Core Module Information
Module title: Principles and Practice of Project Management

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SOE11150
Module leader: Melina Doargajudhur
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management
Prerequisites

N/A

Description of module content:

The module involves the application of the fundamentals of project management to ensure the successful delivery of projects on time and cost with quality. The focus is on project planning; scope, time and cost management; stakeholder and communication management; human resource management; risk management; quality and procurement management; integration and project closure. The module entails the use of a contemporary project management software package, and aids students demonstrate the concepts, skills, tools and techniques involved in Project Management. This is proof of concept that students have acquired discipline knowledge and a range of other skills (managerial, practical, critical and analytical) and capabilities which employers would value in a professional setting.

Learning Outcomes for module:


LO1: Assess the core knowledge areas and processes related to Project Management including an internationally recognized Project Management framework
LO2: Apply real life examples to create and develop a comprehensive project plan (WBS, stakeholder analysis, communication plan, risk analysis and quality plan)
LO3: Analyse and Apply the skills, concepts, tools and techniques involved in Project Management
LO4: Execute a successful project from pre-implementation to completion by using MS project as a contemporary Project Planning Software

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
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Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Melina Doargajudhur
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Tuition Pattern

The tuition pattern for this module includes a three-hours contact time per week combining a 1 x 1 Hours lecture and a 1 x 2 Hours seminar/tutorial/laboratory. All students enrolled in this module must participate in the weekly learning activities.


1. Lectures

The one-hour weekly lecture aims at providing a strong theoretical as well as practical grounding on each topic and will cover the conceptual aspects of project management, providing theory and examples through a variety of teaching techniques. Connections are drawn and integration is undertaken between the course components. Additionally, this session is meant to be interactive and embeds exercises and discussions.

2. Tutorials / Labs

The two-hours seminar/tutorial/laboratory are designed to help you try out and reinforce your understanding of the material presented in the lectures. The laboratories give students the opportunity to practice hands-on skills using the provided material as a guide. Tutorials also allow you to collaborate with your peers and ask questions to your tutor as problems arise. You are expected to read the material presented in the lecture prior to attending the tutorial.



Formative Assessment:
Students will be monitored and ongoing feedback will be provided to them through the trimester, both in lectures and tutorials. In particular, in-depth feedback will be given based on case study analysis, and applications of theory (network diagram, Budgeting, etc)




Summative Assessment:
Component 1 – Element 1
The first assignment, Component 1 - Element 1, is an individual assignment where you need to demonstrate your understanding of developing a project charter for proposing the project. You need to select your own project (preferably for your company) and inform your lecturer about your selected project by end of week 3 for approval. By referring to PMBOK guideline, you need to include the following sections in your project charter: scope overview, business case, background, milestones and deliverables, risks and assumptions, stakeholders, resources needed and team operating principles.

Component 1 – Element 2
The first assignment, component 1 – Element 2, is a group assignment, and you are required to develop the project plan within a group consisting of four to five members. The project will have to be delivered in a portfolio with the following tasks: Tasks and WBS in MS Project; Time Allocation; Resource Allocation, and Cost Estimation in Excel. Your lecturer will choose the best project charter (submitted in individual assignment) from your team members for your group to work on the project plan portfolio as your group assignment. You will be informed about the chosen project charter within one or two weeks after the submission of the individual assignment. The group assignment contributes to 40% of the final mark. Note that groups will be formed from within your own tutorial and that the work must be evenly divided amongst group members. The division of work must be decided prior to starting the assignment, and each group must complete a group assignment plan (peer review) showing the planned distribution of work.

Component 2
The final assessment, component 2, which is the semester test is intended to test your knowledge of what has been covered in the entire unit. You will be given a list of scenarios/case studies to analyse; these questions are mainly designed to make you think and prove your understanding of the materials presented in the module. The questions will be from the material covered in lectures, the textbook and the tutorials, and will cover all project management knowledge areas including planning with work breakdown structure, stakeholder management, communication management, time management (critical pathway with network diagram), cost management (earn value management) and risk management (risk register). The emphasis will be on interpretation and application of material covered in the unit, not just memorisation. The semester test contributes to 40% of the final mark.



Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Seminar 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 20 1,2 5
Project - Practical 40 2,3,4 14/15
Class Test 40 1,2,3 11 HOURS= 01.30
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Principles and Practice of Project Management