MGMT09015 2019 Project Management Simulation

General Details

Full Title
Project Management Simulation
Transcript Title
Project Management Simulation
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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
Donal Lyons, Paul Tansey, David Collery
Programme Membership
SG_SPROJ_M09 201900 Master of Science in Project 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

Project management concepts become real as participants are asked to synthesize their individual skills and practices into the big picture of a simulated project. This module uses case study and team-based simulation techniques to emphasise the real-world application of project management techniques. Additionally, participants will use  tools and project management software outputs as they develop and manage a project from inception through closeout. Brief reviews of project management concepts and techniques are provided with the large majority of the time spent  on the case studies and the simulation of projection execution.

Students will be expected to critically evaluate project settings, make decisions and develop their knowledge through simulation. Scenarios will be presented that reflect real settings, and students will be expected to organise and manage resources within constraints.students will draw on their knowledge and understanding from a range of disciplines to work towards a set of project goals and objectives

Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate a wide and systematic knowledge of both project management principles and methods and their practical application in the management of live projects including the critical awareness of the key parameters and the business, technical, economic, environmental and social issues relating to Project Management.


Interpret project information and proactively troubleshoot to solve project challenges and constraints


Demonstrate both an ability to implement communication structures within a project organisation and an ability to manage multiple project stakeholders to achieve project success


Assume responsibility in the delivery of a project by analysing various project scenarios and develop action plans to overcome project challenges and prescribe project tools and techniques to help manage project resources. Lead, create, initiate and stimulate thoughtful responses to project requirements and problems.


Identify and articulate the key considerations when encountering project problems including the ability to both critically comment on and appraise one's own work and the work of others.


Demonstrate an ability to manage multiple project stakeholders to achieve project success

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The module will be taught through a series of case studies and computer workshops utilising project management software simulation applications to simulate real projects.

Students will undertake workshop exercises, assignments and tests designed to evaluate their performance throughout the semester.

Students will learn how to plan execute and control projects in real time in a rapidly changing project environment.

Students practically apply project management principles to manage scope, cost, time and performance on projects to achieve project objectives and satisfy key project stakeholders whilst achieving organisational goals.

Students will be encouraged to reflect, analyse and  critique both their work and work of others.

Module Assessment Strategies

The module contains a mixture of exercises, quizzes, critiques, case studies and real life project simulation.

Students will be encouraged to reflect, analyse, critique and defend both their own work and work of others.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Project Work and Simulations

Indicative Syllabus

Recognising strategic goals of the project organisation; determining strategic project objectives; understanding the nature of the organisation; understanding key business and project objectives; reviewing the status of the project; determining the scope of the project; recognising major milestones; working with the WBS; interpreting Gantt charts; identifying project activities; evaluating resource issues; re-assigning resources; managing the project team; optimising the project schedule; dealing with scope changes; identifying critical activities; dealing with multiple stakeholders; managing time on the project; managing project cost; achieving project quality; identifying and evaluating project stakeholders; managing project stakeholders, dealing with project constraints; problem solving; monitoring and controlling project performance; taking corrective action; managing communications; managing conflict; decision making; evaluating the effects of decision making; managing project risk; project reporting; project reviews; closing the project; evaluating project success; post project audits.

Use of case studies to present real life projects and issues which are not always clear cut the gray area!

The importance’s of developing a Project Manager view based on the best available information and making a decision to progress project.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Real Life Project Simulation Project Individual Project 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Project Management Software Simulation Project Practical Evaluation 30 % OnGoing 1,2,5,6
3 Case Study assignment Project Written Report/Essay 20 % OnGoing 3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecture/Case Study/Simulation 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Simulation Software 1 Weekly 1.00
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Case Study and Simulation 0.5 Weekly 0.50
Tutorial Distance Learning Suite Tutorial / Discussion 0.5 Weekly 0.50
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Directed Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2011-08-17 Case Studies in Project, Program, and Organizational Project Management John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118174296 ISBN-13 1118174291

