Specialization in Project Management

Program Presentation

The current program introduces people to all the activities related to project management: initiation, planning, control and closing stages and all knowledge areas and the required competencies as recognized by international standards; selecting and using management, programming, and project monitoring and management tools, and project programming and tracking methods.

The Project Management program counts on the particularity of collecting all global and particular knowledge within its 9 subjects for the development of proper management. To guarantee this, the parallel development of standard principles of professional knowledge and competencies related to these areas is addressed in cooperation with the IPMA/AGPA.

Who is the programme for?

The proposed training methodology for the program covers all areas of Project Management, aimed at students with or without experience in this field, who already possess responsibilities and are highly disciplined at studying, interested in incorporating and broadening their knowledge within the area of projects to apply them in a responsible manner within the fields of teaching and project research and/or in a professional field.

Diploma

The successful outcome of the Program will enable the student to obtain the Specialization in Project Management.

After the program has been successfully completed, the student will receive the degree as issued by the University where they are enrolled.

Professional Certification

Each student has the possibility of obtaining a professional certification as a Certified Project Management Associate (Level D) through the cooperation agreement between FUNIBER with the Argentina Project Management Association (Asociación de Gestión de Proyectos Argentina, AGPA and the Argentina IPMA Certifying Body (Organismo Certificador IPMA Argentina, OCIA).

To apply for the Certification Level “D” of the IPMA (Project Management Associate.) (*), the student should be enrolled for the certification and have completed the specialization. The certification consists of carrying out a test issued by the OCIA.

(*) Exclusive for student residents in America

For more information:

https://agpa.org.ar/ocia/

ocia@agpa.org.ar

Program Structure

The estimated duration for completing the Project Management program is 350 hours (35 credits)1.

With respects to the distribution of time:

  • Being a distance learning Program and not subject to in situ classes, there is no specific starting date, by which the student may complete the enrollment process at any time provided that there is available space.
  • The student has a maximum of one year to finish the Program. During this time, the student should have completed all the evaluations corresponding to the subjects and the Case Study and Resolution, or the Final Assignment in the case of the Specialization, Post grad or Expert.

The credit structure for the Project Management Program is as follows:

  ECTS CREDITSa DURATIONb HOURS
1st Part: Subjects 25 9 250
2nd Part: Final Subject Assignment 10 3 100
TOTAL 35 12 350

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the University that issues the Diploma. One (1) ECTS credit (European Credit Transfer System) corresponds to 10 + 15 hours. The relationship between credits and hours may vary for those students in the Program who are enrolled in a University not belonging to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
b. Length in months

Objectives

General objective

  • Train specialists capable of completely managing a project, with an overall vision of its development, and the precise knowledge that ensures the proper management and administration of all resources, human and technical participants in the project.

Specific Objectives

  • Manage project in all stages of initiation, planning, control, execution, communication and closing and in all areas of knowledge and competencies.
  • Estimate necessary resources to implement project proposals.
  • Use tools that facilitate management tasks.
  • Apply such international standards like those of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) and the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities of the Project Management Program are:

  • Form part of a project management and administrative department.
  • Managing projects from the government.
  • Managing projects of a University.
  • Project management private consultant.
  • Architecture and engineering studies in general.

Study Plan

The Project Management program is composed of 9 subjects, with a Final Subject Assignment called the Final Specialization Assignment in the case of a Specialization, Postgraduate or Expert program.

  • 1st PART: SUBJECTS

The subjects enable the understanding, knowledge and practice of the design process of a project.

The Project Management allows the introduction of work methodologies to generate and manage efficiently the assessment of said design and the knowledge generated during this time.

The subjects and the corresponding times that compose the first part are shown in the following chart:

1st PART: SUBJECTS
# SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Introduction to Project Managing 10
2 Project Planning and Management 40
3 Computer Tools for Project Management 30
4 Project Monitoring and Control 30
5 Project Evaluation 30
6 Trust Management: Risk and Quality 30
7 Human Resources Strategic Management 30
8 Occupational Risk Prevention: OHSAS 18001 30
9 Project Communication 20
TOTAL 250
  • 2nd PART: FINAL SPECIALIZATION ASSIGNMENT

In the case of Specialization, Postgraduate or Expert, the final phase of the Program will be focused on the development of the Specialization Final Assignment, which will be a monograph on the project's development.

