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Advanced Project Management Level 4

Advanced Project Management Level 4

[ UBSM26 ]



This higher level Project Management course is a more challenging and in-depth version of the corresponding Level 3 course we offer. Although, as for Level 3, you will look at a tremendously diverse range of subject areas from management, quality control and assurance, finance, health and safety, planning etc., here you will be expected to look at these critical areas in more detail and to add your own experiences to the learning process. In this way, our Advanced Project Management Distance Learning course will give you a considerable range of advanced skills to become a first class Project Manager.

•Course Length - 12 Months
•Award Received - Level 4 Certificate of Achievement by ABC
•Course Code: UBSM26

Crucially, this Advanced Project Management course will require you to involve yourself in the issues raised in the course: the course materials are only part of the learning process. You should supplement it with your growing and developing experience that will be gained in the light of what you have learned here. In addition, the experience you already have acquired in the broad area of Project management will be of great benefit to you in producing sophisticated responses to the assignments.

Team Leading

Key Principles of Team Leading

 Know the role of a team leader within a team
 Know how to approach key issues in team leading
 Know how to organise the work of a team
 Know how to support team development

Managing Personal Development

 Know how to assess own development needs
 Understand ways to improve own performance
 Know how to prepare a personal development plan

Developing Working Relationships with Team Members

 Know the characteristics of productive working relationships between a team leader and a team member
 Know how to develop working relationships with team members
 Understand how to maintain working relationships with team members

Health and Safety Awareness in Team Leading

 Know about health and safety in the workplace
 Know the risks and hazards in the workplace
 Understand the health and safety responsibilities of a team leader

Project Management

 What is project management?
 Why use project management?
 Benefits of project management
 What do project managers actually do?
 History of PM
 Project management old and new
 Modern scientific project management
 Gantt charts
 The Fayol management model
 Network diagrams
 Critical path method (CPM
 Program evaluation and review technique (PERT)
 Organisational Structure
 The four basic organisational structures
 Project Life Cycle
 The four stage project cycle model
 Milestones and hold points
 Project close-out
 Feasibility Studies
 The client's feasibility study
 The client
 Define the constraints on the project
 Value management
 Financial models for project selection
 Payback period
 Return on investment
 Discounted cash flow
 Net present value
 Project Estimating and Scope Definition
 Ball-park cost estimate
 Feasibility study
 Subdivision of project costs
 Direct costs
 Indirect costs
 Time related costs
 Labour and staff costs
 Material and logistics costs
 Miscellaneous costs
 Project charter
 Defining the scope
 Changing scope
 Scope Management
 Project closeout
 Project closeout report
 Project Procurement Plan
 What is required?
 Communication of requirements to potential suppliers
 Evaluation and selection of supplier
 Review and evaluate tenders
 Manage the Contract
 Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
 Producing a WBS
 WBS numbering system
 WBS and costing
 Further breakdown of WBS
 Critical Path
 Network diagrams: WBS and critical path
 Activities in series
 Activities in parallel
 Generation of logic
 Activities: summing up
 Resource Planning
 Resource availability
 Use of resources
 Resource overload and underload
 Resource adjustment
 Increasing project resources
 Reducing resources
 Controlling the project
 Why control projects?
 Scope of control
 Scope management
 Technical backup
 Time management
 Resource and procurement management
 Commercial management
 Gathering information
 Applying project control
 Dealing with people
 Quality Management
 Cost of quality
 Right first time costs
 QA costs
 Internal cost of failure
 External cost of failure)
 Quality circles
 Quality auditing
 Conduct of an audit
 Why audit?
 Quality control plans
 Risk Management
 Hierarchy of control
 Controlling risk
 Risk assessment
 Identify the hazard
 Decide who might be harmed
 Evaluate the risks and decide upon precautions
 Record and implement your findings
 Review and update your risk assessments

Health and Safety

 Legal Framework for Health and Safety
 Sources of Law (England and Wales)
 The HSE
 The Responsibilities of Employers and Employees
 Employers' Roles and Responsibilities
 Employees' Roles and Responsibilities
 Client Roles and Responsibilities
 Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Roles and Responsibility
 Hazards and Risks
 Effects of Changes to Work Practices
 Risk Rating of Hazards
 Environmental Aspects
 Working at Height
 Accident Data
 Using Risk Assessments in Appropriate Formats
 Special cases
 Workers with disabilities
 Lone workers
 Control and Monitoring
 Hierarchy of risk control
 Personal protective equipment (PPE)
 Controlling the risks to health
 Safe Systems of Work
 Developing a safe system of work
 Work Equipment
 Practical Safeguards
 Electrical Hazards
 Emergency routes, exits and emergency procedures
 Principles of Heat Transmission and the Spread of Fires
 Fire Risk Assessment
 Chemical and Biological Hazards
 The role of COSHH
 Incident and Accident Investigation and Reporting
 Recording and Reporting



At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards' Quality Licence Scheme. This means that UK Distance Learning & Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by UK Distance Learning & Publishing to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards' endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

[1] Regulators for exams and assessments in England and Wales



Paper Based Version

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.

Online Version

Our online A-Level courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

 The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

 This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.


You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work, guide you through the course and assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.

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