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CODE MGT3214

 
TITLE Project Management

 
LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT Management

 
DESCRIPTION The content of this study-unit is presented in a structured manner as follows:

PART 1 - THE CONTEXT OF PROJECTS:

A definition of projects provides a necessary background and introduction to project management. Topics covered in this part include: project components and types; the effect of the culture of organisations on projects; project success, pitfalls and risks; project management models including the PRINCE2 methodology.

PART 2 - MANAGING THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVES:

Before proceeding with other considerations for the undertaking of a specific project, the project boundaries must be decided and the necessary resources made available and organised. Topics covered in this part include: project scope and work break-down; project management structure including governance and the organisational set-up; project definition reporting and project launching; milestone planning, responsibility charting and resource estimating.

PART 3 - MANAGING THE SECONDARY OBJECTIVES:

The traditional management aspects of quality, cost and time are important also in project situations. Topics covered in this part include: managing quality and preparing quality plans; managing costs, including the use of tools such as the control cube and s-curves; managing time, including the use of tools such as bar-charts and networks; balancing objectives and confirming the plan.

PART 4 - IMPLEMENTATION AND CONTROL ISSUES:

Following the necessary preparations, a project must ultimately be carried effectively to its completion. Topics covered in this part include: work approval, allocation and implementation; team work and the role of the project manager; measuring progress and regularly updating completion forecasts; planning and taking recovery action; project completion and close-out management issues; project management information system tools; special considerations in the case if very large and international projects.

Study-Unit Aims:

To introduce the students to a structured approach to project management, essentially regarding the functions of planning, organising, implementing and controlling multi-resource and multi-objective complex undertakings.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Appreciate that such an approach applies equally well to different types of projects, irrespective whether technical or organisational;
- Comprehend that project management is really a management approach, and not simply learning a computer programme;
- Utilise the theoretical instructions of practical methods which have been consistently tried and proved successful.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to apply tools and techniques for the preparation and/or presentation of:

- Project proposals;
- Milestone plans;
- Sub-milestone plans;
- Activity plans;
- Responsibility charts for implementing project standard procedures and milestones and activities;
- Forecast estimate cost and time;
- Discern cost and time status versus progress of work during project implementation phase;
- Turnaround documents for control purpose;
- Project end reviews/audits.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Handbook of Project-Based Management, J. Rodney Turner, McGraw-Hill, 4th edition, ISBN-13: 978-0071821780 or ISBN-10: 0071821783.

Lecturer's notes - being uploaded on the VLE

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 30%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 70%

 
LECTURER/S Philip J. Schembri

 
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