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ASSIGNMENT SPECIFICATION

 

Programme: BABS Module Level (3,4,5 or 6): 5
Module: Project Management Module code: SBLC5001

Contribution to Overall

Module Assessment (%):

100% Assignment No(s): Assignment 1: 50%

Assignment 2: 50%

Assignment Title(s): Assessment Component 1- Individual Essay

Assessment Component 2- Case Study Analysis

Lecturer: Chandranna Rayadurg Internal Verifier: Guru Srinivasan
Hand Out Date: 19/02/2018 Submission deadline:

 

Feedback deadline:

 

 

 

 

Referencing: In the main body of your submission you must give credit to authors on whose research your work is based. Append to your submission a reference list in Harvard style that indicates the books, articles, etc. that you have read or quoted in order to complete this assignment (e.g. for books: surname of author and initials, year of publication, title of book, edition, publisher: place of publication).
Disclosure:

 

Please include the following statement on the title page of the submitted assignment, followed by your name:

 

I declare that this assignment is all my own work and that I have acknowledged all materials used from the published or unpublished works of other people. All references have been duly cited.

 

Turnitin: All assignments must be submitted to Turnitin unless otherwise instructed by the Lecturer.

Note: the Turnitin version is the primary submission and acts as a receipt for the student.  Late submission of the electronic version of the assignment will result in a late penalty mark.  Penalties for late submission: Up to one week late, maximum mark of 50%.  Over one week late, Refer.  Only the UWTSD Extenuating Circumstances Panel may grant an extension.

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Learning Outcomes tested

(from module syllabus)

Assessment Criteria To achieve each outcome a student must demonstrate the ability to:
 

1.       Be able to devise and implement a project management plan and work effectively within a project team.

 

2.       Understand the primary concepts and practices underpinning Project management.

 

3.       Understand the contexts for project management and project planning in a localised and/or global context.

 

 

 

 

·       Work as an individual to research, write and structure a report that demonstrates project management principles

 

·       Understand the tools and techniques to solve problems associated with projects in real life scenarios.

 

·       Enable the student to learn the primary elements of Project Management to such an extent that he/she is able to develop a detailed project plan for a small or large- scale project.

 

·       Give students an opportunity to be an individual contributor, working on a project team to define, plan and manage a project.

 


 

TASK DESCRIPTION – ASSIGNMENT 1-50%: Individual Essay

 

BACKGROUND / INTRODUCTION

 

You are required to identify a project and its suitable activities or tasks along with predecessors and durations. You must identify at least 10 major activities of suitable complexity so that each activity would have at least a few predecessors and successors as in real life.  The project has to be approved by the lecturer before you start working on it at least four weeks before the deadline of the assignment. Please see your lecturer to discuss the project and its activities outside the lecture hours. However, lecturer would explain sample projects that you could consider for selection.

 

You have been working with your company for the last 3 years and it is the right time for you to take a project manager role and provide the answers for the following tasks.

TASKS

 

  1. You are required to construct the network diagram illustrating the backward and forward pass with necessary attributes. You will have to determine and highlight the critical path explaining and evaluating what this indicates and what significant effects it has on the completion of the project. [700 words or Equivalent](Total marks: 30)

 

  1. Communication among the teams’ members and other stakeholders is one of the important factors for a project to be completed successfully. Critically discuss the importance of Communications Management with respect to the project you have selected. [750 words] (30 marks)

 

  1. Critically discuss

 

  1. Different options for accelerating project completion.
  2. How projects would be implemented when resources are constrained and not constrained.

 

[750 words]       (30 marks)

 

  1. In modern project management, it could be typical to manage several projects from overseas. Critically discuss how this could be managed with virtual meetings. [300 words] (10 marks)

 

LENGTH REQUIRED

 

2500 words +/- 10%.  Any deviation from this will be penalised.


 

 

FORMATTING AND LAYOUT

 

 

Please note the following when completing your written assignment:

  1. Writing: Written in English in an appropriate business/academic style
  2. Focus: Focus only on the tasks set in the assignment.
  3. Length:2500 words
  4. Formatting: Typed on A4 paper in Times New Roman or Arial font 12 with at least 2.5 centimetre space at each edge, double spaced and pages numbered.
  5. Document format: Individual Essay
  6. Ensure a clear title, course, and name or ID number is on a cover sheet and a bibliography using Harvard referencing throughout is also provided.
  7. Research: Research should use reliable and relevant sources of information e.g. academic books and journals that have been peer reviewed. The research should be extensive.

 

 

The use of a range of information sources is expected – academic books, peer reviewed journal articles, professional articles, press releases and newspaper articles, reliable statistics, company annual reports and other company information. All references should be in the Harvard style.


 

 

 

marking criteria and Student FEEDBACK – ASSIGNMENT 1 (50%)

This section details the assessment criteria. The extent to which these are demonstrated by you determines your mark. The marks available for each criterion are shown. Lecturers use a similar format to comment on the achievement of the task(s), including those areas in which you have performed well and areas that would benefit from development/improvement.

 

Common Assessment Criteria Applied Marks available Marks

Awarded

1. Research-informed Literature

Extent of research and/or own reading, selection of credible sources, application of appropriate referencing conventions.

