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A Certificate of Completion in Project Management at Western will be awarded upon successful completion of four courses:

Please be advised there has been a change to the spring offering of Western Project Management. Western PM: Executing Controlling and Closing Projects, will be offered instead of Western PM: Project Leadership as advertised

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Additional Program Information

One of the four courses may be taken online or through a public offering at the Continuing Studies at Western downtown campus.

It is strongly recommended that participants also complete:

These courses are offered through Western Human Resources. They focus on developing the team and interpersonal skills for effective leadership at Western. More information can be found on the Human Resources website.

Students interested in obtaining the Professional Certificate in Project Management from Continuing Studies at Western will be required to take an additional three courses from Continuing Studies in addition to the four required project management courses. Western CIM courses may be used for this purpose.

 

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Why is Western offering a Project Management Program?

What is a project?

Who is the Western program intended for?

What types of projects do participants need to be working on?

What are the required courses? 

Are other courses recommended?

What do participants receive for completing the four required courses?

What is the course schedule?

Who are the course instructors?

What are the teaching/learning methods?

What evaluation approaches are used?

What is the workload?

Can I attend classes during my regular work hours?

What are the course costs?

What Financial Support is available?

What further designations will this program lead to?

What Professional Associations may I join?

 How do I register? 

 What type of information will I have to supply about my project management work?

What if the class is full?

What if I still have questions?


Why is Western offering a Project Management Program?

Western needs great project leaders for the wide variety of projects that take place.  We want to help those who are engaged in project work to be successful.

The program has four main goals:

  • strengthen the capacity of Western employees to plan, lead, and complete projects
  • deepen foundational knowledge through a significant professional development process
  • develop cross-unit work relationships and sharing
  • advance a work culture that encourages and supports the use of project management best practices

What is a project?

The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide, fourth edition) offers the following definition:

“A project is a temporary endeavour undertaken to create a unique, product, service, or result.”  There is a definite beginning and end. Most projects are undertaken to create a lasting outcome.

Who is the Western program intended for?

The program is available to Western staff and leaders who are currently leading or contributing to work projects as a regular part of their role.  One of the goals of the program is to foster connections among those at Western who are doing lots of project work.  Class discussions and course applications will often link to participant’s current project experiences at Western.

Please note: If you are not currently or only occasionally involved in project work, and you would like to pursue project management for furthering your career at Western, we would ask that you take Continuing Studies online or in-class project management courses offered for the general public.

These courses meet the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) educational requirement to write the exams for the Project Management Professional (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) designations. Educational Assistance is available according to your employee agreement.  For more information go to:  uwo.ca/cstudies/projectmanagement

What types of projects do participants need to be working on?

The skills of project management apply to a variety of settings and types of projects.  Examples of projects at Western include (but are not limited to): developing or improving services or programs; improving work processes within a department or across departments; creating or implementing new work practices, procedures, policies or programs; IT projects; construction or renovation projects.  Projects at Western often involve project teams or work groups that meet over several weeks or months.

What are the required courses?

There are four required courses for Western’s program:

  • Western PM: Introduction to Project Management: Scope, Schedule, and Cost Planning (Prerequisite for all courses)
  • Western PM: Quality, Risk and Procurement Management in Projects (Prerequisite for Western PM:Executing, Controlling, and Closing Projects
  • Western PM:Project Leadership and Managing in a Team- Based Environment
  • Western PM: Executing, Controlling, and Closing Projects

Each course is 3 hours of classes per week, for 12 weeks.

One of the four courses may be taken on-line or through a public offering at the Continuing Studies at Western downtown campus. 

 Are other courses recommended?

It is strongly recommended that participants also complete:

  • Meeting Skills: Meetings that Work (2 days)
  • Western’s Introduction to Leadership or Foundational Leadership Programs (5 - 7.5 days)


These courses are offered through Western Human Resources.  They focus on developing the team and interpersonal skills for effective leadership at Western.  More information can be found on the Human Resources website.  Go to www.uwo.ca/hr and search “learning and development”

What do participants receive for completing the four required courses?

Participants who successfully complete the four required courses will receive a: “Certificate of Completion in Project Management at Western” from Continuing Studies at Western and Western Human Resources.

What is the course schedule?

Fall 2011
Western PM:Introduction to Project Management,
Tuesday evenings: Sep 20 – Dec 6 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The tentative 2012 schedule is:

Winter 2012
Western PM: Quality, Risk and Procurement
Western PM:Introduction to Project Management – (subject to demand)

Spring 2012
Western PM: Project Leadership and Managing in a Team-Based Environment

Fall 2012
Western PM: Executing, Controlling and Closing Projects

Who are the course instructors?

