Design Project Management
This course guides design students through fundamental project management concepts and tools. The course core consist on managing the three critical axes of a project: scope, time and cost. We will also work on the role and motivations of the different stakeholders (mainly team, clients, users and suppliers). And finally will review the origins of project failure and the possibilities to control it through risks management.
Determine projects scope
Use time project management tools
Understand the implications, challenges, and opportunities of the project stakeholders
Understand how to identify and manage project cost
Engage and lead the effective team for each project
Improve communication skills
Identify and use key performance metrics for project monitoring
Identify project risks and elaborate a contingency plan
This subject is taught in: English
Tutorials may be given in: English, Catalan and Spanish
- Teaching Staff
Continguts de l’assignatura
Chapter 1: Introduction to Project Management • What is a project
Chapter 2: Scheduling: Critical Path Methods
Chapter 3: Agile Methodologies
Chapter 4: Client and Stakeholders
Chapter 5: Talent management and team focus
Chapter 6: Quality management. Procurement policies.
Chapter 7: Industrial and Intellectual Property Rights
Chapter 8: The communication role in a project
Chapter 9: Pricing
Chapter 10: Types of costs in projects
Chapter 11: Project performance and progress. Earned value Management
Chapter 12: Risks management.
Metodologia docent i activitats formatives
The course methodology combines in a balanced way the theoretical contents with the development of case studies and class exercises that allow to put into practice the concepts acquired and the different tools explained
Teaching / learning methodology: Lectures and debate in a large group.
Skills: C11, C13, C15
Case discussion seminars
Teaching / learning methodology: Presentation of cases, collective critical discussion
Skills: C11, C13, C15, CT6, CT1, CT3
Reading texts for the preparation of cases
Teaching / learning methodology: Autonomous reading and preparation work
Skills: C11, C13, C15, CT11, CT3
Teaching / learning methodology: Autonomous work for drawing up diagrams and abstracts
Skills: C11, C13
Search for documentation
Teaching / learning methodology: Use of bibliographic databases, consultation of documentary resources. Skills: C15, CT1, CT11
Preparation and drafting of teamwork
Teaching / learning methodology: Writing a project management project
Skills: CT1, C13, CT11
Teaching / learning methodology: Written tests and oral presentations
Skills: CT1, C13
The aim of continuous assessment is for the student to be able to know their academic progress throughout their learning process to enable them to improve on it.
After the second enrolment, assessment in the subject may, at the teacher’s decision, consist of a cumulative test, which allows an assessment of the learning results set out in the subject teaching guide. In this case, the mark for the subject will correspond to the cumulative test mark.
The final course grade will consist of the weighted average of four grades - participation, mid-term exam, end-term exam and a group project. Each of the four evaluation elements will be graded on the scale from 0 to 10, 10 being the highest grade. The final mark will be calculated using the following formula:
FINAL GRADE = 20% (participation) + 30% (midterm exam) + 30% (end-term exam) + 20% (team project)
1. Participation. Students are required to be present during the classes and to complete all individual and group assignments during the semester. Participation activities are presential. The specific activity will be graded with 0 if not attended. Participation is not recoverable.
2. Mid-term exam. The mid-term exam will cover the class material covered up to that point.
3. End-term exam. The final-term exam will cover the class material covered from the mid-term exam up to that point.
4. Team Project, 20% of the final grade
General rules regarding assessment
A “Not Assessable” (NA) mark will be given to any student who has not submitted all the learning evidence or who has not attended 80% of the classes and has not provided justification for the absences. In the case of justified absence, the student must contact the teacher when returning to determine the recuperation of the activities they did not attend.
If the student commits any irregularity that may lead to a significant variation in the mark of an assessment activity, that assessment activity will be awarded a 0, irrespective of any disciplinary process that may be brought. If various irregularities occur in the assessment activities of the same subject, the final mark for that subject will be 0.
A review may be requested from the corresponding teaching staff and will take place in the week stated in the teaching calendar.
The ordinary review of the qualifications will be carried out the week following the delivery of the corrections, in the schedule that the teacher will communicate.
To be eligible to participate in the reassessment process, it is required for students to have been previously been evaluated for at least two-thirds of the total evaluation activities of the course.
Additionally, it is required that the student to have achieved an average grade of the subject between 3.5 and 4.9.
Specific rules regarding the course
The deadline to submit a practical exercise will be just one week after the established delivery date and, in this case, a penalty of 50% will be applied to the grade obtained in the evaluation. The exercises delivered after the deadline will be scored with 0 points.
Bibliografia i enllaços web
Anderson, D. J., & Carmichael, A. (2016). Essential Kanban condensed(First). Seattle, Washington: Lean Kanban University Press. Retrieved from leankanban.com/guide
Kerzner, H. (2017). Project management : a systems approach to planning, scheduling, and controlling. Hoboken, New Jersey : Wiley,.
Project Management Institute. (2017). Project Management Body of Knowledge: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge. Newtown Square, Pennsylvania: Project Management Institute.
Sutherland, J. V., & Gordo del Rey, V. (2018). Scrum : el revolucionario método para trabajar el doble en la mitad de tiempo. Barcelona : Ariel.
Competències i resultats d’aprenentatge de l’assignatura
CE11. Show understanding of the workings of the economic, business and institutional environment in which design projects and activities are contracted and professionally undertaken.
CE13. Plan, organise, manage and administer the development of design projects, both within the sphere of self-employed professional work and of business or institutional organisations.
CE15. Show knowledge of the legal framework in which design activities are conducted: contracting models, registration of patents, trademarks, copyright, etc.
CT1. Spoken and written skill in the native language and in other languages such as English that will enable you to work in an international setting.
CT6. Ability to work as part of a team and aptitude for dialogue with the different agents and disciplines that may take part in the development of a design project.
CT7. Ability to coordinate, manage and lead work groups around a design project or where design plays a key role.
CT11. Ability to adapt to the national and international professional environment and, in particular, to the technological, social and economic changes that occur.