MGMT09020 2019 Project Management and Appraisal

General Details

Full Title
Project Management and Appraisal
Transcript Title
Project Management and Apprais
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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
Brian McCann, Bill O'Kelly-Lynch, Gary McGinty, Mel Casserly
Programme Membership
SG_EROAD_M09 201900 Master of Engineering in Road and Transport Engineering SG_EROAD_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering in Road and Transport Engineering SG_ERENG_N09 202000 Certificate in Engineering in Road Engineering and Design

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.


Critically anaylyse the need to Deliver value for money by using best practise appraisal, procurement and contract strategies. Critically analyse the effect procurement and contract management strategies have on the overall project system.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

  • This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques.

     This will include online lectures (via adobe connect or similar), workshops and work based learning where relevant along with guest lectures and augmented by independent learning and directed learning.

     This approach is expected to address student learning needs.

     Moodle will be used to upload educational material (i.e. presentations and recordings of online lectures plus supplementary reading material and additional resources).

     Moodle will also be further used as a means of assessment, utilising online quizzes, for the uploading of assignments and reports.

     This multi‑faceted, blended approach of; lectures, workshops and online resources fosters collaborative student learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

  • Module will be assessed using a combination of end of semester final exam (60%), continuous assessment and course work (40%).

  • 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
  • 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

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

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Indicative Syllabus

Project Appraisal

  • Project selection techniques
  • Cost Benefit Analysis & Multicrieria Assessments
  • Government Policy

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 Chain Managamenet
  • Procurement Strategies & Contract

Risk & Value Management

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


  • Leadership & Motivation
  • Stakeholder management
  • Ethics and Project Management
  • Communication

Managing Project Teams

  •  Team Formation
  • Building high performance teams
  • Managing Conflict & Negotiation

Management of Change

Quality Management

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

Safety Management

Project Closure & Improvement

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


Building Information Modelling and Project Management

  • Basic principals
  • 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

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2007-12-26 Engineering Project Management Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 1405168021 ISBN-13 9781405168021

Engineering Project Management provides a clear description of the aims of project management, based on best practice, and discusses the theory and practice in relation to multi-disciplinary engineering projects, both large and small, in the UK and overseas. The Third Edition takes account of the increase in joint ventures, project partnering, special project vehicles and other forms of collaborative working. The text has been extended to give more information on procurement, stakeholders and collaborative provision. For the first time this book now contains a chapter on the UK PRINCE2 project management methodology providing a unique insight into this increasingly popular approach. The expertise of the authors gained from their promotion of effective project management through a combination of professional experience, research, consultancy, education and training should be beneficial to both students of project management and recently appointed or practising project managers. The material is appropriate to support Masters level teaching, MSc, MBA and MEng, either by universities or others, action or distance learning courses and self learning programmes. Also of interest Managing Risk in Construction Projects Second Edition Nigel J Smith, Tony Merna & Paul Jobling 978 14051 3012 7 Strategic Issues in Public-Private Partnerships Mirjam Bult-Spiering & Geert Dewulf 978 14051 3475 0 Cover illustrations courtesy of Getty Images Cover design by Andy Meaden

Required Reading
2011-11-16 Public-Sector Project Management John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118276365 ISBN-13 1118276361

YOUR GUIDE TO PROJECT MANAGEMENT SUCCESS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR There may be no simple formula for success in public-sector projects, but Public-Sector Project Management delivers the next best thing: a complete set of skill-building strategies that puts success well within your reach. Building on industry standards and best practices as well as almost thirty years of public-sector experience, this definitive sourcebook clearly explains how to manage projects in the public sector and navigate their many challenges. Here is where you'll find all the tools to accomplish your goals for any public-sector project, whether you are overseeing military and security operations, the construction of public infrastructure, improving agency processes, deploying new systems or public programs, or any other public initiative. The book describes both the obstacles and basic processes of public-sector project management and examines the differences between public-sector and private-sector projects, including the management of the wide array of public-sector stakeholders. Public-Sector Project Management is your comprehensive professional template for making a positive contribution to your agency or organization. Inside, you'll find: Expert guidance consistent with project management best practices In-depth coverage of public-sector constraints, including purchasing systems, legal mandates, political and media oversight, and complex rules and processes Specific strategies to enhance the management capability of public-sector managers and private-sector project managers working under government contracts Emphasis on the role of planning in managing customer, manager, and project team expectations, and coping with the overlapping systems of constraints that impede public-sector projects Techniques for managing contractors and vendors Tools for managing the complexity inherent in most public-sector projects Insightful case studies of notable and historic public-sector projects; chapter-ending discussion questions and exercises; numerous tables and figures; and key terms in the glossary

Required Reading
2017-03-07 Project Management, Planning and Control Butterworth-Heinemann
ISBN 0081020201 ISBN-13 9780081020203

Project Management, Planning and Control, Managing Engineering, Construction and Manufacturing Projects to PMI, APM and BSI Standards, Seventh Editions an established and widely recommended project management handbook. Building on its clear and detailed coverage of planning, scheduling and control, this seventh edition includes new advice on information management, including big data, communication, dispute resolution, project governance, and BIM. Ideal for those studying for Project Management Professional (PMP) qualifications, the book is aligned with the latest Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) for both the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Association of Project Management (APM), and includes questions and answers to help users test their understanding. Includes new sections on data collection and use, including big data Contains major updates to sections on governance, adjudication, BIM, and agile project management Focused on the needs and challenges of project managers in engineering, manufacturing and construction, and closely aligned to the content of the APM and PMI 'bodies of knowledge' Provides project management questions and answers compiled by a former APM exam assessor

Required Reading
2012 Construction Project Management
ISBN 0415613450 ISBN-13 9780415613453

"The role of the project manager continues to evolve, presenting new challenges to established practitioners and those entering the field for the first time. This fully revised second edition of Peter Fewings' groundbreaking textbook now includes topical chapters addressing lean construction, modern off-site construction methods, sustainable project delivery, and the ethical role of the project manager. The author's observations and extensive experience are still central to this book, which remains a fresh approach to project management in construction and engineering. It considers integrated project management, emphasizing the importance of effectively handling external factors in order to best achieve an on-schedule, on-budget result and focuses on good negotiation with clients and skilled team leadership. Its holistic approach provides readers with a thorough guide in how to increase efficiency and communication at all stages while reducing costs, time and risk"--

Required Reading
20/12/2019 Engineering Project Appraisal Wiley

Module Resources

Journal Resources

International Journal of Project Management

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Other Resources

Optional Reading

TII Project Management  & Appraisal Guidelines

Office of Government Procurement Contract Guidelines

Additional Information