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This course is an interdisciplinary course that gives a comprehensive overview of project management concepts, models and techniques. It also provides hands on tutorials on the project management software, MS Project.
The role of projects in organisation is receiving increasing attention. Projects are becoming the major tool for reaching the strategic goals of the organisation. Project management, with its focus on the accomplishment of unique outcomes with limited resources under critical time constraints, has developed to the point where it is a professional discipline having its own body of knowledge and skills. This course is designed to teach the basic principles of good project management and will provide students with the knowledge and skills to orchestrate projects to completion.This course helps you to prepare for Project Management professional certificate exams like CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management), PMP (Project Management Professional) or PRINCE2.WorkloadThe workload for this course is about 150 hours in total.
The objectives of the course are to:Define what a project is, and identify the various roles and responsibilities of the project personnel.Describe and use different project selection models.Describe a formal project plan and explain its purpose, content and readership.Describe risk management process, techniques and its importance.Use various techniques for scheduling a project.Describe characteristics of effective project manager and how high performing teams are created.Describe, apply and criticise techniques for measuring project progress.Describe the importance of project audits and how they are conducted.Learning Objectives, BComStudents have an in-depth understanding of their majoring subject and are able to critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within the discipline.Students have a broad understanding of the key domains of commerce.Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers which can be used in a range of applications. Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree. Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.For quality assurance purposes the School is required to hold on record a number of assessment pieces as examples of differing standards of work. If you have any objections to the school holding your assessment for this purpose then email the course coordinator to ensure your assignment is not used for this purpose.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Any 45 points at 200-level orabove
MSCI322, MSCI324, MSCI372, INFO313, ACIS313
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Lecturer James DobsonLecturer Mike Roberts
Gray, Clifford F. , Larson, Erik W;
Project management : the managerial process;
McGraw-Hill Education, 2018 (You should be able to manage with any of the recent previous editions of this book).
Other useful reference books: • Kerzner, H., Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling and Controlling. 9th edition, John Wiley and Sons, 2006.• Cleland, D.I and Ireland, L.R., Project Management Strategic Design and Implementation, McGraw Hill, 5th Ed., 2006.• Meredith & Mantel, Project Management: A Managerial Approach, 4th edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 1995.
Coversheets - Group and Individual
Class RepresentativeA class representative may be asked to volunteer in the first few weeks of class. Any problems with the course can be raised with the class rep. Their email can be found at UCSA. The class representative will take up any issues raised by class members with the lecturer concerned as they occur.Departmental Academic PoliciesThe Department assumes that you have read this document.You should also read the General Course and Examination RegulationsDishonest PracticeThe University of Canterbury considers cheating and plagiarism to be serious acts of dishonesty. All assessed work must be your own individual work unless specifically stated otherwise in the assessment guidelines. Material quoted from any other source must be clearly acknowledged. You must not copy the work of another person (student or published work) in any assessment including examinations, tests and assignments. Any person, who is found to have copied someone else's work, or to have allowed their work to be copied, will receive a fail grade for that piece of assessment and may face disciplinary action which may lead to a fine, community service or exclusion from the university.IMPORTANT: Where there are concerns regarding the authorship of written course work, a student can be required to provide a formal, oral explanation of the content of their work.Citations and referencing
Domestic fee $831.00
International fee $3,875.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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