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Project Management for Scientists

Vak 2014-2015

  • PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT IN THE 2ND YEAR OF THE A&I PROGRAMME (Academic Year 2015-2016, Semester II)

Prerequisites

BSc in any area of science.

Course Description

This course is geared toward students at the MSc and PhD levels who want to learn how to successfully manage scientific projects. The course deals with the entire life cycle of a project, from initial scientific vision to the operational phase. Course subjects include the formulation of scientific visions and strategies, competitive proposal writing skills, establishing of scientific requirements, collaboration with project managers and engineering teams as well as formal approaches to successfully organizing, planning, and executing a scientific project. Most examples will come from astronomical projects.

Course objectives

Students will understand and be able to successfully apply the methods of project management to scientific projects.

Schedule

Preliminary lecture list:

  1. Introduction


    1. Scientific Projects
    2. Scientific Vision and Strategy
    3. Project Definition
    4. Science Requirements
    5. Proposal Planning and Organization
    6. Work Breakdown Structure
    7. Cost and Schedule Estimates
    8. Team Formation and Hiring
    9. Project Organization and Control
    10. Schedule and Time Management
    11. Risk Management
    12. Communication
    13. Typical Project Problems

See also Master schedules

Mode of instruction

Lectures, exercises and presentations, homework

Assessment method

60% exam, 20% exercises and presentations, 20% homework
First exam will be a 3-hour written test.
Retake exams will be oral.

Reading list

Mandatory:

  • The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, Fourth Edition, by Eric Verzuh, published by John Wiley and Sons Ltd

Registration

Via uSis

Contact information

Lecturer: Prof.dr. C.U. Keller
Assistant:

Remarks