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Undergraduate Course: Effective Project Planning and Management (ECSC10025)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 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.
Course description Syllabus (please note that these are tentative and subject to potential change)
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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  20
Course Start Block 3 (Sem 2)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 33, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 64 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam: 0%, Course Work: 100 %, Practical Exam: 0%.
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.

Assessment deadlines
The deadline for submission of the assessment topic for approval is Monday week 3.
The assessment must be handed in by 12 noon on Friday week 6.
All details related to extensions procedures and late penalties can be found in the School of GeoSciences General Information Handbook 2021-22.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
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.
Reading List
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
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsECSC10025 EPPM
Course organiserDr Ondrej Masek
Tel: (0131 6)50 5095
Course secretaryMiss Francesca Nadal Finnegan
Tel: (0131 6)50 4842
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