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ECMM168 - Project Management (2019)

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MODULE TITLEProject Management CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECMM168 MODULE CONVENERDr Voicu Ion Sucala (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11 0 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 10
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

In a competitive business environment, industrial companies struggle to improve their record of completing their projects on time and in the planned budget. The temporary nature of projects stands in contrast with business as usual which are repetitive and permanent functional activities. In practice, the management of these two systems is different, and requires the development of distinct technical skills and management strategies. Project Management is concerned with the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities to meet project requirements. This module aims to develop your skills and knowledge in the area of project management, including initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.

AIMS - intentions of the module

This module aims to give you an understanding of modern project management field, and related advanced topics such as project management strategies, critical chain project management, risk management, agile and lean project management and program management. Few relevant case studies from different industries will be analysed and discussed. You will improve your project management knowledge and skills by analysing industrial projects. Through practical project work and interaction with industry, you will also improve your professional communication and presentation skills.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

This is a constituent module of one or more degree programmes which are accredited by a professional engineering institution under licence from the Engineering Council. The learning outcomes for this module have been mapped to the output standards required for an accredited programme, as listed in the current version of the Engineering Council’s ‘Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes’ document (AHEP-V3).

This module maps to learning outcomes: SM1m, SM3m, SM1fl, EA1m, EA3m, EA1fl, D2m, D6m, ET1m, ET1fl, ET2m, ET2fl, EP1m, EP8m, EP10m, EP3fl, EP11m, EP4fl, G1m-G4m, G1fl - G4fl

A full list of the referenced outcomes is provided online:
https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/emps/studentinfo/subjects/engineering/accreditation/

The AHEP document can be viewed in full on the Engineering Council’s website, at: http://www.engc.org.uk/

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge: SM1m, SM1fl, SM3m, EA1m, EA3m, EA1fl

1 select and apply modern project management methods to example situations;

2 understand modern tools and techniques of project management;

3 use learnt project management science tools and techniques to solve practical problems.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge: D2m, ET1m, ET1fl, ET2m, ET2fl, EP1m, EP8m, EP10m, EP3fl

4 apply generic project management methods and techniques to different industrial/commercial situations;

5 reveal advanced problem-solving skills and adapt such skills to solving increasing complex industrial/service problems;

6 analyse business needs and identify suitable project method approach to meet project requirements.

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge D6m, EP11m, EP4fl, G1m-G4m, G1fl - G4fl

7 prove experience in project management skills, through case studies and assignments, in terms of setting targets, scheduling and progress control;

8 illustrate experience of team work skills through group discussions and problem solving;

9 demonstrate experience in making presentations and communicate your work to technical and non- technical audiences;

10 exhibit advanced independent learning skills.

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

- Introduction in project management, history of project management;

- Project management functions;

- Project management processes and phases;

- Critical chain project management;

- Risk in project management;

- Agile and lean project management;

- Organisational structure by project and organisational change;

- Programme management.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 44.00 Guided Independent Study 106.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 22 Lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 11 Seminars
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 11 Practicals
Guided independent study 106 Lecture & assessment preparation; wider reading

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
       
       
       
       
       
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 50 Written Exams 50 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Practice project planning e-quiz 20 One question 1, 3, 4 Instant feedback
Theory e-quiz 30 Ten question with multiple-choice answers 2, 5, 6 Instant feedback
Research Mini-Project 50 30 hours All Written
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
Summative Assessment Written Exam (100%) All August Ref/Def Period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

Re-assessed by examination (referral) or examination plus coursework (deferral).

For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 50% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic Reading:

ELE - http://vle.exeter.ac.uk

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set P. W.G. Morris, J. K. Pinto and J. Söderlund The Oxford Handbook of Project Management Oxford University Press 2011 9780199563142 [Library]
Set J. R. Meredith Project Management: A Managerial Approach John Wiley & Sons 2000 0471298298 [Library]
Set H. Maylor Project Management 3rd Prentice Hall 2005 0273704311 [Library]
Set Project Management Institute A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) 5th Project Management Institute Inc. 2013 9781935589679 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 7 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 10 July 2018 LAST REVISION DATE Tuesday 23 July 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH Project Management; Organisations; Industry Context; Strategy; Decision-Making