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2012/2013 Technology, Policy and Management Master Engineering and Policy Analysis
Project Management
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Dr. J.L.M. Vrancken    J.L.M.Vrancken@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. M.G.C. Bosch-Rekveldt    M.G.C.Bosch-Rekveldt@tudelft.nl
Dr. S. Filippov    S.Filippov@tudelft.nl
Prof.dr.ir. A. Verbraeck    A.Verbraeck@tudelft.nl
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Course Contents
1. Kickoff: Introduction to Project Management
Key notions. Examples of large engineering projects.

2. Systems Engineering.
Overview of Systems Engineering and its relation to Project Management

3. Project Scope and Time
Setting the project boundaries, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
Planning & scheduling, network scheduling, critical path method (CPM), Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT), resource constraints

4. Project Cost and Quality
Estimating, project cost accounting, scheduling and forecasting for costs;
QM, QC, TQM, six sigma, other techniques.

5. Project Organization; Teams and Coordination
Different possibilities: pure project organization, matrix organization, project office. Responsibilities within projects.

6. Stakeholder Management
Project CONTROL and SUPPORT - PMIS (Project support software, MS-Project, Primavera, PertMaster), Prince-2. Earned Value Analysis (EVA).

7. Qualitative Project Risk
Ways to identify, classify, and deal with risks in projects. Qualitative methods. ATOM and other methods of Project Risk Management.

8. Quantitative Project Risk management.
Theory and tools for Quantitative Risk Management.

9. Guest Lecture from a large engineering project.

10. International Projects
Communication in international projects. Characteristics of an international project manager.

11. Contracting and Procurement
Contracting strategies, remuneration schemes for projects. Lump Sum versus reimbursable contracts. Relationship with risk.

12. Decision Making and Problem Solving.

13. Successful and failed projects; indicators of success
Discussion of case studies of successful and failed projects. Analysis of reason for success and failure. Complexity in projects. TOE framework.

14. Summary and wrap-up; Exam Training.
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, industrial and societal projects.
Education Method
4 hours per week lecture in Q3
2 hours per week in workshop form in both Q3 and Q4.
Assignment 1 (Q3): Analysing the project management in an existing project.
Assignment 2 (Q4): Writing a research paper about a subject within Project Management.
3 hours exam
Literature and Study Materials
Nicholas and Steyn: Project Management for Engineering, Business and Technology, fourth edition.
Additional literature references during the course.
Written exam, partly MC-questions,
partly essay questions on the basis of a 2-page case study.
Permitted Materials during Tests
All paper documentation.
Enrolment / Application
Via Blackboard