Short Title:Horticultural Project Management
Full Title:Horticultural Project Management
Module Code:HTSC H3016
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Robert Hickey
Module Description:The overall purpose of this module is to give learners an understanding of the techniques and processes involved in project management. This will be done by providing them with the skills necessary to evaluate life cycles, in working projects generally and horticulture projects in particular. The students will acquire the skills needed to critically assess the specific elements, processes and tools involved in the scoping and conceptual planning of projects. Learners will also be trained in the use of commercially available 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 and Project Closure
  4. Judge the significance of the critical factors which lead to successful projects and project managers
  5. Conduct, manage, organise and plan a group based project
  6. Construct project plans using commercial Project Management software.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Project Initiation
• The Definition of Project characteristics; • Project Dimensions; • The Life Cycles of Projects; • Process Groups
The Role of the Project Manager
• Project versus Functional Management; • Responsibilities of a Project Manager; • Acquiring resources, Motivating personnel; Communication issues in Project work; Handling stress; Credibility; • Managing obstacles; • Ethics and the Project Manager
Project Selection
• Numeric and non-numeric selection methods • Cost Benefit Analysis for project selection • Accounting rate of return • The concepts of Net Present value (NPV), Discounted Payback Period (DPP), Internal rate of Return (IRR) and Accounting Rate of return.
Project Planning
• Plan co-ordination • Work Breakdown Structures • The Project Charter • The concepts of Scope management and Scope Creep • The Hierarchical planning process • Change management
Project Organisation
• The growth of project oriented organisations • Organisational guiding principles • Types of project organisation • Pure project organisation • A project as part of the wider functional organisation • Hybrid structures • Choosing an organisation form • Organising the Project Team
Project scheduling
• Defining a schedule and the terminology of Scheduling. • Network diagrams, including Activity-on-Node and Activity-on-Arrow • The Critical Path Method • Commercially available scheduling software
Project risk management
• Defining risk • Risk dimensions • Risk Identification, Classification, Mitigation and Management
Earned Value Analysis
• Collecting data on Projects • Information Needs • The Earned Value Analysis process • Key measures and indices for EVA.
Project closure
• The varieties of project closure • The phenomena of extinction, addition, integration and starvation • Deciding when to close a project and the closure process • Why some projects fail
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %100.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Case study In groups of 4 the students will be required to review a report based on a substantial project from the past which failed for a variety of reasons. From analysing the report each group will have to deliver a comprehensive presentation outlining the critical issues which resulted in the failure of this project to deliver on its objectives. The presentation should contain a discussion on why the team consider these issues to be critical to the success of a project. Each team should include suggestions of how these critical issues might have been avoided using the recommended text to back up their argument. All points must be referenced appropriately. 3,4 20.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation A series of weekly in-class exercises (6) (created using Microsoft Project) centred round a specific project. Here the student must utilise a wide variety of common tabs, groups and specific tools to be found in Microsoft Project in order to assemble a project plan. In these exercises the students will be required to create a hierarchical project plan through preparing work breakdown structures, network diagrams and project schedules. The student will have to identify the critical path through the project and be able to print off their project plan gantt chart including a network diagram. A project baseline will be set and from this visual reports will be generated. 1,2,3,5,6 30.00 n/a
Project In groups of 4 the students will be required to put together a comprehensive project plan based on a set of drawings and specifications from a working project, with a fixed budget and limited people resources. They will need to produce a responsibility matrix, project scope statement and project charter. All sections of the project plan will need to be placed on one MS Project file for final submission. A 2,000 word report detailing how the team worked together to complete the project plan from start to finish including all the various areas for consideration identified in the initiation stage of the project. A print off of the project gantt chart should accompany the report. 1,2,3,4,5,6 50.00 n/a
No Final Exam Assessment %
Indicative Reassessment Requirement
Repeat the module
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. The student must reattend the module in its entirety in order to be reassessed.

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 30.00
Every Week 30.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • Meredith and Mantel 2014, Project Management, A Managerial Approach, 9th Ed Ed., Wiley and Sons New York
Supplementary Book Resources
  • David L. Cleland, Lewis R. Ireland 2006, Project Management, McGraw-Hill Professional [ISBN: 978-0071471602]
  • by Dennis Lock 2007, The essentials of project management, Gower Burlington, VT [ISBN: 9780566088056]
  • Fergus O'Connell 2001, How to run successful projects III, Harlow, England ; Addison-Wesley, 2001. [ISBN: 0201748061]
  • David Boddy, David Buchanan 1992, Take the lead, Prentice Hall New York; London [ISBN: 0138128278]
  • Carl L. Pritchard 2010, Risk Management, 4th Ed Ed., ESI International [ISBN: 1890367559]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
BN_SHTSC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [240 ECTS credits] 5 Mandatory
BN_SHTSC_7 Bachelor of Science in Horticulture [180 ECTS credits] 5 Mandatory
BN_SHTSC_D Bachelor of Science in Horticulture [NFQ level 7, Add on 60 ECTS credits] 1 Mandatory