About this Specialization
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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

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

Hours to complete

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

What you will learn

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    Understand the key phases of a project life cycle and the main characteristics of major projects

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    Understand the key cost and time performance indicators of major projects

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    Understand the governance of major projects, its challenges and learn how governance informs project management

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    Understand major project financing and key financial indicators used in major project finance

Skills you will gain

Project ManagementEngineering Projectsmajor projectsEngineering management
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

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

Hours to complete

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

How the Specialization Works

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A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.

Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 3 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Major Engineering Project Performance

4.8
49 ratings
6 reviews
Manage large projects by identifying their key characteristics, examining the key factors and risks that affect their performance and exploring methods to counter their impact on the successful delivery of projects. Looking into examples of best practice, you'll explore the relationship between projects, programmes and portfolios. You'll also discover the roles performed by the project manager, examine the difficulties associated with quantifying transaction costs in major project management and consider how different management approaches impact on these costs. Optimism bias and strategic misinterpretation regularly cause delays to major engineering projects. Using stimulating case studies, you'll evaluate the measures of success and compare and contrast 'project success' versus 'project management success'. In the final week of the course, you'll research and present a contemporary example of a major engineering project from your own country. This is the first course in the Managing Major Projects Specialization and first step towards earning degree credit from the University of Leeds. Learners who successfully complete the Specialization will be invited to apply to the enhanced, for-credit Capstone project which will run as a private session on Coursera, and will include live support from tutors. Credit earned by successfully completing the Capstone project can be used as evidence of accredited postgraduate study....
Course2

Major Engineering Projects: Governance, Risk and Scope

4.9
11 ratings
1 reviews
Gain confidence when dealing with stakeholders of major projects by learning to identify and manage those that are involved in the project planning and delivery. This course will enable you to explore project governance in theory and practice. Through real life examples you’ll understand how the critical challenges of the governance in major projects are resolved. Being able to successfully manage risk and uncertainty in major projects is vital for their delivery. In this course you’ll learn to distinguish between risk and uncertainty and the role of risk register. You’ll identify the unique challenges of scope management in major projects and employ scope management tools and techniques that will facilitate your project planning. This is the second course in the Managing Major Engineering Projects Specialization. The Specialization is the first step towards earning degree credit from the University of Leeds. Learners who successfully complete the specialization will be able to apply to the enhanced, for-credit Capstone project which will run as a private course on Coursera. Credit earned by successfully completing the Capstone project can be used as evidence of accredited postgraduate study....
Course3

Financing and Initiating Major Engineering Projects

4.7
6 ratings
1 reviews
To successfully lead major projects you have to understand typical investor and project financing approaches. In this course, you’ll learn to interpret some key contractual instruments that are relevant for the financing of major engineering projects so that you are in a position to ensure the financially secure delivery of your project. You’ll explore the concept of “time value of money” and be able to compute key indicators such as “Pay-back time”, “Net Present value” and “Internal Rate of Return”. You’ll identify common stakeholder and management approaches, and be able to implement key messaging, taking accurate requirements and manage expectations. Through real-life case studies you’ll identify appropriate best practice related to governance, execution strategies, requirements management, procurement, asset and risk management and organisational design and development for the successful delivery of large engineering projects. This is the third course in the Managing Major Engineering Projects Specialization. The Specialization is the first step towards earning degree credit from the University of Leeds. Learners who successfully complete the specialization will be able to apply to the enhanced, for-credit Capstone project which will run as a private course on Coursera. Credit earned by successfully completing the Capstone project can be used directly as evidence of accredited postgraduate study....

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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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • Time to completion can vary widely based on your schedule, most learners are able to complete the Specialization in 3-5 months.

  • Some familiarity with engineering projects is recommended.

  • The recommended order for taking the courses is; Major Engineering Project Performance, Major Engineering Projects: Governance, Risk and Scope, Financing and Initiating Major Engineering Projects but the courses are all self-contained and can be studied in any order.

  • When you have completed the Specialization you will have gained;

    · Understanding of the contexts in which major projects are planned and delivered

    · Knowledge of a range of issues that are currently facing the project manager(s) in major projects

    · Awareness of a range of realistic situations that a successful project manager would have to manage and control

    · Awareness of best practices for planning and delivering major projects

    You will also be eligible to apply to the enhanced, for-credit Capstone project which will run as a private course on Coursera, and will include live support from tutors. Learners who successfully complete the Capstone will receive a University of Leeds transcript for 15 academic credits. There is a one-time payment of £1200 (approx. $1700) to enrol on the Capstone Project. This gives you unlimited access to the learning material from all of the courses you have completed as part of the Specialization. Credit earned by successfully completing the Capstone project can be used as evidence of accredited postgraduate study.

  • The Managing Major Engineering Projects Capstone is designed to help you practice, apply, and showcase the skills you’ve learned. In the Capstone you will have the opportunity to synthesize your learning from all three courses in the Specialization and apply your combined skills in a final project.

    You can earn academic credit if you successfully complete the Capstone. There is a one-time payment of $1000 to enrol on the Capstone. This gives you unlimited access to the learning material from all of the courses you have completed as part of the Specialization. Credit earned by successfully completing the Capstone project can be used as evidence of accredited postgraduate study.

  • Each course in the Specialization is offered on a regular schedule with sessions starting every two weeks. If you don't complete a course on the first try, you can easily transfer to the next session, and your completed work and grades will carry over.

    The Capstone will run three times per year starting in early September, early January and early May.

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