Master in Design, Operation and Project Management

Program Presentation

Progress in science and engineering has led to significant changes in various aspects of project management and implementation.

These changes have produced more rigorous managerial design, with more complete and accurate methodological tools. Similarly, all aspects of management have gained more prominence due to the importance of the participation of human resources in project development . Given the number of failed projects, there is a pressing need to consolidate and increase the quality at the design stage, as well as to understand the creative and cognitive process of understanding and formulating the foundations of a project. This requires proper knowledge of management and direction.

The Master program in Design, Operation and Project Administration (MDOPA) connects these 3 elements in order to form project specialists, with the ability, skill and knowledge of:

  • Project Design;
  • Managing the project from initiation to post-mortem reflection; and,
  • Directing all individual and collective human efforts toward the project’s purpose and the interests of those affected.

Who is the programme for?

The proposed method and a clear and diverse curriculum makes the Master in Design, Operation and Project Management designed for professionals from all knowledge areas in higher education who are concerned with carrying out projects in a responsible manner and who wish to serve in the fields of teaching and research projects and/or in a professional field from executive or advisory positions.

Diploma

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will receive a diploma issued by the University where they enrolled.

Program Structure

Estimated length of the Master in Design, Operation and Project Management program is 900 hours (90 credits)1.

  • Since it is a distance program and not subject to class attendance, there is no specific start date so students may enroll at any time, provided there are spaces available.
  • For academic reasons, the Program has a minimum duration of six months (with some exceptions).
  • The maximum time to complete the Program is twenty four months. During this time, the student must have completed all assignments, as well as the Final Project.

The credit structure for the Master in Design, Operation and Project Management program is shown in the following table. It should be noted that the length of the program is merely indicative, since the methodology combines knowledge and skills acquired in each part, through integrated exercises of knowledge acquisition and internalization of good practices for projects:

  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
1st Part: Design 27 7 270
2nd Parte: Management 25 8 250
3rd Part: Administration 28 6 280
4th Part: Final Project 10 3 100
TOTAL 90 24 900

a. The equivalent value of credits can differ according to the university granting the degree
b. Length in months

Objectives

General objectives:

  • To train professionals in acquiring a creative, executive and managerial thinking process that is suitable for design, management and project management.

Specific objectives:

  • To provide and use proper project design methods that respond to a predetermined sequence of progress, applicable to specific and articulated cases, that also lead to the mastery and understanding of motivational factors, intent, purpose and philosophy behind the project.
  • To identify and analyze the activities, responsibilities and competences of a Project Manager, along with proposing useful tools for each phase of a project’s life cycle. Each of the knowledge areas of a Project (integration, scope, time, cost, quality, resources, communications, risk and procurement, among others) are included.
  • To learn to interpret international standards related to the project’s field, applied in each phase of the Project in order to facilitate subsequent certification of students by entities such as the International Project Management Association (IPMA), Spanish Association of Engineering Projects (SAEP) or Project Management Institute (PMI).
  • To understand and manage the processes of creation, generation, development and dissemination of individual and collective knowledge in terms of collaborative and cooperative tasks that facilitate and enhance the emergence of viable, practical and sustainable solutions to real world problems, reached through the vehicle of a project.

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities for the Master in Design, Operation and Project Management are:

  • Program Directors.
  • Operations Directors.
  • Managers in Project Offices.
  • Project consultants.
  • Technological innovation and knowledge Project managers.
  • Researchers in the field of project science and professional fieldwork projects.

Study Plan

The Master in Design, Operation and Project Management program has a curriculum structure based on 4 parts:

  • 1st Part: Design (270 hours)

The first part of Project Design introduces methods to generate and efficiently manage the design and evaluation of the knowledge generated throughout a project.

The corresponding subjects and hours that make up the first part are shown in the following table:

1ST PART: DESIGN (270 HOURS)
SUBJECTS HOURS
Introduction to projects 20
Project systems design 30
Analysis of provision of services 30
Functional analysis of project 30
Project ergonomics 30
Project security and reliability 30
Environment in the project 30
Project specifications 30
Draft project proposal 40
TOTAL 270

These subjects, despite being independent from each other, are structured according to a consistent pedagogical sequence that facilitates their understanding from simple to increasing complexity. Each subject is divided into basic thematic units or chapters, directly related to one or more practical exercises that include theoretical material support and individual attention from the tutor. Because the projects are carried out in stages, corrections are allowed throughout the process, which means that subjects cannot be approved until the module is complete.

  • 2nd Part: Management (250 hours)

The second part, Project Management includes all managerial areas of Project Management and their scope. It is intended to give an in-depth and comprehensive vision of all possible subjects implicated in starting an international cooperation project, with a focus on finding and producing a solution that is beneficial to all participants regardless of its type and purpose. It also is intended to inform students about tools that currently exist on the market to gain access to knowledge needed to meet the formative standards established by the IPMA, SAPE (AEIPRO) and PMI.

The corresponding subjects and hours that make up the second part are shown in the following table:

2ND PART: MANAGEMENT
SUBJECTS HOURS
Introduction to project management 10
Project planning and management 40
International cooperation system 30
Project monitoring and control 30
Project evaluation 30
Trust management: risk and quality 30
Strategic management of human resources 30
Labor risks prevention: OHSAS 18001 30
Project communication 20
TOTAL 250

These subjects, despite being independent from each other, are self-contained and structured according to a consistent pedagogical sequence. Each subject is divided into basic thematic units or chapters, the contents of which include printed material to be studied in order to satisfactorily answer the tests.

