General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
BIO - Bio Tech/Eng/Chem
LIFE - Life Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Mary Butler, Ailish Breen
Programme Membership
SG_SBIPR_E09 201900 Certificate in Science in BioPharmaceutical Processing SG_SBIOP_M09 201900 Master of Science in Biopharmaceutical Science SG_SBIOP_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Science in Biopharmaceutical Science

This module aims to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the key elements, phases and tools of Project Management from concept to project completion in order to enable the student to more effectively manage future projects in this industry.

Learning Outcomes

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


Identify and discuss the main elements and phases of Project Management from concept to final completion, evaluate the role of the project manager and critique leadership styles.


Demonstrate expertise in the preliminary phase of project management including project initiation, risk management, stakeholder identification and communication planning.


Critically evaluate the main tools available for successful project progress planning, monitoring and tracking including Gantt charts, work breakdown structures, network diagrams and other resource allocation techniques, cost tracking to budget etc.  Apply MS Project or other relevant software.


Explain the close-out phase of project management including final commissioning, takeover of facility / process, final contract settlement, formal post-project review and construct lessons learnt.


Evaluate project feasibility and synthesise conflict resolution approaches.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The module will be delivered online.  Slides and extra reading will be provided in advance of each lecture.

Module Assessment Strategies

The assessment approach for this module will be 100% Continuous Assessment with a range of assessment methods employed including some of the following: short-form assessment exams incl. MCQs, project assignments, essays, oral presentations, vivas etc

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessments will be given as required.

Indicative Syllabus

The following is a summary of the main topics included in this particular module: 1. The role of the project manager and project management/ leadership style. 2. Project feasibility, preliminary planning, development of objectives and scope, identification and evaluation of stakeholders, risk management, project preliminary design, scope management.  3. Project planning and scheduling -  use of Project Management tools such as MS Project, Gantt charts, WBS, Network diagrams, evaluation of the critical path. 4. Progress monitoring and status reporting -ongoing monitoring of progress to agreed plan, highlighting of deviations, project cost tracking against agreed budget, tracking of scope changes, milestone achievements; 5. Project completion - final commissioning of facility / process, development of exceptions list, formal takeover of facility / process, final contract ; Post-project review, key lessons learnt, modification to systems and/or procedures in light of lessons learnt. 6. Conflict resolution approaches.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assignment Continuous Assessment Essay 20 % Week 4 1
2 Report Continuous Assessment Written Report 30 % Week 8 2,3
3 Project and presentation Project Project 50 % Week 13 4,5

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 7 Weekly 7.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

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.

Required 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
2017-09-19 Project Management Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN 9781787148307 ISBN-13 1787148300

Modern projects are confronted with complexity and ambiguity. To provide a holistic framework, this book presents a new project management model that is used to identify the nature of a project and develop appropriate project solutions. It also allows a circular planning process, leading to coherence across the project's elements.

Required Reading
2009 Conflict Management Crisp Pub Incorporated
ISBN 1426018584 ISBN-13 9781426018589

Whether it's in the form of visible back biting or silent resentment, conflict in the workplace can take a devastating toll on productivity and morale. Managing interpersonal differences is essential to business and protects the emotional health of employees. Learn how to help others settle their differences and work constructively as individuals and groups with a common purpose.

Required Reading
2017-09-11 A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) — Sixth Edition and Agile Practice Guide (ENGLISH) Project Management Institute
ISBN 9781628254655 ISBN-13 1628254653

To support the broadening spectrum of project delivery approaches, PMI is offering A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) Sixth Edition along with the new Agile Practice Guide as one package.The PMBOK Guide Sixth Edition now contains detailed information about agile; while the Agile Practice Guide, created in partnership with Agile Alliance, serves as a bridge to connect waterfall and agile. Together they are a powerful tool for project managers.PMBOK Guide Sixth Edition PMIs 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 knowledgeincluding discussion of project management business documentsand information on the PMI Talent TriangleTM and the essential skills for success in todays market.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 Guide) - Sixth Edition, and was developed as the result of collaboration between the Project Management Institute and the Agile Alliance.

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