This course is part of the Business and Finance Fundamentals and Business Fundamentals programs, which will enable you to master this subject in depth.

About the course

Whatever the type or scale of your project, delivering great results, on time and within budget, is always a challenge. This free online course introduces you to the essential skills and processes which support successful project management in a way that allows you to apply them to your own context.

Visualise, plan, manage and evaluate projects successfully

You will learn techniques to help you visualise, plan and manage key activities and events in your project, and make links between project management and related theories of innovation, change and people management.

You will be introduced to essential tools which support project management, as well as the fundamental personal skills of team selection, management and evaluation. The course will also cover the stage of evaluating project performance and learning for the future.

While other courses on project management may propose complex methods and techniques, this course aims to provide participants with the skill-set to play an active role in a project environment right away. Along with the fundamental technical notions, you will gain confidence with project document templates in Word, Excel and Powerpoint, as well as some web tools for project management.

Develop fundamental business and finance skills

This course has been developed by The Open University Business School – a pioneering institution that is triple accredited by AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.

It is one of eight from The Open University, designed to help you gain fundamental business and financial skills, including communication, networking, relationship building, project management, personal financial planning and management, investment and financial services.

You can complete this course as part of one of these two programs:

Business Fundamentals: four courses, which will boost your employability and effectiveness at work, and enable you to earn a FutureLearn Award.

Business and Finance Fundamentals: eight courses; holders of FutureLearn Certificates of Achievement for all eight courses can earn 30 UK credits towards The Open University Business School’s BA in Business Management by passing a linked Open University assessment module (requiring separate OU registration and fee).


This course is aimed at those already or likely to be involved in projects whether professional or personal. It assumes no prior project management or business knowledge, though an interest in the topic would be beneficial. Whether you’re at the start of your career and need an introduction to the subject, or you’ve been managing projects for years and are seeking to reflect on your experiences, you will get a lot out of this formal, yet practice-oriented, learning experience.

For further information about registration, the final assessment course, your eligibility and the BA in Business Management, visit the Open University website. The Open University does not operate in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. This means that Learners based in those countries will not be able to convert their participation in this Program to Open University course credits.

Gain credit towards a qualification in Business Management

The Open University has launched a new program of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) which upon successful completion and combined with a linked Open University assessment module (also known as courses) will earn you credit towards Business Management qualifications. The programs focus on Business and Finance Fundamentals.

These FutureLearn courses allow you the flexibility to study at your own pace while having regular contact and input from mentors and fellow students.

How it works

The program consists of eight MOOCs, plus a final assessment module1. The Business and Finance Fundamentals program - designed by the Open University Business School - will help you develop valuable skills for today’s business environment. In order to complete the program you will need to:

  • complete all of the MOOCs in the program
  • purchase the Certificate of Achievement for each MOOC
  • successfully complete the Open University assessment module2.

Upon successful completion of the assessment module you will be awarded 30 credits which can count towards the standard, economics and marketing pathways of the BA (Hons) Business Management (Q91), Diploma of Higher Education in Business Management (W51) and the Certificate of Higher Education in Business Management (T27). Click on each qualification above to find out more about modules fees, entry requirements and qualification regulations.

Registration on the OU assessment module is not open yet – more details will follow soon. The fee for the assessment module will be £699.

Business Fundamentals

Are you a young professional looking to develop your fundamental business skills, either to increase your employability or secure a promotion? If so, this program is for you. It will provide an introduction to undergraduate-level study in business or management. Business Fundamentals consists of the following MOOCs:

  • Project management
  • Customer engagement
  • Effective networking
  • Effective communication.

Certificates of Achievement from all eight MOOCs in the Business Fundamentals and Finance Fundamentals programs enable you to register for the assessment module and gain credit towards our Business Management qualifications.

Finance Fundamentals

If you have an interest in developing your financial awareness, accounting, or economics and are thinking about undergraduate level study in business or management then this program is for you. The program starts from your own financial situation before broadening out to cover the financial sector itself. Finance Fundamentals consists of the following MOOCs:

  • Personal financial planning and budgeting
  • Managing the household balance sheet
  • Investment theory and practice
  • Financial services after the banking crisis.

To APPLY click "Further official information" below and join the course.

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Publish Date
November 16, 2016
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