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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Project Management
Module Code MT314
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: PJ Byrne
Semester 2: PJ Byrne
Autumn: PJ Byrne
Module TeachersPaul Davis
PJ Byrne
Colum Foley
James O'Connor
terry obrien
Marty Reilly
James Byrne
Vishwas Dohale
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This is a foundation module in Project Management for undergraduate students.

Learning Outcomes

1. discuss project characteristics (scope, time, cost, and quality) and the project management lifecycle
2. produce a work breakdown structure and project schedule (using eg. Gannt Chart, activity network (node and arrow), Critical path)
3. monitor and control a project
4. discuss the nature of project leadership, the identifying and managing of stakeholders, and the importance of managing change
5. use a software pacakage to assist in project management

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24formal classroom-based delivery of conceptual material
Assignment Completion24carrying out of project assignment
Independent Study36preparation for lectures and post-lecture study of lecture materials
Directed learning24preparation for examination
Independent Study17assignment research/ concept research
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

1. Introduction to projects and project management
Characteristics of a project: Scope/ Time/ Cost/ Quality; Projects and programmes; Management by projects; Requirements/ needs identification; RFPs, Proposals, evaluation, contracts.

2. The project lifecycle
Project planning; Project execution and control; Project termination.

3. Detailed planning
Deliverables and milestones; Work breakdown structure and activities/ tasks; Resource pool and assigning responsibility; Scheduling: Gannt charts and activity networks; Risk, float and the critical path; Resource levelling; Project costs.

4. People
Project manager, project team; Motivation and communication.

5. Changes, issues, risk and uncertainty

6. Project management software support

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Assignmentproject management assignment40%
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Hodgson, D and Cicmil, S.: 2007, Making projects critical, Palgrave Macmillan,
  • Clements, J. and J. Gido: 2006, Effective project management, Thomson.,
  • Gray, C. and Larsen, W.: 2006, Project management: the managerial process, McGraw-Hill,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
AFBA in Accounting and Finance
AFUAge Friendly University Programme
BSBachelor of Business Studies
BSEBachelor of Business Studies (Exchange)
BSIBusiness Studies ( with INTRA )
BSSAStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
BSSAOStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
EBBA in Global Business
EBCBA in Global Business (Canada)
EBFBA in Global Business (France)
EBGBA in Global Business (Germany)
EBSBA in Global Business (Spain)
EBTBA in Global Business (USA)
INTBBachelor Business Studies International
Date of Last Revision12-JAN-11

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