MGMT09020 2016 Project Management and Appraisal

General Details

Full Title
Project Management and Appraisal
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
MGMT - Management
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Brian McCann, Bill O'Kelly-Lynch, Gary McGinty, Mel Casserly

This module aims to provide the learner with a fundamental understanding of the key elements and phases of Project Management from concept to project completion so to enable the learner to more effectively manage engineering / construction projects. The module will investigate the major project managment tools and techniques which will aid decision making and assist in project management and leadership.

Learning Outcomes

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


Assess and analyse the key sociocultural areas, which impact on project delivery, such as leadership, motivation, managing stakeholder expectations, influencing, networking, ethics and the creation and management of high performance project teams.


Demonstrate a wide and systematic knowledge of project management principles and their practical application in of engineering projects from conception to closure.


Analyse and evaluate the main tools available for sucessful project planning and implementation. (such as WBS, time, cost and resource estimation techniques, network diagrams, PERT, LOB, EVA, etc )


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.


Deliver value for money by using best practise procurement and contract strategies by analysis of key commercial issues involved in the management of projects. Critically analyse the effect procurement and contract management strategies have on the overall project system.

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

  • Assignments, projects and presentations to demonstration practical use and application of project management tools and techniques through case studies and real life projects.
  • Utilisation of quizzes in order to confirm understanding of various terms, tools and techniques associated with project management.
  • Final Examination.

Repeat Assessments

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.

Indicative Syllabus

Project Appriasal

  • Project selection techniques
  • Project Feasibilty & Constraints
  • Project Finance
  • Project management organisational structures & cultures

Project Definition & Development of Project Plan

  • Defining project scope, priorities and developement of work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • Estimation of time & cost
  • Developing Project Network
  • Scheduling/Programming Fundamentals

Contracts & Procurement

  • Outsourcing in Construction & Supply Chains
  • Procurement Strategies
  • Types of Contract and Subconracts
  • Insurance

Risk & Value Management

  • The Risk Management Process (Identification, assessment, response development, contingency planning, opportunity management and risk response control)
  • Value Management & Lean


  • Managing versus leading a project
  • Stakeholder management
  • Influencing and social networking
  • Ethics and Project Management
  • Communication

Managing Project Teams

  •  Team Formation
  • Building high performance teams
  •  Negotiation

Commercial Contract Management

  • Commercial Contract Law
  • Obligations and duties
  • Disputes
  • Framework Agreements
  • Cost Management & Control
  • Change Management

Quality Management

  • Models of Quality
  • Quality Culture
  • Quality Control and Assurance
  • Quality Plan

Safety and Health

  • Basic principals, legislation and Obligations
  • Organisaion of H&S
  • Worker Involvement
  • H&S Management
  • Safe Design and Construction

Project Closure & Improvement

  • Closure types, activities, final report
  • Suspension, Termination
  • Reviews, Lessons Learning and retrospectives


Building Information Modelling and Project Management

  • Basic principals
  • Legal Implications
  • Case Studies
  • Value & Risk


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 Quiz per topic Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 10 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Individual assignments Continuous Assessment Assignment 15 % OnGoing 2,3
3 Assignment Project Assignment 15 % OnGoing 1,4,5

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

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Support 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self directed learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Lester, A. (2014) Project Management, Planning and Control, 6th Edition, Butterworth Heinnmann

Fewings, P. (2013) Construction Project Management - An Integrated Approach, 2nd Edition, Routledge

Gray C. and Larson E. (2014): Project Management, The Managerial Process; 6th Edition 2014, McGraw Hill International Edition.

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

Smith N, (2007) Engineering Project Management, 3rd Edition, Wiley

 International Journal Of Project Management

URL Resources



Other Resources

Optional Reading

NRA Project Management Guidelines

IPA Project Management Guidelines

NRA Contract Administration Guidelines

Offic of Government Procurement Contract Guidelines

Additional Information