Project Management(LSC5002)

Project Management(LSC5002)

Indicative Assessment Requirements for the Module;-
• The assessment weighting for this aspect is 50%. Max 2000 Words – Individual
Module Learning Outcomes to be Assessed:-
This module is designed to give students an opportunity to be an individual contributor, working on a project team to define, plan and manage a project. Particular focus is given to hands-on practice of the processes, developing a project plan, and using project management software to build and then present the project team results in class with a debrief of key points.
This module introduces Project Management and identifies the tools and techniques to resolve problems associated with bringing projects in on time and within an established budget. Discussion will include topics such as project scheduling, PERT/CPM, resource levelling, team dynamics and cost estimates. The student will learn how to develop project proposals and project reports
The student will learn the primary elements of Project Management to such an extent that he/she is able to develop a detailed project plan for a small or large- scale project. Additionally, the student will become familiar with negotiation, team building and quantitative estimation skills.
This module also focuses on both the manufacturing and service businesses and the internal and external operations involved at all levels of the supply chain in a global environment. Students will learn how the coordination of all the functions within these operations impacts on the movement and delivery of goods and/or services to the right place at the right time. Emphasis is placed on the importance of adopting a “total systems” approach by the firm and its networks, which enhance the value adding activities of the supply chain and its logistical application to achieve customer satisfaction. The module also demonstrates the strategic importance of developing and implementing comprehensive operations for both these types of business.
Learning Outcomes
Upon the successful completion of the module, the student should be able to:
• Understand the primary concepts and practices underpinning Project management
• Be able to devise and implement a project management plan
• Work effectively within a project team
• Understand the contexts for project management and project planning in a localized and/or global context

Table 1 indicates the sequence and interdependence of the 10 activities (A – K) which together are required in the launch of a new system. The durations (in weeks) of each of the activities are given in the table
Table 1
Activity Duration (wks) Precedence
A 27 –
B 24 –
C 21 –
D 21 A
E 22 B
F 22 C
G 22 F
H 22 G,E
J 23 H
K 23 D, J

(a) Construct a network diagram identifying the following:
i. Earliest Start Time(EST)
ii. Latest Finish Time (LFT)
iii. Total Float on each activities D & F
iv. Critical Path for the project
(30 marks)

(b) Assume that there is a delay of 8 weeks in completing activity F. Analyse one action that the Operations Manager could take to avoid exceeding the current length of the critical path.
(20 marks)
[50 MARKS]

(a) Identify and explain the position of each of the process types used in operations within the volume-variety continuum
(15 marks)
(b) Explain the characteristics of each of the process types used in operations
(30 marks)
(c) Identify which process type would be the most likely to be used to produce the following:-
1. Diesel
2. Boeing Jet Engine
3. Initial creation of the “Gone with the wind” movie
4. Michael Jackson “Thriller” CDs Production
5. Mercedes Benz E200
(5 marks)
[50 MARKS]