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Faculty of Business and Law

Level: 3 Module: Managing Projects (Full-Time)

Assignment Code: SIM335 Module Leader: Peter Coleman

Issue date: 10-April-2017 Return date: 1-Sep-2017 Contribution to module assessment: 100% Students are required to submit their assignments through JIRA. Only assessments submitted through JIRA will be marked. Any other submission including submission to your study centre in hard copy will be treated as a non-submission

This is an individual assignment – complete both tasks 1 and 2 Background: The assignment is intended to bring out the benefits and limitations of different approaches to project planning and control by relating these to the circumstances in the cases outlined. It is also intended to allow students to demonstrate their learning and competence in respect of the effective project management with focus on resources, trade-offs among scope, cost and time, as well as key elements of the project life cycle. Task 1 (40 marks) 700 words (+/- 10%) each short answer question requires a response in a few sentences for the questions awarded up to 4 – 6 marks and a paragraph for questions awarded up to 8 – 10 marks. Citations are essential to demonstrate students’ ability to fulfill academic writing style in accordance to Harvard referencing.

1) Project Control Systems are often used to ensure the quality of project outcomes. Identify and briefly discuss methods (project evaluation, monitoring and control) you could introduce to ensure a project meets the desired outcome and is successful.

(8 marks)

2) Smart Apps Pte Ltd, with business operations in Singapore, develops Apps for IOS and Android. The company business portfolio consists of 50% customised Apps development projects and 50% providing standarize Apps training courses. Which project structure would you recommend for this organisation? Together with a diagram, write short notes to describe the proposed structure and provide appropriate justifications to support your recommendation. (6 marks)

3) What is the purpose of setting project priorities? And what would normally be considered when setting project priorities. (6 marks)

4) Identify and briefly discuss the FOUR (4) determinants of project success. (4 marks)

5) Identify and discuss THREE (3) project closure deliverables. (6 marks)

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6) Your organisation is undergoing expansion and needs to be relocated to another premises in order to accommodate additional headcount in the months ahead. Appointed as the project manager to spearhead the office relocation work, you have mapped out the activities and durations in the table below:

Activity ID Description Preceding Activity

Activity Duration

A Permit application None 2 B Remove personal items A 4 C Remove IT systems A 3 D Remove existing work stations A 2 E Packing B 3 F Moving C 6 G Unpacking C, D 5 H Set up IT systems E, F 6 I Set up work stations G 5 J Final touch up and cleaning H, I 5

i. What is the purpose of establishing a Project Network Diagram? ii. Develop an AON project network based on the information provided. iii. How many days will the project take to complete? iv. Identify the critical path of this project. v. Draw the Gantt chart of this project.

(10 marks) Task 2: (60 marks) Case Study: Your organisation is planning for a 3-day retreat for the senior management to another country. As the Project Manager appointed by your CEO, you are in-charge of planning and organising this event. As the project is currently at the feasibility stage, you are required to provide a project plan to organize the event and to prepare a report (2,300 words) for the faculty’s approval. From a project management perspective, outline the key areas required to successfully manage this project – e.g. Project Scope Statement, Project Priorities, Work Breakdown Structure and Cost Estimation. The report should demonstrate the skills and competencies required by the Project Manager, along with relevant project management perspectives. Assignment presentation and assessment The answers to both tasks are independent and should be addressed separately. Task 1 answer to six questions (700 words) – completed as an individual task Task 2 presented in a report (2,300 words) – completed as an individual task For your convenience, both tasks should be submitted as one document, which contains both individual tasks.

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The criteria for assessing the task two reports will be: Report presentation (20%) (12 marks) The extent to which the assignment represents an effective report. This will be judged on: Appearance: Is a word count included at the end of the report? Is it within the specified amount? Is the text double spaced? Structure: Does the report follow the conventions of the format? Does it have a clear introduction, explaining how it answers the questions? Do the sections of the report develop ideas in a logical sequence? Are diagrams or other subsidiary information shown in appendices? Spelling and grammar: Are all words spelled correctly and is the meaning of sentences clear? Referencing: Have appropriate references (minimum of 10) been included in the report? Has a recognized referencing system been used for notation? (see relevant section in the Guide to Basic Study Skills) Use of relevant theory (40%) (24 marks) Has the right theoretical content been chosen as the basis for answering the questions? Is there evidence on the use of course notes and books? Is the theory that is selected significant to the questions? Analysis (40%) (24 marks) This measures the extent to which students develop a structured argument for the points they make, by combining relevant theory with the information provided in the questions. Any work submitted is subject to the University’s rules and procedures governing infringement of assessment regulations.

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Grading Criteria SIM335 Managing Projects Individual Assignment First Class (70 – 100%) A creative and original response to the question. Critically reflecting on perceived theory and experiences. Wide and appropriate use of sources (theory and practice) based on reading and experiences. Answer written fluently, with evidence of a highly developed capacity to structure work systematically and argue logically. Upper Second Class (60 – 69%) Comprehensive knowledge of concepts and theories. Appropriate application of theory and experience to the question answered. Ability to inter-relate concepts and ideas. Some originality in approach and awareness of scope and limitations. Answer systematically structured and coherent. Lower Second Class (50-59%) Evidence of knowledge of concepts and theories. Attempts to relate and balance theory and practice. Main issues addressed appropriately. Mainstream texts and lecture notes used. Work presented in a structured form but arguments weak in places. Third Class (40-49%) Evidence of uncritical knowledge of main concepts and theories. Limited attempts to relate theory and practice relaying on personal opinion or assertions. Limited evidence of reading. Presentation and structure weak in several places. Fail (0 – 39%) Some knowledge of main concepts and theory but major omissions and / or misunderstandings. Style and structure weak and overly descriptive. Considerable limitations in the ability to perceive the relationship between theory and practice. Limited reading.

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