The ever expanding market need for information on how to apply project management principles and the PMBOK contents to day-to-day business situations has been met by our case studies book by Harold Kerzner. That book was a spin-off from and ancillary to his best selling text but has gained a life of its own beyond adopters of that textbook. All indications are that the market is hungry for more cases while our own need to expand the content we control, both in-print and online woudl benefit from such an expansion of project management "case content". The authors propose to produce a book of cases that compliment Kerzner's book. A book that offers cases beyond the general project management areas and into PMI's growth areas of program management and organizational project management. The book will be structured to follow the PMBOK in coverage so that it can not only be used to supplement project management courses, but also for self sudy and training courses for the PMP Exam. (PMI, PMBOK, PMP, and Project Management Professional are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.)

Recommended Reading
2014-05-05 Decision Analysis for Management Judgment John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 1118740734 ISBN-13 9781118740736

Decision analysis can play a valuable role in helping people to make decisions that involve risks or multiple objectives, but potential users are often deterred by the presentation of the subject in a mathematical form. This book aims to make decision analysis accessible to managers and administrators. Written in a user-friendly style, with little or no mathematical notation, and using practical examples, the book is unrivalled in its breadth of coverage of decision analysis methods. It demonstrates the pitfalls associated with unaided decision making and shows how difficult decisions can be tackled in structured ways so that new insights emerge and a documented and defensible rationale for the decision is established. Extended and updated, this new edition contains a new chapter on structured risk and uncertainty management, updated coverage of research on how people make decisions, including fast and frugal heuristics, a detailed case study demonstrating the application of scenario planning and enhanced coverage of decision framing. Additional exercises have also been added to many chapters, while a companion web site contains valuable resources for lecturers and students. These include detailed answers to end-of-chapter exercises, PowerPoint slides, specimen examination papers and coursework with suggested answers, and links to other resources on the Internet, including downloadable software. Assuming no prior knowledge of decision analysis, this book will help both practising managers faced with the responsibility of making crucial decisions as well as students on management, business administration and operations research courses.

Recommended Reading
2009 Managing Risk in Projects Gower Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN 0566088673 ISBN-13 9780566088674

A concise description of current best practice in project risk management introduces the latest relevant developments enabling project managers, project sponsors and others responsible for managing risk in projects to do just that - effectively.

Required Reading
2013-10-16 Project Management McGraw-Hill Companies
ISBN 1259871177 ISBN-13 9781259871177
Recommended Reading
2013-02-18 Project Management John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 1118022270 ISBN-13 9781118022276

The bestselling project management text for students and professionalsnow updated and expanded This Eleventh Edition of the bestselling "bible" of project management maintains the streamlined approach of the prior editions and moves the content even closer to PMI's Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). New content has been added to this edition on measuring project management ROI, value to the organization and to customers, and much more. The capstone "super" case on the "Iridium Project" has been maintained, covering all aspects of project management. Increased use of sidebars throughout the book helps further align it with the PMBOK and the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam. This new edition features significant expansion, including more than three dozen entirely new sections and updates on process supporting; types of project closure; project sponsorship; and culture, teamwork, and trust. This comprehensive guide to the principles and practices of project management: Offers new sections on added value, business intelligence, project governance, and much more Provides twenty-five case studies covering a variety of industries, almost all of which are real-world situations drawn from the author's practice Includes 400 discussion questions and more than 125 multiple-choice questions Serves as an excellent study guide for the PMP Certification Exam

Required Reading
2017 Project Management
ISBN 1119389046 ISBN-13 9781119389040

Recommended Reading
20/07/2019 SimProject: A Project Management Simulation for Classroom Instruction. ยท Academy of Management Learning and Education

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Greasley, a. (2004) Simulation Modelling for Business, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

Banks, J. (1998) Handbook of Simulation:Principles, Methodology, Advances, Applications, and Practice, John Wiley and Sons.

Journal Resources

Link to journal papers within the module moodle page

URL Resources

Project Management Inc. (2013) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) 5th. Ed. , 14 Campus Boulevard Newtown Sq. PA 19073-3299 USA.

Other Resources

Project Management Simulation Software.

International Journal of Project Management

Articles and Case Studies

Additional Information