module specification

BA6052 - Project Management (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Project Management
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
 
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
105 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Computer based case study
In-Course Test 50%   In class test assessing theory
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester City Friday Afternoon
Autumn semester City Friday Afternoon
Autumn semester City Friday Morning
Spring semester City Friday Morning

Module summary

This module is offered as an option module on the Undergraduate Scheme.
Increasingly managers at all levels of an organisation are required to manage projects, temporary endeavours undertaken to create a unique product or service. This module introduces most of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), as defined by the Project Management Institute – PMI, http://www.pmi.org/  - and therefore prepares students in the capabilities required for effective project management: managing resources, time, people, and the project as a whole. The module therefore includes both the use of computer programmes for project management and approaches to managing people and teams.
 

Prior learning requirements

A level 4 or 5 module in Quantitative Analysis or Statistics

Module aims

The module aims to equip the student with an understanding of the complexities of managing projects in an uncertain world. The student will become familiar with the project proposal, the detailed planning and the use of wbs, resources issues and their management, the timeline, budgeting and cash flow as well as the eventual monitoring and control of the project through methods of tracking. The student will also be introduced to the softer managing people and conflict aspects of project management

Syllabus

The student will learn:

• How to break down the planning of a project
• The student will learn how to build a wbs in computer software
• How to add resources and various fixed costs to tasks in the wbs
• How to manage and control the timeline, the resources, the cash flow and the budgeting
• How to control calendars so as to work with multinational, multicultural projects
• To consider and to control issues of risk and uncertainty
• To track a project and to control it through monitoring and taking timely remedial action
• Aspects of building effective project teams, their motivation and control and to deal with conflict and the importance of communications to the process

Learning and teaching

The module will consist of a one hour lecture to introduce new topics and themes and a two hour seminar. Seminars will be computer and class based and will require students to practice what has been learned in the lectures.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Use the computer to manage project planning, control and monitoring processes. Main  software: Microsoft Project or similar.
Student learning time: 90 hours

2. Set goals, scope, priorities and procedures for the management of projects.
Student learning time: 40 hours

3. Apply models of control, motivation and leadership to project management.
Student learning time: 20 hours

Assessment strategy

The module will be assessed by a case study based coursework (60%) using the computer software and an unseen (2 hour) in class assessment (40%) towards the end of the course. The module is assessed on a “pass on aggregate” basis.

The coursework will place emphasis on reporting, tracking and resource and cost allocations and control.  The in class test  will concentrate on the theoretical background to project management covering topics such as crashing, Gantt charts, uncertainty and various behavioural areas.

Bibliography

Maylor, H, 2010 Project Management, Financial Times/ Prentice Hall, 4th Revised Media edition (includes MS Project CD, 60 days personal use). ISBN-10: 027370432X  ISBN-13: 978-0273704324
Gray C.F., Larson W.E., 2010: Project Management, the Managerial Process, CANADN edition, McGraw Hill International Edition,ISBN-10: 0071289291 ISBN-13: 978-0071289290
Marchewka, Jack T. 2009: Information Technology Project Management, 0470409487
John Wiley and Sons Ltd, 3rd Ed
Meredith, Jack R., 2009: Project Management - A Managerial Approach, John Wiley and Sons Ltd, , 7th Ed (includes MS Project CD for personal use, 60 days) ISBN-10: 0470400269 ISBN-13: 978-0470400265
Muir, Nancy 2010: Microsoft Project 2010 for Dummies, John Wiley and Sons Ltd, ISBN-10: 0470501324 ISBN-13: 978-0470501320

On-Line Sources:
Project Management Today http://www.pmtoday.co.uk
Project Management Institute http://www.pmi.org   for PMBOK
Association for PM  http://www.apm.org.uk
International PM Journal http://www.ipma.ch/publication/journal/Pages/default.aspx
rince2, government source http://www.ogc.gov.uk/methods_prince_2.asp
Harvard business manager from 01/10/2001 to present in Nexis UK
Harvard business review from 01/10/1922 to present in Business Source Premier

Lecture notes, module booklet, etc are pdf Word or Powerpoint files on Weblearn and/or on the student shared drive under the given module code at both campus sites.

This module is supported by WebLearn or its equivalent – students are advised to access the site on a regular basis.