The Final Specialization Assignment must be an original contribution to the field of projects with a strong component for specific possible application. It is of the utmost importance to understand that the proposals from this field of projects must be capable of taking fruition in real life.

2nd PART: FINAL SPECIALIZATION ASSIGNMENT
# SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Final Specialization Assignment 100
TOTAL 100

Description of the Subjects

The subjects that conform the Study Program, despite being independent between them, are self-contained and are structured according to a coherent pedagogical order. Each subject is divided into basic thematic units or chapters. A printed version of the content is offered, so the student can successfully complete the various evaluation tasks.

1st PART: SUBJECTS

  1. INTRODUCTION TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT

    The management of projects is the administration of all necessary resources for its development, by which the present subject introduces us to this general idea, covering the following topics: General Concepts in Project Management and Types of Projects, Project Phases and Projects Life Cycle.

    PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND OPERATION
    GENERAL AND THEORETICAL INTRODUCTION
    GENERAL CONCEPTS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND PROJECT TYPES
    PROJECT PHASES AND LIFE CYCLE
  2. PROJECT PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT

    Project planning and management are closely related, since it is impossible to think of management if it is not previously planned. It is necessary to take into account some concepts for this, developing the project’s plan and controlling its possible changes, definition, administration, as well as planning its scope, choosing and applying the proper techniques to introduce the plan of action.

    PROJECT INTEGRATION AND SCOPE
    PROJECT PLAN DEVELOPMENT AND CONTROL OF POSSIBLE CHANGES
    DEFINITION, ADMINISTRATION, AND PLANIFICATION OF THE PROJECT’S SCOPE
    PROJECT PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING
    CHOOSING AND APPLYING THE PROPER TECHNIQUES TO INTRODUCE A PLAN OF ACTION
    SPECIFIC PROGRAMMING TECHNIQUES AND CORRECT ADMINISTRATION OF TIME
  3. COMPUTER TOOLS FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT

    The present subject presents the main computer support tools for project management, teaching us to understand its advantages. Every project needs to be managed, requiring knowledge in the use of computer tools according to the needs for each project.

    TECHNOLOGICAL TOOLS
    General study in the use of computer and communication techniques applicable to project management.
    MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
    Specific knowledge of computer programs of massive use for project management.
  4. PROJECT MONITORING AND CONTROL

    Project monitoring and control requires the most commitment, which is why the subject presents such general topics as: Learning the fundamentals of project control and its tools and methodologies, to particular others, like controlling technical and human resources to ensure compliance with the timetable, quality and cost.

    COMMUNICATION AND REPORT CHANNELS
    DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF ALL ELEMENTS CONSISTING OF THE INFORMATION CHAIN
    STRATEGIC DESIGN OF INFORMATION FLOW
    RE-PLANNING AND PROGRESS CONTROL
    ASSESSMENT AND ANALYSIS OF THE PROJECT’S PROJECTED PROGRESS
    MODELS FOR ANTICIPATION
    TECHNICAL AND HUMAN RESOURCE CONTROL TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH TIMETABLE, QUALITY AND COSTS
  5. PROJECT EVALUATION

    The evaluation of a project centers around understanding and structuring its financial engineering through various technical-economic tools, helping the student see projects not only through detailed drawings or flow charts, but from the point of view of financial development spreadsheets.

    PROJECT FORMULATION AND ASSESSMENT
    PROJECT FINANCIAL STAGES AND STRUCTURES
    GROWTH CAPACITY ASSESSMENT OF A BUSINESS
    RISK ANALYSIS AND MANAGEMENT
    BUSINESS APPRAISALS
  6. TRUST MANAGEMENT RISK AND QUALITY

    Trust management is mostly aimed at evaluating and meeting the quality basics in projects and its tools and methodologies, learning to plan, ensure and control quality and risk.

