Project Management Methods
International Business Management
Academic year 2016/2017
Faculty: James Devine
This course provides a practical introduction to the tools needed to manage projects, applying the project management framework provided by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Practical examples and case studies will be provided from projects at international organisations and in the software industry. The course is designed to be closely aligned with the curriculum required for professional project manager certification through the PMI.
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
Create project management documentation for the initialisation, management and finalisation of a project according to PMI guidelines.
Plan and schedule project phases and resources using Gantt chart methodology and apply critical path analysis.
Respond to multiple choice questions on project management in a similar style to the PMI professional examination.
Final exam (individual, multiple choice exam) in week 16: 50%
Other work during the semester: 30% Group Project, consisting of the preparation of project management planning documents and a presentation, 20% individual project scheduling exercise involving the production of a Gantt chart and application of critical path analysis.
An introduction to project management – course outline
Case study 1 – International Organisations: CERN projects
PMBOK Chapters 1 & 2
BE91 Case Study
The PMI framework
PMBOK Chapter 3
Project Scheduling Notes
Case study 2 – Complex projects in Software
The Mythical Man Month essays
Risk and Mitigation
PMBOK Chapter 11
Project Scope Management + group presentations 1 of 2
PMBOK Chapter 5
Budgeting and financial controls + group presentations 2 of 2
PMBOK Chapter 7
April 21st to 25th - Easter break
Procurement, Quality and Safety in projects
PMBOK Chapters 8 and 12
Stakeholder & Human resources management
PMBOK Chapters 13 & 9
Project Communications & Interfaces
PMBOK Chapter 10
Global Health Case Study
Project Completion: Closing projects
PMBOK Chapter 4
Preparing for the PMI examinations
Revision time – wrap-up
It is your responsibility to ensure you that you have all the required documents for your work. Most of the documents used for this course will be available on: (e.g. Cyberlearn).
The following reference is required and will be used extensively throughout the course:
Project Management Institute, (2013) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide), 5th ed., Project Management Institute Inc., 14 Campus Boulevard, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania USA ISBN-13: 978-1935589679.
Additional useful references for the course:
Frederick P. Brooks, Jr., (1975) The Mythical Man-Month, Anniversary ed., Addison-Wesley, ISBN-13: 978-0201835953.