This module examines the tools and techniques associated with managing projects. Students will also carry out an investigation into a project failure and recommend alternative actions which could have been taken
The aim of this Module is to provide the student with: an appreciation of the complexity of project management and the tools and techniques performed to aid successful management.
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Select, use and explain the various tools and techniques which form part of the project planning and management process.
2. Analyse a project case study and identify where improvements could have been made.
1 Project management and project teams
Intepreting project specifications and objectives, and the requirements of project stakeholders; Key project challenges for individuals and groups: reviewing the key priorities of time and project management; Understanding the role of a project leader; Understanding team work and how effective teams function; Creating and contributing to effective project teams; Managing teams through project delivery; maintaining goal focus, and managing problems.
2 Project analysis and planning
Analysing project requirements and sub-tasks; Estimating timelines; deadlines and milestones and activity durations; Constructing a project schedule; Resourcing projects; Allocating and smoothing resources; Using Gantt charts to allocate and monitor resource allocation; Project management tools; Using project management software.
3 Managing Projects
Dealing with project risk; Evaluating the probability and potential impact of risk; contingency planning for risk management; project tracking and revision to completion; Evaluating project delivery and management: Analysing the effectiveness of project management processes and the impact of project delivery and non-delivery.
4 Project Management Methodologies
The use of project management methodologies such as Prince2 and SCRUM.
Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Lectures comprise 12 x one hour lecture sessions plus 2 x 1 hour lecture slots used as feedback sessions in weeks 7 and 14. Tutorials are of one hour duration and are used to practice tools and techniques discussed within the lectures. There will be 10 x 1 hour practical clinics from weeks 2-11 inclusive. Case studies, exercises and simulations will be used to apply models and theories and to examine project management problems and issues. Enquiry based learning will form a minimum 60% of class contact. Assessment is via a portfolio of 2 class tests (50%) and a group presentation of an analysis of a project management case study (50%)
Teaching and Learning Work Loads
|Supervised Practical Activity||14|
|Unsupervised Practical Activity||0|
Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.
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