    PLANNING QUALITY
    QUALITY ASSURANCE AND CONTOL
    PROCESS CONTROL AND ACHIEVING OBJECTIVES IN TIME AND FORM
    CORRECT ANSWER TO INITIALLY RAISED NEEDS
    QUALITY PLANS
  7. HUMAN RESOURCES STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

    This subject offers an overall vision of Human Resources director’s role in the 20th century, reviewing the managerial activity areas and the integration of business strategies.

    OVERVIEW OF THE GLOBALIZATION EFFECTS IN HUMAN RESOURCES
    OVERVIEW OF THE HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR’S RESPONSABILITIES
    NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL SYSTEMS IN HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
  8. OCCUPATIONAL RISK PREVENTION: OHSAS 18001

    This subject identifies those business requirements in the field of prevention and applies the different techniques for the control of occupational risks, with the aim of achieving the effective development of human management in preventive management.

    INTRODUCTION TO WORK AND HEALTH CONDITIONS
    Brief history of occupational risk prevention. Relationship between work and health. Work environment. Damage/injury resulting from work. Basic aspects of Industrial Hygiene. Specific techniques for controlling occupational risks. Prevention-Protection
    ACCIDENTS AND SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE
    Definition of workplace accident. Differences between accident at work and other damages to workers’ health and welfare. Definition of occupational disease. Costs of occupational accidents and diseases. Costs of prevention.
    STUDY ON SOME PREVENTION TECHNIQUES
    Risk assessment: Definition of risk assessment. Analysis and evaluation of risk. Alternatives and methods for risk assessment. Safety inspection: Definition of safety inspection. Phases of safety inspection. Accidents investigation: Definition of accident investigation. Accident investigation methodology. Accident statistical analysis: Statistical index of accidents. Statistical control methods.
    MANAGEMENT FOR PREVENTIVE WORKPLACE RISKS
    Integrating preventive tasks in the overall management of a business. Occupational risk prevention management system. Occupational risk prevention management models. The OHSAS 18001:2007 Standard. Continuous improvement cycle. The OHSAS 18000 standards. Structure of the OHSAS 18001:2007 Standard. Requirements of the OHSAS 18001:2007 Standard.
  9. PROJECT COMMUNICATION

    The subject’s topic is about a project’s inner and outer communication and toward the three user levels, from the basic concepts of communication channels, to the more complex strategic communication structures where its image is engaged in society’s imagination.

    ANALYSIS AND IDENTIFICATION OF THE CONCEPT AND PROJECT IDENTITY
    APPLYING QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS MODELS FOR THE PROJECT’S PREDETERMINED MISION-VISION
    COMMUNICATIVE STRATEGY AND DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNICATION PLANS FOR THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF THE PROJECT’S RECEPTORS
    STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION TOOLS AND DEVELOPMENT OF HANDBOOK STANDARDS AND COMMUNICATION PROCEDURES
    MARKET RECEPTION STUDY

2nd PART: FINAL SPECIALIZATION ASSIGNMENT

In the case of Specialization, Postgraduate or Expert, the final phase of the Program will be focused on the development of the Specialization Final Assignment, which will be a monograph on the project's development.

The Final Specialization Assignment must be an original contribution to the field of projects with a strong component for specific possible application. It is of the utmost importance to understand that the proposals from this field of projects must be capable of taking fruition in real life.


Note: The subject content may be subjected to slight modifications due to updates and improvements.

