Improving students´ project management skills in biomedical engineering projects

Ballesteros Sánchez, Luis Ignacio and Rodríguez Rivero, Rocío and Díaz Lantada, Andrés and Juan Ruiz, Jesús and Borge García, Rafael and Chacón Tanarro, Enrique and Peláez García, Miguel Ángel and Moreno Romero, Ana María and Ramos Díaz, Rafael (2019). Improving students´ project management skills in biomedical engineering projects. In: "15th International CDIO Conference", 25-27 June 2019, Aarhus (Denmark). ISBN 978-87-7507-459-4. pp. 500-511.


Title: Improving students´ project management skills in biomedical engineering projects
  • Ballesteros Sánchez, Luis Ignacio
  • Rodríguez Rivero, Rocío
  • Díaz Lantada, Andrés
  • Juan Ruiz, Jesús
  • Borge García, Rafael
  • Chacón Tanarro, Enrique
  • Peláez García, Miguel Ángel
  • Moreno Romero, Ana María
  • Ramos Díaz, Rafael
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 15th International CDIO Conference
Event Dates: 25-27 June 2019
Event Location: Aarhus (Denmark)
Title of Book: Proceedings of the 15th International CDIO Conference
Date: 2019
ISBN: 978-87-7507-459-4
Freetext Keywords: CDIO as Context; Project Based Learning; Project Management; Skills; Biomedical Engineering; Standards: 2,3,4,7,8
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Industriales (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Mecánica
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a model in which learning opportunities are organized around projects. Projects are complex tasks that are based on challenging questions or subjects that involve the students in design, problem-solving, decision making, or investigative activities. In regard to students in Higher Education Institutions (HEI), dealing with projects means an opportunity to work almost autonomously over extended periods of time. In PBL, the project is the central teaching strategy. Students encounter and learn the central concepts of the discipline by means of the project. Earlier studies suggested the Project Management (PM) skills are core to the leadership attributes of engineers. Some interrelated research streams are available for an understanding of the challenges in teaching and learning both engineering and PM education. The need to teach and learn PM in engineering schools has been advanced by employers. Today, organizations expect engineers to excel in many soft skills, including teamwork and communication. They are keen to tap into these vital soft skills that they obtained during their studies and periods of work experience, rather than just degree-specific knowledge. In this study, an integrative PBL approach is presented. It is used in two courses devoted to the biomedical engineering field, namely "Bioengineering Design" and "MedTech", included in the Master's Degree in Industrial Engineering and in the Master's Degree in Engineering Management, respectively, both at the ETSI Industriales from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. These courses follow a framework completely aligned with the spirit of the International CDIO Initiative. Students from both courses collaborate in teams and live through the complete project life cycle of innovative medical devices. The PBL approach applied is aimed to allow students to learn basic PM skills such as technical, business, and human ones. From the beginning of the courses, students are provided with specific knowledge, tools, and exercises to improve their capabilities for building strong teams and achieving their project goals. By integrating PM deliverables (scope, time, cost, risk, quality and communication management) with team development strategies (team agreement, personality identification, competencies assessment, teambuilding, roles definition, and personal interviews) and specific soft skills workshops it has been possible to provide an effective learning experience for improving students PM skills. Main results, difficulties, benefits, and conclusions of the experience are presented in this work as well as lessons learned for the continuous improvement for the next courses.

Funding Projects

Horizon 2020731053UBORAUNIVERSITA DI PISAEuro-African Open Biomedical Engineering e-Platform for Innovation through Education

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