Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSMM136 - Project Management (2020)

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MODULE TITLEProject Management CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSMM136 MODULE CONVENER Neill Wood (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11 0 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 41
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module aims to introduce you to the principles of project management, giving you the ability to use standard management tools and to understand the context in which they are used. The focus is on the management of large scale multi-disciplined construction based projects, and lectures are punctuated with real life examples to illustrate the points being made. You are expected to have basic mathematical ability, but the module will be suitable for students from a wide range of backgrounds.

 

AIMS - intentions of the module

This module aims to allow you to master skills and attain thorough knowledge and understanding of project management techniques including appropriate systems based tools. Furthermore, you will get the chance to develop your understanding of the way people work as a route to effective management. In addition, the module emphasises the value of experience, whilst ensuring you understand the concepts that underlie successful project management.

 

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

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

 

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1. Understand the key objectives of project management and the conflicts that arise when attempting to achieve all objectives simultaneously;

2. Comprehend the sources of finance and the influence of capital structure on a project;

3. Independently evaluate the financial feasibility of a proposed project including project valuation and risk assessment;

4. Autonomously interpret a scope of work and produce a work breakdown structure, from which the student will have the ability to develop a project plan and project budget, and to use these documents as the basis of a reporting structure.

 

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

5. Forecast completion dates and expenditure and to formulate appropriate plans for corrective action when required;

6. Recognise the sources of project risk (technical, contractual and commercial) and to devise ways in which these risks can be mitigated at project design stage to make the project plan more robust to unforeseen circumstances with confidence;

7. Grasp the most relevant aspects of contract law.

 

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and Knowledge:

8. Create a project plant (GANTT Chart) a precedence network diagram, and a budget and to use these to monitor work and address variances.

 

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

- Project definition, scope of work and budget, planning and control activity;

- Project evaluation, decision making, project monitoring and reporting, project risk;

- Technical risk, contractual / commercial risk;

- Project activity, cost control, progress reporting, quality control and logistics;

- Contract management, contract law;

- Network diagrams, advances techniques;

- Project finance and feasibility assessment.

 

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 40.00 Guided Independent Study 110.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
36 Lectures - Teaching of subject knowledge will be through a combination of lectures and linked tutorials (ILOs 1-8).
Lecture materials focus on the explanation of a series of examples covering the major topic areas, introducing the necessary theory as and when required. Lecture notes are augmented by extensive oral explanation with real life examples explained. Students should, therefore, attend all lectures and should not rely on the published notes alone for a full understanding of the topic.
4 Tutorials/workshops
Guided independent study 110 Private study

 

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
The recommended textbooks on finance include self-study assessments. Self-study exercises are issued in respect of project management topics.      

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 40 Written Exams 60 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Examination 60 2 hours ILOs 1-8  
A complex assignment requiring an integrated approach to dealing with a complex project management scenario. 40 Approx. 8 pages of A4, excluding any appendices, but including figures and illustrations, 11 point type ILOs 1 to 7 Written feedback on assignment submission sheet.

 

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 Additional summative assignment Weighting as above August Ref/Def period
Examination Additional examination Weighting as above August Ref/Def period

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above: one piece of coursework 40% and/or one exam 60%

 

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 Lock, Dennis Project Management 9th Gower Publishing Limited 978-0-566-08769-1 [Library]
Set Barker, R Short Introduction to Accounting (Euro Edition) Cambridge University Press 2011 [Library]
Set Furmston, M.P. Law of Contract Butterworths 2007 [Library]
Set Downes, T.A., Textbook on Contract 12th Edition Butterworths 1991 [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 Thursday 06 July 2017 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 18 December 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH Project management; project finance.