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MGMT 90031

Project Management

SUBJECT GUIDE

Semester 1, 2013

Prepared by

Prakash Singh
Patrick Foley

Department of Management and Marketing

Faculty of Economics and Commerce

Contents

Subject Outline3
Introduction3
Learning Outcomes3
Subject Objectives3
Generic Skills4
Prescribed References4
Textbook4
Other Relevant Resources4
Useful Academic Journals for this Subject4
Academic Staff Contact Details5
Lecturer & Subject Coordinator Contact Details5
Email Protocol5
Seminars5
Seminar Times5
Using Lectopia6
Seminar Slides6
Seminar Participation Requirements6
Seminar Schedule7
Assessment10
Assessment Overview10
Assignment Specifications10
Exam Policy13
Using the Assignment Tool13
Plagiarism and Collusion13
Penalties for Late Submission and Exceeding Word Limits14
Special Consideration14
Referencing14
Other Subject Resources15
Supplementary Readings15
Student Consultations15
FBE Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning15

Subject Outline

Introduction

Welcome to MGMT 90031 Project Management.

Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives. A project is a finite endeavour (having specific start and completion dates) undertaken to create a unique product or service which brings about beneficial change or added value. This finite characteristic of projects stands in contrast to processes, or operations, which are permanent or semi-permanent functional work to repetitively produce the same product or service. In practice, the management of these two systems is often found to be quite different, and as such requires the development of distinct technical skills and the adoption of separate management.

The use of project management techniques has risen sharply. Examples of projects include research and development studies, reorganization efforts, implementation of total quality management, installation of a new piece of equipment, advertising campaigns construction, organizing special events and other one-shot 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 organisations 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 appropriate Project Management software packages such as Microsoft Project.

Learning Outcomes

Subject Objectives

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. * Effectively evaluate and audit a project.

* Discuss the actions taken by a project manager as the project draws to a close.

Generic Skills

In this course you will have the opportunity to develop important generic skills. These include the following: * Problem solving skills and critical thinking skills will be fostered in the workshops and more directly through the case study analytical exercises where students have to apply theoretical material/concepts to real life organizations. * Collaborative learning and team-work skills will be fostered through exercises and case study analysis incorporated into the seminar program. * Evaluation of...
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