Risk, Quality, Teams, and Procurement

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

Learn to manage risk, control the quality, engage and manage people, and procure goods and services.

Course Description

Part of the Engineering Project Management Specialization.

Many Project Managers focus only on the scope, schedule and budget. However, a successful project requires that you manage risk, control the quality of the deliverables, engage and manage people and procure goods and services. This course will focus on these key support functions that make the difference between a highly successful project and an average one. During the course, you will prepare a Qualitative Risk Analysis and Evaluate the Cost of Quality for a provided Case Study.

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

  • Identify positive and negative risks
  • Develop risk strategies
  • Perform a qualitative risk analysis
  • Identify cost contingencies and reserves
  • Develop a quality plan
  • Identify quality standards
  • Utilize cause and effect tools
  • Create a prioritization matrix
  • Develop a team management plan that includes team development, identifying team members and clarifies roles and responsibilities
  • Develop a procurement plan that includes contracts and incentives

Course Trailer

All of this will position you to understand the more intangible aspects of project management to drive better overall performance.

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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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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