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Archived Version 2022 - 2023

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Module aims to Introduce students to the concepts of Project Management. Make students aware of the issues in identifying and selecting projects and in planning, performing and controlling the project. Give students an understanding of the different possibilities in developing the schedule, resource utilisation, determining costs, managing risk, closing a project and related ethical issues. Introduce students to Project Management responsibilities and skills needed. Introduce students to Project Management Information Systems.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the phases of the Project Life Cycle
2. Develop a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), a Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM) and Network Diagram (PERT)
3. Utilise the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) project management methodology
4. Explain and identify Critical Path and Total Slack, Resource leveling and Resource-Limited Scheduling
5. Prepare a Risk Response Plan
6. Conduct a Post Project Evaluationb
7. Understand the responsibilities of a Project Manager and Skills needed and related ethical issues, and project management information systems
8. Understand the responsibilities of a Project Manager and Skills needed and related ethical issues, and project management information systems

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study101No Description
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

Project Management Concepts
Project attributes; project life cycle; project management process

Initiating a project
Project identification; project selection; soliciting proposals

Developing project proposals
Building relationships with customers and partners; proposal contents; simplified project proposal

Planning, performing, and controlling the project
Establish project objective; define project scope; Work Breakdown Structure

Developing the schedule
Estimate activity resources; estimate activity durations; develop project schedule

Resource Utilisation
Resource planning and scheduling

Project Manager and Project Team
Project manager responsibilities; project manage skills; project team development

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • James P. Clements,Jack Gido: 2012, Effective Project Management, Thomson South-Western, 1111824053
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes