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Engineering Project Management 4 (MAEE10005)


Engineering Management





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Visiting students must have a basic knowledge of engineering and engineering projects.

Course Summary

Project Management is the application of management principles to deliver a project in accordance with predetermined objectives for time, cost & quality. This course will consider these principles in the management of engineering project with a particular emphasis on civil and construction engineering. The course considers a project's life-cycle, the parties involved, planning, estimating, team and people management, contract strategy, contractor selection and contract management.While the course is principally aimed at Civil Engineering students it is also accessible to a wide range of other engineering disciplines such as chemical and mechanical engineering. It should be noted that while there are no specific pre-requisites for the course, those with prior knowledge of civil engineering and construction will find the material much more familiar.

Course Description

Lectures: Topics & ContentsIntroduction to Project Management and Project Life CycleOverview of Project Management with introduction and characteristics of projects, definition of project management, project problems and success criteria, project life cycle.Parties to a Project and Stakeholder AnalysisEmphasising the importance of starting the project well through identifying the parties and stakeholders to the project, carrying out a stakeholder analysis and creating a stakeholder map.Work Breakdown Structures and Introduction to Planning.Project initiation with preliminary scope definition and management, developing the Work Breakdown Structure and relate to Cost and Organisational Structures. Introduction to planning.Critical Path Analysis and Resource ManagementThe planning of the project using Critical Path Analysis, Networks, Gantt Charts and other data for the project. Identifying and managing resources using CPA.Project Procurement and Contract ManagementUnderstanding the various ways in which a contract can be procured, and the importance of good contract management in achieving the aims of a project. Types and classifications of engineering contracts, the advantages and disadvantages of their use in different types of projects and an overview of contract planning and contractor selection.Teams & Leadership, Belbin ModelSuccess of a project depends on the effectiveness of people working in teams, the leadership of the team and the stage of formation of the team. The Belbin model will be presented and students would have the opportunity to identify a project team role particularly suited to them.Project Monitoring & ControlThe factors required to be identified and measured during project execution are described, which are compared to the plan. Based on this information techniques, such as Earned Value Analysis, can be used to forecast final project costs and time. Control measures to implement change are discussed.Case StudiesVia prominent case studies, the theory developed in the early part of the course is considered within real situations. Key case studies explored in recent years include the Holyrood Parliament and The Edinburgh Tram Project.Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes Learning Outcomes:SM3m, SM6m, D1, D2, EL2, EL3m, EL6m, P1, P5, P10m, P11m, G3m, G4

Assessment Information

Written Exam 100%, Coursework 0%, Practical Exam 0%

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