Effective Project Management


This two-day course provides a powerful set of skills for anyone who needs to learn about managing projects and is ideal for Engineers, Managers and Project staff from the following industries:
  • Aerospace 
  • Building and Construction 
  • Chemical Engineering 
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Defence 
  • Electricity 
  • Electronics
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Petrochemicals
  • Telecommunications

By the end of the course delegates will have the skills to enable their project to be delivered on time within budget and with effective results.  Presented by the course director, Alex Roberts, who is a leading expert in Project Management, this highly participative course uses a mixture of instruction and case exercises to develop vital project management skills.  Delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the two days.

This course is currently available on a bespoke course basis only. Bespoke courses can be held at a venue convenient to your company. If you wish to enquire about bespoke courses please contact Barbara Steel on 01483 686040. A minimum of 8 delegates is required in order to make a bespoke course cost-effective.

During the course you will learn about:
  • Criteria for Project Success
  • Project Management Tools
  • Project Planning
  • Critical Path Analysis
  • Resource Analysis
  • Management and Control Techniques
  • Running Project Meetings
  • Project Teams
  • Motivating Project Staff
  • Negotiation


Day 1 provides an introductory insight into methods of Project Management and looks at the criteria that need be met to ensure a project’s success.  Delegates are shown techniques of planning a project and methods of saving time without incurring extra costs.   The day includes a session on how to make your project meetings more effective. 

Day 2 covers project teams, project structures and how projects integrate within the standard corporate organisation.  Staff issues and company cultures are looked at.  Delegates participate in project exercises at various stages throughout the course. The two days include exercises on project planning, meetings, negotiating, devising a strategy and a team presentation.


The lecturer for this course, Alex Roberts, is a chartered electronics engineer with hands-on experience of managing engineering projects of total value in excess of £100 million. His career has included posts as design engineer, systems engineer, project manager, head of project management, general manager and director of engineering. When appointed general manager at a major defence engineering company, he introduced project management techniques that turned that organisation round.  He now brings his skills and experience to our project management courses at the University of Surrey.  Alex’s popular courses have proved highly effective in teaching the necessary skills to delegates working on engineering projects in industry today.

What previous delegates have said about his Project Management courses:

“Excellent lecturer who knew what he was talking about”; “Content was very good – useful tips”;  “Everything I was looking for was in this course”; “Visual aids excellent”;  “Very good, good fun, concise and informative”; “Excellent at bringing everything together – very knowledgeable”.



Day 1
Day 2
09:00 Introduction to Project Management
Criteria for Project Success
Why some projects are unsuccessful
Risk issues
09:00 Project Teams
Qualities of a good project Manager
Styles of project management
Motivating staff
Preparation for Team exercise
10:30 Coffee 10:30 Coffee
11:00 Project Planning Tools
Gantt Charts
PERT charts
Critical Path Analysis
Resource Scheduling
Planning Exercise
11:00 Negotiation Exercise

What project managers negotiate about

Case Study brief

12:30 Lunch 13:00 Lunch
13:30 Review of Planning Excercise
Managing the Project
Starting the Project
Task delegation
Project control
Closing a project
14:00 Case study team exercise and preparation for Project Presentations
15:00 Tea 15:30 Tea
15:30 Project Meetings
Controlling meetings (time and people)
The minutes
Controlling the actions
Meetings Exercise
16:00 Project Team Presentations


17:00 Close 17:30 Close



Public course Price for course held at the University of Surrey. The price per person which includes coffee, lunch, tea and printed course notes and UoS Certificate of Attendance:


Price per person, including lunch, refreshments and printed course notes

For IEE Members (proof of membership needed)

Please note that accommodation is not available for this course on-site. Details of accommodation in the local Guildford area is on our website on:



Enquiries should be addressed to: Barbara Steel, CE Manager    Tel: +44(0)1483 686040

Fax: +44(0)1483 686041 or send an email by clicking below:
To reserve a place on the above course please complete this Registration Form



Delegates can make a provisional registration for a course by telephone or email. However bookings are only acknowledged formally once payment has been received.

Cancellations notified in writing ten working days before the event

We charge a cancellation fee of 25% of the standard rate. If we have already received payment we refund 75% of the full fee.

Cancellations within 10 working days before the event

We charge these at the full rate and do not give refunds


You can make substitutions at any time before the event.

Cancellation by the University

We reserve the right to cancel any course because of insufficient numbers or for other reasons beyond our control.

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Registrations must come with a valid purchase order, credit card payment or cheque.





Barbara Steel: 10 February 2006