   
The very first task given is based on a specific problem given, which will have a unique network diagram. However, Tasks 2 and 3 are research-based questions. You must explore the literature and provide suitable references.

Marks will be awarded based on the research that is relevant to finding answers to the given tasks.

10  
 
2. Knowledge and Understanding of Subject

Extent of knowledge and understanding of concepts and underlying principles associated with the discipline.

   
Knowledge and understanding of relevant theoretical models with respect to the network diagramming methods and the importance of identifying one or more critical paths must be evident.

To answer the given tasks, students must have a clear understanding of the concepts and detailed working knowledge to arrive at solutions.

15  
 
3. Analysis

Analysis, evaluation and synthesis; logic, argument and judgement; analytical reflection; organisation of ideas and evidence

   
In answering task 1, solution must be analysed in detailed steps rather than simply arriving at it. An accurate key or legend must be provided for each node in the network diagram. Critical path analysis in general and its implication on current project must be carried out.

For tasks 2 and 3, possible alternate solutions must be provided and justified.

This is where students can apply their knowledge, skills gained through research and understanding of concepts that they have acquired through the above 2 criteria.

45  
 
4. Practical Application and Deployment

Deployment of methods, materials, tools and techniques; application of concepts; formulation of innovative and creative solutions to solve problems.

   
 

Practical challenges in applying theoretical concepts and any tools and techniques that could be used can be specified.

Marks are awarded based on what tools and techniques students have employed to solve the given tasks. Credit will be given if there is any innovation and creativity.

20  
 
5. Skills for Professional Practice

Attributes in professional practice: individual and collaborative working; deployment of appropriate media; presentation and organisation.

   
 

Presenting your assignment professionally in an appropriate format

 

 

 

10  
TOTAL 100  

 

Assignment Mark (Assessment marks are subject to ratification at the Exam Board.  These comments and marks are to give feedback on module work and are for guidance only until they are confirmed. ) Late Submission Penalties (tick if appropriate) %

 

 

TASK DESCRIPTION – ASSIGNMENT 2-50%: Case Study Analysis

 

This assignment is based on the project and its tasks that you have identified in Assignment 1.

 

Part1: Initiation

 

Scenario

 

In continuation with the above project from assignment 1, you have an option of either:

  • Get it done by out-sourcing it, or
  • Complete the project using the companies’ own employees.

 

Tasks

 

  1. Write a short report by critically evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing of your project. [600 words]

 

Part2: Planning

 

Scenario

 

You have identified at least ten major tasks for the project in assignment 1. You have formed a team of five people to work on this project with various roles. Using the major activities you have identified, provide answers for the following tasks.

              Tasks

  1. Create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) with all the major tasks you have identified. In doing so, you have to identify subtasks at least up to level 3 under each project phase. You are free to add any relevant additional tasks. You can use the five phases of project management, Initiation, Planning, Execution, Monitor and Controlling and Closing in creating Work Breakdown Structure.[600 words]

Part 3: Execution

Scenario

Your project has been going well until now with no major challenges and your team is proud of it. It has been two months into the project since it has started, and you have another two months to go. One of the key team members, Mark met with an accident and has been advised to take bed rest at least for two months. This is a big setback for you, as you cannot afford to lose even a single staff.

Tasks

  1. Prepare a milestone report for the project based on information or functionalities you have identified. Add additional milestones, if needed, to make the report more meaningful. Use the milestone report template on portal. [400 words]

 


 

Part 4: Controlling

Scenario

Due to Brexit uncertainties, Alex, one of the team members, could not promise any extra funds to hire a new staff member to replace Mark, whose work is being piled up. Three months into the project, you as a project manager and your team are very concerned about the progress of the project. After reviewing the progress, it has been decided to have a series of bi-monthly meetings with all affected staff.

 

Tasks

 

  1. After the first bi-monthly meeting and consultations with business experts, you have convinced Alex that the only way to finish project successfully is to compromise scope by having only absolute essential functionality or by hiring the extra staff to finish the project on time with additional cost. Critically evaluate what functionality and/or tasks can be compromised compared to hiring additional staff with extra funding in the current project. [500 words]

          Part 5: Closing

            Scenario

It is one week before your final project presentation. You have been successful in meeting time and cost deadlines. However, scope had to be compromised! You have been really helpful in making this project a success.

              Tasks

  1. Prepare a lessons-learned report for the entire project. Include input from all stakeholders in summarizing the lessons learned. Use the template provided on portal.

[400 words]

LENGTH REQUIRED

 

 

 

2500 words +/- 10%.  Any deviation from this will be penalised.

 

FORMATTING AND LAYOUT

 

 

Please note the following when completing your written assignment:

  1. Writing: Written in English in an appropriate business/academic style
  2. Focus: Focus only on the tasks set in the assignment.
  3. Length: 2500 words
  4. Formatting: Typed on A4 paper in Times New Roman or Arial font 12 with at least 2.5 centimetre space at each edge, double-spaced and pages numbered.
  5. Document format: Case Study Analysis
  6. Ensure a clear title, course, and name or ID number is on a cover sheet and a bibliography using Harvard referencing throughout is also provided.
  7. Research: Research should use reliable and relevant sources of information e.g. academic books and journals that have been peer reviewed. The research should be extensive.

