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Initiating and Planning Projects

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The courses in the Introduction to Project Management Principles and Practices Specialization are a recommended precursor to UCI’s Applied Project Management Certificate.

Successful projects require careful upfront planning. In this course, you’ll learn the key roles and responsibilities of the project manager and project team. You’ll also learn to answer some key questions upfront to help you meet project objectives: What will this project accomplish? Why is this project important? Who benefits from this project? How will we plan for successful outcomes?

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
1) Identify the key characteristics of a project
2) Identify primary project constraints
3) Define the role and responsibilities of the project manager
4) Identify Project Organizational Structures
5) Understand the definition of a Project Stakeholder
6) Identify project stakeholders
7) Identify information needs of the project stakeholders
8) Define responsibility for managing stakeholder and controlling stakeholder engagement
9) Define the purpose of using a project charter
10) Summarize the key elements of a project plan
11) Identify common sources of conflict within a project environment
12) Describe the difference between authority and influence

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    Edzai Conilias Zvobwo is passionate about empowering Africans through mathematics, problem-solving techniques and media. As such, he founded MathsGee. Through this organisation, he has helped create an ecosystem for disseminating information, training, and supporting STEM education to all African people. A maths evangelist who teaches mathematical thinking as a life skill, Edzai’s quest has seen him being named the SABC Ambassador for STEM; he has been invited to address Fortune 500 C-suite executives at the Mobile 360 North America; was nominated to represent Southern Africa at the inaugural United Nations Youth Skills Day in New York; was invited to be a contributor to the World Bank Group Youth Summit in 2016; has won the 2014 SADC Protocol on Gender and Development award for his contribution to women’s empowerment in education; and has partnered with local and global firms in STEM interventions.

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