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2009/2010 Technology, Policy and Management Master Engineering and Policy Analysis
Project Management
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Prof.dr.ir. A. Verbraeck    A.Verbraeck@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. H.G. Mooi    H.G.Mooi@tudelft.nl
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Education Period
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Course Language
Characteristics of complex engineering projects. State-of-the-art methods and tools for project management, addressing scope, time, cost, risks, quality, information, and organizational issues. Typical problems and strategies for resolving problems related to projects. Support with planning tools and project management information systems. Case studies of successful projects and failures. International projects. Specific attention to risk management in projects and to the use of range estimates using risk analysis.
Course Contents
Project life cycle or systems development cycle, and relation with project management:
A. Conception
B. Definition
C. Execution, contracting, implementation
D. Operation

Project PROMISES. Trade-offs between time, cost, quality, and scope:
. SCOPE axis - setting the project boundaries, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS);
. TIME axis - planning & scheduling, network scheduling, critical path method (CPM), Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT), resource constraints;
. COST axis - estimating, project cost accounting, scheduling and forecasting for costs;
. QUALITY axis - TQM, six sigma, other techniques.

Project ORGANIZATION - different possibilities: pure project organization, matrix organization, project office. Responsibilities within projects.

Project CONTROL and SUPPORT - PMIS (Project support software, MS-Project, Primavera, PertMaster), evaluation, reporting, contract closing. Earned Value Analysis (EVA).

Special attention to RISK in relation to the project promises on scope, quality, time and cost. Ways to identify, classify, and deal with risks in projects. Range estimates versus point estimates.

International projects.

Tools (MS-Project, PertMaster), and discussion of case studies of successful and failed projects. Analysis of reason for success and failure.
Study Goals
The course aims at providing knowledge and skills for successfully carrying out projects in engineering and business. Many of the subjects covered in the course are applicable both for small projects (e.g. the thesis project) and for larger, capital intensive, industry projects.
Education Method
4 hours per week lecture
4 hours per week self-study and small assignments
around 20 hours preparation for exam
3 hours exam
Literature and Study Materials
Book to be used:
J.R. Meredith and S.J. Mantel. Project Management: A Managerial Approach. 6th edition (5th edition, which can often be bought cheaply as a 2nd hand book, will also be fine). John Wiley, 2006. ISBN 0-471-74277-5.

In addition, several background papers will be made available through the Blackboard site for epa1411 - Project Management.

Background literature (students do NOT need a copy of these books):
John M. Nicholas - Project Management for Business and Technology, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall / Pearson, 2001.
J. Rodney Turner - The Handbook of Project-based Management, McGraw-Hill, 1993 (or 2nd edition, 1999).
H. Eisner - Essentials of Project and Systems Engineering Management, Wiley, 1997.
Written exam, on the basis of a brief 2-page case study.
Permitted Materials during Tests
All course materials, notes, books, slides, and reader can be used during the exam. Computers and mobile phones are not permitted.