More and more large engineering and infrastructure projects are being delivered globally. This course identifies the key characteristics of major engineering projects and considers some of the risks associated with their performance. You’ll examine two factors affecting major engineering project performance: optimism bias and strategic misinterpretation, and explore methods to counter their impact on the successful delivery of projects. Looking into examples of best practice, you'll explore the relationship between projects, programmes and portfolios. You'll also discover the roles performed by the project manager, examine the difficulties associated with quantifying transaction costs in major project management and consider how different management approaches impact on these costs. Using stimulating case studies, you'll evaluate the measures of success and compare and contrast 'project success' versus 'project management success'. In the final week of the course, you'll research and present a contemporary example of a major engineering project from your own country. This course will be part of a specialization that will launch in Spring 2018. Successful completion of the specialization and a credit-bearing Capstone project will lead to the award of 15 postgraduate credits from the University of Leeds that you will be able to use towards the online master’s degree in Engineering Management.