R1 Evening short course: Project Management for Engineering Professionals

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Region 1 –  short course
Offered online
April 13th– May 20th

Instructor: Ed Palacio – Director, Region 1

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VIRTUAL COURSE:  All registrants will be emailed information regarding how to participate through WebEX. 

Project Management: Achieving Competitive Advantage, 4th Ed. by J. Pinto.  Prentice-Hall.
A Guide to the Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) 5thEditionProject Management Institute

Objective and Contents:

This course is designed to help business and engineering practitioners and students understand some of the greatest challenges that organizations face today – the effective and efficient methods for implementing projects in organizations.  Project management, referred to by Fortune magazine as the #1 career choice for the coming decade, represents a skill that is in high demand by all companies, both domestic and international.  This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the skills needed and challenges to be faced in managing projects in organizations.

The course is divided into 14 modules, comprising a series of major topic areas relating to different elements of project management.  After developing a sense of the strategic overview of project management, we will begin analyzing various components of project management such as project selection, planning, organizing, and project control.  The goal is to shape the course to approximate the elements of project management and the challenges faced chronologically; that is, first considering how to plan the project and then, how to effectively run the project. The remainder of the course concentrates on making use of the theories by developing analytical and interpersonal skills in the students that will be useful to them as project managers.

This is an intensive seminar that will attempt to cover approximately one semester of material in 12 lectures.  As such, the course will run from 8:00 PM to approximately 9:00 PM in the evening, twice a week.

The lecture will be on-line and recorded. It is open to R1 IEEE members at no charge, although they will have to register to the course.

This course is based on the PMBOK, however, it is not associated nor sponsored by the Project Management Institute and, as such, has not been approved as providing Professional  Development Units ( PDU’s).

Course Topics:

  • Introduction and Expectations / Course Description: What is Project Management?, Historical context
  • Project Stakeholders, Strategy & Success and Organization Structure: Project stakeholder management, Strategic fit of projects, Organizational structures, Culture and projects
  • Project Selection: Processes for project selection, Qualitative selection models, Financial selection models, Gate reviews
  • Project Leadership: Leadership and Projects, Roles of Leaders, Project Champions
  • Groups and Project Team Development: Factors in effective groupsm Stages in team development, Conflict, Negotiation
  • Scope Management: Planning and Statements of Work, Work Breakdown Structures, Steps in Scope management
  • Risk Management: Four stages in risk management, Qualitative risk assessment, Quantitative risk assessment, Risk mitigation
  • Budgeting and Cost Estimation: Cost estimation, Developing the project budget
  • Activity Networks and Scheduling I: Defining the elements of the project, Duration estimation, PERT/CPM
  • Project Scheduling II: Lag relationships, Gantt Charts, AON vs. AOA Scheduling
  • Critical Chain Project Management: Critical path vs. critical chain, The human side of scheduling
  • Resource Planning and Management: Resource leveling, Resource loading charts, Portfolio resource planning
  • Project Performance Monitoring: Earned value, S – curves and milestones, Critical success factors
  • Project Termination: Forms of termination, Deciding to cancel a project, Steps in project close-out

  • Date and Time

    • Date: 13 Apr 2020
    • Time: 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM
    • All times are America/New_York


  • Starts 05 April 2020 11:36 AM
  • Ends 13 April 2020 11:36 AM
  • All times are America/New_York
  • No Admission Charge