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ICT16B5 Project Management

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Module name:

Project Management

Scope and form:


Duration (weeks; Hours/week):

15 weeks, 2h/week, module work 2h/week

Type of assessment:

No formative assessment is foreseen. Summative assessment is based on a coursework (weighting 40%), and written examination (weighting 60%) with a duration 3 hours. A qualifying mark is required for both assessed components. Students must achieve a 60% pass mark in both the coursework and the examination to achieve a pass at this module. If a mark of below 60% is obtained in one or both of these assessments, students must resit the assessed components they have failed.

Qualified Prerequisites:


General module objectives:

The module will cover project management, including techniques to evaluate, organise, plan and monitor projects and in addition will provide the soft skills required in team building and team management.
The general objectives are:
To introduce students to the role and function of project management
To explain the stages of the project life cycle
To understand the various mechanisms for planning, managing, monitoring and controlling a technology project, also by use of software tools, for example, Microsoft Project
To examine various techniques for managing a software development or engineering team
To understand the need and techniques for gathering user requirements

Topics and short description:

This module considers the whole life cycle of projects, from initiation and/or acquisition, through to planning, scheduling, execution, handover and review. The principles and processes are contextualised through reference to case studies from a variety of technological settings as well as articles and journal papers, and based on the review and evaluation of relevant frameworks and standards. The associated topics of stakeholders, finance, risks, project administration and quality are discussed in the context of the duties of the project manager. Tools and techniques for project management are explained and elaborated, to facilitate choosing appropriate techniques and applying them in the professional practice giving stable
Project management characteristics, variables
Project life cycle
Project proposals, project acquisition, selection and evaluation
Responsibilities and attributes of the project manager
Project organisation, team and people management
Project planning, work breakdown structure, work packages, Gantt chart, PERT techniques  master plan
Project estimation and budgeting
Project monitoring and control: milestones analysis, status reporting, risk and change management

Learning outcomes:




Understand the major processes of the  project/product management, and special management techniques

Apply appropriate tools and techniques in the management of a software development or  engineering project

Application of change control and management techniques

Describe and critically assess methodologies/techniques for selecting, planning and controlling projects as well as for developing and successfully introducing new and enhanced products

Apply tools and techniques to analyse project cost, quality and time objectives

Integration and balance of overall project functions

Initiate and plan projects by developing project charters, project scope statements, work breakdown structures and organisational breakdown structures

Create cost effective projects

Engaging stakeholders and understanding the role of self in relation to managing a project

Identify project cycles and­
critically conduct an economic analysis of a project based on life cycle costs as well as determine the most profitable project

Evaluate and control project scope, project cost and schedule

Identification of the project success factors

Understand the importance of standards in projects

Calculate critical paths and use PERT techniques to determine the probability of completing a project within the time scheduled

Analysis of case studies of project failure and ‘lessons learnt’

Effectively contribute to the achievement of the project objectives individually and in the group/team

Analysis of political and ethical context that can influence project management

Recommended literature:

Morris et al. 2011. The Oxford Handbook of Project Management
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