The prominent growth of the importance of projects, has led to studying the topic from different approaches.
Of all the existing approaches, two are worth mentioning as the most current and complex in an academic context: Innovation and Products.
For a complete approach emphasis is placed on the concept of Innovation as directly related to Design, in the sense that the responsibility of Design implies precisely; Innovation in order to contribute to finding full or partial "unique" solutions.
The Master in Project Development of Products and Innovation, offers complete training in the three areas related to projects: Design, Management and Administration, in parallel and through theoretical and practical means. The areas are cross-referenced exclusively to two concepts already established in the areas of Management: Product and Innovation, as well as a third now also considered as part of management: namely, Design and its profitability.
It is also important to note the recognized growth of the areas and creative practices in the overall standards of Management, establishing a precise balance between planning (anticipation) and design (providing immediate creative solutions).
While one might believe that the rigid perspective and methodological areas of Management and Administration are unable to coexist with the creative and artistic aspects of Design; this is surely not the case. They can coexist.
The creative Design areas require more than any other, a methodological process for project development, management and the administration of resources and skills, articulated by the hard areas of Management that they need.
The Master in Project Development of Products and Innovation has a combined academic structure that ranges from theoretical topics and practical exercises through individual and group exercises, and workshops for reflecting on project design processes.
This then permits the proper structuring of a creator and designer’s work, providing training in the uses of current management tools, without creating conflict with the creative process.
At the same time, students train in methodological processes with other creative professionals involved in a project’s development.
Finally, it is important to note that the overlap of the two main topics: Innovation and Product, with the three categories of a Project, and the combination of the immediate application of theory and practice, provides a complete training program that will allow design professionals to earn a space in project decisions, rather than participating as a mere spectator in the development process.
Who is the programme for?
The Master in Project Development of Products and Innovation can be considered as a strategic mid-point between Design and the more concrete areas of Management, in that it incorporates new topics on management to professionals in the area of design, and at the same teaches creative processes, methodological in nature, to Management professionals.
It is designed for professionals related to the area of product design based on innovative principles. By product we refer to all tangible or non-tangible elements with a strong “design” influence in the stages of development.
The proposed format and methodology allow for comprehensive training in both areas (innovation and product) incorporating concepts that are new to the concept of projects, in that they result from the area of design.
The rigorous methodological demands of the Master’s degree program, in combination with training in creativity, teaches professionals how to, independently or dependently, serve in executive and management positions with a global and specific perspective of each discipline because of being immediately applicable to project design.
Once the program has been successfully completed, the student will receive a Master in Project Development of Products and Innovation.
After finishing the program, the student will receive their diploma issued by the university in which they enrolled.
The estimated duration for the completion of the Master's in Project Development of Products and Innovation is 900 hours (90 credits)1.
Regarding the distribution of time it is established that:
- As it is an online Program, not subject to classroom attendance, a specific start date is not set, which means the student may enroll for the class at any moment, as long as there are available spaces.
- For academic purposes it has a minimum duration of twenty one months.
- The maximum duration to complete the program is twenty four months. During this period, the student must have handed in all of the corresponding assignments and the Final Project.
The credit structure for the Master in Project Development of Products and Innovation is summarized in the following table:
NOTE: It should be noted that the duration is merely a suggestion, because the continuous methodology is developed during the parallel study of the three areas with integrated exercises and theoretical assessments, requiring discipline and efficient time management on the student’s part.
|1st Part: Innovation and Product Projects Design||27||7||270|
|2nd Part: Innovation and Product Projects Management||25||8||250|
|3rd Part: Innovation and Product Projects Administration||28||6||280|
|4th Part: Final Project||10||3||100|
a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the university granting the degree
b. Length in months
The Master in Project Development of Products and Innovation program faces a unique challenge, which is to be able to directly articulate the creative process, through a proven and successful methodology, with management areas and project administration; therefore becoming highly innovative projects, evident in the end product.
For this, a complex balance is needed between the theoretical foundations that allow the conceptual development of each subject, and the carrying out of methodological practice with all the rigor found at the center of project development.
Therefore, students reach two stages: a strong contribution of Management tools for design professionals, and a well-deserved inclusion of creative training for the rest of the professionals.
In summary, the Master in Project Development of Products and Innovation not only teaches professionals from the standpoint of theory and practice but it also trains them to be able to use this knowledge in daily life.
- To train professionals who demonstrate a high social and ethical commitment, to view new project development (design) openly, as processes that encompass every project that intend to achieve a tangible (or intangible) end result of a highly innovative product.
