Project managing your research (moderated online learning course)

Title:Project managing your research (moderated online learning course)

Duration:5 days
Training Units2.0
The Graduate School

This course is delivered by the Graduate School

Target audience

 

 

Early and mid-stage postgraduate research students [especially off-campus]
Early career research staff

 

This course is aimed at postgraduate and early career researchers from any discipline who would like to learn more about the principles of project management and how they can be applied to manage their research projects more efficiently and effectively. Project management techniques are now widely used both within and outside the research environment and the ability to apply such techniques represents an increasingly relevant transferable skill.

 

Please check that you are eligible for this course before you register.

 

Prerequisites

 

UK researchers:to book onto this course in Moodle please see the available dates at the bottom of the page and click on the 'Book' link. More detailed information on how to join the course will be sent to you shortly before the start of the course.


China and Malaysia researchers: to book on this course please make sure that dates are available at the bottom of this page and use this email link: pg-training@nottingham.ac.uk to request a place. Please make sure that you add the start date of the course to the email.

 

Please note: the course topics and discussions will change daily and follow-on from one another. Before registering for the course please ensure that your schedule will allow you to sign-in and post comments daily.

 

Process

 

Timeframe: 1 week (5 days, Monday - Friday)

Your time input: Approximately 90 mins per day at a time of your choosing.

 

There will be a number of learning exercises delivered through daily discussion forums. Your contributions to the discussion forums are your means of 'assessment' and you should expect to post messages and respond to the posts of others. Guidance will be provided throughout by the course tutor.

 

You will receive an email with a link to the course in Moodle a few days before the course starts and you must use this link the first time you log in. Please log in and post a message to the socialisation forum before the course commences if possible.

 

 

Description

 

During this course you will be introduced to some of the common ideas and techniques in project management including how to plan a project, schedule task work, monitor progress and manage risks. During the course you will be encouraged to think about which of these skills may be useful in managing your own research project and how these principles could be applied.

 

Many of you will already be using some of the techniques; though you may not call them project management techniques! The intention of the course is not to overload you with information which might result in the 'over' administration of your doctoral degree or research project. Its aim is to provide techniques which you may want to incorporate into your existing working patterns in order to develop some useful and transferable techniques in managing particular sections of your research.

 

Aims

 

To help you understand the principles of project management and how they could be applied to your research project(s).

 

Objectives

 

By the end of this course you will:

 

  • View your research in terms of a 'project'
  • Understand some of the key terms and techniques associated with contemporary research project management
  • Consider organisation, roles and stakeholders in your research project
  • Think through the 'why' and 'how' of planning in your research project
  • Consider 'risk' as a normal but manageable element of your research
  • Understand the concepts associated with managing research project quality



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