Core Requirements in Infrastructure Development & Service Management


Energy & Natural Resources Development and Policy

Service Management

This course introduces students to interdisciplinary thinking, problem solving and research techniques and also print and electronic information resources. This is a foundational course for infrastructure development and service management.

Introduction to Project Management

Addresses project management from a multidisciplinary perspective, covering the fundamental nature of managing a broad range of projects public, business, engineering, manufacturing, medical, non-profit, and information systems-as well as techniques required to manage specific types of projects. Topics include Project Environment, Planning, Conflict & Negotiation, Budgeting, Scheduling, Resource Allocation, Monitoring & Controlling, and Project Termination. Addresses the unique and demanding role of the project manager, the challenges of cross-cultural projects, and the behavioral and quantitative facets of project management. Introduces the major areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) as defined by the Project Management Institute. (Introductory course(s) in management, college-level business math, and computer, network,& internet environments; Equivalent experience or instructor permission.)

Advanced Project Management

Course covers the advanced project management topics necessary for implementation of and excellence in project management. Deals with turning the principles and theory of project management into practice. Addresses the best practices for project management in the world; project portfolio management; the project office; project risk management; multinational cultures and cultural failures; integrated project teams; and virtual project teams. Incorporates aspects of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). (Introduction to Project Management 0681-710; or equivalent experience; or by permission of the instructor.)

Introduction to Asset Management

Unscheduled downtime costs businesses millions of dollars each year, but asset management and maintenance is often the last area to attract the attention of managers trying to lower costs. Usually thought of as non-value-added, maintenance and asset management policies can have significant impact on a company’s profit. This course introduces the student to the wide range of policies and practices, including capital budget issues related to asset acquisition, cost of ownership, and depreciation; inventory/procurement; maintenance policies such as run-to-failure, preventive maintenance, and reliability centered maintenance; training issues; and developing performance indicators for management programs.

International Project Finance

Project financing is a contemporary financing technique used to finance large-scale natural resource and infrastructure projects such as Euro Disneyland, the Eurotunnel, and major pipeline projects and electric generating facilities. Project finance is a form of non-recourse or limited recourse financing and is increasingly emerging as an alternative to conventional methods of financing infrastructure and other large-scale projects worldwide. This class will define project financing, differentiate it from traditional corporate finance, and explore the role and structure of the international institutions involved in project financing. The class will describe the types of financial instruments used in these projects and develop a practitioner’s level understanding of the legal, political and environmental considerations involved in project financings.

Human Capital Strategies

This course examines how to develop a human capital strategy to acquire, retain, and engage the best available talent required for current and future success. It examines tools and techniques for human capital planning, sourcing, retention, and development. Students in this four-credit course examine benchmark practices from all industry types to derive effective strategies for their own organizations. They develop a human capital strategy and complete an integrated set of projects to implement selected components of the strategy.

Capstone Project

This course is a supervised, hands-on experience in which the students apply the skills and knowledge developed through their individualized plans-of-study and concludes with a specific product and with an oral and written presentation.

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