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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. Rice Center for Engineering Leadership is a Registered Education Provider through the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. Learners who complete this course on the Certificate track will be awarded 12 hours of Profession Development Units. These are recognized by PMI for continuing education or can be applied toward the 35 hours of education required for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification. PMI and PMP are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc....

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This course is delivered in a very professional manner and it is highly engaging in a practical sense. I strongly recommend this for engineers looking to improve their project management skills.


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It was very amazing experience with this course of Engineering Project Management : Initiating and Planning. learned a lot regarding project and handling processes in initial phase.

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By sadoune i

May 14, 2023

Dear Mr. Tom/Kazimir;

I had a great learning adventure in the field of engineering project management.

and I sent my congratulations for your best teaching method in all the courses with the best level

of learning.

I would like to get a scholarship in any university because I need to further my learning in project management

good luck to all and I recommend these courses for anyone interested in the field of project management

By Jaykumar N C

Sep 21, 2020

Very good course! Dynamic and very well structured. I totally recommend it provides you with notions of all aspects involving the first two-stage of the project. I look forward to doing the other parts.

Great course. Would recommend it for engineers who have collected relevant engineering experience and look for what's next in their career. Looking forward to attending the other modules as well.

By Nouman A

Jun 30, 2020

This course, I learned a lot about how the project managers play his role in management regarding the organization, material handling, resources available, time, and communication with stakeholders. I think I will apply this knowledge to enhance my management and leadership skills. Thank you so much professors and Coursera for providing me with such a great platform of learning.

By Hua ( L

Sep 7, 2022

Project management can be applied not only in various fields of work; but also in life and family, I think. This course makes me more confident to live a better life and apply project management knowledge to make my work more successful in the future after I'll have had a job. Professor Tom Phalen and Professor Kazimir Karwowski's teaching is meaningful and valuable.

By juan c s

Oct 7, 2021

Very interesting and helpfull course, it helps not only for project management but for others areas no matter the field or stage in your carrrer you are in. This course shows how important is to have organized your projects or activities in order to have a better control of everything. Thanks Rice University for the course, I will start the second part of the course.

By Santiago M P

May 11, 2020

Very complete course as an introduction for Project Management Body of knowledge, and rises the foundations to take the other two courses with confidence. As a firts experience in the project management field, was a "easy to follow" course that allows to me gain the basis to start to develop a correctly project management plan in the future. Thanks and great job!

By Laura S

Aug 30, 2021

It is a good solid course in project management. Some of the materials might seem a bit obvious, but it is all part of a basic framework that slowly builds up to very effective and complex tools. I would definitely recommend it! My only comment is that some of the course materials are presented a bit slowly, I often set the video speed to 1.25 ;-)

By Jad A

Dec 23, 2020

Personally, as an architect who had zero knowledge in project management, this online course taught me so much although this is completely different than my type of work since I'm a designer. I loved the instructors and more importantly, the graphs and visual notes that made it easier and faster to understand the materials of this course.

By Hardik P

May 11, 2020

Superb course and those who are planning to build career in project management should take this course. This Course is so well prepared by instructor. Teaching style and final discussion at end of each week is helped me to learn more. I have got worth knowledge from this experts.

Thanks RICE university and instructor of this course!

By Jayant J B

Aug 18, 2020

It's a very good course and every detail of how to manage various phases of project from initiating till the closure of project is explained in very lucid and detailed manner by instructors. And the quizzes and assignment are just awesome to get hands on practice. Indeed I have enjoyed learning from the course thank you.

By Muhammad S K

Jun 23, 2020

Thank you soo much for an amazing platform where I learned new skill and polished my previous skills .The learning environment was superb and assignment and projects give a boost when it come to testing skills. I would recommend this course to everyone who want to start professional career as Project Manager.

By Mavi P O

Sep 30, 2020

This course is amazing, the learning approach gives a background overview of what project management is about. It provides the necessary tools to study on and practice on. Finally it changed my mentality about how I see a project no matter how small, it gave me an organized mindset towards doing any task

By Shailesh T

Jan 25, 2021

There are very good program are held for students for learning a new skills as project manager skills are very requirements in industry and how to work on project and they are help in real life for living.they are many skills learnt as like how to lead your team and leadership skills learned.

By Hugo A P S

Nov 17, 2020

During the course, we explore a very solid, objective and well structured topics tackling the project management field. Experiences shared by professors, assignments and videos are enormously helpful. It really puts your hands into a first-experience practice! Definitely a recommended course.

By Nadya T

Apr 5, 2021

This is the 1st of 3 courses in the specialization. Well-structured with realistic assignments helps to understand the fundamental basis of project management theory. If you have some experience in this field but want to build a strong basis - this range of courses is what you need.

By Wisdom Y

Sep 25, 2020

Outstanding! From the lecturers, teaching aids, quizzes, to the assignments, RICE University did a fantastic job. The exposure to engineering project management; Initiating and Planning is highly recommended to anyone looking for a starting point into the project management field.

By Luis C H R

Nov 24, 2020

So glad to complete this course! Excellent syllabus and activities. I've been doing project management for 10 years without noticing until I take this course. Now I feel more confident to lead my own activities to success. Congratulations to all mentors, it was a great teaching

By Daniel R

Jun 26, 2023

It's a good beginning for project management in engineering. The study case is well-described and realistic, which makes the real-world connection more apparent. My only critique: Some of the slides and videos don't match, and some of the assignment point are poorly described.

By Dr. M D N

May 17, 2020

Engineering Project Management : initiating and planning course of Rice university is refresh my practical knowledge and update theoretical concept for future practical development in the Engineering Procurement Companies. It is very useful for me. Thanking you very much, sir

By Juan M M

Feb 13, 2021

This course has given us so many lessons that we can use relating to project management in any industry. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to take this case. For the effort you into sharing us your knowledge, thank you instructors, Tom Phalen and Kazimir Karwowski!

By Luis G

Sep 28, 2020

Awesome course, for those who are keen and willing to learn about Project Management this course is just outstanding, from the lectures, information from the professors, quizzes and what I liked the most, very engaging assessments that provide real hands on experience.

By Sayli c

Jul 4, 2020

This course not only gives you theory knowledge but allows you to analyse the problem and make proper documentation on it. Gives knowledge about stakeholder register, organizational chart and project charter which are basic documentations required for any project.

By Joseph M

Nov 17, 2020

The course was well prepared and the professors complement each other's effectiveness. The lecture videos were superb and time was spent in preparing them. The assignments helps alot in making sure I learn from the course. I highly recommend this course.

By Bryan C

Jul 29, 2020

Becoming a Project Manager is such a dream for professionals, in order to get the knowledge necesary to get PMP certification I think that this course is a great source and a great oportunity. The teachers show a lot of experience and is easy to learn.

By Sumeet M

May 23, 2020

It is an exceptional course, along with main assignments concept check truly verifies whether we have completed the required study or not, The idea of the formation of charts and reviewing it by peers is the best practical way of learning.