1.040 / 1.401J / ESD.018J Project Management

Spring 2007

Project management includes feasibility, design and planning, development, closeout, and operations.
The five phases of project management. (Figure by MIT OCW.)

Course Highlights

This course features a full set of lecture notes.

Course Description

As technological integration and construction complexity increase, so does construction lead times. To stay competitive companies have sought to shorten the construction times of new infrastructure by managing construction development efforts effectively by using different project management tools. In this course, three important aspects of construction project management are taught:
  1. The theory, methods and quantitative tools used to effectively plan, organize, and control construction projects;
  2. Efficient management methods revealed through practice and research;
  3. hands-on, practical project management knowledge from on-site situations.

To achieve this, we will use a basic project management framework in which the project life-cycle is broken into organizing, planning, monitoring, controlling and learning from old and current construction projects. Within the framework, you will learn the methodologies and tools necessary for each aspect of the process as well as the theories upon which these are built. By the end of the term you will be able to adapt and apply the framework to effectively manage a construction project in an Architecture/Engineering/Construction (A/E/C) organization.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .xls.

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Prof. Fred Moavenzadeh
Prof. Samuel Labi
Dr. SangHyun Lee

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
1 hour / session


Undergraduate / Graduate