 

The use of a range of information sources is expected – academic books, peer reviewed journal articles, professional articles, press releases and newspaper articles, reliable statistics, company annual reports and other company information.  All references must be in Harvard style.

marking criteria and Student FEEDBACK – ASSIGNMENT 2 (50%)

This section details the assessment criteria. The extent to which these are demonstrated by you determines your mark. The marks available for each criterion are shown. Lecturers use a similar format to comment on the achievement of the task(s), including those areas in which you have performed well and areas that would benefit from development/improvement.

 

Common Assessment Criteria Applied Marks available Marks

Awarded

1. Research-informed Literature

Extent of research and/or own reading, selection of credible sources, application of appropriate referencing conventions.

   
Require students to carry out relevant research identifying various sources likes books, latest journals etc. Marks will be awarded based on the research that is relevant to finding answers to the given task. Good answers show evidence of research beyond the case material provided.

 

10  
 
2. Knowledge and Understanding of Subject

Extent of knowledge and understanding of concepts and underlying principles associated with the discipline.

   
This criterion assesses students’ acquired knowledge and understanding of different theories, models through research and independent study. Marks are given for identification and application of relevant theoretical models. 15  
 
3. Analysis

Analysis, evaluation and synthesis; logic, argument and judgement; analytical reflection; organisation of ideas and evidence

   
This criterion carries a significant amount of marks, as analysis is required in many complex tasks, which require many skills.

Analysis comes from appropriate data and information to provide insights.

 

30  
 
4. Practical Application and Deployment

Deployment of methods, materials, tools and techniques; application of concepts; formulation of innovative and creative solutions to solve problems.

   
Application of concepts, theories, models, skills etc. to given tasks, which are similar to real life scenarios, is very critical to be successful in employment. ALL recommendations to be sourced from and relevant to the analysis provided.

 

30  
 
5. Skills for Professional Practice

Attributes in professional practice: individual and collaborative working; deployment of appropriate media; presentation and organisation.

   
Report format normally includes the following sections: Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Findings, Conclusions, Recommendations, References and Appendices.  Your report should be written in a suitable academic writing style i.e. using the third person

 

 

 

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TOTAL 100  

 

Assignment Mark (Assessment marks are subject to ratification at the Exam Board.  These comments and marks are to give feedback on module work and are for guidance only until they are confirmed. ) Late Submission Penalties (tick if appropriate) %

 

 

 

 

 

GUIDANCE FOR Students IN THE COMPLETION OF TASKS

 

NOTE: The guidance offered below is linked to the five common assessment criteria above.

 

  1. Research-informed Literature

Your work must be informed and supported by scholarly material that is relevant to and focused on the task(s) set.    You should provide evidence that you have accessed a wide range of sources, which may be academic, governmental and industrial; these sources may include academic journal articles, textbooks, current news articles, organisational documents, and websites.  You should consider the credibility of your sources; academic journals are normally highly credible sources while websites require careful consideration/selection and should be used sparingly.   Any sources you use should be current and up-to-date, mostly published within the last five years or so, though seminal/important works in the field may be older.  You must provide evidence of your research/own reading throughout your work, using in-text citations in the main body of your work and a reference list that is alphabetical at the end of your work. Please use the Harvard referencing system.

 

  1. Knowledge and Understanding of Subject

Your work must demonstrate the growing extent of your knowledge and understanding of concepts and underlying principles associated with the subject area.  Knowledge relates to the facts, information and skills you have acquired through your learning.  You demonstrate your understanding by interpreting the meaning of the facts and information (knowledge). This means that you need to select and include in your work the concepts, techniques, models, theories, etc. appropriate to the task(s) set.  You should be able to explain the theories, concepts, etc. meaningfully to show your understanding.  Your mark/grade will also depend upon the extent to which you demonstrate your knowledge and understanding; ideally each should be complete and detailed, with comprehensive coverage.

 

  1. Analysis

Your work must contain evidence of logical, analytical thinking, evaluation and synthesis. For example, to examine and break information down into parts, make inferences, compile, compare and contrast information.  This means not just describing What! but also justifying: Why? How? When? Who? Where? At all times, you must provide justification for your arguments and judgements.  Evidence that you have reflected upon the ideas of others within the subject area is crucial to you providing a reasoned and informed debate within your work.  Furthermore, you should provide evidence that you are able to make sound judgements and convincing arguments using data and concepts.  Sound, valid conclusions are necessary and must be derived from the content of your work.  There should be no new information presented within your conclusion.  Where relevant, alternative solutions and recommendations may be proposed.

 

  1. Practical Application and Deployment

You should be able to demonstrate how the subject-related concepts and ideas relate to real world situations or a particular context.  How do they work in practice?  You will deploy models, methods, techniques, and/or theories, in that context, to assess current situations, perhaps to formulate plans or solutions to solve problems, some of which may be innovative and creative.  This is likely to involve, for instance, the use of real world examples and cases, the application of a model within an organisation and/or benchmarking one organisation against others based on stated criteria.  You should show awareness of the limitations of concepts and theories when applied in particular contexts.

