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2/8/2018 Syllabus | MEP101x | edX

Course Syllabus

Project Management of Engineering Projects: Preparing for Success!
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1. Introduction
  1.1. Learning objectives
  1.2. Course activities and resources
  1.3. What we expect from you
  1.4. What you can expect from us/the course team
2. Course structure & Release dates
3. Assessment
4. Resources & Tools
5. Certi cate

1. Introduction
Are you a (project) engineer with a technical background but lack management knowledge? Are you eager to improve project
performance and want to expand your knowledge?

The early phases of a project, the so called front end development phases, are crucial for its business and management success. During
this course we will focus on the necessary project management skills to successfully manage projects, distinguishing three areas:

The project manager and the team

The project process

The project context

You will create your own project execution plan, either in a team e ort or on individual basis. Of course the team e ort allows for a
special learning experience and we appraise active team participation. No need to say we recommend it to team up with your fellow
course mates from all over the world.

Prerequisites: BSc level, equivalent, or three or more years experience in the eld.

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1.1. Learning objectives

By the end of this course, you:

Are aware of the importance of the front-end phases to create a successful project

Are able to select an appropriate project manager and project team

Are able to re ect whether becoming a project manager could be a career path for you

Have improved your skills working together in a specialized project team

Are able to write a brief project execution plan for a simple engineering project

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2018 . In module 2. we expect you to perform a peer assessment (deadline April 12th. What you can expect from us/the course team https://courses. The corresponding reading materials for a speci c module can be found under "textbook". In these teams of up to 10 members. Please note that after nishing module 7. Video modules. and next you need to discuss it in your team to come to a joint team conclusion. the assignment can be uploaded to the edX course to facilitate other teams' feedback and further discussion. Back to index 1. You are expected to give feedback to your peers and receive feedback from them. we recommend staying on track in order to bene t from learning within the community. In this way.  Introduction and learning objectives. Group activities As stated before.2/8/2018 Syllabus | MEP101x | edX This is a 8-week course with 7 content modules and a start-up module in week 2/5 . using the team tool. please make sure you take into account the Discussion forum guidelines and Collaboration guidelines. with an estimated workload of 4 to 6 hours per week. A tip from us: don't wait for all other group members to con rm or complete tasks. a course in project management asks for a team approach. What we expect from you As an online student. From our point of view. sharing and helping out others using the Team tool and the general discussion forum. From these 7 quizzes. The PEP is to be submitted at the end of the course for peer review. based on the discussions you had in the discussion forum and in the team tool.4. After completion of a task.5. If you are done with a task.12:00 UTC. if you face an obstacle in a speci c week. The deadline for the submission of the group assignment is April 5th. Additionally. using the Team tool. start working on the next one.  Back to index 1. from our point of view. Week 0 is just meant to get to know each other and to set the scene. so please make sure you cooperate with other participants in order to enrich the overall learning experience.  Assignments.  Additional reading is available under the tab "additional reading". This tool can be used for team discussions and to jointly draft the project execution plan (PEP) with your team.  Experience shows that groups can work e ciently for example in a google docs environment. After the video. 2018 . often a small assignment is given in order to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Every module has a graded quiz at the end.3. Each module consists of 2 to 3 videos: at least one video lecture per week introduces the main content for that week and at least one video per week illustrates experiences from practice. This course is meant to be a place where you learn with and from others. When communicating with your fellow learners and course team using the Team tool or general discussion forum. Regarding deadlines. you are less dependent on others. you will jointly work on all ingredients of the project execution plan that is to be delivered as a group assignment at the end of the course. Book. contributing to a positive atmosphere by questioning. Every module starts with a brief overview of the content you can expect and what deadlines you will face in that week. inform your team. we'd like you to experience collaboration and peer-feedback. In this sense. Most often you are asked to rst think about the answer individually. The course is organised in a consistent way so you know what to expect in each module (week). since you will hardly ever perform a project on your own in real life! Quizzes. we will facilitate the creation of small teams (up to 10 fellow course mates). Team tool. 6 will count for 50% of your nal grade. In your group work. you will form small complementary groups. a MOOC on project management needs to include group-work.12:00 UTC). we will provide a feedback video at the end of every week. Therefore in module 2. Back to index 1.edx. we expect you to be an active participant.

