Initiating and Planning

  • Course StartSelf-paced
  • Course Duration5 weeks
  • Workload3-5 hours per week
  • Credit OfferedCertificate Available
  • TuitionSubscription

Develop the tools to initiate a project plan, manage stakeholders and relationships, organize a team, develop a project charter, and build a business case for a project.

Course Description

Part of the Engineering Project Management Specialization.

The goal of the course is to give you the tools to initiate a project plan, manage both stakeholders and relationships, organize their team, develop a project charter, and build a business case for a project.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Perform a project assessment using information from previous projects and lessons learned
  • Identify key deliverables based on business requirements while managing customer expectations
  • Perform a stakeholder analysis and create a management plan
  • Analyze and develop a project organization
  • Create a project charter
  • Explain the business case for a project and calculate Net Present Value
  • Inform stakeholders of the charter and ensure all parties know the deliverables and expectations

Course Trailer

As part of the course, you will prepare organization charts, create a Stakeholder Register, and write a Project Charter based on an engineering project in a provided Case Study. The Stakeholder Register will outline the key parties to the project, their concerns and how you will manage their expectations. Your Project Charter will provide the key guidance your team needs to understand the scope, requirements and purpose for the project.

All of this will position you for initiating and planning your first project and/or understanding how you can maximize your contributions on your next project team.

Rice Center for Engineering Leadership is a Registered Education Provider through the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. Learners who complete this course on the Certificate track will be awarded 12 hours of Profession Development Units. These are recognized by PMI for continuing education or can be applied toward the 35 hours of education required for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification.

PMI and PMP are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

 

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Contact

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Professor Information

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Tom Phalen

Tom Phalen joined RCEL in July, 2015 after a 38 year career with Fluor, a Fortune 100 Engineering and Construction Company. He brings proven leadership and management skills to the Center, having led large multi-cultural and multi-discipline teams in executing projects. During his career at Fluor, he held a variety of positions including process engineer, […]

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Kazimir Karwowski

Kaz Karwowski joined the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) as Executive Director in July 2013 after four years with the Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program (GEL) and three years with MIT’s Army ROTC Program. Prior to joining GEL, Kaz served in the U.S. Army Infantry Branch for 20 years and retired in 2009. […]

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