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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

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

Hours to complete

Approx. 15 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English...

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

Specialization
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

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Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

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

Hours to complete

Approx. 15 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Major engineering project performance

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Reading
3 videos (Total 15 min), 19 readings, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Projects, sub-projects and operations6m
Project life cycle theories6m
Reading19 readings
Welcome to Major engineering project performance10m
Introduction10m
Where are your peers located?10m
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
Quiz2 practice exercises
Project management duties12m
Test your understanding30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Programmes, portfolios and transaction costs

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Reading
1 video (Total 9 min), 16 readings, 1 quiz
Video1 video
Reading16 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 analysism
Lesson overview1m
Writing your reflections30m
References2m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Critical analysis task30m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Time and cost in major projects

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Reading
2 videos (Total 15 min), 18 readings, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Other reasons to explain over-budget and delay8m
Reading18 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 taskm
What is peer review?15m
References2m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Project management success vs project success

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Reading
18 readings, 2 quizzes
Reading18 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
Quiz2 practice exercises
Turner and Zolin Framework30m
Test your understanding30m
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Top Reviews

By EVAug 29th 2018

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

By KOSep 24th 2018

very helpful and added new knowledge to me in the project management field

Instructor

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Dr Giorgio Locatelli

Lecturer of Infrastructure Procurement and Management
School of Civil Engineering

About University of Leeds

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About the Managing Major Engineering Projects Specialization

Major engineering projects can positively affect the lives of many people and have long-lasting impact on the economy. They are also characterized by vast complexity and carry risks such as running over schedule, coming in over budget and failing to deliver expected benefits. If you are an engineer or a project manager and you aspire to get involved with these life changing projects, or you are already working on one, you will need to acquire the project management skills that ensure their successful delivery. Throughout our three courses, you will be exposed to best practices for planning and delivering major engineering projects and gain a deep understanding of project management which will prepare you to deliver these projects and progress your career into this area. This Specialization is the first step towards earning degree credit from the University of Leeds. After you successfully complete the three Specialization courses, you will be able to apply to the enhanced, for-credit Capstone project which will run as a private course on Coursera. The Capstone project will allow you to develop your skills further through practical research supported by a dedicated instructor in global classroom sessions. Credit earned by successfully completing the Capstone project can be used as evidence of accredited postgraduate study. This specialization is accredited through a professional qualification from CMI....
Managing Major Engineering Projects

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