Selecting the contracting strategy (March 15. and assignments integrating your own experiences from practice with attractive examples from industry and new insights from theory. based on the baseline schedule. 2018).2/8/2018 Syllabus | MEP101x | edX The course team will release the weekly content. you still need to perform a peer review on a PEP of your colleagues (deadline April 12th. Summarizing the course structure https://courses. We'll try to have a daily presence at the forum. 2018) In selecting the appropriate contracting strategy. but it is an essential lesson to learn in this module. Also we link to a more strategic level: how to select the right projects? Module 2. We will introduce the contracting quilt and explain the importance of relational attitudes. scoping of the project (high level) after formulating the project objectives and setting up the initial risk register. 2018) And nally: all comes together. you will be asked (again with your team) to prepare a baseline schedule for your own project and. 2018) This module highlights the need for this course by showing examples of failed projects as well as successful projects. How is project success de ned? How is it achieved? We explain the choice of focusing this course on the front-end phase of projects and the people aspect of projects. The need for and the importance of project management (February 15. But we'll do our best . It shows why teamwork is essential and why it should not be taken for granted. Time and cost estimates (March 22. Module 3. you will experience the above steps. monitor and answer questions on a regular basis. Back to index 2. it is time for some basic project management skills: the skills of scheduling and cost estimation. 6/10 learners per team. With your team. video’s. we will link back to the more strategic elements of project management from module 1 and re ect upon your lessons learned during this course. resulting in the selection of a topic for your team’s project execution plan. How do we create value? And how to assure it? What activities have to be performed? For which types of projects? And to conclude: what are the ingredients of a project execution plan? Module 5. we will post a feedback video re ecting upon the discussions in the Team tool and the discussion forum. Assuring value (March 8. Also we discuss the importance of senior management commitment. After thorough introduction of these skills. 2018) This module focuses on the team e ort that is needed to bring a project to a successful end. Module 6. 2018) Now a lot of the project preparation is done. In this module all necessary steps of the early project phases are elaborated: identifying the stakeholders involved. Note: after this module. 2018) This module we will elaborate on the management processes to be followed in a project. Bringing it together in the project execution plan (March 29. we should not only focus on the contract. 3/5 . Welcome and course overview (February 8. Course structure & Release Dates Module 0. Module 1. All ingredients of the project execution plan have been discussed so far and are to be combined in the PEP that should be delivered at the end of this week (April 5th. With your team.-)! On Thursdays just before the start of the next module. create a rough cost estimate. Opportunity framing (March 1. you will write the rst outline of your project execution plan. 2018) Now that you formed the teams the real experience can start. 2018) We’ll give an outlook of the course and explain the course structure.edx. quizzes. Module 4. due to the thousands of learners participating in this course. send important announcements. This sounds contradictory. 2018). It explains which challenges the project manager faces in developing a group of specialists into a coherent team. You will obtain insight in your own competences and based on your scores you are challenged to compose multidisciplinary teams with your fellow-students. Organising the team (February 22. Module 7. but as you might understand we cannot promise to quickly answer everyone. The course uses a challenging mix of knowledge clips.

  Group Assignment* . problem-solving approaches. We will stimulate lively interactions with your fellow course members by actively using the Team tool of the edX platform. interesting references. *Please note: The group assignments need to be handed in individually. The forum is moderated by the course sta . They consist of short video lectures. You may just use it to ask questions. the lowest score will be dropped. From the 7 quizzes.  There is a general discussion forum in the course for all students of MEP101x. you are not allowed to post full solutions. The di erent components count towards the total mark as: Individual Quizzes .2/8/2018 Syllabus | MEP101x | edX Back to index 3. Resources & Tools All educational resources for your learning experience will be available in the course. At the end of every 4/5 . or other topics related to the course. small individual assignments to practice the concepts introduced.50%. Please observe the appropriate online etiquette as outlined in the Forum Guidelines. Only the group assignment that you hand in at the end of the course will be graded and counts for the course. You may use these forums to discuss course concepts. Assessment To complete this course you have to score at least 60 points of the total mark of 100. interviews with practitioners. This discussion forum is subdivided into many forums. as will be carefully explained upon submission!   Back to index 4. transcripts.50%.edx. assessed quizzes and group work. https://courses. While collaboration is welcomed and encouraged. there is a quiz to test your knowledge.

but will not include a speci c grade. you must achieve a total grade of 60% or higher. Check that. hence it is very important that you verify the way in which your name account. in your edx. Print course syllabus https://courses. *** Click the button to print the course syllabus. Back to index 5.0 International License. and from Module 2 onward you will discuss in your teams using the team tool. The reading material in this course is based on the book "Management of Engineering Projects . Once produced. Back to index *** LICENSE Unless otherwise speci ed the Course Materials of MEP101x are Copyright Delft University of Technology. Remember that in order to qualify for a certi cate. Certi cates will be issued by edX under the name of DelftX.People are Key" by Bakker and de Kle Some chapters are made electronically available for course participants (see textbook). your name is correctly spelled. it be ordered from the website of the publisher. You can Upgrade on your edX Dashboard to Veri ed during the course. to all participants who achieved at least 60% of the total grade. An ID veri ed Certi cate of Achievement is available for $99. Please note that no Honor Code certi cates will be given out by edX for this course. designating the institution from which the course originated. If you like a hard-copy of the entire book.2/8/2018 Syllabus | MEP101x | edX Every module contains a discussion assignment. Certi cate If you're interested in a certi cate you can upgrade to a Veri ed Certi cate. At the end of each module feedback on the team discussions and the forum discussions will be given by one of the professors in a short feedback movie. These certi cates will indicate you have successfully completed the course. and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4. a certi cate cannot be reissued. The discussion assignments provide insight into the translation from theory to practice. Certi cates can be downloaded from your Student Dashboard (look for the Download button next to the name of our course). since it will appear on the nal certi 5/5 . Generating an ID veri ed certi cate Veri ed certi cates will be issued a few days after the end of the course. You can check your grade at any time under the course’s Progress page.