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Title Executing, Controlling and Closing Projects
Code KMGT700
Coordinator Dr F Misopoulos
Operations and Supply Chain Management
F.Misopoulos@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2022-23 Level 7 FHEQ Whole Session 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):

KMGT689 PROJECT AND PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT IN ORGANISATIONS; KMGT699 Planning for Risk, Uncertainty and Complexity 

Modules for which this module is a pre-requisite:

 

Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on a required basis:

 

Programme(s) (including Year of Study) to which this module is available on an optional basis:

 

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           50

100

150
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 0
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Assessment 1 Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. Assessment Schedule (When) :Whole Session    35       
Assessment 2 Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. Assessment Schedule (When) :Whole Session    25       
Assessment 3 Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. Assessment Schedule (When) :Whole Session    30       
Assessment 4 Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. Assessment Schedule (When) :Whole Session    10       

Aims

This module complements the knowledge of project management by introducing the students to the process and tools and techniques for putting the project plans into practice whilst establishing necessary monitoring and control structures to handle issues which could influence the smooth progress of a project.

The module therefore will consist of two interrelating parts:
To describe the project phase that involves the execution of the plans created during the project planning phase, as taught in the Planning and Budgeting with Risk module. The goal of the execution stage is to complete the project work specified in the project management plan to meet the project requirements. While each plan is being executed, a series of management processes are undertaken to monitor and control the deliverables being output by the project;
To provide an opportunity for students to extend their knowledge of PM by understanding aspects of project closure.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Implement the project plan by authorizing the execution of project activities required to produce project deliverables.

(LO2) Manage project progress by applying performance reporting, analysis and progress measurement techniques to ensure activities are executed as planned

(LO3) Communicate project progress to project team members and other stakeholders

(LO4) Implement quality assurance measures and corrective action plans if required.

(LO5) Measure and monitor project performance by gathering accurate information and comparing results to the baseline plan

(LO6) Manage project scope changes and identify needs for corrective action, obtain approvals, perform appropriate actions and evaluate effectiveness.

(LO7) Reassess and update project control plans and practices to ensure effectiveness

(LO8) Recognize and respond to risk events and issues.

(LO9) Obtain final acceptance of deliverables from appropriate stakeholders and facilitate administrative and financial closure.

(LO10) Preserve essential project records to adhere to legal and other requirements as well as document lessons learned

(LO11) Ensure project has been transitioned to operation, if applicable.

(S1) Communication Skills: Students will have opportunities to develop written communication skills through group discussions and assignments.

(S2) Problem Solving and Decision Making: Students will be challenged to think critically about organisational issues and dilemmas. They will do this by gathering and synthesising information, analysing alternative perspectives and options and presenting a considered opinion or programme of action in their course assessment.

(S3) Information and Communication Technology Skills: Students will have opportunities to improve their ICT skills. Students will demonstrate skills in the use f software applications including word processing, visual presentations, data bases, spreadsheets and using the internet for information searches in the course.

(S4) Time management. This involves planning scheduled work and meeting assessment deadlines. This will be evident in the students’ independent management of their assignments and coursework and by meeting coursework deadlines.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Virtual classroom hours (for online modules)
Notes: Number of hours per week, per student expected in the virtual classroom in discussion, dedicated to group work and individual assessment is .

Teaching Method 2 - Non-classroom hours (for online modules)
Notes: Number of hours per week, per student expected for reading, research and other individual work to support engagement in the classroom is .


Syllabus

 

The execution process: Analyse the role and importance of project execution within the plan-execute-monitor and control cycle; Justify the role, importance and character of an input, tools and techniques, and output.

Mobilisation of resources: Analyse the mobilisation of resources; Analyse the manger's role in acquiring and motivating team members

The monitoring and controlling process: Analyse the reluctance to report bad news from a project strategy level; Analyse how a project manager can effectively monitor and control a project.

Performance management and measurement: Analyse of the process of engaging with stakeholders to establish which aspects of a project they perceive as important to measure; Analyse the process of establising appropriate metrics to measure the performance of a project.

Performance management tools and techniques: Interpret earned value (EV) data; Evaluate the value metric of earned value (EV).

Sustainability and ethics: Analyse the demands placed on project managers as they relate to the issues of sustainability; Analyse the demands placed on project managers as they relate to the issues of ethics.

Project termination: Analyse the termination process; Analyse how an organisation can learn from a failed project.

Closing and post-project review: Analyse the closing and post-project review process; Analyse how the project management system can be constructed to ensure that both single-loop learning (SLL) and double-loop learning (DLL) occur during the project closure process.


Recommended Texts

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