Advanced Project Management

Postgraduate course. Face-to-face.


UPC School


Introduction to Project Management. Planning, Scheduling and PMBOK Methodology
4 ECTS. 40 teaching hours.
1. Project Management as a management methodology. Projects: objectives, project breakdown structure, risk analysis, organisation, programme and budget. Implementation and monitoring, report and completion. Factors which affect the output of the project teams.
2. Product development projects. Phases: conceptualisation (briefing and sketching), development and industrialisation. New product and service development projects. Improvement projects. Efficiency.
3. PMOK methodology for the development and execution of projects of the Project Management Institute. Differential aspects regarding the traditional methodology. Integration, scope, duration, quality and human resources in project management. Applications.
4. Project integration and scope: Strategic management, mission, vision and values. Strategic planning. Analysis: SWOT. Management by objectives: BSC and Hoshin Kanri.
5. Project planning and programming. GANTT and PERT/CPM methodologies. Duration estimates. Resources. Organisation. Risk Management. Time management: Project planning. Application using the Microsoft ® Project software package.
6. Service projects and their management. Total quality strategy. Key quality and customer satisfaction indicators. Service processes. Critical success factors. Implementation of service processes. Specific and differential aspect of service projects. Service project management
Project Management Excellence. Human Resources.
4 ECTS. 35 teaching hours.
1. Human resource management: Project management executive profile. Completion of the 16 PF questionnaire (Cattel). Assessment of the management profile and analysis of the behavioural patterns of participants. Cause analysis using the Lüscher test. Application to project management.
2. Leadership. Motivation and communication. The 'psychological contract'. Leadership and project work teams. Group dynamics. Management skills Project team selection. Empowerment. The senior project manager. Management skills Project team selection.
3. Proman simulation software. Behavioural simulation based training for project managers. This tool allows to modify the attitude of participants, the goal being to facilitate the understanding of the new management models proposed and improve their management skills. In addition, it allows to reinforce the conceptual knowledge presented during the course.
Advanced Project Planning and Management.
3 ECTS. 35 teaching hours.
1. Time management: The critical chain. Multitasking. Mono-project and multi-project environments. Sizing of tasks with no protection margin, critical chain identification, introduction of automatic buffering and management in multi-project environments.
2. Project simulation. The Montecarlo methodology. Full duration and cost testing. Overall project schedule optimisation. Project risk control through simulation.
3. Advanced project monitoring systems. Advanced Quality Planning under the responsibility of the Project Manager: Identification and monitoring of phases of the project that entail a risk with regard to objectives and deadlines. ISO 10.006 standard (project quality management in any area of activity): Advanced Product Quality planning according to the QS 9000 regulation in the framework of project management. Processes. Phases. Information sharing and risk identification. Feasibility study.
4. Lean Project Management. Specification-adjusted processes, developed at low cost and in minimum lead time. Lean techniques for project management. Comparison with conventional management systems. Identification of any squandering. Value Stream Mapping.
Project costs, sourcing and quality
4 ECTS. 40 teaching hours.
1. Project cost and investment management. Economic and financial aspects of the projects Investment analysis in business projects. Profitability and return on investment. Business project funding instruments. Scoring. Rating. Financial cost.
2. Outsourcing for projects. External processes in project planning and development. Purchases. Purchasing cycle and supply cycle. Speed of response. Terms and competitive advantage. Safety management in project planning. Time, resource and inventory management. Risk management.
3. Project quality management: Project planning based on requirements and specifications. QFD: client requirement, competitive assessment, objectives, relationships and correlations. Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA).
4. Time and cost management. Concurrent engineering: advantages and disadvantages with regard to sequential development. The Land Rover case: group discussion and work. R&D+i projects. Concurrent engineering. New product development processes in different businesses. The Sony Workstation case: group discussion and work.
5. The Sis Sigma methodology: Excellence in product development. The Sis Sigma methodology. The importance of getting it right the first time. Objective: Very high levels of excellence.
Preparation for taking the tests to obtain the PMP certification for professionals from PMI
2 ECTS. 10 teaching hours.
Preparation for taking the tests to obtain the PMP certification for professionals from Project Management Institute, a test related to professional competency for project management.

This preparation is aimed at understanding and internalising information, not memorisation. Students will use the KION course guide (Registered Provider for PMI® 2953) for following the course and doing subsequent course reviews.

Web Simulations of the PMP® exam. With each hour of monitored on-line coursework students receive 1 PDU. A minimum of 11 PDUs are required to reach the 35 needed for the exam.

A complete assessment of students' applications for the Project Management Institute will be performed by an experienced consultant. Students will get support from the consultant and interact with fellow students 24/7 On-line over the course of this program through the ON-Line KIONPM assessment area.
Advanced Project Manager Project
3 ECTS. 15 teaching hours.
A guiding focus for this course will be the creation of a project that can be applied in a real world situation and which participants will create individually or in a group. This project will be overseen by an expert.
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Next course:
February 2018

(175 teaching hours)

Friday  16:00 to 21:00Saturday  09:00 to 14:00
Taught at:
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
08005 Barcelona

Registration fee:
4.000 €

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