  • 3rd Part: Administration (280 hours)

The third part, Project Administration develops topics exclusively related to the activity of the Project Manager, highlighting responsibilities and competencies in each area, covering major phases and project tasks, some of which entail management itself (initiation, planning and design, implementation and monitoring, and closure and post-mortem) and others of a strategic nature, designed to cover topics of project programs or portfolios.

The corresponding subjects and hours that make up the third part are shown in the following table:

3RD PART: ADMINISTRATION
SUBJECTS HOURS
Collaborative work virtual environments 20
Management without distances 20
Public presentation techniques 20
Business management and administration 40
Strategic management and planning 40
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Techniques 30
Management Techniques for Work Teams 30
Knowledge management and organizational learning 30
e-Business and its Integration with Management Corporate Systems 50
TOTAL 280

These subjects, despite being independent from each other, are self-contained and structured according to a consistent pedagogical sequence. Each subject is divided into basic thematic units or chapters, the contents of which include printed material to be studied in order to satisfactorily answer the tests.

  • 4th Part: Final Project (100 hours)

Due to the nature of the method, the Final Project is the natural extension of a Project carried out by the student throughout the Master in Design, Management and Project Administration program. The Final Project, with a workload of 100 hours, is intended to present a fully developed project, with the possibility of its practical implementation, according to the guidelines and details of the proposal.

# SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Final Project 100

Management

  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Doctor in Project Engineering, from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain. Master in Project Management and Design, from the Milan Polytechnic, Italy. Professor at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Director at the Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER).
  • Dr. Luis Dzul López. Doctor in Project Engineering, Environment, Quality and Prevention. Civil engineer. Expert international cooperation projects. Professor at the Ibero-american International University.
  • Dr. Eduardo Garcia Villena. Doctor in Project Engineering. Environment, Quality and Prevention. Master in Environmental Engineering and Technology. Industrial Engineer.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dra. Izol Marez. Doctor in Architecture. Professor at the Ibero-american International University.
  • Dra. María Sol Quiroga. Doctor in Project Engineering: environment, quality, safety and communication. Architect Director, Urban Environment Management, National University of Lanus, Argentina.
  • Dr. Alberto Vera. Doctor in Integration and Economic and Territorial Development. Architect. Associate Professor of Urban Environmental Management, National University of Lanus, Argentina.
  • Dra. Martha Velasco. Doctor in Innovation Technology Projects, Project Management Specialist, Master in Administrative and Industrial Engineer Sciences. Researcher in Sustainable Development and Social Commitment. Professor at the Ibero-american International University.
  • Dr. Miguel Ángel López Flores. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Prevention, Research Professor at the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico.
  • Dr. Arturo Ortega.Doctor in Electronic Engineering. Telecommunications Engineer. FUNIBER I D i Director.
  • Dr. Benjamín Otto Ortega Morales. . Doctor in Science with specialty in Microbiology. General Director of Post graduate Studies and Research at the Autonomous University of Campeche.
  • Dr. Fermín Ferriol Sánchez. Doctor of Educational Sciences from the University of Havana. Professor of Ibero-american International University.
  • Dr. Antonio Eduardo Fuenzalida. Doctor in Exercise Sciences. Professor at the University of Saint Thomas. Santiago, Chile.
  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Industrial Engineer.
  • Dra. Brenda Bravo. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Professor at the Metropolitan University of Mexico.
  • Dr. Victor Jiménez. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Professor at the Metropolitan University of Mexico.
  • Dr. Héctor Solano. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Professor at the Ibero-american International University.
  • Dra. Izel Márez. Doctor in Project Engineering. Master in Environmental Management and Audits.
  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Master in Project Management and design from the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy. Professor, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Director at the Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER) Argentina.
  • Dr. Luis Dzul López. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Design expert in international cooperation projects. Professor Ibero-american International University.
  • Dr. Santos Gracia Villar. Doctor in Project Engineering: Specialist in International Cooperation Projects.
  • Dra. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Civil Industrial Engineer Head of Projects at the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), Chile.
  • Dr. José Rodríguez. Doctor in Civil Engineering. Civil engineer. Head of the Environmental Management at FUNIBER Peru.
  • Dr. Lázaro Cremades. Doctor in Chemical Engineering. Project Engineering Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
  • Dra. Margarita González. Doctor in Chemical Engineering. Project Engineering Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
  • Dr. José Cortizo Álvarez. Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Leon, Spain.
  • Dr. Manuel Castejón Limas. Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering, Information Technology and Aerospace Department at the University of Leon, Spain.
  • Dr (c). Gregorio Urriola. Professor at the University of the Americas in Panama. Expert in International Cooperation.
  • Dr (c) Lina Pulgarín Osorio. Bachelor in Environmental Management. Master in Integrated Management: Prevention, Quality and Environment.
  • Dr (c). Diego Kurtz. Master in Engineering and Knowledge Management.
  • Dr (c) Marcelino Diez. Specialist and Master in Project Management. Certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Project Management Professional.
  • Dr (c) Nelson Yepes. Industrial Engineer. Specialist in Financial Management and a Master in Design, Management and Project Administration and Foreign Trade consultant.
  • Dra (c) Silvana Marín Garat: Economist. Master in Sustainable Development. Professional experience in foreign Project business development.
  • Dr (c) Pablo Urquizó: Computer engineer. Master in ICT Strategic Management. Experience as Director and Consultant of Computers and Information Technology, Systems Design and Webmaster.
  • Dr (c) Santiago Brie: Education. Bachelor of Urban Environmental Management. Master in Design, Management and Project Administration. Professor at the National University of Lanus. Argentina.
  • Dr (c) Jhonny Espinosa Bryson: Mechanical Engineer and Master in Design, Management and Project Administration. Consultant in strategic project management.

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