New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Continuing Professional Development
Engineering Technology curriculum generally provides wide spread knowledge in problem solving, management of resources, and process planning. Project Management is a key skill required by Engineering Technologists, who work in project-driven manufacturing companies. An Industry Advisory Council for a university in Louisiana expressed the need for project management trained graduates, and worked with Engineering Technology faculty to develop a post-baccalaureate certificate program focused on technical project management. In addition, the Industry Advisory Council worked closely with Engineering Technology faculty to develop a new course on “Technical Project Management” that can combine with other courses at the department and college to prepare project management certificate graduates.
This paper discusses the development of a post-baccalaureate industry certificate program on project management. It starts by identifying the need for project management knowledge and skills. After that it discusses the key components for project management body of knowledge as identified by the Project Management Institute. These components led to identifying relevant course topics to include: Introduction to Project Management, Engineering Economic Analysis, Project Selection, Project Organization, Project Scheduling, Resource Management, and Project Control. These topics were used to evaluate university curricula to identify what existing courses can be used to deliver the required knowledge and skills. The result from evaluating existing curricula resulted in identifying the need for a new course on “Technical Project Management”. Furthermore, the developed certificate will be offered both face-to-face and online, hence the paper discusses adaptations of content to facilitate delivery in these different environments. The paper concludes by providing directions for future development of the certificate.
Ahmad, A. (2016, June), Industry Certification Program in Project Management Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25684
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