COURSE SPECIFICATION FORM for new course proposals and course amendments Department/School: Management Academic Session: Course Value: 2010/11 Course Title: Project Management (UG courses = unit value, PG courses = notional learning hours) 1 Course Code: MN3321 Availability: Course JACS Code: (Please contact Data Management for advice) Status: (Please state which teaching terms) Autumn/Spring Pre-requisites: MN2201 and either MN1025 or MN1015 Co-ordinator: Dr Edward Bernroider Course Staff: Dr Edward Bernroider, Dr. Jose-Rodrigo Cordoba-Pachon Aims: Learning Outcomes: Course Content: N213 (i.e.: Core, Core PR, Compulsory, Optional) Optional Co-requisites: None To consider critically the role of project management within organisations and its value in achieving organisational objectives To provide a firm grounding in project management To provide a firm grounding in the process of planning, scheduling, monitoring and controlling resources (physical, technological, human and others) for the achievement of a focussed objective To consider the factors involved in promoting organisational change, and critically examine the problems of implementation To utilise techniques for the monitoring and the control of projects To improve cognitive skills, effective problem solving, effective communication, numerical and quantitative skills, effective use of tools, effective self-management, learning to learn, self awareness, effective teamworking, interpersonal and research skills By the end of this course students should be able to: Assess and evaluate the factors that lay behind successful project management techniques. Appreciate and be able to discuss the range of project management approaches. Analyse the impact of resource constraints on achieving project goals. Distinguish and describe the range of different techniques available in project management. Evaluate the effects of organisational issues on PM. Apply theoretical insights from their courses to managing effective projects. Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Lecture 1st Term Introduction Structures and frameworks Strategy and project management Project definition Time planning Critical chain project management Cost and quality planning Plan analysis and risk management 2nd Term Project organisation: structures and teams Management and leadership in project environments Control of projects Supply chain issues Problem-solving and decision-making Project completion and review Improving project performance Revision Workshop No workshop No workshop Workshop Workshop Workshop Workshop Workshop Assessment day Workshop Workshop Workshop Workshop Workshop Assessment day No workshop No workshop Teaching & Learning Methods: Details of teaching resources on Moodle: This course will be taught be in a linear fashion over two terms covering 16 lectures and 10 seminars. Seminars will develop key elements of a project proposal, include short calculations, problem and task based discussions, and hands on practice with MS Project. Preparation of tasks prior to every workshop is required. Workshops will help students in putting in practice concepts of project management and prepare for their intermediate assessments and final exam. A suitable reading list will be provided for each session. It is expected that students will engage and use Moodle as digital learning environment. Resources created outside of Moodle will be made available on the course main page and include but are not limited to: Course description, schedules and venues Lecture slides with notes Workshop slides with notes Case study material Calculation tasks and solutions Reading lists Old exam papers Questionnaires Links to other resources on the Internet Additionally, resources created inside of Moodle will be offered such as sample multiple choice tests that students can take as often as they like. Key Bibliography: Individual sets of readings comprising books and articles will be indicated for each week of the course. However, the following are relevant references for the course: MAIN TEXT: MAYLOR, H. 2005. Project Management, London, Prentice Hall. We will be closely following the structure of the set text and refer to examples and cases from the book. SUPPLEMENTARY TEXTS: Formative Assessment & Feedback: GRAY, C. F. & LARSON, E. W. 2008. Project Management - The Managerial Process 4e, London, McGraw-Hill. MEREDITH, J. R. & MANTEL, S. J. 2009. Project Management: A Managerial Approach, Hoboken, New Jersey, J.Wiley and Sons. MURCH, R. 2001. Project management - Best practice for IT professionals, London, Prentice Hall. PINTO, J. K. 2007. Project Management - Achieving Competitive Advantage, London, Pearson - Prentice Hall. SCHWALBE, K. 2004. Information Technology Project Management, London, Thomson. Feedback will be provided during workshops and immediately after two intermediate assessments at the end of term one and after two-thirds of term two. This will allow students to reflect on their learning progress throughout the year. Students are also welcome to discuss course-related issues with the lecturers involved during their weekly surgery hours or by appointment. The multiple choice tests will be controlled by several measures which include but are not limited to the following: Students can take each test only once. Tests will be open for a short time window. Time for completing a test once started will be limited. The questions order will be random. Different pools of questions will be used. Summative Assessment: The course assessment consists of two elements: 1. Exam (70%) (3 hours) unseen 2. Computer based multiple choice tests (30 %) - Comprising two separate assessments worth 15% each immediately after each workshop series in terms one and two. Version: Feb09 The information contained in this course outline is correct at the time of publication, but may be subject to change as part of the Department’s policy of continuous improvement and development. Every effort will be made to notify you of any such changes.