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Advanced Project Management

Postgraduate course. Face-to-face.


UPC School
Shortly we will publish updated information about the new edition of this programme.

As each day passes project monitoring and management is becoming more and more important, from the construction sector to service and technology sectors. Leading teams to properly finish a project and making all of the elements involved work together towards a common goal requires someone with a profile that has specific training and concrete attributes. In this programme students will consider aspects related to proper project management. We are talking about leading, planning, management and scheduling that includes IT techniques and specific programs.

As well, this course will cover design and development aspects -simultaneous engineering- , quality related to results that are adjusted to essential requirements, advanced planning systems and ISO regulations. A project manager must understand the necessities and conditions for externalising processes, and performing advanced management techniques as well as dealing with financial and economic aspects. The management techniques taught in this course will allow students to reach the multiple objectives involved in project development at the necessary quality level and how to adjust to project specifications to the lowest possible cost and in the minimum time needed for their development.

In particular, the UPC School is providing this programme PMA to develop a professional profile that focuses on multidisciplinary team leadership and coordination of all phases of a project. As well, this course offers you the opportunity to prepare for the Project Management Professional credential, a certification awarded by the PMI (Project Management Institute), the most well-recognised institution that creates quality standards accepted and used on a global level.


  • Provide participants with the most advanced techniques used in leadership, planning and management of projects and a practical orientation that is all firmly based on the highly experienced teaching staff.
  • Develop the competencies that participants need to lead multidisciplinary teams.
  • Understand the legal implications involved in projects such as the ISO standards that must be followed.
  • Introduce participants to Six Sigma quality management concepts and Lean Management elements.

Who is it for?

  • Industrial Engineers with advanced or associates degrees.
  • Degree holders with equivalent abilities learned on the job or from other additional professional training.
  • Professionals that are responsible for project management in diverse areas.



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.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Cuatrecasas Arbós, Lluís
    Doctor Industrial Engineer and UPC Professor. President of the Lean Management Institute of Spain. Author of various books. Industrial business consultant.

Academic coordination

  • Sardà Ferrer, Joan
    Economist. Lecturer in the Business Organisation Department of the UPC.

Teaching staff

  • Amores Bravo, Xavier
    Doctor en empresa, tesis sobre la gestión de la innovación en las empresas de servicios intensivas en conocimiento tecnológico. Posgrado en el programa "Innovation, Information Technologies and Organisations" e ingeniero Industrial por la UdG. Ha realizado cursos sobre innovación en varias escuelas de negocio, como en Design Thinking en el Innovation Lab de la HBS (Boston). Actualmente es el gerente del Catalan Water Partnership, cluster del agua de Cataluña que gestiona proyectos de I+D e innovación. Profesor asociado a EADA y director del MBA de la Universidad de Girona. Más de 15 años de experiencia en consultoría y proyectos de gestión de la innovación en empresas.
  • Casanovas Villanueva, August
    Ingeniero Industrial por la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Doctor por la UPC en Dirección y Administración de Empresas. Máster en Dirección y Administración de Empresas en ESADE. Diversos cursos de Dirección de Operaciones y Logística por la Cranfield University (UK), la Chicago Northwestern University y la Universidad Estatal de Michigan (EEUU). Programa de Dirección General (PDG) en IESE. Director de operaciones y logística en compañías multinacionales de los sectores: industrial (GRUPO CELSA), cosmética (COTY ASTOR), farmacia (ALMIRALL PRODESFARMA) y gran consumo (RALSTONPURINA, SCHW).
  • Cuatrecasas Castellsagués, Oriol
    BEng in Industrial Engineering. Specialist Consultant in Lean Manufacturing. Member of the Lean Management Institute of Spain.
  • Deulofeu Aymar, Joaquim
    Degree and PhD in economics. Quality implementation consultant. Associate professor of the Business Organisation Department of the UPC.
  • Genescà Palau, Enric
    BEng in Industrial Engineering. Consultant-adviser in project management, with extensive experience in the automobile sector.
  • Herranz Sotoca, Antonio
    Partner at Ydros, a consultancy specialised in Strategic Management and Organisational Remuneration-based Development. Graduated in Social Psychology from the UB, with a Master's degree in Organisational and Process Consulting from the Fundació les Heures - UB. Associate Professor at the Fundació Politécnica de Catalunya and other Business Schools, with ample experience in both in the public and private sectors. Specialised in strategic HR management, remuneration systems and Executive Coaching.
  • León Márquez, Domingo Miguel
    Bachelor in Business Administration and Master's in Banking from the UPC. Expert in bank financing.
  • Moya Valladares, Aránzazu
    Industrial Engineer. Plant manager at Magna-Donelli.
  • Murcia Navarro, Jose Manuel
    Ingeniero Industrial. PDG por IESE. Posgrados en Operaciones y SCM. Formador, Consultor y Asesor de empresa a través de 5PL. Ha sido Director general en Akershus Invex SL, Director de Operaciones de TechnalAlcan Ibérica, Director de Catalunya de Hachette Filipacci, Director de Villas Olímpicas en COOB 92, Director de Logística de Ahold Ibérica.
  • Mussons Sellés, Jaume
    PhD Industrial Engineering. Business Consultant.
  • Pons Peregort, Olga
    Industrial Psychologist. Lecturer for the Business Organisation Department of the UPC. HR Consultant.
  • Romero Cuadros, Antònia
    Psychologists, Master's in Coaching. Coach and consultant at Argos Coaching, S.L. Contributor to the Business Organisation Department of the UPC.
  • Santiago López, Ana
    Psychologist with a Master's in Coaching. Coaching consultant at Argos Coaching, S.L., Head of Policies and Programmes in the Human Resources Department of Intermón Oxfam.
  • Sardà Ferrer, Joan
    Economist. Lecturer in the Business Organisation Department of the UPC.
  • Suarez Gabarro, Roman
    Industrial Engineer.
  • Teixidó Escobar, Jordi
  • Consultor especialista en Project Management con más de 20 años de experiencia internacional como Director de Projectes. Consultor y formador en grandes empresas. Certificado como PMP por el Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Torrell Martínez, Francesca
    Senior Telecommunications Engineer. Master's degree in Production Organisation and Engineering and Industrial plant Manager at (Engiplant). Consultant in Maintenance Management.
  • Tusquets Aznarez, Xavier
    Critical Chain Consultant at TEOCE.
  • Vilalta Beltri, José Miguel
    Economista y Abogado por la UB. PDG por IESE y Control de Gestión por ESADE. Director de Matching Place SL y de by Hoop y Consejero y Asesor en temas de Estrategia, Cuadro de Mando Integral y en soluciones financieras y RRHH.

General information 2018-19 EDITION

Next course
February 2020
20 ECTS (175 teaching hours)
Friday  16:00 to 21:00Saturday  09:00 to 14:00
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
Telephone: (34) 93 112 08 35
Postgraduate diplomas issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.

In the case of having a foreign degree check here.
Virtual Campus
The students on this Postgraduate course will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.
Employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development Employment service .The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Registration fee
4.100 €
The registration fee must be paid before the beginning of this Postgraduate course.
See the section Discounts, loans and financial aid for possibilities of advantageous financing conditions.

Applicants are given the option of making a voluntary €5 contribution when formalising their enrolment. As part of the UPC's 0.7% Campaign, this donation will go towards meeting charitable needs in developing countries.


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