 

  1. Skills for Professional Practice

Your work must provide evidence of the attributes expected in professional practice.  This includes demonstrating your individual initiative and/or collaborative working. You must communicate effectively in a suitable format, which may be written and/or oral, for example, essay, management report, presentation. Work should be coherent and well structured in presentation and organisation.

Specific to this assignment: Report format normally includes the following sections: Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Findings, Conclusions, Recommendations, References and Appendices.  Your report should be written in a suitable academic writing style i.e. using the third person.

 

 

 


UNDERGRADUATE – COMMON ASSESSMENT AND MARKING CRITERIA

  OUTRIGHT FAIL UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD VERY GOOD EXCELLENT EXCEPTIONAL
Assessment Criteria 0-29% 30-39%* 40-49% 50-59% 60-69% 70-79% 80-100%
1. Research-informed Literature

Extent of research and/or own reading,  selection of credible sources, application of appropriate referencing conventions

Little or no evidence of reading.

Views and findings unsupported and non-authoritative.

Referencing conventions largely ignored.

Poor evidence of reading and/or of reliance on inappropriate sources, and/or indiscriminate use of sources.

Referencing conventions used inconsistently.

References to a limited range of mostly relevant sources. Some omissions and minor errors.

Referencing conventions evident though not always applied consistently.

Inclusion of a range of research-informed literature, including sources retrieved independently. Referencing conventions mostly consistently applied. Inclusion of a wide range of research-informed literature, including sources retrieved independently.

Selection of relevant and credible sources.  Very good use of referencing conventions, consistently applied.

A comprehensive range of research informed literature embedded in the work. Excellent selection of relevant and credible sources. High-level referencing skills, consistently applied. Outstanding knowledge of research-informed literature embedded in the work. Outstanding selection of relevant and credible sources. High-level referencing skills consistently and professionally applied.
2. Knowledge and Understanding of Subject

Extent of knowledge and understanding of concepts and underlying principles associated with the discipline.

Major gaps in knowledge and understanding of material at this level. Substantial inaccuracies. Gaps in knowledge, with only superficial understanding. Some significant inaccuracies. Evidence of basic knowledge and understanding of the relevant concepts and underlying principles. Knowledge is accurate with a good understanding of the field of study. Knowledge is extensive.  Exhibits understanding of the breadth and depth of established views. Excellent knowledge and understanding of the main concepts and key theories. Clear awareness of challenges to established views and the limitations of the knowledge base. Highly detailed knowledge and understanding of the main theories/concepts, and a critical awareness of the ambiguities and limitations of knowledge.
3.  Analysis

Analysis, evaluation and synthesis; logic, argument and judgement; analytical reflection; organisation  of ideas and evidence

Unsubstantiated generalisations, made without use of any credible evidence. Lack of logic, leading to unsupportable/ missing conclusions. Lack of any attempt to analyse, synthesise or evaluate. Some evidence of analytical intellectual skills, but for the most part descriptive. Ideas/findings sometimes illogical and contradictory. Generalised statements made with scant evidence. Conclusions lack relevance. Evidence of some logical, analytical thinking and some attempts to synthesise, albeit with some weaknesses.

Some evidence to support findings/ views, but evidence not consistently interpreted.

Some relevant conclusions and recommendations, where relevant

Evidence of some logical, analytical thinking and synthesis. Can analyse new and/or abstract data and situations without guidance.

An emerging awareness of different stances and ability to use evidence to support the argument.

Valid conclusions and recommendations, where relevant

Sound, logical, analytical thinking; synthesis and evaluation. Ability to devise and sustain persuasive arguments, and to review the reliability, validity & significance of evidence. Ability to communicate ideas and evidence accurately and convincingly.

Sound, convincing conclusions / recommendations.

Thoroughly logical work, supported by evaluated evidence. High quality analysis, developed independently or through effective collaboration.

Ability to investigate contradictory information and identify reasons for contradictions.

Strong, persuasive, conclusions, justifiable recommendations.

Exceptional work; judiciously selected and evaluated evidence. Very high quality analysis, developed independently or through effective collaboration.

Ability to investigate contradictory information and identify reasons for contradictions.

Highly persuasive conclusions

4. Practical Application and Deployment

Effective deployment of appropriate methods, materials, tools and techniques; extent of skill demonstrated in the application of concepts to a variety of processes and/or contexts; formulation of innovative and creative solutions to solve problems.

Limited or no use of methods, materials, tools and/or techniques.

Little or no appreciation of the context of the application.

Rudimentary application of methods, materials, tools and/or techniques but without consideration and competence. Flawed appreciation of the context of the application.

 

 

An adequate awareness and mostly appropriate application of well established methods, materials, tools and/or techniques.

Basic appreciation of the context of the application.

 

A good and appropriate application of standard methods, materials, tools and/or techniques.

Good appreciation of the context of the application, with some use of examples, where relevant.

 

A very good application of a range of methods, materials, tools and/or techniques.

Very good consideration of the context of the application, with perceptive use of examples, where relevant.

Evidence of some innovation and creativity.

An advanced application of a range of methods, materials, tools and/or techniques.

