The University of Leeds has launched a collection of online courses – known as a Specialization – in engineering project management as specifically applied to major projects. Students will consider the key characteristics of major projects, their challenges, how to understand and interpret their performance and the key reasons big projects might suffer delays or go over budget.
The ‘Managing Major Engineering Projects’ courses, which are provided on Coursera, can lead to the award of 15 postgraduate credits from the University as well as a professional qualification from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the UK professional body dedicated to promoting high standards in management and leadership.
Major engineering projects can positively affect the lives of many people and have a long-lasting impact on the economy. They are also characterized by vast complexity and carry significant risks. Major projects often run over schedule, come in over budget and fail to deliver as many benefits as expected. The courses will help students – many of whom are professionals currently working in engineering or project management – to develop the skills needed to support the delivery of such large engineering projects.
“The University is very proud to be teaming up with Coursera to deliver online learning courses to learners all around the world,” said Professor Neil Morris, Director of Digital Learning at the University of Leeds. “This new partnership is in line with the University strategy to be a world leader in digital education. We are also pleased to be offering postgraduate credit-bearing courses on Coursera, which learners are able to use towards fully online distance learning programmes. This will provide flexibility and access to learners from all over the world, and will provide much-needed education and skills training.”
“We designed these courses to help learners make sense of current and past projects, and learn the skills and know-how to become protagonists in the fascinating realm of major engineering projects,” added Dr Giorgio Locatelli, a lecturer in Infrastructure Procurement and Management at the University of Leeds.
The Specialization is comprised of three courses, each of which learners will be able to work through at their own pace. Each course will take about five hours of study each week for five weeks, using a series of online video lectures and assessment activities, as well as reading.
Eligible learners who successfully complete the three courses will then be able to apply for the supplementary Capstone project, which requires 75 hours of study over up to 12 weeks. Those who successfully complete the Specialization and the Capstone will earn 15 postgraduate taught student credits from the University of Leeds as well as a CMI Level 7 Award in Strategic Management and Leadership. They will then be encouraged to apply for a full online Master’s Programme in Engineering Management.