Management

  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Doctor by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Project Engineering: Environment, Safety, Quality and Communication. Master from the Polytechnic University of Milan in Project Management and Design, Architect by the University of Buenos Aires, UBA. Developer of the first incubation project models for young professionals. President of AGP IPMA (International Project Management Association) Argentina.
  • Dr. Luis Dzul López. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Safety. Civil Engineer. Expert in international cooperation projects. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Eduardo Garcia Villena. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Safety. Master in Engineering and Environmental Technology. Industrial Engineer.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Izol Marez. Doctor in Architecture. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Alberto Vera. Doctor in Economic and Geographical Development and Integration. Architect. Full Professor in the Urban Environment Management program, National University of Lanús, Argentina.
  • Dr. Martha Velasco. Doctor in Technological Innovation Projects, Project Management Specialist, Master’s Degree in Management Science and Industrial Engineer. Researcher in Sustainable Development and Social Commitment. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Miguel Ángel López Flores. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Safety. Research Professor from the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico.
  • Dr. Arturo Ortega. Doctor in Electrical Engineering. Telecommunications Engineer. Director of R&D in FUNIBER.
  • Dr. Benjamín Otto Ortega Morales. Doctor in science and specialized in microbiology. Researcher and Professor at the Autonomous University of Campeche.
  • Dr. Fermín Ferriol Sánchez. Doctor in Education Sciences from the University of La Habana. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Antonio Eduardo Fuenzalida. Doctor in Exercise Sciences. Prof. at the University Santo Tomas. Santiago, Chile
  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Safety. Industrial Engineer.
  • Dr. Brenda Bravo. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Safety. Professor at the Metropolitan University of Mexico.
  • Dr. Víctor Jiménez. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Safety. Professor at the Metropolitan University of Mexico.
  • Dr. Héctor Solano. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Safety. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Izel Márez. Doctor in Project Engineering. Master's Degree in Environmental Management and Audits
  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Safety. Master in Project Management and Design, by the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy. Professor at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Director of the Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) Argentina.
  • Dr. Luis Dzul López. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Safety. Expert in international cooperation project designs. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr. Santos Gracia Villar. Doctor in Project Engineering: Industrial Engineer. Specialist in International Cooperation Projects.
  • Dr. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Doctor in Project Engineering: Environment, Quality and Safety. Civil and Industrial Engineering. Responsible for the Area of Projects at the Agricultural Research Institute (INIA, Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias), Chile.
  • Dr. José Rodríguez. Doctor in Civil Engineering. Civil Engineer. Responsible for the Environmental Management Area of FUNIBER Peru.
  • Dr. Lázaro Cremades. Doctor in Chemical Engineering. Professor in Project Engineering by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Dr. Margarita González. Doctor in Chemical Engineering. Professor in Project Engineering by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
  • Dr. José Cortizo Álvarez. Full Professor of the Geography and Geology Department at the University of Leon, Spain.
  • Dr. Manuel Castejón Limas. Full Professor of the Aerospace, IT and Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Leon, Spain.
  • Dr (c). Gregorio Urriola. Professor in the Universidad de las Américas de Panamá. Expert in International Cooperation.
  • Dr (c). Lina Pulgarín Osorio. Bachelor in Environmental Engineering. Master in Integrated Management: Quality, Prevention and the 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 Professional Project Manager.
  • Dr (c). Nelson Yepes. Industrial Engineer. Specialist in Financial Engineering and Master in Project Design, Management and Administration.
  • Dr. Silvana Marín Garat: Economist. Master in Sustainable Development. Professional Experience in foreign business project development and foreign trade consulting.
  • Dr. Pablo Urquizó: Computer Engineering. Master in ICT Strategic Management. Experience as Director and Consultant of Information and Communication Technology, Systems Design and Webmaster.
  • Dr. Santiago Brie: Doctor in Projects from the Iberoamerican International University (in process). Master’s Degree in Project Design, Management and Administration, University of Leon, Spain. Bachelor’s in Urban Environmental Management from the National University of Lanús, Argentina. Professor at the International Iberoamerican University.
  • Dr (c). Jhonny Espinosa Bryson: Mechanical Engineer and Master in Project Design, Management and Administration. Consultant in Strategic Project Management.

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) allocates periodically an extraordinary economic item for FUNIBER Training Scholarships.

To apply, please fill out the information request form that appears in the web of FUNIBER or contact directly the Foundation’s headquarters in your country that will inform you if you need to provide some additional information.

Once the documentation is received, the Evaluation Committee will determine your application's eligibility for the FUNIBER Training Scholarship.