The context of the application is well considered, with extensive use of relevant examples.

Application and deployment extend beyond established conventions.  Innovation and creativity evident throughout.

Outstanding levels of application and deployment skills. Assimilation and development of cutting edge processes and techniques.
5. Skills for Professional Practice

Demonstrates attributes expected in professional practice including: individual initiative and collaborative working; deployment of appropriate media to communicate (including written and oral); clarity and effectiveness in presentation and organisation.

Communication media is inappropriate or misapplied.

Little or no evidence of autonomy in the completion of tasks.

Work is poorly structured and/or largely incoherent.

Media is poorly designed and/or not suitable for the audience.

Poor independent or collaborative initiative.

Work lacks structure, organisation, and/or coherence

Can communicate in a suitable format but with some room for improvement.

Can work as part of a team, but with limited involvement in group activities.

Work lacks coherence in places and could be better structured.

Can communicate effectively in a suitable format, but may have minor errors.

Can work effectively as part of a team, with clear contribution to group activities.

Mostly coherent work and is in a suitable structure.

Can communicate well, confidently and consistently in a suitable format.

Can work very well as part of a team, with very good contribution to group activities.

Work is coherent and fluent and is well structured and organised.

Can communicate professionally and, confidently in a suitable format.

Can work professionally within a team, showing leadership skills as appropriate, managing conflict and meeting obligations.

Work is coherent, very fluent and is presented professionally.

Can communicate with an exceptionally high level of professionalism.

Can work exceptionally well and professionally within a team, showing advanced leadership skills.

Work is exceptionally coherent, very fluent and is presented professionally.

 

Student Self Evaluation Form
Student name:   Student number:  
Programme:   Year of programme  
Assignment Title:  

This section repeats in brief the common assessment criteria detailed on previous pages. The extent to which these are demonstrated by you determines your mark. Using these criteria, tick the box that best indicates the level of achievement you feel you have achieved with regard to each of them. Please note that this self-assessment is used as a developmental tool only and has no impact on the way in which your work will be marked.

Common Assessment Criteria Applied Level of Achievement
 

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1st

 

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  OUTRIGHT FAIL UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD VERY GOOD EXCELLENT EXCEPTIONAL
1. Research-informed Literature

 

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2. Knowledge and Understanding of Subject 0-29% 30-39% 40-49% 50-59% 60-69% 70-79% 80-100%
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3. Analysis

 

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4. Practical Application and Deployment

 

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5. Skills for Professional Practice

 

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PLEASE COMMENT ON AREAS IN WHICH YOU FEEL THAT YOU HAVE PERFORMED WELL PLEASE COMMENT ON AREAS you feel that you need TO DEVELOP
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Case Study #2 – Due

Case Study #2 – Due

Apr 15, 2018 8:59 PM
BMGT 488 7980 Project Management II (2182)

Students will write a scope statement, identify stakeholders, create a WBS, and develop a network diagram for the Green Company Project Overrun. In addition, students will answer the questions below regarding project management skills and offer solutions for the problems identified throughout the case study.

 

Kerzner, H. (2009). Project management: Case studies, (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

 

Project Management

 

NOTE:  All submitted work is to be your original work. You may not use any work from another student, the Internet or an online clearinghouse.  You are expected to understand the Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism Policy, and know that it is your responsibility to learn about instructor and general academic expectations with regard to proper citation of sources as specified in the APA Publication Manual, 6th Ed. (Students are held accountable for in-text citations and an associated reference list only). 

Project Overrun, pgs. 345-346

 

  • At what stage of the Green Company project should the Project Manager determine the schedule and budget was out of scope and required renegotiation to provide production on time and within budget?
  • Why was the Functional Manager unable to execute the required documents obtaining federal requirements? What type(s) of delay in production were caused by this incidence?
  • Why was communication a problem with the functional employees in the Green Company project?
  • Business owners need planning and organizing skills, along with the ability to analyze, communicate, budget, staff, and deliver contractual obligations. Projects are temporary and unique which create a product or service that does not currently exist. Therefore, what types of risks did the Functional and Project Managers incur because of the lack of costs overruns?

Third person writing is required.  Third person means that there are no words such as “I, me, my, we, or us” (first person writing), nor is there use of “you or your” (second person writing).  If uncertain how to write in the third person, view this link:  http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/first-second-and-third-person.

Contractions are not used in business writing, so you are expected NOT to use contractions in writing this assignment.

The expectation is that you provide a robust use of the course readings.  No other books besides the course eBook can be used.   When using a source document, the expectation is that the information is cited and referenced with a page or paragraph number.

Once the case study has been completed, students will submit in the Assignment Folder (The assignment submitted to the Assignment Folder will be considered a student’s final product and therefore ready for grading by the instructor.  It is incumbent upon the student to verify the assignment is the correct submission.  No exceptions will be considered by the instructor).

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2018 in academic writing, Academic Writing

 

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Assignment 3: Phase III – Project Management Roadmap

  1. Assignment 3: Phase III – Project Management Roadmap

    Due Week 8 and worth 240 points

     

    With the justification of an HRIS solidified, you need to show your client how you will implement the HRIS by providing a project management roadmap, explaining the costs associated with implementation, and discussing metrics that you will use to measure the success of the HR function.

