About this online course

Overview

Are you involved in the development and execution of technical projects and eager to know what it takes to fund a project successfully? Would you like to be more in touch with the latest developments in project finance and able to use these to your advantage? If so, you're in the right place!

This course will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and necessary tools to create the optimum financing structure for your project and enhance its potential to attract funding.

The approach taken is both theoretically sound and practically relevant. This is achieved by using case studies to illustrate the topics, as well as assignments that give learners first-hand experience in what it takes to put together a financeable project.

At the end of the course, you'll understand what is required to achieve successful project financing.

Those who work on infrastructure and industrial projects, especially, will need to have a good understanding of how project financing works and how project investors and lenders think and assess the risks of a project.

Projects are increasingly set up through cooperation between different groups of stakeholders such as Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). Project contracts are evolving to facilitate and structure such co-operations, which has in turn led to a range of novel contracts and methods of financing.

This course is a good enhancement course for learners who successfully completed the MOOC Project Management. This course builds on the basic knowledge gained in that MOOC, but deals with the financing aspects in considerably more detail.

This course is part of the Professional Certificate Program Management and Financing of Engineering Projects.

What you'll learn
  • How to create a financing structure that will provide the best chance of successful project financing.
  • The optimal allocation of the roles, risks and rewards between the various project stakeholders.
  • Creating a financial risk management plan.
  • Constructing the optimal legal conditions for project financing to succeed.

Details

Course syllabus

Module 1 & 2: Finance and Project Finance?
First, we'll look at financing generally to see what aspects are most important for financing to succeed. Then we'll look at project financing, a specialized form of financing, that is designed to fund (technical and infrastructure) projects.

Module 3: Projects Risk Management
Because of the way in which project finance is structured, where money flows are restricted to the project (= ring fencing and limited recourse financing), careful management of the project risks becomes crucial for the success of the financing. In this week, we'll focus on the system that has been developed to stabilize project cash flows and reduce the financial impact of risks.

Module 4: Optimizing the Legal Structure in Project Finance
By this week, we'll have built up a good understanding of the most important financial and risk management aspects in a project financing. This week we'll look at the standardized legal structure that has been developed to achieve all the project finance objectives.

Module 5: Using a Project Finance Model Support the Funding
In this week you will work with the financial model in Microsoft Excel. You will learn how to create a model for your own project and apply it to convince lenders and investors.

Wrap-up
In the final week you will have a wrap-up module of the course. In this module, we'll bring all elements together to give you a good overview.

Participants opting for the verified certificate will have access to webinars, additional reading materials and a case study (a sample project) that we will use throughout the course to practice the topics we are covering.

Admission

This is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that runs on edX.

Prerequisites

BSc; Basic Financing knowledge will be helpful. For those with no, or limited finance knowledge, this course on edX may be a good introductory course to take first.

  • Start date
    Jan 10, 2019
  • Admission Deadline
  • Cost
    Free
  • Course length
    5 weeks
  • Estimated effort
    4 - 6 hours per week
  • Course code
    MEP301x

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