Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management
This is a one-year postgraduate course designed to provide engineers and other suitably qualified graduates with a good appreciation and understanding of project management techniques and practice in civil engineering and construction. This course has been approved by Engineers Ireland as meeting its requirements for continuing professional development.
Lectures are normally held on Friday evening 7.00 - 10.00 p.m. and Saturday morning 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. each week throughout the two semesters (September to April). In addition to attending lectures, participants may be required to submit coursework as part of the students' assessment. Examinations take place in May. Topics covered include:
- Principles and Practice of Project Management.
- Contracts, Tendering Procedures and Insurances.
- Legal Principles and Employment Legislation.
- Project Accounting and Cost Control.
- The Computer and IT in Project Management.
- Human Resources Management.
- Health and Safety.
The award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management is based on a combination of the results of two examination papers and coursework consisting of a research report and a project management computing exercise. Each constitutes one third of the overall assessment. Students must pass each paper; there is no system of compensation. The pass mark for the examination papers is 40%. A Distinction is awarded to those who obtain an overall average mark of 70% or more at the summer examination. The Diploma awarding ceremony takes place in November.
An honours degree in Engineering or related subject, or a suitable professional qualification plus at least one year's relevant work experience. A candidate may be interviewed to establish his or her suitability for the course.
Extensive notes are provided by individual lecturers, who may also recommend texts.