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The use of project management techniques has risen sharply. Examples of projects include research and development studies, reorganisation efforts, implementation of change programs, installation of a new piece of equipment, advertising campaigns, construction, organising special events and other one-off endeavours. The subject will cover the key drivers of project success, training and leadership in project environments. Project selection is the first critical set of decisions. Matching of the projects selected to the organisation’s strategy is taken as the starting point. Practical tools and techniques will then be introduced to manage the project or special event for success. The subject will also involve the use of an appropriate Project Management software package such as MS Project.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Explain the role of projects in organisations and identify the various roles and responsibilities of the project team;
- Explain the distinguishing characteristics of projects and consequent managerial challenges;
- Describe the uses and limitations of project selection models;
- Develop a formal project plan and explain its purpose, content and readership;
- Use various techniques for scheduling a project and balancing the resource requirements;
- Describe, apply and criticise techniques for measuring project progress; and
- Effectively audit a project and discuss the actions taken by a project manager as the project draws to a close.
On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:
- Problem solving and critical thinking by applying the knowledge gained to case studies and other practical assignments;
- Collaborative learning and team skills fostered through the group assignments; and
- Research and presentation skills relating to project management.
Last updated: 27 March 2020