Short Title:Project Management
Full Title:Project Management
Module Code:BSST H4014
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Module Contributor:David Murphy
Module Description:The main aims of this module are to provide learners: - With expertise in the generic techniques and processes involved in Project Management - With an ability to critically evaluate project lifecycles - With the skills to critically assess the specific elements, processes and tools involved in the scoping and conceptual planning of projects. - With the skill to use commercial project management software
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Organise project specifications into manageable units for implementation purposes
  2. Create, arrange and assemble projects through the preparation of Work Breakdown Structures, Communication Plans, Risk Management Plans, Network Diagrams and Project Schedules
  3. Compare and evaluate alternative methods of Project Organisation
  4. Compare and evaluate alternative methods for Project Closure
  5. Judge the significance of the critical factors which lead to successful projects and project managers
  6. Conduct, manage, organise and plan a group based project
  7. Construct project plans using commercial Project Management software

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Indicative Syllabus
 Project Initiation Definition of project characteristics; Project Dimensions; Project Examples; Life Cycles; Process Groups  Role of the Project Manager Project versus Functional Management; Responsibilities of a Project Manager; Career Paths; Acquiring resources; Motivating personnel; Managing obstacles; Communication; Handling stress; Credibility; Ethics and the Project Manager  Project Selection Numeric and non-numeric selection methods; Cost Benefit Analysis for project selection; ARR, Payback Period, NPV, IRR  Project Planning Plan co-ordination; Work Breakdown Structures; Project Charter; Project Initiation; Scope management; Scope Creep; Hierarchical planning process; Change management  Project Organisation Growth of project oriented organisations; Organisational guiding principles; Types of project organisation; Pure project organisation; Project as part of the functional organisation; Hybrid structures; Choosing an organisation form; Organising the Project Team  Project Scheduling Defining a schedule; Terminology; Network diagrams; Activity-on-Node; Activity-on-Arrow; Critical Path Method; PERT; Float; Scheduling Software  Project Risk Management Defining risk; Risk dimensions; Risk Identification, Classification, Mitigation and Management  Earned Value Analysis Collecting data; Information Needs; Earned Value Analysis; Key measures and indices  Project Closure Varieties of project closure; Extinction, Addition, Integration, Starvation; When to close a project; The closure process; Why projects fail
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %100.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Students will be required to prepare a fully referenced research paper on the subject of 'Project Failures'. 3,4,5 15.00 n/a
Case study There are two aspects to the exploration of the supplied Case Study, one of which is assessed on an individual basis and the other on a group basis. Each student will be required to use CATME surveys as a means of assessing the performance of the group and their individual contribution within the group. A key outcome for this subject is that students will be capable of defining and monitoring a project using project management software and techniques. Students will take part in enquiry based learning sessions using small groups which explore Commercial Project Management Software, preparation of a Cost Benefit Analysis report and project selection based on a supplied Case Study. 5,6 15.00 n/a
Case study Prepare a risk management strategy by defining a Risk Register which identifies the risks involved in a supplied Case Study. This register to include the preparation of risk descriptions, mitigation and contingency plans and risk categorisations. 1,2,6 10.00 n/a
Case study Prepare a Project Initiation Document to include a comprehensive Project Plan prepared using modern project planning software. 1,2,3,4,6,7 30.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will be tested to assess their knowledge and competence in the use of commercial project management software. Credit will be available (5%) for the completion of laboratory exercises. 1,2,6,7 30.00 n/a
No Final Exam Assessment %
Indicative Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
The repeat requirements will consist of : a) In Class Test in the use of project management software b) Comprehensive research report on project management c) Presentation on a specific topic in project management

ITB reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Indicative Module Workload & Resources

Indicative Workload: Full Time
Frequency Indicative Average Weekly Learner Workload
Every Week 15.00
Every Week 30.00
Every Week 80.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • Jack R. Meredith, Samuel J. Mantel 2012, Project Management, 8th Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 0470533021]
  • Jack R. Meredith, Samuel J. Mantel Jr., Scott M. Shafer 2014, Project Management in Practice, 5th Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 1118674669]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • David L. Cleland, Lewis R. Ireland 2006, Project Management, 5th Ed., McGraw-Hill Professional [ISBN: 007147160X]
  • Project Management Institute (Corporate Author) 2013, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: Pmbok Guide, Project Management Inst [ISBN: 1935589679]
  • Erik Larson, Clifford Gray 2013, Project Management: The Managerial Process with MS Project, 6th, McGraw Hill [ISBN: 1259186407]
  • Joseph Phillips 2010, IT Project Management, 3rd Ed., McGraw-Hill Osborne Media [ISBN: 0071700439]
  • Jack Gido and James P. Clements 2014, Successful Project Management, 6th Ed. [ISBN: 1285068378]
  • Jeffrey K. Pinto 2012, Project Management, 3rd Ed., Pearson Academic [ISBN: 0132664151]
  • The Stationery Office (U K. ). (Other Contributor) 2009, Managing Successful Projects with Prince2: 2009, Stationery Office (U.K.) [ISBN: 0113310595]
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • Project Management Journal
  • International Journal of Project Management
  • The Journal of Modern Project Management
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

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BN_BBSST_B Bachelor of Business (Honours)[Add on 60 ECTS credits] 1 Mandatory