MGMT09015 2013 Project Management Simulation

General Details

Full Title
Project Management Simulation
Transcript Title
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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
Donal Lyons, Paul Tansey, Gary McGinty
Programme Membership
SG_SPROJ_S09 201300 Level 9 Certificate in Project Management SG_SPROJ_S09 201300 Level 9 Certificate in Project Management SG_SBIMA_S09 201700 Certificate in BIM and Lean Construction Management SG_SPROJ_O09 201700 Postgraduate Diploma in Science 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.


Appraise project human resource demands and decide what should be prioritised. Resolve project challenges by effectively managing the project team


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.

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 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
2 Case Study Evaluation and Simulation Project Written Report 30 % OnGoing 1,2,5,6
3 Self Appraisal and Critique Project Written Report 20 % OnGoing 3,4,5,7

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

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

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

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

Meredith, J (2012) Project Management: A Managerial Approach, John Wiley and Sons, 8th Edition.

Goodwin, P. and Wright, G. (2009) Decision Analysis for Management Judgement, John Wiley and Sons. 4th Edition.

Hilson, D. (2009) Managing Risk in Projects (Fundamentals of Project Management) , Gower Publishing Ltd

Pinto, J. and Parente, D.H. (2003) Project Management: A Simulation for Classroom Instruction , CD ROM

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.

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