PROJ08023 2016 Project Management

General Details

Full Title
Project Management
Transcript Title
Project Management
N/A %
Subject Area
PROJ - Project
BUS - Business
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
John McNamara, Clodagh Caslin, Fergal Keane, Cillian OMurchu
Programme Membership
SG_BFINA_H08 201600 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Finance and Investment

The purpose of this course is to lay the foundation for a solid understanding of project management concepts and principles and to familiarize students with the complexity and challenge of managing public or private projects with tight schedules and limited resources.

Students will gain a sound understanding of project management concepts and principles by applying relevant tools and techniques using case studies and simulation exercises to assimilate that knowledge. This course will take a comprehensive and systematic view of project management by addressing both technical (software) and social (human resources /managerial) aspects. The course will facilitate the development of effective project management skills by focusing on understanding concepts, theories, and principles, and by developing critical thinking and sound management skills.

Learning Outcomes

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


Understand and explain the project design and objective setting process.


Demonstrate understanding and competence in project planning scheduling and budgeting


Demonstrate undertanding and competence in project control and monitoring


Undertand and explain risk assessment and management

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Reading, lectures and class discussion to gain an understanding of concepts and techniques

Use of Project Management computer package to develop competence in its use

Use of case studies to demonstrate the applicability of the concepts and techniques studied

Module Assessment Strategies

MC Quizzes to ensure that students are completing the reading and understanding the concepts

Practical computer based assignments to assess competence on a Project Management package

Final examination to assess students overall grasp of the module

Repeat Assessments

Repeat examination plus repeat of practical assignment where a student fails to achieve a pass mark in continuous assessment

Indicative Syllabus

  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Developing Project Management Skills
  • Project Selection methods
  • Defining Project Goals
  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • Planning and Acquiring project resources
  • Risk Management
  • Project planning and Budgeting
  • Project Monitoring and Control
  • Project Closure and Audit

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 Continuous Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
2 Project Practical Performance Evaluation 25 % OnGoing 2,3

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Examination Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % Week 15  

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Computer Laboratory Practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2011-05-17 Project Management JumpStart, 3rd Edition Sybex
ISBN 0470939192 ISBN-13 9780470939192

The much-anticipated new edition of the popular project management introductory book

The role of the project manager continues to become more diverse and demanding, placing strong project management skills in high demand. This in-depth introductory guide offers aspiring project managers the essential fundamentals of project management. Fully revised since the previous version, this new edition includes updated project management methods and practices as well as new examples and study questions. Project management guru Kim Heldman presents you with a clear, concise, and enjoyable writing style so that you can approach project management from a practical?rather than theoretical?standpoint.

  • Serves as an introduction to the fundamentals of project management
  • Provides completely updated and revised material on project management methods and practices
  • Features new examples and study questions
  • Addresses how to create project schedules and budgets and define project goals
  • Covers project management principles, Project Management Institute?s project management standards, and practical application of project management for the workplace

Whether you're considering a career in project management or simply wish to expand your understanding of general project management principles, Project Management JumpStart, Third Edition is ideal reading.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Kim Heldman, 2011 Project Management JumpStart, 3rd Edition Sybex
ISBN-10 0470939192, ISBN-13 9780470939192