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Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Engineering Project Management

ME 32600 / 3 Cr. (3 Class)

Project management is an important skill that is needed in the private and public sectors as well as specialty businesses. This course explores the challenges facing today's project managers and provides a broad understanding of the project management environment focused on multiple aspects of the project.

Textbooks

C. Gray and E. Larson, Project Management: The Managerial Process, 7th Edition, McGraw-Hill.

Goals

To provide an overview of project management with a focus on how projects contribute to the strategic goals of the organization. To learn project management tools, techniques, and interpersonal skills necessary to orchestrate projects from start to finish.

Outcomes

After completion of this course, the students should be able to:

  1. Understand the terminology used in engineering economic analysis. [k]
  2. Understand time-value-of-money concepts such as net present worth analysis, equivalent uniform annual worth analysis, benefit/cost analysis, internal rate of return analysis, loans, leveraging, and fixed-income investment analysis. [k]
  3. Understand the criteria for making economic-based decisions. [k]
  4. Analyze before-tax and after-tax cash flows. [a,k]
  5. Understand economic risk analysis techniques. [k]
  6. Conduct minimum life cycle cost tradeoffs between initial and repair costs. [a,k]
  7. Formulate economic solutions to real-world case study problems. [k]
  8. Demonstrate capability to use Excel spreadsheet analysis in solving economic problems. [k]
  9. Experience working in a project team to solve an economic problem and make a presentation of the solution using Powerpoint. [d,g]
  10. Write a project report, adhering to the specified format for business reports using appropriate writing style, grammar, and spelling. [g]
  11. Learn how to estimate costs and perform an economic analysis in support of capstone design and other term projects. [a,k]
  12. Develop cash flow analysis problem solving techniques for passing exams including the Engineering Economics portion of the EIT exam. [a,k]

Note: The letters within the brackets indicate the general program outcomes of mechanical engineering. See: ME Program Outcomes.

Topics
  • Introduction
  • Organization strategy and project selection
  • Organizational culture
  • Defining the project, estimating  project times and cost, developing a plan
  • Managing risk
  • Scheduling resources and costs and reducing project duration
  • Leadership, managing project teams,  and outsourcing
  • Progress and performance measurement
  • Project audit and closure
  • International projects
  • Oversight
  • Product Development Process
  • Technology Development Process