University faculty and scholars seeking to advance their course offerings in project management can now access new resources from the Project Management Institute (PMI,) the world’s largest not-for-profit professional association. PMI’s Project Management Curriculum and Resources, which are available at PMITeach.org, were developed with input from university faculty from around the world to help institutions prepare the future workforce for one of the most in-demand and financially lucrative professions: by 2020, 15.7 million new project management roles are expected to be created globally, growing the economic impact of the profession to USD$6.61 trillion.
PMI’s Project Management Curriculum and Resources offer 30 knowledge modules that can be combined in different ways to guide the design of up to eight courses in project management. The flexible guidelines and teaching materials can be used on their own or customized to reflect individual disciplinary focus, teaching approaches, student profiles, and course structures. They include:
- A foundational course that includes a syllabus, mini-case studies and course projects
- 30 essential knowledge modules that allow faculty to select the topics they’d like to cover in a course
- Instructional outlines for additional project management courses, along with specific learning outcomes
- Guidance for enhancing existing courses
- An online, open-source forum where faculty can share ideas, outcomes and relevant content
“Demand for skilled project professionals is growing exponentially,” said Michael DePrisco, Vice President, Academic and Educational Programs, PMI. “At its core, a project management career begins with and builds on the solid knowledge and application of key project management concepts and practices, and continues with constant training that lets a project practitioner evolve to help the business he or she serves to succeed. PMI’s Project Management Curriculum and Resources, developed by faculty, for faculty, give colleges and universities the tools they need to set future project managers on the road to success.”