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This course is ideal for graduates from engineering, science and other numerate subjects or for professionals with relevant work experience.

Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: We suggest that each week of this course will take approximately 5 hours to complete....

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Subtitles: English, Portuguese (Brazilian)

What you will learn

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    Understand the key phases of a project life cycle

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    Discriminate between projects, programmes and portfolios and identify the key characteristics of major projects

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    Define forms of bias and strategic misinterpretation and ways of mitigating against them

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    Analyse the cost and time performance indicators of major projects

Learners taking this Course are
  • Technical Solutions Engineers
  • Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Machine Learning Engineers
  • Entrepreneurs

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Intermediate Level

This course is ideal for graduates from engineering, science and other numerate subjects or for professionals with relevant work experience.

Approx. 15 hours to complete

Suggested: We suggest that each week of this course will take approximately 5 hours to complete....

English

Subtitles: English, Portuguese (Brazilian)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

Major engineering project performance

3 videos (Total 15 min), 18 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Projects, sub-projects and operations6m
Project life cycle theories6m
18 readings
Welcome to Major engineering project performance10m
Introduction10m
Research and further reading10m
Lesson summary1m
Lesson overview1m
What is a project?10m
Who is a project manager and what is project management?5m
Project management duties10m
Quiz introduction1m
Lesson summary1m
Lesson overview1m
Types of project life cycles10m
The phases of the infrastructure life cycle5m
Quiz introduction1m
Lesson summary1m
Lesson overview1m
Apply your understanding: creating a project life cycle30m
References2m
2 practice exercises
Project management duties12m
Test your understanding30m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Programmes, portfolios and transaction costs

1 video (Total 9 min), 16 readings, 1 quiz
1 video
16 readings
Welcome to the week1m
Lesson overview1m
What are programmes and portfolios?10m
Case study: the Milan Expo10m
What are the challenges of programme management?10m
What is a portfolio?5m
Lesson summary1m
Lesson overview1m
Case study: The nuclear industry in the USA and South Korea10m
Analysis: the South Korean nuclear industry10m
Lesson summary1m
Lesson overview1m
Critical analysis1h
Lesson overview1m
Writing your reflections30m
References2m
1 practice exercise
Critical analysis task30m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Time and cost in major projects

2 videos (Total 15 min), 18 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Other reasons to explain over-budget and delay8m
18 readings
Welcome to the week1m
Lesson overview1m
What is a major project?10m
What types of risks are involved in major projects?10m
What is the iron triangle?10m
Error and inaccuracy in major projects: the example of infrastructure projects10m
Lesson summary1m
Lesson overview1m
What is optimism bias?5m
How can you reduce the impact of optimism bias?10m
What is strategic misinterpretation?5m
Strategic misinterpretation: mitigating its impact10m
Optimism bias and strategic misinterpretation in context5m
Lesson summary1m
Lesson overview1m
Your research task1h
What is peer review?15m
References2m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Project management success vs project success

18 readings, 2 quizzes
18 readings
Welcome to the week1m
Lesson overview1m
What is a measure of success in major project management?5m
Case study: Motorola Iridium10m
Motorola Iridium: an analysis5m
Main contractor perspective5m
How should you measure project success?10m
Extended perspective15m
Lesson summary1m
Lesson overview1m
Turner and Zolin framework5m
Quiz introduction1m
Case study: the Tower of Pisa10m
Case study: the Thames Barrier10m
Quiz introduction1m
Lesson summary1m
Writing your reflections30m
References2m
2 practice exercises
Turner and Zolin Framework30m
Test your understanding30m
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Top reviews from Major Engineering Project Performance

By SPSep 10th 2019

The course is very much practicality oriented. Learning process and structure of the course is very well and easy to go.

By EVAug 29th 2018

great and informative! Lots of useful information with external links and references.

Instructor

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Dr Giorgio Locatelli

Lecturer of Infrastructure Procurement and Management
School of Civil Engineering

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About the Managing Major Engineering Projects Specialization

Accelerate your career by improving your project management skills. This Specialization delivers a rigorous exploration of the best practices for planning and delivering these major engineering projects. You’ll learn about the measures of success, how to resolve challenges of governance and typical financing approaches of these projects. If you are an engineer or a project manager and you aspire to get involved with major engineering projects, or you are already working on one, then this Specialization is for you. Master your project management skills and prepare to develop your career in engineering. This specialization is based on content from the Online MSc in Engineering Management. If you interested to develop your career further, take a look at our online degree....
Managing Major Engineering Projects

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