More and more engineering and technical professionals are making career transitions from product design into project management. This, however, requires formal training and a willingness to learn new skills. All the technical knowledge in the world will not deliver a project successfully, with the necessary level of quality, within cost constraints and on time, without proper project management skills.
Unfortunately, very few engineering professionals have any degree of formal project management training, which results in a great deal of personal stress as well as cost blow-outs and other woes.
To address this problem, the course will focus on the critical project-related activities such as work breakdown, scheduling, cost control, and risk management, and show how these can be performed with software to lighten the project manager’s workload.
You will learn how to introduce appropriate quality management procedures, keep your projects on track using the ‘Earned Value Analysis’ method, exercise an appropriate leadership style and keep team members creative and motivated, and avoid the pitfalls caused by a lack of understanding of the legal issues pertaining to projects.
Aspects such as team leadership and contract law are also covered. All topics will be supplemented with practical exercises focusing primarily on the areas of electrical, electronics, instrumentation, and mechanical engineering. If you wish to do so, you can choose, as a basis for the practical exercises, small projects from your work environment.
The course is composed of 12 modules, covering topics such as creating quality project plans, effective work breakdown structures, and computerized PERT and Gantt charts. You will also learn to define appropriate cost reporting mechanisms for your projects, analyze and manage the associated risks, use appropriate software to leverage your time and expertise, and deal with projects that have a significant degree of inherent uncertainty or a strong emphasis on timely completion.
MODULE 1: Introduction
Project life cycles
Professional Bodies of Knowledge
Project success criteria
Critical success factors
MODULE 2: Fundamentals
Quality project plans
Work breakdown structures
Assignment for Modules 1 & 2: Developing a Work Breakdown Structure
MODULE 3: Time Management
Critical path method
MODULE 4: Fundamentals
Progress monitoring and control
Assignment for Modules 3 & 4: Generating PERT and Gantt charts
MODULE 5: Cost Management
Forecast final cost
Assignment for Module 5: Tracking cost variations
MODULE 6: Earned Value Analysis and Management
Examples and case studies
Assignment for Module 6: Calculating EVA parameters
MODULE 7: The Project Manager
Management vs. Leadership
Authority and power of the project manager
Project management functions
Project manager selection
MODULE 8: Quality Management
Quality concepts and definitions
Quality management fundamentals
Supply chain relationships
Quality assurance systems
ISO 9000:2005 quality system guidelines
Assignment for Modules 7 & 8: Quality structures and processes
MODULE 9: Risk Management
Assignment for Module 9: Risk analysis for given project
MODULE 10: Contractual Issues
The Commonwealth legal system
Attributes of contracts
Extensions and termination of contracts
Remedies for breach
Assignment for Module 10: Questions on selected legal case studies
MODULE 11: Evaluation of Financing Options for a Project
Overview of Financial statements
Time lines of Money
Future Value of Money
MODULE 12: Time Value of Money and Related Concepts
Present Values of Multiple Cash Flows
Net Present Value (NPV) of Multiple Cash Flows
Internal Rate of Return (IRR)
Assignment for Modules 11 & 12: Establishing Internal Rate of Return
To obtain a certificate of completion for EIT’s Professional Certificate of Competency, students must achieve a 65% attendance rate at the live, online fortnightly webinars. Detailed summaries/notes can be submitted in lieu of attendance. In addition, students must obtain a mark of 60% in the set assignments which could take the form of written assignments and practical assignments. Students must also obtain a mark of 100% in quizzes. If a student does not achieve the required score, they will be given an opportunity to resubmit the assignment to obtain the required score.
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John Lawrence is extensively associated with the Diamond and Gold mining industries in Southern Africa, and has over 20 years of experience as a project and departmental manager for a multinational oil company, focusing on designing and managing the infrastructure of the telecommunications, data communications and IT systems.
You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes attending fortnightly webinars that run for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This professional development program is delivered online and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.
Registrations are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure you book your place at least one week before the start date of the program.
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