     

    Write a three to four (3-4) page paper in which you:

    Project Management Process

    1. Create a project management plan for your client that outlines how you will implement the HRIS in Gladwell Grocery Stores. Explain the various steps that should be included to ensure that the implementation runs smoothly.

     

    HRIS Cost Justification

    1. Create a cost benefit analysis matrix for the HRIS vendor you have chosen. Analyze the cost justification strategies that you will use to justify the cost of the HRIS, including data that identify each benefit and cost component examined, estimates of the dollar amount for each, estimates on when the organization will incur each cost and receive each benefit, and documentation justifying each decision you made in listing these benefits.

     

    HR Metrics

    1. Recommend the HR metrics that you believe will bring the most significant value to the HR function that the HRIS will be supporting. Justify your recommendation.
    2. Use at least (3) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as academic resources.
    1. Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
      1. Typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
    1. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, your name, your professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.
    2. Include a reference page. Citations and references must follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.

     

    The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

    • Analyze HR metrics to support the justification of the cost of an HRIS.
    • Create a project management plan and prepare the organization for the implementation.
    • Use technology and information resources to research issues in human resource information systems.
    • Write clearly and concisely about human resource information systems using proper writing mechanics.

    Click here to view grading rubric.

     

   discussion question

Have We Chosen the Right Employee?” Please respond to the following:

  • Once an organization has recruited candidates and they are going through the application process, how do they select the right employee? There are a number of tools and assessments that are used in selecting candidates for any given role. Please respond to the following question:

    • Out of all the selection assessments presented in the text, choose one (1) that you believe is most effective for selecting a candidate for any given role. List three (3) benefits for that assessment and describe why you believe each benefit would be appropriate for selecting the right employee. Next, give your opinion on the extent to which the use of technology in the selection process adds value to organizations, and provide at least one (1) example to support your answer.

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2017 in academic writing, Academic Writing

 

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ISOM 300 – Project Management – Reflective Report Guideline

 

ISOM 300 – Project Management – Reflective Report Guideline

Objectives:

The lack of understanding the importance of Project Management (PM) in practice has decreased students’ motivation to study PM. The purpose of this report is to improve business students’ understanding on the values and impacts of PM in other fields, such as marketing, accounting, finance and for different professional careers because PM includes the tools that could be used in all business areas.

Requirements:

  1. A) Formats (20 points)

 

  1. Create a Word/PDF file and submit it on Blackboard (5 points)

 Final report is due at 11:59 pm EST on 12/11 (Sunday). No late submission will be accepted.

 

  1. Times New Roman, font 12, 1” margin on all sides (5 pts)

 Cover page is required, but it will not be counted as part of 800 words.

 

  1. Title: How Project Management can help XXX major/career/industry (10 pts)

 XXX is your major or your preferred professional career, or the industry area you are in, e.g. Accounting, Financial service, Marketing, and Management or banker, healthcare, military, or education, etc.

 Put you name in the header on each page.

 

  1. B) Contents (60 points)

 

 Apply the knowledge you learned in ISOM 300 PM to a case in the field of your major, your own work, or an event in your daily life, such as weddings, student organization meetings, etc. (10)

 

 Using information from other sources beyond textbook is required. At least 5 references required. APA or MLA format for references. Note that reference list is not counted as part of 800 words (10 points)

 

 The information you used should be relevant (10 points)

 

 At least 800 words, using your own words to rewrite the quotation from other sources (30 points)

 

 
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Project Management

Discussion Question 1

Risk Management

Risk management is a critical aspect of project management. The supply chain decisions that are made have risk involved like any other project decision. Comment on two examples of risks that can occur in the supply chain that can affect a project. What can you do as a project manager to reduce or eliminate the risks that you defined? Provide professional examples, if at all possible, from a project you have managed or of which you have been a team member.

 

Discussion Question 2

Organizational Structure

The structure of an organization can influence the overall success of a project from initiation to closure.  Identify if your organization is centralized or decentralized and evaluate benefits and weaknesses of the structure. Would you change from centralized or decentralized to meet the needs of your projects? Why or why not? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.

 

Discussion Question 3

Supply Process Improvements

Examine the steps of the supply process in Chapter 4 of the text and identify a project where improvements could be made in one or more of the steps.  Would the project have been more successful with the implementation of any or all of these steps in the supply process?

 

Discussion Question 4

Outsourcing

The process of outsourcing the creation of a product or a service is a controversial, yet critical strategic decision for many employers. Describe one example from your professional experience, or that you are familiar with, where a process or function was outsourced. What are the financial implications of this change? Did the quality of the product or service stay the same, improve, or decline?

 

Discussion Question 5

Capital Goods

A project manager needs to understand the importance of the acquisition of capital goods. There are many choices for capital good procurement, including buying or leasing new equipment, or buying used equipment. Describe an example from the text or your personal professional experience where your project or organization had to procure capital goods for strategic reasons.  What was the type of equipment (new, used) and how was it purchased?

 

Discussion Question 6

Quality

Suitability and reliability are two examples of quality in terms of buying materials, goods or services.  Provide an example of a “best buy” from your professional experience where quality aspects were not met in accordance to the text definition of quality dimensions. What aspect of quality could be improved for future projects? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.

