20 credits at level HE6
This module covers the important aspects of project management: project evaluation, project planning, project implementation, and the project review.
The management of single projects and multiple projects are considered, utilising both local and distributed resources. Project scheduling, project costs and risk strategies are developed in depth.
Formal project management methodologies are covered, such as PERT, CPM and PRINCE2®.
Extensive exercises using Microsoft Project 2007 are an integral feature of the module. However this module is not intended to be a course on how to use Microsoft Project, but on completion of the module you will be proficient in its use.
You should have access to Microsoft Project 2007 Professional to undertake the exercises and complete the assignments in this module.
A Suggested Study Plan
This module can be studied on-line or in-class. In contrast to traditional study methods all the courseware for the module is available to students from the outset of the module start date. Teaching methods used include guided exercises to build proficiency of the software tools and a broad appreciation of the subject material presented. The study plan, below, is a guide to help students organise their own studies. Students do not have to stick to the suggested study plan rigorously, but if they DO follow the study plan they should complete the module and submit their assignments on time.
Intro to Project Management
Task types & relationships
Getting started with MSP (MS Project)
Simple project plan using MSP
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have knowledge and understanding of underpinning the background and modern day uses of project management.||Understand and appreciate Project Documentation. Creation of a Resource Calendar within the Project Management Software. Gain experience of Single Project Planning.|
|2.||Understand what characterises a project in terms of cost, time and other resources. Comprehend how these characteristics are interpreted as ‘project target outcomes’.||Describe the main characteristics of project management. This will set the subject in its current context and illustrate the roles and characteristics of all those involved in project management.|
|3.||To analyse and critically appraise a project with regard to its specification, to breakdown projects into packages and to set Milestones through Project Management Software.||Critically appraise a project and after analysis, design a project management plan using Project Management Software (e.g. MS project.) This project plan will show itemised work breakdown, introduce milestones, allocate resources and show the cost versus time highlighting the associated loadings on available resources.|
|4.||Gain knowledge and understanding of how best to interact with and manage real life projects.||Gain experience of Single Project Planning by assigning Project Resources. Understand how to manage Resource Pools across several projects. Comparison of Cash Flow in a Manufacturing Based Company & a Project Based Company. Experience of modifying PERT (Project Evaluation and Review Technique) weightings.|
|5.||Understand ‘critical paths’ through industrial projects and be able to optimise resources across more than one project.||Complete CPM (Critical Path Method) Project Management Exercises within the Project Management Software.|
|6.||Understand some of the roles for project team members, be able to relate to the group dynamics through team psychology and learn what is needed to motivate the team to meet the project deliverables and commitments.||To identify different management positions and responsibilities to demonstrate the roles of those involved in designing an acceptable business plan|
|7.||Be able to manage a project taking into account how to:
control project expenditure,
schedule project meetings and reviews,
prepare a typical project meeting reports,
prepare appropriate project documentation,
undertake final project evaluation.
|Appreciate and be able to undertake numerous aspects of Project Implementation, project review and project sign off. Manage Project Resources from a Resource Pool across more than one project.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Assignment 1 is weighted at 30% and covers the material content in units 1 to 5 inclusive. Assignment 1 must be submitted by the end of study week 6.||Assignment 2 is weighted at 70% and covers the material content in units 6 to 12 inclusive. However this assignment also includes material from units 1 to 5 inclusive. In addition you will be expected to undertake some directed research for assignment 2. Assignment 2 must be submitted by the end of study week 14.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Project Management Institute (2004) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK Guide 3rd Ed. Newtown Square, Penn., USA : Project Management Institute
Chatfield, C & Johnson, T. (2007) Microsoft Office Project 2007 - Step by Step Redmond, USA : Microsoft Press
Office of Government Commerce (2009) Directing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 London : The Stationery Office
Baca, C & Jansen, P (2003) PMP: Project Management Professional Workbook San Francisco : Sybex [available online]
Lock, D (2007) Project Management Aldershot : Gower [available online]
Project Management Journal [available online]
International journal of project management [available online]
|Host Subject Group:||Engineering|
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