MGMT09011 2013 Project Planning

General Details

Full Title
Project Planning
Transcript Title
Project Planning
N/A %
Subject Area
MGMT - Management
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Gary McGinty, Brian Coll, Trevor McSharry
Programme Membership
SG_EPROJ_M09 201300 Master of Science in Project Management SG_SPROJ_S09 201900 Level 9 Certificate in Science in Project Management SG_SPROJ_S09 201300 Level 9 Certificate in Project Management

Effective planning is fundamental to project success. This module targets learners that do not have significant project management experience. It was created to provide learners with the essential concepts, knowledge and skills required to effectively plan projects in a modern context.  This module initially provides an executive overview of the modern project management environment including the project lifecyle, organisational strategy, structure and culture. The core of this module focuses on key project planning topics such as project definition, estimating time, cost and schedules and managing risk.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate a wide and systematic knowledge of project management principles and their practical application in the planning of projects


Appraise established project management planning knowledge areas, tools and techniques and explain how they can be used to achieve project goals and organisational strategic objectives.


Demonstrate and critically evaluate the main tools available for sucessful project planning including development of Work Breakdown Structures, time, cost and resource estimation techniques, network diagrams, PERT, and Critical Chain analysis.


Have a critical awareness of the changing project environment in order to forecast and manage risks and challenges so that project deliverables and stakeholders expectations are achieved.


Analyse various methods of dealing with project contraints in order to reduce project duration, resource requirements or project costs.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Learners will have weekly lectures on-line and will be required to undertake various types of preparation and assessment work individually and in teams. Learner industry experience and real life case studies and projects will be drawn upon to enhance the learning experience.

Module Assessment Strategies

The following assessment strategy will be used:

  • Individual and team based assignments, projects and presentations
  • Utilisation of quizzes in order to provide instant feedback.
  • Final Examination.

Indicative Syllabus

Project Management Context

  • Project lifecycle, project management importance
  • Organisation strategy and portfolio management
  • Project selection techniques
  • Project management organisational structures
  • Organisational culture and implications

 Project Definition

  • Defining project scope, priorities and developement of work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • Estimation of Project times, costs, resources and influencing factors (top down versus bottom up estimating)

Development of Project Plan

  • Developing Project Network
  • Work packages, Activity on Node, Activity on Arrow Fundamentals
  • Network computational processes (forward and backward pass)

Managing Risk

  • The Risk Management Process (Identification, assessment, response development, contingency planning, opportunity management and risk response control)
  • Project Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)

Scheduling Resources and Costs

  • Resource scheduling problems and constraints, allocation methods
  • Project cost baseline. Critical Chain Approach
  • Techniques for reducing project duration

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Regular Individual Quiz per Topic Coursework Assessment Multiple Choice/Short Answer Test 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Individual Assignments Coursework Assessment Assignment 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
3 Group Assignments Coursework Assessment Group Project 10 % OnGoing 2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self directed learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial Not Specified Support 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self directed learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Gray C. and Larson E. (2011): Project Management, The Managerial Process; 5th Edition 2011, McGraw Hill International Edition.

Kerzner, H. (2013) Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling and Controlling; 11th Edition, John Wiley and Sons

Kerzner, H (2013): Project Management: Case Studies, 4th Edition, John Wiley and Sons

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) (version 5), Pennsylvania: PMI publications.


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