Project Management

Project Management

Project management is the discipline of planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling resources to achieve specific goals.

The lecturer presented and discussed the following points:

  • An introduction to Project management
  • Factors for Project Success or Failure

The students were grouped into:

Group

From

To

1-1

112001

112019

1-2

112020

112037

1-3

112040

112051

2-1

112056

112078

2-2

112079

112105

2-3

112107

112132

3-1

112134

112173

3-2

112175

112210

3-3

112210

 

Groups 1-1, 1-2 and 1-3 will present real cases

Groups 2-1, 2-2 and 2-3 will present current situation of project management in Sudan

Groups 3-1, 3-2 and 3-3 will present reasons behind Sudan projects failure

 

There are 3 workshop sessions throughout the course, the groups should present on their group order as:

Week

Groups

5

1-1, 1-2 and 1-3

9

2-1, 2-2 and 2-3

13

3-1, 3-2 and 3-3

SMS 624 Project Management

Dr. Yasir Musa M. Ali, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course Objectives:

  • The objectives of this course can be summarized in the followings;
  • To enable students to understand the basic nature of managing general projects.
  • To understand the project life cycle as the organizational guideline
  • To demonstrate basic concepts of project and project management, project selection, project definition, project organization structure, team building, communication and conflict management, project planning methods and techniques, resource allocation, project monitoring and control, project termination.

Learning outcomes:

  • After the completion of this course the student should be able to:
  • Clearly define scope, and manage changes to it
  • Develop a realistic schedule which meets the project owners constraints
  • Prepare a plan; understand its purpose and why it comprises more than just a schedule
  • Identify the project's quality objectives and implement appropriate controls to ensure they are achieved
  • Develop status reports which reflect reality
  • Identify and continually manage risks which could de-rail your project
  • Manage stakeholders to ensure they remain committed to and involved with the project
  • Control external groups on which the project is dependent
  • Ensure they obtain the appropriate resources for the project which will raise confidence in achieving the goals
  • Build effective teams which are committed to the project goals
  • Evaluate performance of the team
  • Estimate and control project budgets

Access to support material

Core reading list

  • Erling S. Anderson, Kristoffer V. Grude and Tor Haug (1995). Goal Directed Project Management. (Second Edition), Coopers & Lybrand - UK
  • V Denis Lock, (2007) Project Management (ninth Edition), Gower, UK.
  • David I. Cleland, (1999) Project Management: Strategic Design and Implementation- (third Edition) Mc Graw- Hill, USA.
  • Project Management Institute, Inc (2013) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide), USA.
  • Kathy Schwalbe (2009)AN Introduction to Project Management. Second Edition
  • Jack & Samuel , Project Management A managerial Approach, Fifth Edition

Academic Journals:

  • Project Management Journal
  • International Journal of Project Management

Course as sessment:

The course assessment will be conducted as follows:

1) Final examination: to test the knowledge and the cognitive aspects of the student to the different concepts and theories that relate to the creation of an effectiveness organization and also to assess the written communication skills of the students in addition to his analytical skills. The weight of the final exam is 60%,

2) Mid-term test. 15%

3) Case study: students will be divided into small groups to present their analyses for three cases in a workshop. The objective of this exercise is to evaluate the student’s verbal communication skills, analytical ability, and to measure how much they benefit from this course .The weight of the cases is 15%.

4) Attendance 10%

Grades witl be assigned on a numeric scale for each element of the course. The weighted average of the numeric grades will be converted into final letter grades as follows:

A

80-100

B+

70-79

B

60-69

C+

55-59

C

50-54

F

less than 50

Deliverables - important dates

You should prepare and submit all coursework according to the School's instructions for assessments. You should make sure that you are fully aware of the School's policy on plagiarism. You should be aware that you cannot later claim that you did not know the rules and regulations; like all of us working at Khartoum, you must make yourself familiar with them.

Late coursework

It is University and therefore School policy to accept and grade all late items of coursework. Late coursework submissions are, however, subject to penalties (capping) that determine the maximum grade that you can achieve depending upon how late the work is.

Feedback on your work

The School is committed to providing you with written feedback for all assessed coursework within one month from the submission date. If you do not receive feedback within this time, then you should first contact the course leader. If it proves necessary, you should then contact the Co-ordinator of the MBA program.

Lecture/seminar programme

Week

Sessions

Topics

1

Lecture 1

introduction to Project management

Factors for   Project Success or Failure

2

Lecture 2

Defining the   Project

3

Lecture 3

Estimating and Budgeting

4

Lecture 4

First Steps   in Timescale Planning

5

Workshop

Case 1

6

Lecture 5

Appraisal

7

Lecture 6

Stakeholder Management

8

Lecture 7

Mid-term test

9

Workshop 2

Case 2

10

Lecture 8

Breakdown Structure and Coding

11

Lecture 9

Organization

12

Lecture 10

Critical Path   Methods

13

Workshop 3

Case 3

14

Lecture 11

Monitoring ,Evaluating and Control

15

Lecture 12

Project Closure

 

 

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