Full Title Project Planning

Short Title Project Planning

Code MGMT09011
Level 09
Credit 05

Author McSharry, Trevor
Department Civil Eng. and Construction

Subject Area Management
Attendence N/A%
Fee

Description
Effective planning is fundamental to project success. This module targets learners that do not have significant project management experience. It was created to provide learners with the essential concepts, knowledge and skills required to effectively plan projects in a modern context. This module initially provides an executive overview of the modern project management environment including the project lifecyle, organisational strategy, structure and culture. The core of this module focuses on key project planning topics such as project definition, estimating time, cost and schedules and managing risk.

Indicative Syllabus
Project Management Context
  • Project lifecycle, project management importance
  • Organisation strategy and portfolio management
  • Project selection techniques
  • Project management organisational structures
  • Organisational culture and implications


Project Definition
  • Defining project scope, priorities and developement of work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • Estimation of Project times, costs, resources and influencing factors (top down versus bottom up estimating)


Development of Project Plan
  • Developing Project Network
  • Work packages, Activity on Node, Activity on Arrow Fundamentals
  • Network computational processes (forward and backward pass)


Managing Risk
  • The Risk Management Process (Identification, assessment, response development, contingency planning, opportunity management and risk response control)
  • Project Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)


Scheduling Resources and Costs
  • Resource scheduling problems and constraints, allocation methods
  • Project cost baseline. Critical Chain Approach
  • Techniques for reducing project duration

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to
  1. Demonstrate a wide and systematic knowledge of project management principles and their practical application in the planning of projects

  2. Appraise established project management planning knowledge areas, tools and techniques and explain how they can be used to achieve project goals and organisational strategic objectives.

  3. Demonstrate and critically evaluate the main tools available for sucessful project planning including development of Work Breakdown Structures, time, cost and resource estimation techniques, network diagrams, PERT, and Critical Chain analysis.

  4. Have a critical awareness of the changing project environment in order to forecast and manage risks and challenges so that project deliverables and stakeholders expectations are achieved.

  5. Analyse various methods of dealing with project contraints in order to reduce project duration, resource requirements or project costs.


Assessment Strategies
The following assessment strategy will be used:
  • Individual and team based assignments, projects and presentations
  • Utilisation of quizzes in order to provide instant feedback.
  • Final Examination.

Assessment Facilitites
N/A

Module Dependencies
Pre Requisite Modules
None
Co Requisite Modules
None
Incompatible Modules
None

Coursework Assessment Breakdown %
Course Work / Continuous Assessment 40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Examination 60 %

Coursework Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
Regular Individual Quiz per Topic 1,2,3,4,5 10 OnGoing
Individual Assignments 1,2,3,4,5 20 OnGoing
Group Assignments 2,3,4,5 10 OnGoing


End Exam Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
Exam 1,2,3,4,5 60 End of Semester


Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload
Lecture Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial Not Specified Support 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self directed learning 5 Weekly 5.00

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 2.00 Hours

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self directed learning 5 Weekly 5.00

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 2.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Resources
Book Resources
Gray C. and Larson E. (2011): Project Management, The Managerial Process; 5th Edition 2011, McGraw Hill International Edition.

Kerzner, H. (2013) Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling and Controlling; 11th Edition, John Wiley and Sons

Kerzner, H (2013): Project Management: Case Studies, 4th Edition, John Wiley and Sons

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) (version 5), Pennsylvania: PMI publications.


Other Resources
www.pmi.org
Url Resources
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