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MODULE DESCRIPTOR
Module Title
Project Planning and Control
Reference SUM104 Version 2
Created May 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved August 2013 SCQF Points 15
Amended December 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To critically assess, within a problem solving environment, the processes and strategies undertaken by project managers to define, plan control and deliver project requirements.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Use different planning techniques, assess and evaluate the differing tasks time, cost and quality requirements to produce a project delivery plan within a goal oriented environment.
2 Apply resource scheduling and allocation techniques to facilitate effective project control.
3 Critically appraise key project evaluation monitoring and control techniques and their importance in bringing projects to successful completion.
4 Critically review and apply the various IT led techniques, viewed as contemporary project management tools.
5 Evaluate different quality systems and their role in minimising waste and giving value to the client.

Indicative Module Content
Planning fundamentals and overview; work content and scope management; WBS; time and cost estimation; project budgeting; resource management; project monitoring and control; earned value; IT tools for project planning an control; change control; quality systems and post project reviews.

Module Delivery
The module is delivered in Taught Mode by lectures, interactive group work, case study tutorials and directed self-study. The module is delivered in Distance Learning Mode by self directed web-based learning materials, supported by on-line tutorial support.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 36 70
Non-Contact Hours 114 80
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

ASSESSMENT PLAN
If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 40% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2
Description: Normally a longitudinal assessment involving topic discussion forums for distance learning students or group work for full time students (20%) and a group presentation (20%).
Component 2
Type: Coursework Weighting: 60% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Description: An individual written piece of work.

MODULE PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTOR
Explanatory Text
In order to pass the module students must achieve 40% or greater in each component.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A 70% or greater
B 60% or greater
C 75% or greater
D 40% or greater
E 35% or greater
F Less than 35%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None in addition to course entry requirements.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

ADDITIONAL NOTES
Where appropriate mixed discipline team working will be encouraged.

INDICATIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
1 BURKE, R., 2013. Project management: planning & control techniques. 5th ed. Chichester: Wiley.
2 CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF BUILDING, 2014. Code of practice for project management for construction and development. 5th ed. Chichester: Wiley.
3 HAMILTON, A., 1997. Management by projects: achieving success in a changing world. London: Thomas Telford.
4 KERZNER, H., 2013. Project management: a systems approach to planning, scheduling and controlling. 11th ed. Hoboken: Wiley. ebook
5 LOCK, D., 2013. Project management. 10th ed. Farnham: Gower. ebook
6 MANTEL, S.J. et al., 2011. Project management in practice. 4th ed. Hoboken: Wiley.
7 NICHOLAS, J.M., 2012. Project management for business and technology. 4th ed. Abingdon: Routledge. ebook
8 TURNER, R., ed., 2014. Gower handbook of project management. 5th ed. Farnham: Gower.

 

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