At the end of this course the students will be able to:
- Identify, differentiate, and relate the concepts related to project management, program management, portfolio management, product management, strategic management, operations management, and crisis management.
- Create a project management plan according to the 5 project management process groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling and Closing.
- Reflect about the strengths, weaknesses, and applications of traditional and agile project management, and determine when combine these approaches.
- Apply, by exercising during a practical project, tools, and techniques from the Project Management knowledge areas (integration, scope, schedule, cost, quality, resource, communication, risk, procurement, and stakeholder management).
- Integrate, by exercising during a practical project, techniques from lean product development and systems engineering, and which are capable to reduce the managerial overhead over the development team.
- Judge the quality of the diverse project management activities’ outputs.
- Define strategies to use the course content and give advice on how to solve actual project management challenges from companies.
operations, and crisis management. Special attention is given to the close relation between project/program management and systems engineering in the case of engineering projects.|
The role of project manager is also presented. The project manager is the person who plans, controls, and optimizes a multi-task project towards a singular goal in a timely and cost-effective manner. The science and the art of project management is discussed in settings where scarce resources and budget, risky decisions, and conflicting tensions continually require sensible and effective compromises. In addition, the project manager can use lean product design and development, and systems engineering techniques to reduce the managerial overhead over the project, which is particularly useful in the case of small and medium enterprises (SME).
As pedagogical approaches, the course uses the flipped-classroom, project-based learning (PBL), socially shared regulation of learning (SSRL), and challenge-based learning (CBL).
The course implements a flipped classroom, thus including learning activities to be executed before-class, in-class, and after class:
- Before-class (out-of-class activities): Watching the videos (micro-lectures) presenting the theory and answering the related online quizzes with the support of the reading material.
- In-class: The students will discuss, interact, debate and solve problems together, with the assistance and guidance from the immediate feedback given by the lecturer.
- After-class (out-of-class activities): The students will work on the assignments and reflect on the feedback received during the classes.
The PBL is implemented by a course-long project, where the student teams create a project management plan for a product development (designing and developing the product is outside the scope of this course). As part of the PBL setting, each student group’s product needs to be integrated to the product from the other groups, and which require collaboration within the team and across the teams. Each team member is responsible to produce specific project management plan parts, which brings individual accountability to the project and prevents “free-riding”.
The SSRL is implemented by having the students detailing the project assignments’ evaluation criteria. In summary, the students themselves detail the criteria that will be used for grading their project assignments. This approach leads to reflecting on the expected quality from the different project management parts, and this knowledge can be transferred to beyond the course project.
The CBL brings actual challenges, and the students are required to identify and apply specific parts of the theory to propose a solution to the challenge. To solve the challenge, the students will often need to search for references and practical examples to support their propositions.
The course evaluation includes:
- The online quizzes, which are related to the videos and the reading material. (15%)
- A project assignment (the creation of a project management plan), where a share of the grade is related to the student’s individual part, and a share of the grade is related to the overall coherence among the plan’s parts. (40%)
- A rubric creation assignment. (15%)
- A challenge answer report and presentation. (25%)
- An Exam, which is a reflection about the course. (5%)
WHO CAN ENROLL?
This course only pre-requirement is the eagerness to take it. Therefore, it is open to all master students, master Erasmus students and for ATLAS students.
B-ATLAS students cannot register directly to this course in Osiris and need to contact the lecturer first.
In the case you are a master student and also cannot register directly, please contact the lecturer to enroll.
|Master Mechanical Engineering|
|Master Industrial Design Engineering|
|Master Business Information Technology||Required materials-Recommended materials|
|Pessoa, M. V. P., & Trabasso, L. G. (2017). The Lean Product Design and Development Journey. Springer.
|A guide to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK® guide). -- Sixth edition.
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