Master Syllabus


Master Syllabus


For the last 16 years, we have been successfully training executives in project, program and portfolio management. The Project Management Master has overseen the formation of project managers who have become efficient in succeeding in business and in their organizations in which they work.


Disclaimer: The content and duration of the sections may be modified during the programs in response to changes in the standards and adjustments in the teaching plans.

This course will be delivered through a complete learning cycle online formation. There will be four core subjects on the course curriculum that will require successful completion prior to the final submission of the Master Thesis.

The Core Subjects Are:

  • Predictive Methodologies
  • Service Management and Agile Methodologies
  • Strategy and Business Generation
  • Software Tools

SECTION 1. SELF-MANAGEMENT (COURSE INTRODUCTION – MASTER)


To truly understand what lies behind the art and science of Project Management.


One must firstly identify their own personal management style, acknowledging areas of weaknesses which can then be supported through a guided project structure. Through such a supported process, one will undoubtedly enhance his own personal management system.

Duration: 4 weeks.

SECTION 2. FOUNDATIONS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT – PMI-PMP INITIATION (PMBok 6TH edition)


This section initially will prepare the students in developing a better understanding of what an organization is and the relevance of an organizations particular culture and style.


An insight will then be given into how an organizational structure influences any one project. Following that, the role and function of a project manager will be discussed in detail with an introduction also being given to the project life cycle and project management processes which will be based on the Project Management Institute (PMI) methodology.

This section matter will be part of the student’s preparation to obtain the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Duration: 6 weeks

SECTION 3. PMI-PMP PLANNING (PMBok 6TH edition)


This section matter will be guided from the book, A Guide to the Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK GUIDE), 6th Edition, 2017.


The focus will be based upon the management of projects, utilizing the documented forty nine processes as stated in the above titled book. The knowledge gained through this subject will be a fundamental source of knowledge towards the development of the student’s chosen master project.

This section matter will be part of the student’s preparation to obtain the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification focusing in the Planning Project Management Process Group.

Duration: 9 weeks

SECTION 4. PMI-PMP EXECUTION, CONTROL&MONITORING, AND CLOSING (PMBok 6TH edition)


This section matter will be guided from the book, A Guide to the Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK GUIDE), 6th Edition, 2017. The focus will be based upon the management of projects, utilizing the documented forty nine processes as stated in the above titled book.


The knowledge gained through this subject will be a fundamental source of knowledge towards the development of the student’s chosen master project.

This section matter will be part of the student’s preparation to obtain the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification focusing in the Execution, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing Project Management Process Groups.

Duration: 9 weeks

SECTION 5. PRINCE2


PRINCE2™ is extensively used in more than 150 countries around the world and its take-up grows daily. It is widely considered as the leading method in project management with in excess of 20,000 organizations already benefiting from its pioneering and trusted approach.


Today, complex projects often involve several organizations working together in partnership or through contractual arrangements to achieve objectives. PRINCE2 provides a common language between organizations and with external suppliers. It also allows a focus on the Business Case, providing a mechanism to define what the project is trying to achieve, and the rationale and business justification for it.

Duration: 6 weeks

SECTION 6. AGILE


This subject initially will introduce the students to the world of agile.


The origin of agile comes from Lean thinking successfully applied in Japan after World War II. Under those circumstances the goal was to transform a low quality industry into the most renamed companies for high quality standards and productivity. With a culture based in a full engagement of all levels of management and team working approach continuous improvement (kaizen) lead the company’s strategy to disruption and sustainability. The use of new methodologies in the IT industry with total programing or scrum, together with the Kanban tool become the seed to the agile manifesto and its twelve principles.

Duration: 6 weeks

SECTION 7. INTERNATIONAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION (IPMA)


This Subject offers access to the technical, behavioural and contextual competence elements of project management.


The IPMA Competence Baseline (ICB) is the common framework document that all IPMA Member Associations and Certification Bodies abide by to ensure that consistent and harmonized standards are applied.

