module specification

CC5001 - Project Planning and Project Management (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Project Planning and Project Management
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 300
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
219 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 20%   Interim report on a Case study - project plan - Up to 1000 words + 8 diagrams types
Coursework 80%   Final report on a Case study - project plan - Up to 4000 words + 8 diagrams types
Attendance Requirement 0%   Attendance at semesterly Learning Manager Meeting
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

The concept behind this module is that it provides an understanding of project management tools, techniques and responsibilities in order to run a project from initiation through to successful completion.  The impact of risk, and strategies for managing risk, are also considered.  The module uses case study material in order to allow students to formulate plans for the introduction of a computer-based system in a business environment, and to organise the deployment of such a system, including data migration, end-user training and help-desk support.  The module also considers the benefits of post-implementation review. (Coursework).

Module aims

The aim of this module is to:

Give students knowledge of and experience in using the tools and techniques in order to manage an information systems project successfully from the initial stages to completion and handover to the client.


The major topics of study of this module are:
Project life cycle, and its relationship with the systems development life cycle
Project planning tools, techniques and methods
Risk analysis and management
Work breakdown structure and work allocation principles
Principles of team dynamics and communication
Team and meeting management
Reporting and presenting results
Installation of business information systems (planning for software installation, - the different options for software systems installation, data migration issues, user training, business process change and other human factors, the importance of establishing a policy for software installation)
Review of systems development projects (the post-implementation review; measuring the success of IT systems development projects, how IT strategy and the selection of IT development projects are derived from business strategy; assessing the value contributed by information systems to a business organisation, consideration of the key issues associated with IT systems development project failure)
The support and maintenance of business information systems (the nature of software faults and their diagnosis, software quality and maintainability, contractual issues (e.g. service level agreements), the "help desk" function; different models for the provision of software support, software systems used in the support of business information systems (e.g. CBT, on-line/remote fault-logging and diagnosis, expert/decision-support systems), modification requests and the resulting initiation of new development projects)

Learning and teaching

Formal lectures (1 hour per week) will be delivered covering key aspects of project management. Students will gain knowledge of the tools and techniques available for planning, monitoring and controlling projects during these lectures.  In order to reinforce the lecture material and offer students the opportunity to apply these techniques, there will be weekly tutorial sessions (1 hour) which will encourage students to work through exercises focussing on the topics covered in lectures as well as gaining formative feedback on the development of their project plans as part of the coursework assessment. To complete the assignment, students will work in teams to plan and report on the project based on the case study.

This module develops practical knowledge of planning a project through weekly workshop sessions (1 hour per week) designed to ensure that all students receive adequate hands-on experience of appropriate software. In addition students will spend time on directed, unsupervised learning for which an indication of relevant material (book chapters, journals and other publications) will be given. Students should also experiment with the software package and gain proficiency at using it.

Learning outcomes

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

LO 1      Use key project management tools and techniques, e.g. Gantt chart, network diagrams, critical path analysis, cost-benefit analysis, earned value, work breakdown structure, risk analysis and management
LO 2 Make a realistic plan, with timings and costings, for a project
LO 3 Monitor the progress of a project plan, and be able to recommend corrective actions if necessary
LO 4 Identify and evaluate risks associated with a project plan, identify and evaluate suitable containment actions and contingency plans, monitor risk
LO 5 Select an appropriate deployment approach for installation of a new system based of the characteristics of the target organisation
LO 6 Specify the requirements for data migration for transfer to a new IS
LO 7 Identify end-user groups and their training need and plan arrangements for end-user support
L0 8 Understand the importance of post-implementation review and take account of the findings


Assessment strategy

The assessment method consists of three components: coursework 1 assignment (Interim Report) and coursework 2 assignment (Final Report).

Students will work in small teams to complete both coursework assignments, students will produce their own reports based on their team work and marked individually.

Students need to be assessed on their ability to absorb and apply theoretical material such as network diagrams and critical path analysis.  Additionally, students need to be assessed on their ability to demonstrate practical proficiency of a software environment.  The learning outcomes encompass both theoretical and practical aspects and the assessment strategy reflects both these elements.

The assessment strategy ensures that students can demonstrate practical knowledge that they will have acquired during workshop sessions, with the use of a practical coursework element which will include the use of appropriate software (e.g. MS Project, OpenProj).  The assessment strategy also allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of the wider subject area, e.g. risk analysis, team management, cost-benefit analysis, resource allocation and scheduling, system installation etc by means of the in class test.

Learning Manager Meetings: in order to pass this module, students must attend at least two meetings with their Learning Manager (one in Autumn and one in Spring) in order to reflect upon, discuss and plan their approach to learning and organisation of their study.


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Burke, R. (2003 or subsequent editions) Project Management: Planning and Control Techniques, 4th edition. Wiley, Chichester.
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