Undergraduate Course: Effective Project Planning and Management (ECSC10025)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This module will provide students with knowledge and experience of techniques of project planning and management that are required to achieve project objectives effectively. This will include:
Defining the project required to achieve the objectives
Describing and managing a scope of work and organisation to achieve them
Achieving the objectives to the required specification and within budget
Building and controlling a project team
Ensuring timely and effective completion
Understanding the role of a project manager
Case study examples of projects relevant to ecological science will accommodate a range of student interest. Experience and appreciation of tools and techniques will allow students to assess their own need for further development.
Week 1 Class 1 Course introduction, project definitions, project types, project success and failure.
Week 1 Class 2 Managing scope. Project definition reports. Group exercise.
Course assessment details issued.
Week 2 Class 3 Milestone Plans and Responsibility Charts. Group exercise.
Week 2 Class 4 Group exercise: Research Project Planning.
Week 3 Class 5 Managing quality, cost and time. Bar charts and critical path networks. Group Exercise: Project duration and critical paths.
Deadline to hand in assessment topic for approval.
Week 3 Class 6 Project Management software - MS Project. Individual exercises.
Week 4 Class 7 Project Management Software - MS Project Individual exercises.
Week 4 Class 8 The Project Leader. Working with teams. Team roles. Self-perception questionnaire.
Group exercise in teams with video recording. Team prize.
Week 5 Class 9 Individual & Group exercise: The Project Planning Situation. Rational and interpersonal skills. Achieving synergy.
Week 5 Class 10 Project Management Overview. Principles of good project management.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 3 (Sem 2)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
There will be one major assessment comprising the preparation of a project definition report outlining an environmental project of your own choice that has been approved by the course organiser.
||Verbal feedback will be given during weekly practical classes. Feedback will be given on summative assessment at the end of the course and all students will be invited to a feedback session following release of course results.
Examples of School policy on feedback and marking can be found here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/geosciences/teaching-organisation/staff/feedback-and-marking
|No Exam Information
| By the end of this course, students will have a comprehensive, integrated knowledge and experience of techniques of project planning and management that are required to achieve project objectives effectively. Students will be shown an integrated approach to the planning and management of any project that considers how the scope of work, the time and resources available, economic constraints and quality of work can be planned and controlled to meet the project objectives. Students will learn how to communicate with professional level peers and will know how to take significant responsibility for the work of others and for a range of resources. Students will be given the opportunity to practise in a range of professional level contexts and will be expected to analyse complex problems and identify the relevant outcomes.
|Andersen, E.S., Grude, K.V., Haug, T. and Turner, J.R. (1984) Goal Directed Project Management. ISBN 1-85091-315-3 (out of print, available second hand)|
Andersen, E.S., Grude, K.V., Haug, T. (2007) Goal Directed Project Management: effective techniques and strategies (3rd edition), ISBN 0-7494-4186-0
Andersen, E.S., Grude, K.V., Haug, T. (2009) Goal Directed Project Management: effective techniques and strategies (4th edition), ISBN 0-7494-5334-6
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Two 3-hour sessions per week
|Course organiser||Dr Andrew Mcleod
Tel: (0131 6)50 5434
|Course secretary||Miss Eilein Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430