1. Identify the basic project management concepts and vocabulary in order to take part of a project team environment.
2. Carry out the project initiation and planning activities by creating a Project Canvas and a Scrum Board.
3*. Create project indicators for monitoring an engineering project execution.
4*. Create strategies for managing and communicating with the diverse project stakeholders.
5*. Determine make or buy criteria and select supplier contract types.
6*. Use the basic techniques for negotiation, personal time management and/or team evaluation.
7. Use project management techniques and best practices into their Student Team project.
8. Reflect and evaluate the results from applying project management techniques and best practices into their Student Team project.
9. Create and implement a personal pursuit project.
* Learning goals 3 to 6 will be achieved depending on the chosen elective topics
Our society is constantly confronting major challenges in the fields of Health, Energy, Transportation, and Automation. To address these challenges, the UT Student Teams are putting a great deal of effort to design and develop innovative products/services/systems that are based on multidisciplinary approaches in cooperation with different societal stakeholders.|
To professionalize and increase these processes performance, the Student Teams can benefit from systematic project management and systems engineering, and deliver more competitive results, which better comply with the society and stakeholders’ requirements.
This new 15EC minor will be hosted by DesignLab and embedded under the examination board of Mechanical Engineering. The minor is a year program starting from the first intake of the academic year, the lectures including all theoretical content are delivered in quartile 1A, students have until the end of the year to deliver the personal pursuit project report. The minor is composed by 5 ECs of core educational activities, and the remaining 10 ECs relate to a personal pursuit project aligned with the product development and project management related learning objectives they are pursuing as Student Teams’ members.
The 5EC engineering project management course covers the following core topics:
While topics 1 and 2 are compulsory, the student must choose 1 elective topic group 1 (either topic 3, 4 or 5) and 2 elective topics group 2 (from 6, 7 and 8). The minor’s elective content aims at providing the flexibility to accommodate the different interests from the diverse teams and the various roles played by the teams’ members.
- Basic PM concepts (1.0 EC)—compulsory
- Project initiation and planning (2.0 EC)—compulsory
- Project execution, control and closing (1.0 EC)—elective group 1
- Communication with stakeholders (1.0EC)—elective group 1
- Project procurement (1.0 EC)—elective group 1
- Negotiation techniques (0.5EC)—elective group 2
- Personal time management (0.5EC)—elective group 2
- Team evaluation techniques (0.5EC)—elective group 2
The 10 EC Personal Pursuit project follows three steps:
The minor’s theoretical content, education approaches, project format, and overall assessment were developed by using the feedback from student teams collected through several meetings. Workshops were held during the previous and current academic year, where the teams were able to express their needs and concerns regarding the minor. In this way, the minor was designed to both guarantee the academic achievement and be relevant and attractive to the student teams.
- The student prepares a personal development plan, which states the (a) project theme he/she proposes, (b) the learning objectives to be achieved by performing the project (the project must be aligned with his/her work in the Student Team), and (c) at least two staff members that would fit as assignment supervisors.
- The minor coordinator and the staff member evaluate the plan and access its alignment with the minor objectives and feasibility, respectively.
- During the personal development process, the students will be guided by a staff member taking the role of advisor. The advisors guide the students, both in managing the project and in acquiring any further knowledge and skills needed for a successful design solution.