Engineering Management Certificate Part 3: Project Management Specialization

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Engineering Management Certificate Part 3: Project Management Specialization

Manage Successful Engineering Projects

Part 3 of 3 in the Rice Engineering Management and Leadership

About This Specialization

Master strategies and tools to more effectively and successfully manage projects. Today’s professional environment is highly competitive, continuously changing, and difficult to manage. Employees rarely reach positions of leadership without managing one or more projects or a project segment early in their career. The goal of this Specialization is to give you the tools to more effectively and successfully manage projects; to give you a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and confidence that sets you apart and gives you a competitive edge as you move toward leadership positions. This Project Management for Engineering Professionals Specialization is designed as an introduction to Project Management. It is targeted for engineers who are interested in improving their project management skills in a new leadership position or in advance of their first leadership position. As part of the Specialization, you will prepare key Project Execution Plan documents based on available templates.

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Projects Overview

Beginner Specialization.
No prior experience required.
  1. COURSE 1

    Initiating and Planning

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    5 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week

    About the Course

    The goal of the course is to give you the tools to initiate a project plan, manage both stakeholders and relationships, organize their team, develop a project charter, and build a business case for a project. By the end of this course you will be able to: - Perform a project assessment using information from previous projects and lessons learned - Identify key deliverables based on business requirements while managing customer expectations - Perform a stakeholder analysis and create a management plan - Analyze and develop a project organization - Create a project charter - Explain the business case for a project and calculate Net Present Value - Inform stakeholders of the charter and ensure all parties know the deliverables and expectations As part of the course, you will prepare organization charts, create a Stakeholder Register, and write a Project Charter based on an engineering project in a provided Case Study. The Stakeholder Register will outline the key parties to the project, their concerns and how you will manage their expectations. Your Project Charter will provide the key guidance your team needs to understand the scope, requirements and purpose for the project. All of this will position you for initiating and planning your first project and/or understanding how you can maximize your contributions on your next project team.
  2. COURSE 2

    Scope, Time and Cost Management

    Starts June 2017
    6 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week

    About the Course

    The goal of this course is to give students the tools to develop a project plan. Students will learn to create a scope statement, build a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), prepare a cost estimate, build a project budget, create a basic scheduling network and critical path along with basic project controls and progress measurement. Each week the student will create one of these key documents for our pre-determined case.
  3. COURSE 3

    Project Risk and Quality Management

    Starts June 2017
    5 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week

    About the Course

    Many Project Managers focus only on the scope, schedule and budget. However, a successful project requires that you manage risk, control the quality of the deliverables, engage and manage people and procure goods and services. This course will focus on these key support functions that make the difference between a highly successful project and an average one. During the course, students will prepare a Qualitative Risk Analysis and Construct a Cause and Effect Diagram.


  • Rice University

    About Rice University

    Rice University is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the U.S. and the top 100 in the world. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy.

  • Kazimir Karwowski

    Kazimir Karwowski

    Executive Director
  • Tom Phalen

    Tom Phalen

    Lecturer in Engineering Leadership


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