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BCS-ISEB Foundation - IS Project Management

Course Details

Name BCS-ISEB Foundation - IS Project Management
DescriptionISEB Foundation in IS Project Management is highly practical and is based on experience developed in our own projects. Participants are encouraged to discuss their own problems and issues in project management and to identify how the skills taught on the course could benefit their own organisation. The course documentation provided for each participant includes a copy of the BCS/ISEB textbook Project Management for IT-Related Projects. ISEB qualifications This course covers the syllabus of the Foundation Certificate in IS Project Management offered by the Information Systems Examinations Board (ISEB), the vocational qualification arm of the British Computer Society. The examination is a one-hour closed-book test with 40 multiple-choice questions; candidates must achieve 26 correct answers (65%) for a pass.
London - West
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If you’re about to take on your first managerial role this course is the ideal place to start learning more about IS and IT project management principles.

In our Foundation in IS Project Management course, you’ll investigate and understand a number of project management issues around IS and IT applications. What do we mean by that? Well, some of the key areas you’ll look into include the nature of projects and project work, monitoring and control, quality issues and project organisation and communication.


12-month BCS Associate membership (not available to previous members). Click here for terms and conditions.

Course Content

The course takes place over 3 days. Refreshments and lunch are provided free of charge to participants.
Day 1 - 09:30 start / 17:00 finish
  • The project environment
  • Development lifecyles
  • Project initiation and the business case
  • Product-based planning
Day 2 - 09:00 start / 17:00 finish
  • Estimating
  • Planning networks and charts
  • Working in teams
  • Leadership
  • Risk management
Day 3 - 09:00 start / 17:00 finish
  • Managing quality
  • The project plan
  • Monitoring, control and reporting
  • Project completion
  • The project manager
  • BCS examination

Course content

Project environment

  • Characteristics of a project; the ‘triple constraint’ of time/cost/quality
  • Project and operational responsibilities
  • Special features of computer projects
  • Role of the Project Manager
  • Project success and failure
  • Development lifecycles

Project initiation

  • Stakeholder analysis and management
  • Defining the objectives and scope of the project
  • The role of the Client and their responsibilities
  • Project constraints and resources
  • Project Initiation Document

Project planning

  • The importance of breaking work down
  • Product breakdown structures
  • Project and User deliverables
  • Standard deliverable sets and templates
  • Product flows and work packages
  • The concept of dependencies

Estimating deliverables

  • Key concepts in estimating
  • Estimating difficulties
  • Estimating by analogy
  • Parametric estimating
  • Effort and elapsed time estimates
  • Schedule compression

Planning networks and charts

  • Precedence diagrams and project networks
  • The critical path and its implications
  • Gantt charts and resource histograms
  • Planning at an appropriate level
  • The use and abuse of planning software

Working in teams

  • The elements of a good team
  • Team composition
  • Team roles

Motivation and management style

  • The roots of motivation at work
  • Approaches to motivation (Maslow, Herzberg)
  • The effect of management style

Project risk management

  • Purpose of risk management
  • Risk management process
  • Identifying and assessing risks
  • Introduction to quantitative risk assessment

Project quality plans

  • Principles of quality management
  • The contents of a quality plan
  • Quality Management
  • Configuration management

The project plan

  • Elements of a project plan (schedule, quality, risk)
  • Contents and structure of a project plan

Project monitoring, reporting and control

  • The importance of monitoring and control
  • Allocating personal deliverables
  • Progress measurement
  • Time recording
  • Introduction to earned value analysis
  • Dealing with non-delivery
  • Slippage and re-planning – corrective actions
  • Change control, scope creep and over-engineering
  • Reporting structures

Project completion

  • Project sign-off and the need for a controlled close
  • Post-project reviews

The project manager

  • The project manager’s role revisited
  • Qualities and characteristics of effective project managers

London - De Vere West One


De Vere West One is conveniently set in London's West End, with quick links to the rest of the city. The venue itself is awash in natural light and provides an inspiring atmosphere.


9-10 Portland Place



De Vere West One is just a five minutes' walk from Oxford Circus tube (Central, Victoria, and Bakerloo), Bond street (Jubilee) and a 10 minute walk from Great Portland Street tube (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan) and Marylebone station.

You’ll also be given a comprehensive IS Project Management course manual, containing additional information and guidance on further reading. We’ll also send you a copy of the BCS textbook ‘Project Management for IT-Related Projects’, which supports the syllabus of the course..

During this three day course you’ll receive all the training you need to prepare for the BCS Foundation in IS Project Management certificate multiple choice examination, which is held on the final afternoon of the course. A pass means a Foundation certificate in IS Project Management which is part of the BCS Professional Certification portfolio, but it contributes to your BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis too.

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