 

Discussion Question 7

Procuring Services

Many projects need to procure services to execute successfully no matter what industry you are in. There is a personal relationship with the service provider, which makes collaboration much more important than when selecting goods products. Describe a project you have been involved with, or have knowledge of, where services were a major part of the deliverables. How were references checked for service suppliers and what lessons were learned from the process? What contributing factors ultimately led to the service supplier being selected? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.

Carefully review the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate this Discussion Thread.

 

Discussion Question 8

Target Pricing

Target pricing is experiencing growing use in North America.  Should businesses use target pricing? Do you think target pricing can only be used for manufactured goods, or can it also be applied to services? Defend your choices.  Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.

 

Discussion Question 9

Sustainability

Sustainability is an important ethical and environmental issue in purchasing. Describe one material, product, or service that can contribute to sustainability in a project you have been involved with, or in your current organization. Describe how these decisions enable the organization to avoid violations in terms of environmental issues. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.

Carefully review the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate this Discussion Thread.

 

Discussion Question 10

Liability

Personal liability is a serious issue in purchasing and supply management. Provide details from the text or your personal experience where a supply officer or project manager has been held personally liable for conditions of a contract. Comment on how you will proceed in  the future to avoid any personal liability for contracts if at all possible. The text provides excellent examples that can be researched starting on page 311. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.

 

Assignment 1

Article Review

 

Review the following article from ProQuest: Avery, S. (2009, February). MRO sourcing goes global. Purchasing, 138(2), 48-52. Retrieved from ProQuest Database.

In a two-to-three-page paper (not including the title and reference pages), identify how your organization or an organization you are familiar with, can improve in the following best practice areas represented in the article:

  • Identification of spend types in your purchasing.
  • Identify suppliers with capabilities for global business.
  • Strategy of integrated supply approach with distributors.
  • Processes to track performance of suppliers including cost of ownership and outsourcing.

Submit to your instructor your two-to-three-page Word document (not including the title and reference pages). Your paper should be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide, and should cite at least two scholarly sources in addition to the textbook.

 

Assignment 2

Need Definition

 

From the end of Chapter 6, complete the following questions out of the section titled “Questions for Review and Discussion.” Each question should be thoroughly answered using support from the text, examples, and other scholarly sources.

  • Describe the differences between needs identification and defining commercial equivalents and discuss why it is preferable to separate into two stages.
  • Interpret the value to the organization when early supplier involvement (ESI) is implemented effectively.
  • Examine the advantages and disadvantages of specifying by performance.
  • Describe how a supply professional understands strategic requirements.

Submit to your instructor your two to three-page Word document (not including the title and reference pages). Your paper should be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the approved APA style guide, and should cite at least two scholarly sources in addition to the textbook.

 

Assignment 3

Case 11-3 Budget

 

Refer to the City of Granston Case 11-3 at the end of Chapter 11. Using the ‘Current Year Q-3’ data found in Exhibit 2 and Exhibit 3, create a project supply and materials budget based on the information in the case. Your budget must include a one page explanation on the importance of a materials supply budget and the impact of the budget on the supply organization.

This can be submitted in a MS Word Document, with title page, or as an MS Excel sheet with a clear one-paragraph introduction on the importance of a materials and supply budget.

 

Assignment 4

Research Paper

 

Use at least one project you have been a team member of, or a project manager for, as an example to contextualize the research topics below:

  • Define the importance of purchasing and supply management and how this relates to selecting a qualified supplier.
  • Discuss how to select strategies for negotiating prices.
  • Assemble the steps of the creation of a project supply, service, and material budget from detailed requirements. Illustrate the benefits and costs of outsourcing, and the growth pattern of outsourcing.
  • Evaluation of the various organizations that are benchmarks in purchasing and supply management, and their best practices. Provide specific examples of companies who show market leadership in purchasing and supply management.

This is an assignment with a length of eight to ten pages that should integrate the reading, multi-media and class discussions. It is mandatory to have research from the classroom text, as well as three sources from scholarly sources to support your views.

Consider the validity of your resources carefully before using them in academic papers. It is recommended to use examples from your professional experience where possible, or build from your learning in the discussion boards.

 

Resources:

Text Book:

Johnson, P. F., Leenders, M. R., & Flynn, A. E. (2010). Purchasing and supply management (14th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill Irwin.

 

Avery, S. (2009, February). MRO sourcing goes global. Purchasing, 138(2), 48-52. Retrieved from ProQuest Database.

Blanchard, C., Comm, C., & Mathaisel, D. (2008). Adding value to service providers: Benchmarking Wal-Mart. Benchmarking, 15(2), 166-177. Retrieved from ProQuest Database.

Earls, A. (2009, August). PPG tests the outsourcing waters. Purchasing, 138(8), 26.  Retrieved from ProQuest Database.

Smith, J. (2009, February). It pays to compare. Supply Management, 14(4), 34-35. Retrieved from ProQuest Database.

