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1 Unit Title: Project Management Guided Learning Hours: 210 Level: Level 6 Number of Credits: 25 Learning Outcome 1 The learner will: Be able to initiate the preliminary stages of a 1.1 Identify an appropriate project from an appraisal of business objectives Recognise the need for a specific undertaking (a project ) in order to achieve business goals Explain how pursuing the objectives of an organisation can lead to a project definition and a specification of requirements. 1.2 Assess the feasibility of a proposed project, taking risk and uncertainty into account Emphasise the importance of conducting a feasibility study into a proposed Identify the various dimensions of feasibility such as financial, technical, social, ethical, ecological and managerial Assess the levels of risk and uncertainty in a project and identify critical success factors. 1.3 Devise an outline life cycle plan suitable for the project s environment Describe the basic project life cycle model comprising definition, planning, organising, execution and closure stages Appraise the suitability of alternative life cycle models involving phased development and prototyping. 1.4 Define the responsibilities and activities of the project manager Explain the diverse activities of a project manager in delivering a successful outcome, such as estimating, planning, administrating, reporting and leading Point out the importance of ensuring good communication with all stakeholders, including the project sponsor and the client.

2 Learning Outcome 2 The learner will: Be able to analyse the project work content and associated risks, in order to obtain estimates and tenders. 2.1 Explain how a project can be sub-divided into work packages and cost estimates Describe how a project can be sub-divided hierarchically into a work breakdown structure (WBS) Explain how the WBS can be expanded into work packages and tasks with an accompanying cost breakdown structure. 2.2 Identify, analyse and manage the risks in a Identify and assess risks in terms of their possible impact on the project outcome Manage project risk by appropriate means such as avoidance, reduction, transfer, acceptance and contingency planning. 2.3 Appraise relevant data in order to calculate overall estimates for the Gather information in order to obtain balanced estimates of time and cost Consider the likelihood of cost escalation and any ensuing need for contingency allowances in preparing final estimates. 2.4 Evaluate tenders in order to reach a formal contract Describe a process by which suppliers tenders can be evaluated in order to select one contractor Outline the contents and legal basis of a typical contract to supply. 2.5 Explain the effect of globalisation, including cultural issues, on project management Explain how project management practice may be influenced by geographical and cultural factors. Learning Outcome 3 The learner will: Be able to create a detailed project plan. 3.1 Devise a structure for the management and administration of the Justify the need for a formal project management structure Propose an appropriate structure for the control and

3 administration of a project and indicate the responsibilities of key personnel. 3.2 Identify and schedule the activities in a project by employing appropriate techniques Identify the activities in a project and establish their dependencies Employ recognised techniques, such as the Gantt Chart and network analysis, in order to devise a project schedule Outline the typical functions of project management software packages which can assist the scheduling task. 3.3 Adjust schedules as necessary in order to optimise the use of resources Explain the need to adjust project schedules when the available resources are subject to constraints Reorganise a project schedule in order to smooth resource requirements. 3.4 Construct and justify a detailed project plan Recognise the need to communicate the project plan to various interested parties Describe the contents of a detailed project plan. Learning Outcome 4 The learner will: Understand how the progress of a project can be monitored and controlled. 4.1 Identify factors which frequently disturb the progress of a List typical problems which affect the progress of a Account for such problems and propose remedial actions. 4.2 Suggest techniques by which the project manager can appraise the status of a Identify those sources of information which might indicate deviations from the desired progress of a Explain the importance of corroborating and evaluating status information before taking action. 4.3 Explain methods by which the project manager could resolve the problems detected, with examples Explain how cost variances and slippage can be calculated Describe the courses of action open to the project manager in managing deviations from a planned schedule.

4 Learning Outcome 5 The learner will: Know how to organise a suitable team structure for the project personnel and devise strategies for leading them effectively. 5.1 Compare the commonly employed project team structures Emphasise the importance of effective team organisation and management Compare and contrast teams organised on functional, project, matrix and contract structures. 5.2 Identify the interpersonal skills required for effective teamworking and project management List and discuss key leadership skills which are considered desirable in a project manager Discuss the actions and decisions by which a project manager can influence the motivation of team members. Learning Outcome 6 The learner will: Understand the management of quality and change within a 6.1 Explain how quality may be assessed and managed in a Explain the term quality viewed from perspectives such as the product, the consumer, the manufacturing specification and value Describe standard techniques for assessing and maintaining quality requirements Explain how the quality of software products may be assessed and managed. 6.2 Suggest reasons for proposing changes to a project from within Using examples, distinguish between internal and external changes Recognise the importance of implementing a formal change control procedure and describe its constituent elements. 6.3 Devise an administrative procedure by which change proposals may be justified and processed Explain the steps in a typical configuration control procedure.

5 Learning Outcome 7 The learner will: Know about the recommended activities and required reports in the closure and review of a 7.1 Summarise the difficulties that may be encountered in the closing stages of a Distinguish between the human and technical problems related to project termination Consider factors related to the project staff, the client, project handover, maintenance and documentation, contract completion and acceptance, financial matters and closure checklists. 7.2 Describe the administrative actions often required of the project manager as a project is terminated Construct a list of actions appropriate for a project manager preparatory to closing down a 7.3 Identify the reports which should be prepared and describe their likely contents Distinguish between the purposes of the project manager s final report and the post-implementation report Summarise the contents of the project manager s final report and the post-implementation report. Assessment: Assessment method: written examination (unless otherwise stated). Written examinations are of three hours duration. All learning outcomes will be assessed. Recommended Reading: Please refer to the Tuition Resources section of the Members Area of the ABE website ( for the recommended reading for this subject.

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