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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. 19 hours to complete
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What you will learn

  • Understand the key phases of a project life cycle

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

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

  • Analyse the cost and time performance indicators of major projects

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17%

started a new career after completing these courses

14%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
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Intermediate Level

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

Approx. 19 hours to complete
English

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University of Leeds

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Major engineering project performance

4 hours to complete
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 duties30m
Test your understanding30m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Programmes, portfolios and transaction costs

4 hours to complete
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

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Time and cost in major projects

4 hours to complete
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

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Project management success vs project success

4 hours to complete
18 readings
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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