MGMT09011 2019 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
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Gary McGinty, Brian Coll, David Collery
Programme Membership
SG_SPROJ_M09 201900 Master of Science in Project Management SG_SWATE_M09 201900 Master of Science in Water Services Management SG_SWATE_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Water Services Management SG_SWATE_A09 201900 Postgraduate Certificate in Water Services Management SG_SPROJ_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Project Management SG_SPROJ_S09 201900 Certificate in Project Management SG_SPROJ_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Project Management SG_SBIMA_S09 201900 Postgraduate Certificate in BIM and Lean Construction Management SG_SPROJ_S09 201900 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, Critical Chain analysis and supply chain management.


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.

Repeat Assessments

Resubmit course work or resit exam

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
  • Supply Chair Management

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 Assignment No 1 Coursework Assessment Assignment 15 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
3 Individual Assignment No 2 Coursework Assessment Assignment 15 % 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

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2017-09-15 A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK(R) Guide-Sixth Edition / Agile Practice Guide Bundle
ISBN 1628253827 ISBN-13 9781628253825

To support the broadening spectrum of project delivery approaches, PMI is offering A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK(R) Guide) - Sixth Edition as a bundle with its latest, the Agile Practice Guide. The PMBOK(R) Guide - Sixth Edition now contains detailed information about agile; while the Agile Practice Guide, created in partnership with Agile Alliance(R), serves as a bridge to connect waterfall and agile. Together they are a powerful tool for project managers. PMBOK(R) Guide - Sixth Edition The PMBOK(R) Guide - Sixth Edition - PMI's flagship publication has been updated to reflect the latest good practices in project management. New to the Sixth Edition, each knowledge area will contain a section entitled Approaches for Agile, Iterative and Adaptive Environments, describing how these practices integrate in project settings. It will also contain more emphasis on strategic and business knowledge--including discussion of project management business documents--and information on the PMI Talent Triangle(TM) and the essential skills for success in today's market. Agile Practice Guide Agile Practice Guide has been developed as a resource to understand, evaluate, and use agile and hybrid agile approaches. This practice guide provides guidance on when, where, and how to apply agile approaches and provides practical tools for practitioners and organizations wanting to increase agility. This practice guide is aligned with other PMI standards, including A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK(R) Guide) - Sixth Edition, and was developed as the result of collaboration between the Project Management Institute and the Agile Alliance.

Required Reading
2013-10-16 Project Management McGraw-Hill Companies
ISBN 1259871177 ISBN-13 9781259871177
Required Reading
2017-04-03 Project Management John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781119165354 ISBN-13 1119165350

"This Twefth Edition of the bestselling "bible" of project management maintains the streamlined approach of the prior editions and continues to align with PMI's Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)"--

Required Reading
2018-02-07 Project Management Best Practices: Achieving Global Excellence John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781119470700 ISBN-13 1119470706

The comprehensive guide to project management implementation, updated with the latest in the field Project management has spread beyond the IT world to become a critical part of business in every sphere; built on efficiency, analysis, and codified practice, professional project management leads to the sort of reproducible results and reliable processes that make a business successful. Project Management Best Practices provides implementation guidance for every phase of a project, based on the real-world methodologies from leading companies around the globe. Updated to align with the industrys latest best practices, this new Fourth Edition includes new discussion on Agile and Scrum, tradeoffs and constraints, Portfolio PMO tools, and much more. Get up-to-date information on the latest best practices that add value at every level of an organization Gain insight from more than 50 project managers at world-class organizations including Airbus, Heineken, RTA, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Sony, Cisco, Nokia, and more Delve deeper into implementation guidance for Agile, Scrum, and Six Sigma Explore more efficient methodologies, training, measurement, and metrics that boost organization-wide performance Adopt new approaches to culture and behavioral excellence, including conflict resolution, situational leadership, proactive management, staffing, and more Ideal for both college and corporate training, this book is accompanied by an Instructors Manual and PowerPoint lecture slides that bring project management concepts right into the classroom. As the field continues to grow and evolve, it becomes increasingly important to stay current with new and established practices; this book provides comprehensive guidance on every aspect of project management, with invaluable real-world insight from leaders in the field.

Required Reading
2017-02-07 Project Management: The Managerial Process McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 1259666093 ISBN-13 9781259666094

As the market-leading textbook on the subject, Project Management: The Managerial Process is distinguished by its balanced treatment of both the technical and behavioral issues in project management as well as by its coverage of a broad range of industries to which project management principles can be applied. It focuses on how project management is integral to the organization as a whole. The text not only delivers the tools and processes is essential to successful project management but also an understanding that the effectiveness of these tools and methods are shaped and determined by the prevailing culture of the organization and interpersonal dynamics of the people involved. As such, Larson/Gray presents a holistic view that focuses on methodology as well as the human dimension and how they interact to determine the outcome of projects. Connect is the only integrated learning system that empowers students by continuously adapting to deliver precisely what they need, when they need it, and how they need it, so that your class time is more engaging and effective.

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