Full Title Project Management Simulation

Short Title ProjMgmtSim

Code MGMT09015
Level 09
Credit 05

Author McGinty, Gary
Department Civil Eng. and Construction

Subject Area Management
Attendence N/A%
Fee

Description
Project management concepts become real as participants are asked to synthesize their individual skills and practices into the big picture of a simulated project. This module uses case study and team-based simulation techniques to emphasise the real-world application of project management techniques. Additionally, participants will use tools and project management software outputs as they develop and manage a project from inception through closeout. Brief reviews of project management concepts and techniques are provided with the large majority of the time spent on the case studies and the simulation of projection execution.

Students will be expected to critically evaluate project settings, make decisions and develop their knowledge through simulation. Scenarios will be presented that reflect real settings, and students will be expected to organise and manage resources within constraints.students will draw on their knowledge and understanding from a range of disciplines to work towards a set of project goals and objectives

Indicative Syllabus
Recognising strategic goals of the project organisation; determining strategic project objectives; understanding the nature of the organisation; understanding key business and project objectives; reviewing the status of the project; determining the scope of the project; recognising major milestones; working with the WBS; interpreting Gantt charts; identifying project activities; evaluating resource issues; re-assigning resources; managing the project team; optimising the project schedule; dealing with scope changes; identifying critical activities; dealing with multiple stakeholders; managing time on the project; managing project cost; achieving project quality; identifying and evaluating project stakeholders; managing project stakeholders, dealing with project constraints; problem solving; monitoring and controlling project performance; taking corrective action; managing communications; managing conflict; decision making; evaluating the effects of decision making; managing project risk; project reporting; project reviews; closing the project; evaluating project success; post project audits.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to
  1. Demonstrate a wide and systematic knowledge of both project management principles and methods and their practical application in the management of live projects including the critical awareness of the key parameters and the business, technical, economic, environmental and social issues relating to Project Management.

  2. Interpret project information and proactively troubleshoot to solve project challenges and constraints

  3. Demonstrate both an ability to implement communication structures within a project organisation and an ability to manage multiple project stakeholders to achieve project success

  4. Assume responsibility in the delivery of a project by analysing various project scenarios and develop action plans to overcome project challenges and prescribe project tools and techniques to help manage project resources. Lead, create, initiate and stimulate thoughtful responses to project requirements and problems.

  5. Identify and articulate the key considerations when encountering project problems including the ability to both critically comment on and appraise one's own work and the work of others.

  6. Appraise project human resource demands and decide what should be prioritised. Resolve project challenges by effectively managing the project team

  7. Demonstrate an ability to manage multiple project stakeholders to achieve project success


Assessment Strategies
The module contains a mixture of exercises, quizzes, critiques, case studies and real life project simulation. Students will be encouraged to reflect, analyse, critique and defend both their own work and work of others.

Assessment Facilitites
Access to on-line computer laboratories and simulation software

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

Coursework Assessment Breakdown %
Course Work / Continuous Assessment 100 %

Coursework Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
Real Life Project Simulation 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 50 OnGoing
Case Study Evaluation and Simulation 1,2,5,6 30 OnGoing
Self Appraisal and Critique 3,4,5,7 20 OnGoing


End Exam Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week


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 Distance Learning Suite Simulation Software 1 Weekly 1.00
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Case Study and Simulation 0.5 Weekly 0.50
Tutorial Distance Learning Suite Tutorial / Discussion 0.5 Weekly 0.50
Independent Learning Not Specified 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 Not Specified Lecture/Case Study/Simulation 2 Weekly 2.00

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

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

Meredith, J (2012) Project Management: A Managerial Approach, John Wiley and Sons, 8 th Edition.

Goodwin, P. and Wright, G. (2009) Decision Analysis for Management Judgement, John Wiley and Sons. 4 th Edition.

Hilson, D. (2009) Managing Risk in Projects (Fundamentals of Project Management) , Gower Publishing Ltd

Pinto, J. and Parente, D.H. (2003) Project Management: A Simulation for Classroom Instruction , CD ROM

Greasley, a. (2004) Simulation Modelling for Business, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

Banks, J. (1998) Handbook of Simulation :Principles, Methodology, Advances, Applications, and Practice, John Wiley and Sons.
Other Resources
Project Management Simulation Software.

International Journal of Project Management

Articles and Case Studies
Url Resources
Project Management Inc. (2013) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) 5th. Ed. , 14 Campus Boulevard Newtown Sq. PA 19073-3299 USA.
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