Course instructors are PMP certified, project management professionals working in a variety of fields.

What are the teaching/learning methods?

A variety of approaches are used, including:  case studies, lectures, experiential group work, applications to work environment, group presentations and discussions.

What evaluation approaches are used?

Participants are evaluated through in-class participation, assignments, papers, quizzes and tests. 

What is the workload?

In addition to three hours of class time, there is approximately 5-10 hours of out of class work per week.

Can I attend classes during my regular work hours?

If classes are during your scheduled work hours you need supervisor approval to attend.  Operational needs are to be met. If it is possible for you to attend, discuss ways to make up the time away. 

What are the course costs?

Each course costs $699. 

Text books total approximately $350 - $400 for the entire program.  Two resources, “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge” and “Project Management: The Managerial Process” are used across all courses.

What Financial Support is available?

Tuition:
The program is funded by Western’s Educational Assistance Plan as per Western’s employee agreements.  Courses in this program qualify for advanced funding which means the course fee will automatically be deducted from your Educational Assistance Account according to your eligibility.
 
Please visit the Human Resources website and review the Educational Assistance Plan.

Text books:
UWOSA and SAGE employees can receive maximum of $100 per course for text book reimbursement.  The PMA Professional Allowance is also available for text book reimbursement for eligible employees.  See your employee agreement for specific details at www.uwo.ca/hr

What further designations will this program lead to?

Western’s program provides a great head start on further professional development if you so desire:

Professional Certificate in Project Management – Continuing Studies at Western
This requires 3 elective courses from Continuing Studies in addition to the four required Western Project Management courses.  Western CIM courses may be used for this purpose – contact Continuing Studies to learn about other eligible courses.

Project Management Institute Designations www.pmi.org
Completing one course from Western’s program fulfills the project management education requirements to write the Project Management Institute exams for:

Project Management Professional
or
Certified Associate in Project Management

Note:  Other education and work experience requirements apply. Go to the PMI website for details.

What Professional Associations may I join?

For those who are interested, participants may wish to explore a membership with the
Project Management Institute (PMI) and the PMI South Western Ontario Chapter.  Further information is available at:  www.pmi.org and  www.pmiswoc.org

How do I register?

The Western Project Management courses qualify for advanced funding which means the course fee will be automatically deducted from your Educational Assistance Account according to your eligibility.  Registration for Advanced Funded courses begins July 4th and is on a first come first served basis.

Eligible Western employees using Educational Assistance can login here with their Western username and password.

Be sure to select Western PM: Introduction to Project Management: Scope, Schedule and Cost Planning from the list.  Please note that the courses in the open enrolment project management program at Continuing Studies will also be listed as advanced funded courses, so please ensure you select the appropriate course.

Western employees not eligible to register using Educational Assistance must contact Continuing Studies to register and payment is required in full at the time of registration.
t: 519 661 3658
f: 519-661-3799
mail: Continuing Studies at Western
Downtown Campus - Citi Plaza 240
355 Wellington Street
London, ON N6A 3N7
online: Online registration for the Western Project Management courses is not available.

Payment is required in full at the time of registration.

In order to complete your registration, you will receive an email from Continuing Studies in one to two business days after registering requesting confirmation of the type of project work that you are involved with at Western. Your submission will be reviewed in approximately 5 business days and you will receive notification back from Continuing Studies to confirm your registration within 5 business days.

What type of information will I have to supply about my project management work?

To complete your registration, you are required to complete the following questions.  

  • Your name, role, unit, email and work phone 
  • Your Supervisor’s Name
  • The types of projects you are currently involved with at Western (name and describe briefly)
  • Your role in relation to these projects (e.g. Leading, Team Member)
  • The approximate percentage of your work time engaged in these projects (e.g. 2 days per week on average over the course of a year is 40%)

What if the class is full?

Registration is on a first come first served basis. If you are unable to register because the class is full, please contact Continuing Studies at 519 661 3658 or cstudies@uwo.ca and ask to be added to our wait list.  This will help us determine whether an additional January offering is required, and employees remaining on the waitlist will be given first priority for the additional offering.

What if I still have questions?

If you have any general questions about the program or have registration questions, please contact Continuing Studies:
t: 519 661 3658
e: cstudies@uwo.ca
w: www.uwo.ca/cstudies

If you have more detailed questions about your eligibility for the program, please contact Christine Wilton, Program Manager, Continuing Studies at Western at cwilton2@uwo.ca.

 

 


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