Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Project Development

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Institute for Sustainable Energy

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will focus on all aspects of large energy projects from the inception to implementation and managing. It will discuss what drives sustainable energy projects, legal, environmental hurdles and permits, initial studies and consultations, procurement procedures, time frames to implementation. It will also discuss project budgeting and financing, financial feasibility,cost benefit analysis, rate of return on investment and risk assessment. Finally it will deal with project implementation and management and deal with a few case studies.

Study-unit Aims

To give the students a thorough understanding of what it involves to implement a large energy project and give them a working basis in project management. It will expose the students, through case studies and practical examples, to the steps involved and what is required for the implementation of large energy projects. It will cover the process from the decision point - of whether a project is viable to the implementation and management.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- assess the feasibility of an energy project when presented with a set of parameters and constraints.
- plan out a checklist required for successful project completion.
- create a proper project plan, Gantt charts and budgets.
- list the required actions for successfully running a real large-scale energy project.

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills): By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- draw up a project plan and undertake the management of a modest energy project or assist in the development of a large project.
- tackle basic budgeting and write and follow up on checklists for successful project implementation and running.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Suggested readings:

- Nokes Sebastian and Kelly Sean, The Definitive Guide to Project Management: The Fast Track to Getting the Job Done on Time and on Budget Financial Times/ Prentice Hall; 2nd edition (2 May 2007), ISBN-10: 0273710974

- Underhill Michael D., The Handbook of Infrastructure Investing: Building the Optimal Portfolio, John Wiley & Sons (2010) ISBN-10: 0470243678

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Fieldwork and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 20%
Presentation SEM1 Yes 20%
Take Home Examination (24 Hours) SEM1 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Gonzi Rebecca Dalli

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