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Project Management: Andrew Sarkin, PhD

Overview of the Course:   Research Project Management (RPM) is the application of knowledge, skills and techniques to execute research projects effectively and efficiently. It’s a strategic competency for organizations, enabling them to tie project results to research and development goals — and thus, better compete in their markets or increase their ability to get and maintain research funding. This course is intended to provide an overview, and students will learn basic knowledge and skills in research project management.  Students will gain some hands-on experience with RPM.

Course Objectives

  • Master a broad base of knowledge in research project management that will serve as a foundation from which to apply specific techniques in various research settings in the future.
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of a project manager and the importance of project management.
  • Understand Good Clinical Practices (GCP).
  • Understand research ethics, data security, and cultural/linguistic sensitivity
  • Understand threats to validity in clinical research that happen during carrying out the research.
  • Know the distinction between implementation failure and theory failure, and how to minimize the chances of implementation failure.
  • Know recruiting and retention strategies in research and the pitfalls of attrition.
  • Know how to manage multisite studies (site monitoring, data validation, fraud detection).
  • Understand process monitoring in research and quality assurance procedures.
  • Know how to involve stakeholders and patients to improve the research process.
  • Know how to manage time, money, and other important resources, and create a Gantt chart.
  • Know how to manage risk (adverse events, loss of staff, loss of sites, missed deadlines, etc.).
  • Know how to set SMARTER goals and track progress with milestones and other tools.
  • Learn other general project management techniques that increase productivity and quality.
  • Know about informatics tools designed to enhance project management.
  • Discuss case studies in research project management to apply the skills being learned.