Undergraduate Course: Engineering Project Management 4 (MAEE10005)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Project Management is the application of management principles to deliver a project in accordance with predetermined objectives for time, cost & quality. This course will consider these principles in the management of engineering project with a particular emphasis on civil and construction engineering. The course considers a project's life-cycle, the parties involved, planning, estimating, team and people management, contract strategy, contractor selection and contract management.
While the course is principally aimed at Civil Engineering students it is also accessible to a wide range of other engineering disciplines such as chemical and mechanical engineering. It should be noted that while there are no specific pre-requisites for the course, those with prior knowledge of civil engineering and construction will find the material much more familiar.
Lectures: Topics & Contents
Introduction to Project Management and Project Life Cycle
Overview of Project Management with introduction and characteristics of projects, definition of project management, project problems and success criteria, project life cycle.
Parties to a Project and Stakeholder Analysis
Emphasising the importance of starting the project well through identifying the parties and stakeholders to the project, carrying out a stakeholder analysis and creating a stakeholder map.
Work Breakdown Structures and Introduction to Planning.
Project initiation with preliminary scope definition and management, developing the Work Breakdown Structure and relate to Cost and Organisational Structures. Introduction to planning.
Critical Path Analysis and Resource Management
The planning of the project using Critical Path Analysis, Networks, Gantt Charts and other data for the project. Identifying and managing resources using CPA.
Project Procurement and Contract Management
Understanding the various ways in which a contract can be procured, and the importance of good contract management in achieving the aims of a project. Types and classifications of engineering contracts, the advantages and disadvantages of their use in different types of projects and an overview of contract planning and contractor selection.
Teams & Leadership, Belbin Model
Success of a project depends on the effectiveness of people working in teams, the leadership of the team and the stage of formation of the team. The Belbin model will be presented and students would have the opportunity to identify a project team role particularly suited to them.
Project Monitoring & Control
The factors required to be identified and measured during project execution are described, which are compared to the plan. Based on this information techniques, such as Earned Value Analysis, can be used to forecast final project costs and time. Control measures to implement change are discussed.
Via prominent case studies, the theory developed in the early part of the course is considered within real situations. Key case studies explored in recent years include the Holyrood Parliament and The Edinburgh Tram Project.
Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes Learning Outcomes:
SM3m, SM6m, D1, D2, EL2, EL3m, EL6m, P1, P5, P10m, P11m, G3m, G4
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|Prohibited Combinations|| Students MUST NOT also be taking
Engineering Project Management (MSc) (PGEE10012) OR
Engineering Project Management (IMFSE) (PGEE11143)
||Other requirements|| Students MUST have a basic knowledge of engineering and an understanding of engineering projects. The course is therefore suited mainly to those on Engineering programmes, in particular Infrastructure, Civil and Construction Engineering. While there are no pre-requisites, students from other backgrounds will be less familiar with the concepts and examples presented. The absence of this background knowledge may lead to poor performance in the course assessment.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students must have a basic knowledge of engineering and engineering projects.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 18,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% degree examination, 2 hours long, 3 compulsory questions.
There will be a non-credit bearing self-paced self-assessment part way through the course.
||1. Students will be given the opportunity to provide Mid-Semester feedback and comments on this will be provided back by the course lecturer.
2. Detailed Exam Post-Mortem comments will be provided.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Recognise the constituent parts of a project life cycle and the relevant parties involved
- Demonstrate understanding of the importance project demand and client responsibility in project success
- Be able to analyse basic project cost and time information and produce simple estimates and plans
- Distinguish between different contractual and procurement methods for engineering projects
- Appraise project information and critique a project's likely success
|BOOK: Smith, N (Ed.) Engineering Project Management, Blackwell Science, Oxford, 3rd Edition, 2007. [TA190 Eng]|
BOOK: P.D. Gardiner, Project Management - A Strategic Planning Approach, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. [HD69.P75 Gar. - note, main library, 1 copy]
BOOK: J.R. Meredith and S.J. Mantel Project management: a managerial approach (9th Edition), Wiley, Chichester, 2015. [HD69.P75 Mer]
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||projects,project management,procurement,planning,case studies,civil engineering,construction
|Course organiser||Dr Simon Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 7159
|Course secretary||Mr Ruben Gutierrez Martin
Tel: (0131 6)50 5690