MSc in Electrical Engineering

Course Information Package

Course Unit TitlePROJECT MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS PRACTICES
Course Unit CodeAEEE581
Course Unit DetailsPhD Computer Science (Postgraduate level courses) - MSc Electrical Engineering (Technical Electives) - PhD Electrical Engineering (Postgraduate level courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated7
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Describe the meaning of the terms project and project management.
  2. Identify the main areas of strategic project management and explain the risk considerations in project selection.
  3. Recognize conflicts and understand the basic principles of negotiation.
  4. Categorize projects in the organizational structure.
  5. Develop plans of the various project activities and project coordination.
  6. Apply cost analysis methods to develop estimates of project budgets.
  7. Select and design a monitoring and/or an information system for the project execution and control.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
PrerequisitesNONECo-requisitesNONE
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents�  Introduction to project and project management
�  Project initiation. Selection, criteria and models. Risk considerations.
�  Project management and project manager attributes.
�  Managing conflicts and negotiation techniques.
�  Types of projects in the organizational structure.
�  Project planning, activities and risk planning. Human resources. Project risk management.
�  Budgeting through cost estimation and risks.
�  Project scheduling and resource allocation issues.
�  Project monitoring and control. Computerized information systems. 
Recommended and/or required reading:
Textbooks
  • J. R. Meredith, S. J. Mantel, Project Management, A Managerial Approach, 8th edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2012.
References
  • William J. Stevenson, Operations Management, McGraw-Hill/ Irwin, 9th edition, 2007.
  • Jay Heizer, Barry Render Operations Management, Prentice Hall, 9th edition, 2007.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The teaching of the course is lecture-based (3 hours per week) in a classroom. A combination of traditional teaching with written notes on a white board and slide presentations using a projector for the presentation of the more complicated diagrams and graphs is utilized. Students are assessed continuously and their knowledge is checked through tests, assignments and the final exam. Lectures include the solution and discussion of example problems regarding the material presented. Relevant homework and assignments are given to the students for further study at their own. Due to the level and type of the course students are urged to participate in discussing the various topics and provide their opinion during problem-solving sessions. Lecture notes are compiled by students which serve to cover the main issues under consideration and serve as a guide for further reading. Students are also required to seriously use the textbook assigned to the course, in addition to other sources found either in the library or elsewhere in order to broaden their perspective on the various subjects presented in class and in the textbook.

Assessment methods and criteria
Assignments20%
Tests30%
Final Exam50%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO