Semester 1, 2013
Department of Management and Marketing
Faculty of Economics and Commerce
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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.
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.
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...