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Apply knowledge of the theory and practice of project planning and control and the use of Project Management methods and techniques.

Assessment Information/Brief 2019/20

Module title

Project Management, Leadership and Skills: Planning and Control

CRN

53406 / 53411 / 53413

Level

7

Assessment title

Assignment 2 : People in Projects

Weighting within module

This assessment is worth 50% of the overall module mark.

How to submit

A single file is to be uploaded via the campus website of RKC. Maximum 3000 words (+/- 10%, see below for details).

Any diagrams should be included directly in the document as images (not as embedded documents).

Assessment task details and instructions

You have recently been appointed by a large property investor in the UK who wishes to renovate a house. To keep his costs to a minimum he likes to have only one worker working on each activity. The property renovation involves various tasks which he estimates will take one worker the times shown in the table below:

Activity

Time needed to complete

Substantial repairs to the roof

5 days

Internal structural work

7 days

Electrical work

5 days

Plumbing

2 days

Plastering

3 days

Installing a new kitchen

3 days

Installing a new bathroom

4 days

Internal decoration

6 days

Garden

4 days

Change windows

2 day

Fitting carpets

2 day

Outside paintwork

5 days

The roof and structural work must be completed before any other activities (inside or outside) can commence. Once these are done, the other tasks can happen at any stage. However, inside the house, the plumbing and electrics must be completed before the plastering can be done. The plastering must be complete before the new kitchen and bathroom can be installed. Decoration can only happen once the kitchen and bathroom are in place, and carpets can only be fitted after decorating. The windows have to be changed before the outside paintwork is started.

The property developer knows that to keep his budget on target, all work needs to be completed in 6 weeks. His team only works from Monday to Friday. Can it be done? Which activities is it most important for the property developer to keep on track?

The developer has several other projects on the go at the same time and decides that he can only spare two of his team to work on this project. By assigning activities to Worker 1 and Worker 2 show how this is possible.

There are three (3) parts to this assignment, and each is worth a percentage of the final assignment mark.

Project Management, Leadership and Skills: Planning and Control

Part 1 – 30%

  1. Create a network diagram with the critical path clearly marked
  2. What are the advantages to the property developer in using critical path analysis to plan this project?
  3. How realistic is the idea of using only two workers to complete the project given the deadline of six weeks?

You do not need any specialist knowledge of construction to answer this question.

Part 2 - 30%

Review the case above of The House with regard to risk management.

  1. Identify at least 5 risks relevant to this project and create a simple risk table showing how you would manage these risks with appropriate risk controls
  2. Discuss how you would derive a risk score for each of these risks explaining what evidence you could access to support you calculation of impact and probability
  3. What are the opportunities available and how would you categorise these strategies?

Please note that you are being assessed on your understanding of risk management and not the discovery of the ‘correct answer’.

Part 3 – 40%

You have recently hired Kevin, a retired ex-lecturer in project management, to work as part of your project team on the house build. He is very good at solving technical project problems but seems to find working in the team very difficult and gives constant negative feedback on his co-workers. His performance and temper has become progressively worse over time. He seems to lack motivation and you may have to consider ending his employment.  Why might Kevin lack motivation? Discuss with reference to appropriate theories and case examples; suggest ways in which Kevin may be motivated.

Marking scheme

 Criteria

Marks

Part 1

30

-          A. network diagram

10

-          B. critical path discussion

10

-          C. discussion of 2 workers/6 weeks constraint

10

Part 2

30

-          A. risk analysis

10

-          B. risk score discussion

10

-          C. opportunities discussion

10

Part 3

40

-          Review of theory relating to leadership and motivation

20

-          Examples

10

-          Conclusion on ways to motivate Kevin

10

NB:

  • Please add the assignment name and your student identity number to the title page of the report. 
  • Please ensure you put your word count on your title page as well.
  • University lateness and plagiarism rules apply.

Please follow a report format.  Therefore, you should have a title page, contents page, sections and sub sections, page numbers, appendix section etc.  Please note if you are uncertain on how to present and structure a report then visit the university library website or ask your tutor for assistance.

Please do use diagrams, illustrations, tables, graphics etc. wherever these are helpful, and remember that these do not count towards your word limit. If you do use these, please do not put them in the appendices if they are part of your discussion.  Appendices are the appropriate places to put supporting material, however, remember if the reader is satisfied with the main points of your discussion; the supporting information within the appendices may not even be reviewed. 

