Specialization: Project Management

Strong project management can mean the difference between businesses that thrive and those that fail. This specialization will equip you with the technical and people skills required to manage major projects for multinationals, family businesses, and NGOs. It is designed to give you the wide range of skills necessary for planning, organizing, securing, and managing resources to meet business objectives.

Sample project management electives

Please note that we strive to keep our electives as up-to-date as possible, but the exact courses on offer are subject to change and different electives are offered at each of our campuses.

Project Management

The rapid pace of technological innovation has led to companies and individuals having to organize themselves to face up to managing a range of projects. But why are there so many project management methodologies, frameworks, theories, and perspectives? Are all these just very similar ways to say the same thing? How can project management knowledge, skills, and insights help in developing academic credibility? Why do 80% of projects fail when there is such a wide body of knowledge about the subject? In this course the students will develop a critical appreciation and understanding of project management methodologies such as ‘waterfall’ and ‘agile’ and how to apply them to different types of projects.

Project Procurement and Contract Management

This course is an in-depth examination of project procurement management in the wider context of contract and commercial management of projects. Examination of the management of buy-side and sell-side activities in the project lifecycle, as defined by the main PM bodies and leading research in the area, reveals fundamental conflicts which must be resolved if the project is to obtain the inputs it requires on cost and schedule, maintain profitability, claims and penalties to be avoided, projects successfully completed and business relationships strengthened. Topics include the planning, execution, and closing of procurement efforts, creation of Requests (RFP, RFI, RFQ), identification of potential sellers, contract negotiation, and managing relationships between buyers and sellers. This unit is based upon a combination of interactive lectures, individual and group work, problem- based exercises, and readings from textbooks and peer-reviewed literature.

Project Quality and Risk Management

This course examines the processes and tools involved in project risk and quality management. Topics include risk identification, ranking, and monitoring; qualitative and quantitative risk analysis; strategies for proactive risk mitigation; quality planning, quality assurance, quality control, and process improvement; the cost of quality, and the benefits of prevention over inspection. This unit is based on a combination of interactive lectures, problem-based exercises, and readings from textbooks and peer-reviewed literature. Students will participate as individuals and in groups.

Project Planning and Execution

This course is designed to provide the project management knowledge necessary for a business executive, manager, consultant, or entrepreneur to successfully initiate, plan, and execute projects. It is structured to provide principles, methodology, and practical information through a combination of lectures, case studies, group collaboration, and hands-on exercises. Topics include project, program, and portfolio management; project selection and project plan development; work breakdown structures, change control, gant charts; project and product life-cycle methodologies; communications and stakeholder management, and project management tools.
Note: Courses listed above are samples and subject to change; not all courses are available at every campus location.

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