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EN454: Project Management for Ocean Engineers

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EN454: Project Management for Ocean Engineers (3-0-3)

This course covers the fundamentals of engineering project management. Main topics include project planning, project scheduling, project budgets, project performance measurement, project control, and team dynamics.


  • Successful Project Management (Gido, Clements, and Baker, 2016)
  • Microsoft Project (Online Software)


  1. Discuss the activities and milestones for each of the four stages of projects: needs identification, proposed solutions, project execution, and project termination.
  2. Understand the main components of a project proposal, including technical, management, and cost sections, as well as the bid/no-bid process.
  3. Create a Work Breakdown Structure and a Network Diagram for a project, showing the organizational structure and activity dependency relationships for a project.
  4. Perform Network Scheduling techniques to determine the early start time, early finish time, late start time, late finish time and slack for each activity. Identify the Critical Path for a project.
  5. Perform Schedule Control techniques to make changes to a schedule, once actual finish times have been implemented, including time-cost trade-off methods as well as project crashing.
  6. Create and track a budget for a project, including Cumulative Budgeted Cost, Cumulative Actual Cost, and Cumulative Earned Value at each reporting period. Calculate the Forecasted Cost at Completion for a project that is in work.


  • 1/C Standing As EOE Major, OR
  • Approval of NAOE Department Chair

Class Topics

  1. Project Management Overview
  2. Needs Identification and Proposed Solutions
  3. Project Execution, Control, and Termination
  4. Project Risk Management/Decision Trees
  5. Project Planning
  6. Project Scheduling/Schedule Control
  7. Resource Considerations
  8. Time-Cost Trade-Off Methods/Crashing
  9. Cost Planning/Performance/Control
  10. Project Communication and Documentation
  11. The Project Manager: Know Yourself
  12. The Project Team: Know Others



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