Please try to use theory explicitly at all stages, but do not spend too much time describing a theory. While you must be explicit about the theories, models, techniques etc. that you use, you can assume that the reader is familiar with them. What the reader requires is evidence of your ability to understand and apply the theory and learn from in order to support the development of your findings and/or ideas.

You must cite all sources on which you have relied, for example textbooks, journal articles, web pages etc. using the Harvard Bibliographic referencing system. If you do not cite all sources, then you may be accused of plagiarism, and that may endanger your success in passing the module. If you are in any doubt about how to reference your work, please obtain guidance from the library and/or your academic librarian(s) for this module.

Assessed intended learning outcomes: Knowledge and Understanding

Project Management, Leadership and Skills: Planning and Control

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of the theory and practice of project planning and control and the use of Project Management methods and techniques.
  2. Critically evaluate the use of techniques in leading, planning, control and process management.
  3. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the importance of Project Management in the development and maintenance of sustainable and global organisations operating in complex market environments
  4. Develop knowledge and application of the techniques of estimating, forecasting and resource management
  5. Critically appraise project outcomes for the purpose of improvement 

Assessed intended learning outcomes: Practical, Professional or Subject Specific Skills

  1. Leads by example - as high levels of self-awareness, emotional and social intelligence, empathy and compassion, and able to identify mental well-being in others. Work collaboratively enabling empowerment and delegation - acts with humility and authenticity, is credible, confident and resilient.
  2. Judgement and Challenge - Takes personal accountability aligned to clear values. Demonstrates flexibility and willingness to challenge when making decisions and solving problems - instils confidence demonstrating honesty, integrity, openness, and trust.
  3. Courage & Curiosity - is confident and brave, willing to innovate, seeks new ideas and looks for contingencies. Manages complexity and ambiguity, comfortable in uncertainty, and is pragmatic.
  4. Valuing Difference - engaging with all, is ethical and demonstrates inclusivity, recognising diversity, championing, and enabling cultural inclusion. Empowers and motivates to inspire and support others.
  5. Professional Reflects on own performance, demonstrates professional standards in relation behaviour and ongoing development. Advocates the use of good practice within and outside the organisation.

Assessed intended learning outcomes: Transferable Skills and other Attributes

  1. Work independently and with others in analysing and presenting solutions to Project Management planning, control and process problems.
  2. Locate, synthesise and critically evaluate recent/current information from a wide range of published literature in Project Management
  3. Communicate effectively through a variety of media to different audiences.
  4. Make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations using tools and techniques appropriate to the module.
  1. Use terminology associated with the subject area accurately and in a way, which demonstrates sophisticated knowledge and understanding.

Module Aims

  • The overall aim of the module is to allow students to explore. approaches and methods required to leading and manage complex projects.
  • To develop an understanding of the planning, control and other processes utilised in the effective operation of project management
  • To appreciate and develop leadership skills for the management of organisational projects and the change and resource processes required for effective project management                               

Word count

The maximum word count is 3000 words (+/- 10%).  Your word count is from the introduction to conclusion sections.  Therefore, it does not include title page, contents page, reference section, appendices etc. If the assignment exceeds these limits; the work in excess of 3000 is not marked.

Late submission:

All work submitted late will be capped at the pass mark of 50%, there is no sliding scale

Feedback arrangements

You can expect to receive feedback

  • Two working weeks (excluding University Seasonal Closing) after the submission date.
  • Marks and written feedback will be available on the RKC campus
    • An announcement per email will be made informing you of the release.
    • Please email your tutor should you require specific feedback following the release of your results.

Support arrangements

You can obtain support for this assessment by attending your module lectures, seminars and drop in sessions. You can e-mail the tutor and visit the module forum website for the regular updates that can directly support your learning in the subject and in developing your assignment.    

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Good Academic Conduct and Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to learn and demonstrate skills associated with good academic conduct (academic integrity). Good academic conduct includes the use of clear and correct referencing of source materials. Here is a link to where you can find out more about the skills which students require http://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning.

Academic Misconduct is an action which may give you an unfair advantage in your academic work. This includes plagiarism, asking someone else to write your assessment for you or taking notes into an exam. The University takes all forms of academic misconduct seriously.  You can find out how to avoid academic misconduct here https://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning.

Assessment Information

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Personal Mitigating Circumstances

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