ENVR08022 2013 Principles of Project Management

General Details

Full Title
Principles of Project Management
Transcript Title
Principles PM
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Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
08 - NFQ Level 8
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Billy Fitzgerald, Noel Connaughton, Steve Tonry

This module aims to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the key elements and phases of Project Management from concept to project completion with a focus on the integration of environmental requirements. The intention of this module is to provide an overview of the fundamentals of Project Management as they relate to the Environment.

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 and their overall significance from an environmental perspective.


Appraise the role of Environmental personnel in multidisciplinary teams involved in project management.


Discuss the preliminary phase of project management in relation to preliminary design, EIA/Planning/IPPC applications, tendering and contract award requirements.


Discuss the construction/implementation phase, the significance from an environmental perspective with a basic understanding of the mitigation measures that must/can be put in place through various legislative and voluntary mechanisms.


Explain the close-out phase of project management including final commissioning, takeover of facility / process, final contract settlement with particular reference to the role that Environmental personnel will have in this process.


Identify decommissioning phase requirements and the relationship to the environment, with particular reference to ELRA/Residuals Management Plans and Financial Provision as set out in IPPC.


Evaluate and explain what is involved in conducting a formal post-project review to determine the key lessons learnt and the implications for changes to systems and/or procedures for the future.


Use the main tools available for successful project progress monitoring and tracking including relevant software such as MS Project software and Gantt charts.

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous Assessment including case study reviews, presentation and written report worth 50% of module marks.

50% for final theory exam.

Indicative Syllabus

1.     Introduction to Project Management

2.     Project Management Tools

3.     Introduction to Tenders/Contracts

4.     Multidisciplinary teams and the role of Environmental personnel

5.     Feasibility Studies

6.     Project Design Environmental Considerations

7.     Introduction to EIA and Planning

8.     Introduction to IPPC/Environmental Licensing

9.     Introduction to Environmental Management Systems

10.   Construction, Contracts, Community and Environmental Aspects

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Report Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % Week 4 8
2 Presentation (Project Review) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 11 2,7
3 Case Study (Project Review) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 25 % OnGoing 1,3,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Not Specified Site Visits/Presentations/Lectures/Groupwork 9 Twice Per Semester 1.20
Directed Learning Offsite On Line Lectures, Manuals, assigned reading 96 UNKNOWN 96.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Research, writing reports, reading, studying 96 UNKNOWN 96.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 97.20 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Project Manager: Mastering the Art of Delivery in Project Management (2005) by Newtin, Pearson.

Project Management (2007) by Lock, Gower Publishing.

Project Management: A systems approach to planning, scheduling and controlling (2006) by Kerzner, Wiley.

Other Resources


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