MSc in Engineering Management

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeMEM503
Course Unit DetailsMSc Engineering Management (Required Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated7
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Students will learn the responsibilities and essential tools and techniques required to successfully plan, manage, control and evaluate a project in a complex environment. Using practical examples, the course will demonstrate how these approaches can be successfully applied in the development and management of any major project.
  2. Students will develop the fundamental skills required of all project managers: critical reasoning skills, quantitative analytical skills, integrative skills from both a theoretical and practical viewpoint.
  3. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply the basic tools and techniques of project management in practice: Write a sponsor and project requirements definition, Construct a comprehensive project schedule, Evaluate a project plan subject to time, cost and resource constraints.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course ContentsPart 1: Project Management Overview:
-  Introduction
-  Meaning and scope of projects and project management
-  Project life cycle; project characteristics
-  The roles of the project manager, the sponsor and the user
-  Forms of contracts and project structure
Part 2: Project planning and scheduling techniques
-  Early project definition
-  Work Breakdown Structures (WBS)
-  Gantt charts
-  Project network logic diagrams
-  Critical Path Method (CPM)
-  Project time-cost trade-offs
-  Project planning under uncertainty
-  Resource scheduling
Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Lockyer K. and Gordon J., Project management and project network techniques, Financial Times Prentice Hall, 7th edition, 2005, ISBN 0-273-69378-6.
  • Burke R., Project management: planning and control techniques, John Wiley & Sons, 4th edition, 2003, ISBN 0470851244.
  • Kerzner H., Project management: A systems approach to planning, scheduling and controlling, John Wiley & Sons, 10th edition, 2009, ISBN 978-0-470-27870-3.
  • Gray C.E. and Larson E.W., Project management: the managerial process, McGraw- Hill, edition 4e, 2007.
  • Meredith J.R. and Jr. Mantel S.J., Project management: a managerial approach, John Wiley & Sons, 5th edition, 2003, ISBN 0-471-07323-7.
    Planned learning activities and teaching methodsThe course will be delivered through 3-hour lectures per week.
    Tutorial questions will be handed out, where appropriate, to consolidate knowledge in the analytic skills developed.
    The course material will be available on the university’s e-learning platform.
    Assessment methods and criteria
    Project Assignment40%
    Final Exam60%
    Language of instructionEnglish
    Work placement(s)NO