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University of Westminster
Module Code: 2BIS655
SUMMARY OF CLASS CONTENT
Effective project management is fundamental to the success of projects in all areas of business. This class aims to provide students with an understanding of the theory that underpins modern project management practice, together with experience of applying techniques through individual and group work. The content of this class covers the common needs of projects in all areas of business, together with the specific needs of business systems projects.
The class aims to:
· enable students to understand the need for and importance of project management
· provide students with an understanding of modern project management theory and practice
· develop team working skills
· develop an understanding of how to structure, organise and plan a small project
On completion of this class, the successful student should be able to:
1. critically examine the need for project management techniques and roles.
2. plan, monitor and control a project.
3. manage a project budget.
4. evaluate the success of a project.
5. analyse and manage risk factors within a business project.
6. debate techniques for managing supplier and client relationships.
7. critically examine strategies for managing, developing and working within a team
INDICATIVE SYLLABUS CONTENT
· Managing change and project success/failure factors.
· Project organisation – roles, responsibilities, structures.
· Project lifecycles and profiles.
· Project planning, estimation, scheduling and resourcing.
· Managing budgets.
· Controlling, monitoring and reporting progress. Issue management.
· Quality management.
· Risk analysis and management.
· Managing clients and suppliers.
· Leadership, team roles, and the working environment.
· Project evaluation and auditing.
TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS
Teaching methods will include lectures, discussions, tutorials and the use of case studies.
Seminars will focus on the application of theory and techniques.
These will be a mix of individual and group exercises, and will help to prepare students for the class assessment.
The assessment has been developed to test some of the learning outcomes of the class, to provide students with a chance to develop a rigorous and carefully developed piece of work, and to gain a first hand understanding of the issues involved in organising and planning a project.
ASSESSMENT METHODS AND WEIGHTINGS
The precise learning outcomes assessed are listed below:
Assessment Learning Outcomes
In-class assignment 2-5
End-of-class examination 1, 4, 6, 7
In-Class Individual Assignment 50%
The development of project plans, organisation, controls and budgets for a project.
The evaluation of a real-world case study.
End-of-Class in-class test 50%
The pass mark for this class is 40%. A minimum mark of 35% in each component of the
assessment (in-class and end-of-class) is required.
Andersen, E.S. (2008) Rethinking Project Management: An Organisational Perspective,
Prentice Hall, ISBN: 978-0-273-71547-4
Cadle, J. and Yeates, D. (2001) Project Management for Information Systems, Prentice Hall.
Mantel, S. et al (2001) Project Management in Practice, Wiley Education.
Students will be provided with online class support.
Students will also be encouraged to use a number of online research and assignment