Project Management


This course is intent to be a cohesive, concise, yet comprehensive coverage of the fundamentals of project management based on available global standards,  professional best practices and research knowledge about theories, methods and tools used to effectively start, organize, plan, control and close projects.  By the end of the course students should be able to:

- Understand and frame the project management in the organizations;
- Identify, characterize and frame several methodologies, methods, tools in the production environments;
- Understand how to manage critical variables, such as time and cost, and its impact on the scope and quality of projects;
- Develop and establish project management plan;
- Know and understand project management standards:
- Recognize professional certification processes and its importance.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Alexandra Maria Batista Ramos Tenera, António Carlos Bárbara Grilo


Weekly - 4

Total - 62

Teaching language



Is advised that students have some expertise in Statistics and Operations Research.


- Kerzner, H. (2013). Project Management: A systems approach to planning, scheduling, and controlling (11th ed.). John Wiley & Sons.

- Project Management Institute (2017). A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (6th ed.). PMI.

- Kerzner, H. (2011). Project Management Metrics, KPIs, and Dashboards: A Guide to Measuring and Monitoring Project Performance. John Wiley & Sons

- Jonasson, H (2007). Determining Project Requirements. Auerbach Publications- CRC Press.

- Haugan (2008). Work Breakdown Structures for Projects, Programs, and Enterprises. Management Concepts.

- Hulett, D. (2011). Integrated Cost-Schedule Risk Analysis. Gower publishing.

- Chapman, C. & Ward, S. (2012). How to Manage Project Opportunity and Risk. John Wiley & Sons.

- Ambriz, R. and White, J. (2011). Dynamic Scheduling with Microsoft Project 2010. J. Ross Publishing.

Teaching method

Lectures are carried out combining theoretical classes and applied classes

Evaluation method

The course grading shall be based on the following:

- Course Participation (P)

- Group Assignments (GA)

- Tests (T)

- Individual evaluation :  (P + T). If  T < 9 ==> Exam (EX)

Final Mark = 0,4GA + 0,2P + 0,4(T or EX)

Subject matter

1. Project Management frameworks: Key definitions and concepts; Success and failure main factors; Main project management standards; Ethics and professional responsibility; Professional certification systems

2. Project Initiation: Project creation, evaluation and strategic setting; Stakeholders Management, Project Selection Criteria and Prioritization Methods, Project charter creation

3. Project Planning: Scope and project requirements definition; Resource estimation and planning, WBS Construction, Time, cost and quality planning; Risk characterization and planning; Procurement and contracts development; Project scheduling

4. Implementation, Monitoring and Control: Teams management and development; Control of duration, costs and changes; Quality control and assurance; Conducting contracts and procurement administration; risk monitoring and control; Project performance evaluation and reporting

5. Project Closure: Procurement, Project or phase closing; Collecting, registration and use of lessons learned


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