Project Management

General

  • Course Code: 1643
  • Semester: 6th
  • Course Type: General Background (GB)
  • Course Category: Optional (OP)
  • Scientific Field: Generic Knowledge and Skills (GKS)
  • Lectures: 4 hours/week
  • ECTS units: 6
  • Course webpage: https://aetos.it.teithe.gr/~vkostogl/lessons.html
  • Teching and exams language: Greek
  • The course is offered to Erasmus students
  • Instructors: Kostoglou Vasileios

Educational goals

This course is a thorough theoretical as well as practical approach to project management focusing on projects related to ICT and Electronics. The main aim of the course is to be a useful tool for students who wish to pursue a career in the competitive labour market of ICT or Electronics. The objectives of the course is to familiarize the students with: 1) The features and the characteristics of the IT and Electronics projects 2) The methodologies and techniques of project planning and management regarding their three main parameters: time, cost and resources 3) The use of specialized software as a strong project management tool Upon successful completion of the course students are expected to:

  • Recognize and understand the characteristics and the specific requirements of ICT projects
  • Plan and 'solve' small and medium size ICT projects
  • Examine and evaluate the progress of projects and their deviations from the original programming
  • Understand thoroughly and apply the main methodologies for project planning and control
  • Use specialized software for project management and interpret the results of its application
General Skills
  • Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information using the appropriate methods and/or technologies
  • Adapting to new situations
  • Decision-making
  • Project planning and management
  • Promoting free, creative and inductive thinking

Course Contents

• Introduction to Network Analysis
(activities, events, activities relations, arc and node networks)
• The characteristics of ICT Projects
(features, characteristics, life cycle, cost elements, human resources and equipment
• Network Solution
(solving algorithms regarding activities and overall project times)
• PERT technique
(distribution B, normal distribution, use of statistical tables)
• Cost minimization – CPM method
(cost vs duration of activity, cost minimization algorithm, optimal time determination, compression methods)                                                                               • Resource planning
(resource planning methodologies, Gantt chart, heuristics, resource aggregation, smoothing and leveling methodologies)                                                    • Monitoring the progress of a project
(identifying and measuring time and financial differences over initially planned scheduling                                                                                                                           • Use of project management software                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         • Solution of problems and case studies

Teaching Methods - Evaluation

Teaching Method
  • Face to face theoretical and practical lectures
  • Problem solving by the teacher
  • Individual and group problem solving by the students
  • Solving case studies
  • Use of project management software
Use of ICT means
  • Use of slides, exercises and class problems
  • Use of specialized software for project designing, managing and cost minimizing
Teaching Organization
Activity Semester workload
Lectures80
Individual study of progress test40
Individual study for final examination60
Total 180
Students evaluation

Optional (and additive under conditions) intermediate test
Final exam

Recommended Bibliography

Recommended Bibliography through "Eudoxus"
  1. Κώστογλου, Β., "Επιχειρησιακή Έρευνα και Οργάνωση Συστημάτων Παραγωγής", Θεσσαλονίκη: ΕΚΔΟΣΕΙΣ Α. ΤΖΙΟΛΑ & ΥΙΟΙ Α.Ε., 2015, ISBN: 978-960-418-568-9, Κωδικός Ευδόξου: 50655958.
  2. Πολύζος, Σ., "Διοίκηση και διαχείριση των έργων", 3η έκδοση, Εκδόσεις Κριτική ΑΕ, 2018, ISBN: 978-960-586-254-1, Κωδικός Ευδόξου: 77109652.
  3. Οικονόμου, Γ. και Γεωργίου, Α,, "Ποσοτική Ανάλυση για τη Λήψη Επιχειρηματικών Αποφάσεων" Τόμος Β’, Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Ε. Μπένου, 2016, ISBN: 978-960-359-121-4, Κωδικός Ευδόξου: 59383641.
Complementary greek bibliography
  1. Χασιακός, Α. και Θεοδωρακόπουλος, Δ., "Χρονικός και Οικονομικός Προγραμματισμός Έργων", Πάτρα: Ελληνικό Ανοικτό Πανεπιστήμιο, 2003.
Complementary international bibliography
  1. Bertsekas, D., "Network Optimization, Continuous and Discrete Models", Belmont, Massachusetts: MIT Press, 1998.
  2. Gido, J. and Clements, J.P., "Succcessful Project Management", Cincinnati, Ohio: South-Western College Publishing, 1999.
  3. Meredith, J.R. and Mantel, S.J., "Project Management", 4th edition, John Wiley and Sons, 2000.
  4. IT Project Management Practices Guide
  5. Project Management for IT Related Projects