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2006/2007 Technology, Policy and Management Master Engineering and Policy Analysis
Project Management
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Prof.dr.ir. A. Verbraeck    A.Verbraeck@tudelft.nl
Education Period
Exam Period
Course Language
Characteristics of complex analysis and implementation projects. State-of-the-art methods and tools for project management, addressing scope, time, cost, 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.
Course Contents
Project life cycle or systems development cycle, and relation with project management:
A. Conception
B. Definition
C. Execution, contracting, implementation
D. Operation

Trade-offs between time, cost, quality, and scope:
. SCOPE axis - setting the project boundaries, 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 - risk, 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), evaluation, reporting, contract closing.

International projects.

Training with tools (MS-Project), and discussion of case studies of succesful 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 technology and business. Many of the subjects covered in the course are applicable both for small projects (e.g. the thesis project) and for larger industry projects.
Education Method
3 hours per week lecture (evening lecture)
2 hours per week case analysis and assignments
2-4 hours per week self-study
2 hours elective MS-Project tool training
around 20 hours preparation for exam
3 hours exam
Literature and Study Materials
Reader 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.
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.
Extra Skills Trained
Elective MS-Project training.