The ICB should be of most use to individuals and assessors when undertaking an assessment. However, it can also be used as a guide for the preparation of training materials, for research purposes and as a general reference document for people seeking information about applied project management.

Duration: 6 weeks

SECTION 8. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE LIBRARY (ITIL)


ITIL is the perfect option for IT service management the processes and knowledge described can be used in the implementation of multiple projects and services. If does not matter if the practitioners are from the IT sector or not. Every manager should have extended knowledge in service management for a right implementation in their departments or projects.


User or service provider ITIL is the right combination to improve efficiency of other project management standards and methodologies. Through this section it will be address the five ITIL books to introduce the student into the foundation level in service strategy, service design, service transition, service operation, and continual service improvement (CSI).

Duration: 6 weeks

SECTION 9. CANVAS BUSINESS MODEL


“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Business Model Canvas will present at a glance new or existing business cases for decision making aligning new developments with the company strategy. With multiple applications at all levels of a company.


Project managers will gain a clear understanding of the reasons to initiate a project at the executive level allowing an in depth understanding of the business case. Customer segments, channels to deliver the value proposition, customer relationships together with finance and revenue streams will be analyzed will the student brings strategy into the Canvas Business Model.

Duration: 10 weeks

SECTION 10. BEHAVIORAL COMPETENCIES IN MANAGEMENT


This Subject offers access to the Behavioral Competences in Management. It describes the behavior and includes the personal attitude elements.


The behavioral competence elements are relevant to project management and in the context of the project. The description of each behavioral competence element in a way is relevant to the profession of project management.

The importance of these behavioral competence elements can and will differ depending on the situation. The basis for the professional behavior is a project situations and in this case, those elements may be different because of the particular project situations.

Effective behavior in a specific project situation is the basis for the manager. Every element in the behavioral competences in management help to assess the candidate’s behavior during the interview or during the project life cycle.

Duration: 6 weeks

SECTION 11. LEADERSHIP


Traditionally the roles of the leader and the manager were seen as separate. That seems not be true anymore merging leaders and managers.


If managing was seeing as “doing things right” and leadership as “doing the right things” today “right things shall be done right”. The purpose of leadership then is provide meaning and direction in trustable ways. The genuine leader will deliver vision and ultimately desired results. Mastery of leadership does not come without development of soft skills such as Emotional Intelligence (EI) or people skills, recognition of talent and relationships management. This section will explore into the history of leadership and great leaders. The principal theories of leadership will be presented to bring into the present what it is expected from leaders nowadays. How to influence and manage stakeholders will be done through case studies were new knowledge will be put into practice.

Duration: 6 weeks

SECTION 12. PROFESSIONAL SCHEDULING & MS PROJECT


During this subject the main concepts of scope, time and cost management for scheduling in any project will be applied in practical exercises with the use of the tool MS Project.


The course is aligned with the concepts of the PMBok and it is part of the preparation to the PMP certification as well as an important asset to develop the Master Project. At the conclusion of this lessons the student will be able to create and control de project baselines.

Duration: 6 weeks

SECTION 13. MASTER THESIS


The Master Thesis will be a synthesis of the knowledge and experience gained during the programme presented in a full project which will contain valuable information for the professional future of the students.


From the Project Charter and Project Management Plan, the Thesis will address the main tools of the Execution, Control & Monitoring, and Closing.

Duration:22 weeks

SECTION 14. MASTER THESIS TUTORIAL (PREMIUM)


A complete guidance and assistance in supporting the student during the thesis.


This optional section is highly recommended. Through sharing experiences and different role plays the students gain knowledge in direct management methodology practical application. This section is based in weekly tutorial sessions.

Duration:22 weeks

SECTION 15. EXECUTIVE DEVELOMPMENT OF COMMUNICATION SKILLS (PREMIUM)


This optional section will focus in perfection different skills which are essential for the modern manager:

  • Crafting of executive summaries
  • Agendas
  • Conducting meetings
  • Minutes of meeting
  • Strategy for reporting
  • Public speaking

Duration:6 weeks