- To learn a methodological process of Project design that results in a tangibly or intangibly innovative product.
- To learn to manage innovative projects from an up-to-date Management perspective and a practical one in Design.
- To become familiar with tools and knowledge for the Management of specific projects such as those that involve Innovation and Products that require specialized training.
- To incorporate the concepts of design, profitability, and value added from innovation, that are needed for today’s business world.
- To reach high levels of knowledge in planning, strategy and business, to be adequately prepared for entrance into the executive levels of professionals in the area of Design.
- To learn and make use of the methodologies needed for the design of project solutions, taking into account logical sequences and continuous evaluation, and for the management of resources recommended by the international standards of Management (Spanish Project Engineering Association, AEIPRO, or the Project Management Institution, PMI).
Some of the career opportunities of the Master in Project Development of Products and Innovation program are:
- Project Director in all areas of design.
- Team Director in innovative projects.
- Design/ Innovation consultants
- Product Director in private companies.
- Communication Project managers
- Researchers in the field of science and the profession of innovative and product projects.
The Master's in Project Development of Products and Innovation program has a curricular structure based on 4 parts:
- 1st Part: Innovation and Product Projects Design (270 hours)
The part corresponding to the Master in Project Development of Products and Innovation Projects, presents complete methodologies for the efficiently creating an innovative project, taking into consideration all of the available resources and the impact the project might have on the city.
The corresponding subjects and hours that make up the first part are shown in the following table:
|Introduction to projects||20|
|Project system design||30|
|Analysis of provision of services||30|
|Functional project analysis||30|
|Ergonomics in projects||30|
|Security and reliability in projects||30|
|Environment in a project||30|
|Draft project proposal||30|
|Elaboración del anteproyecto||40|
These subjects, in spite of being independent, are complementary and structured on the hierarchically according to a coherent pedagogical sequence. Each one is divided in basic thematic units or chapters, directly related to one or more of the practical exercises and also includes additional theoretical material and a personal follow-up on the part of the professor. Due to the fact that the Innovation and Product development/design stage allows corrections, the student will not be graded until they have reached the final module when grades will be given for all of the subjects.
- 2nd Part: Innovation and Product Projects Management (250 hours)
The second part corresponds to the Management of Innovation and Product and covers all the areas of management corresponding to a project that focuses on topics that refer to innovation and product with a comprehensive overview of both concepts.
In summary, the second part of the program covers the topic on how to manage all resources; people, technicians and technology, that allow the management of all project areas during the complete life cycle of the project and product
Mention is also made with reference to the strong social impact and its presence in collective society regarding all products based on innovative principles.
This second part provides knowledge on how to establish relationships among training standards as established by the IPMA, AEIPRO and PMI and the areas of Innovation and Product.
The corresponding subjects and hours that make up the second part are shown in the following table:
|Introduction to project management||10|
|Planning and project management||40|
|Integral Design and Product Management||30|
|Project monitoring and control||30|
|Areas of Design. Contextual Conditions and User Requirements||30|
|Trust Management: Risk and Quality||30|
|Innovation as a tool for improvement and product value contribution||30|
|Products and Environment||30|
These subjects, in spite of being independent, are self-contained and structured in accordance with a coherent pedagogical sequence. Each one is divided in basic thematic units or chapters, the contents of which include written material that must be studied in order to successfully respond to the evaluations.
- 3rd Part: Innovation and Product Projects Administration (280 hours)
The third part, Innovation and Products Administration, presents topics exclusively related to a project director’s activities and how they must re-train themselves to effectively perform their job.
The program does not only refer to topics with regard to the management of projects and how they are related to design, but also to how to incorporate the concept of creativity when faced with a problem.
Nowadays, not only does knowledge of management lessen the risk of failed projects by using prediction models, but due to the urgent need to create projects, additional training in creative processes is needed by the Administration, for quick and adequate decision-making in adverse circumstances.
The third part of the program intends to teach project directors about innovative topics and enhance their performance from a creativity standpoint.
The corresponding subjects and hours that make up the third part are shown in the following table:
|Management without distances||20|
|Public Presentation Techniques||20|
|Business Management and Administration||40|
|Strategic Planning and Management||40|
|Relationship between Innovation, creativity, productivity and competitiveness||30|
|Product design and innovation technology||30|
|Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning||30|
|Profit and strategic design||50|
These subjects, in spite of being independent, are self-contained and structured in accordance with a coherent pedagogical sequence. Each one is divided in basic thematic units or chapters, the contents of which include written material that must be studied in order to successfully respond to the assessments.
