Project Management for STEM Disciplines

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Project Management for STEM Disciplines

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Business Administration, Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Objectives and Contextualization
    Project management is of paramount importance for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields as it ensures the efficient execution of complex projects. By applying systematic planning, resource allocation, and risk management, project management optimizes processes and enhances productivity. In STEM, where precision and innovation are vital, project management provides a structured approach to achieve goals and meet deadlines.
    It fosters collaboration among interdisciplinary teams, improving communication and problem-solving skills. Moreover, project management allows for effective budgeting and resource utilization, ensuring projects remain on track and within constraints. Ultimately, project management empowers STEM professionals to deliver successful outcomes, driving progress and innovation in today's fast-paced and dynamic technological landscape

    This course aims to empower STEM students with the essential skills and knowledge required to manage projects efficiently, enabling them to thrive as successful professionals in their respective fields. By combining theoretical foundations, practical applications, and real-world challenges, students will emerge with the confidence and competence to excel in diverse STEM projects and contribute effectively to the ever-evolving world of science and technology.

    Some of these competences are:
    1. Technical Proficiency and Analytical Thinking
    2. Scientific Communication
    3. Cross-disciplinary Collaboration
    4. Innovation and Adaptability
    5. Data Analysis and Interpretation
    6. Ethical Considerations in STEM

    Three main areas of project management will be explored:
    A. Concepts and macro categories
    B. Methodologies
    C. Soft skills
    A detailed explanation of each of them is provided in the Programme.

    Learning Outcomes
    Upon completing a course on project management for STEM students, learners can expect to achieve the following learning outcomes:
    1. Analyse and Understand Theory: Gain a deep understanding of project management principles, concepts, and methodologies specific to STEM fields, enabling effective project planning and execution.
    2. Define Effective Planning and Scheduling: Acquire the skills to create detailed project plans, including work breakdown structures, scheduling, and resource allocation, ensuring optimal time management and efficient use of resources.
    3. Examine Problem-solving and Decision-making: Strengthen critical thinking abilities to address project-related challenges and make informed decisions that align with project goals.
    4. Improve Resource Optimization: Master the art of resource management, ensuring optimal allocation and utilization of resources to meet project objectives without compromising quality or timelines.
    5. Identify Risk Management: Learn to identify potential risks in STEM projects and develop strategies to mitigate them, minimizing project setbacks and enhancing overall project success.
    6. Promote Team Collaboration and Leadership: Enhance teamwork and leadership abilities by understanding how to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts, and foster collaboration among diverse interdisciplinary teams.
    7. Foster Adaptability and Agility: Explore agile project management principles, promoting adaptability and flexibility in responding to dynamic changes and uncertainties typical in STEM projects.
    8. Communicate and Report in an effective way: Develop effective presentation and reporting skills to communicate project progress, outcomes, and challenges to stakeholders in clear and concise ways.
    9. Consider Ethical Implications: Understand the ethical implications of project management decisions in STEM fields, ensuring responsible conduct and adherence to professional and industry standards.
    10. Evaluate Project Outcomes: Learn how to conduct post-implementation evaluations of completed projects, extracting valuable insights for continuous improvement in future endeavours.

    By attaining these learning outcomes, students will be equipped with essential project management skills that empower them to excel in their academic pursuits, succeed in their professional careers, and contribute effectively to the advancement of STEM fields through well-managed and successful projects.


Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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