- 4th Part: Final Master’s Project or Thesis (100 hours)
Because of the nature of the proposed methodology, the Final Project is an extension of a project to be carried out by the student throughout their Master in Project Development of Products and Innovation program, with added theoretical support and research on the chosen topic.
The Final Project, with a workload of 100 hours, consists of a complete project, leading to a hypothesis proposed by the student.
|Final Master’s Project or Thesis||100|
- Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Master’s degree in Project management and design, by the politécnico de Milán, Italia. Architect. Professor of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- Dr. Luis Dzul López. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Civil engineer. Profesor at International Iberoamerican University.
- Dr. Eduardo Garcia Villena.Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering and Technology. Industrial Engineer.
Teaching staff and Authors
- Dr. Izol Marez. Doctorate in Architecture. Professor at International Iberoamerican University.
- Dr. Alberto Vera. Doctorate in Economic and Territorial Integration and Development. Architect. Professor of Urban Environmental Management, National University of Lanús, Argentina.
- Dr. Martha Velasco. Doctorate in Technological Innovation Projects, Project Management Specialist, Master's degree in Science in Industrial Management and Engineering. Research on Sustainable Development and Social Commitment. Professor of International Iberoamerican University.
- Dr. Miguel Ángel López Flores. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Research Professor at the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico.
- Dr. Arturo Ortega. Doctorate in Electronic Engineering. Telecommunications Engineer. Director of R D i FUNIBER.
- Dr. Benjamín Otto Ortega Morales. Doctorate in Science specialization in Microbiology. General Director of Graduate Studies and Research of the Autonomous University of Campeche.
- Dr. Fermín Ferriol Sánchez. Doctorate in Education Science from the University of Havana. Professor of International Iberoamerican University
- Dr. Antonio Eduardo Fuenzalida. Doctorate in Exercise Science. Prof. of the Santo Tomas University. Santiago, Chile.
- Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Industrial Engineer.
- Dr. Brenda Bravo. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Professor at the Metropolitan University of Mexico.
- Dr. Victor Jiménez. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Professor at the Metropolitan University of Mexico.
- Dr. Héctor Solano. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Professor of International Iberoamerican University.
- Dr. Izel Márez. Doctora en Ingeniería de Proyectos. Master's degree in Environmental Management and Audit.
- Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Master's degree in Project management and design, by the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy. Professor of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Director of the Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) Argentina.
- Dr. Luis Dzul López. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Design expert of international cooperation projects. Professor at International Iberoamerican University.
- Dr. Santos Gracia Villar. Doctorate in Engineering Projects. Industrial Engineer. Project Specialist for International Cooperation.
- Dr. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Doctorate in Engineering Projects: Environment, Quality and Prevention. Industrial Civil Engineering. In charge of the Projects Area of the Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA), Chile.
- Dr. José Rodríguez. Doctorate in Civil Engineering. Civil engineer. Head of the Environmental Management FUNIBER, Peru.
- Dr. Lázaro Cremades. Doctorate in Chemical Engineering. Project Engineering Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
- Dr. Margarita González. Doctorate in Chemical Engineering. Project Engineering Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.
- Dr. José Cortizo Álvarez. Department Professor of Geography and Geology at the University of León, Spain.
- Dr. Manuel Castejón Limas. Department Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Information Technology and Aerospace at the University of León, Spain.
- Dr (c). Gregorio Urriola. Professor at the University of the Americas in Panama. Expert in International Cooperation.
- Dr (c) Lina Pulgarín Osorio. Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management. Master's degree in Integrated Management: Safety, Quality and Environment.
- Dr (c). Diego Kurtz. Master’s degree in Engineering and Knowledge Management.
- Dr (c) Marcelino Diez. Specialist and Master’s degree in Project Management. Certified by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as Project Professional Manager.
- Dr (c) Nelson Yepes. Industrial Engineer. Specialist in Financial Management and Master’s degree in Design, Management and Project Management.
- Dr (c) Silvana Marín Garat: Economist. Master's degree in Sustainable Development. Professional experience in foreign business’ project development and consultancy in foreign trade.
- Dr (c) Pablo Urquizó: Computer engineer. Master's degree in ICT Strategic Management. Director and Consultant Experience in Computer and Information Technology, Systems Design and Webmaster.
- Dr (c) Santiago Brie: Education: Bachelor’s degree in Urban Environmental Management. Master's degree in Design, Management and Project Management. Professor at the National University of Lanús. Argentina.
- Dr (c) Jhonny Espinosa Bryson: Mechanical Engineer and Master's degree in Design, Management and Project Management. Consultant in strategic projects management.
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