 
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Information Systems Project Management

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Assignment 5 (35 % Marks) (Due Date 02 Nov 2015)

 

The CEO of the organisation (as specified in Assignment 3) read through your submitted document and felt that there is some merit in pursuing the options suggested by you. Through your report (Assignment 3), the CEO understood that smartphone based app consists of many issues to consider, policies to be developed or modified at organisational level, and new investments to be made to manage data security.

 

The CEO appreciated the contents of the report (Assignment 3) and made a number of suggestions to improving the report so that it aligns with his organisation. Your markers will give this in the feedback form. You need to provide a one-page document stating how the feedback was addressed in this assignment report. See point 1 below under ‘Submission Components’.

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The CEO wanted you to explore the options provided by you in depth so that ‘smartphone app’ can be managed in his organisation as an IT project, initially as a pilot project. The CIO provided a time total limit of 9 months (in the form of a pilot project) to explore the suggestions provided by you in Assignment 2, and asked you to provide an implementation strategy within 30 days. The 9 months include the 30 days.

 

The CEO is very interested in three specific aspects, namely – Information technology infrastructure required to implement the pilot project, a comprehensive project plan and project tracking strategies. Some of these aspects are covered in the course, and you are expected to conduct independent research on other aspects.

 

In this assignment component, you are required to research a solution path for:

 

1.! An IT project implementation strategy for the project as a pilot;

2.! A comprehensive analysis of information technology infrastructure required to conduct the pilot project;

3.! Strategies to tracking project progress for the pilot project;

 

4.! Key measurement criteria to provide evidence to achieving on time & on budget project completion; and

5.! How smartphone based IT projects can be managed in the future so that the organisation can develop appropriate strategies for expansion.

The scope of this assignment is restricted to the following submission components:

1) Provide a report as how you addressed the feedback provided for your initial report (Assignment3) – 1 page

2) With this refinement (as in point 1 immediately above), analyse and discuss your solution path for the 5 points stated above (2 pages)

3) Provide a infrastructure, resource and cost analysis to implement the pilot project. The cost analysis will have at least three cost models (best, medium, worst case scenarios)

 

4) Provide a detailed justification to the costs considered in the cost models and state why you chose those cost elements, and how they align with your solution path for the pilot project (2 pages)

5) Provide a report of not more than five pages covering the 5 points in the above section. This report should have been thoroughly researched, articulated and presented at an acceptable level (2 pages).

 

 

 

The above components are presented to the CEO, therefore need to be precise, succinct and meaningful. The CEO also asked for your initial report and the feedback packaged as an appendix and attached so that s/he can recollect the salient points of the report you submitted and the feedback given to you. This should be in the appendix, in pdf format.

The assignment should be thoroughly researched, with evidence provided through references. The CEO is keen to see a well-argued case, highlighting insights as to the key aspects, and would like to see strong points arguing your case as to the infrastructure requirements and strategies for project tracking.

The report is provided to the CIO of the organisation and needs to be top class in presentation. You have absolute freedom in all other aspects. Please note that there is no need to attach a plagiarism report. However, the markers will be instructed to verify that the content is original. If discrepancies are found, your work will be marked with zero, and you will be referred to the faculty for ‘academic misconduct’. Therefore, you are encouraged to check your written document for any potential plagiarism or collusion issues.

 

Any delays in submission MUST be accompanied with proper approval documentation, despite the course leader approving this. So please attach the approval to this assignment as markers may not have access to delay approvals. If the approval documentation is not found, late penalty, as per university rules, will be levied.

 

Assignments MUST be submitted via the link provided. If they are not submitted via the link, then it is assumed that submission was not made. If the assignments were submitted in other locations, it is very difficult to track them, as the course team have no access to other locations, and the course team can’t assume responsibility.

 

 

Provisional Marking criteria for the assignment-5 for   CIS8010

Student Name:                                                        Student #:

Marking criteria Maximum Mark Mark Awarded
ACTIVITIES    
1 Title page, executive summary, table of contents, other requirement of report structure and overall presentations Marker Feedback : 2  
2 Background and introductions

Marker Feedback :

2  
3 Necessary assumption about your company and justification of the selected organization

Marker Feedback :

2  
4 Provide a report as how you addressed the feedback provided for your initial report (Assignment 3)

Marker Feedback :

5  
5 An IT project implementation strategy for the project as a pilot;

Marker Feedback :

10  
6 A comprehensive analysis of information technology infrastructure required to conduct the pilot project;

Marker Feedback :

15  
7 Outline and justify strategies to tracking project progress for the pilot project;

Marker Feedback :

15  
8 Provide a infrastructure, resource and cost analysis to implement the pilot project.

Marker Feedback :

15  
9 Provide a detailed justification to the costs considered in the cost models and state why you chose those cost elements, and how they align with your solution path for the pilot project

Marker Feedback :

10  
10 Key measurement criteria and analysis to provide evidence to achieving on time & on budget project completion;

Marker Feedback :

10  
11 How smartphone based IT projects can be managed in the future so that the organisation can develop appropriate strategies for expansion.

Marker Feedback :

10  
12 Quality, relevance and appropriateness of recommendations

Marker Feedback :

2  

 

 

13 Quality and relevance of Conclusion(s)

Marker Feedback :

2  
14 Late Submission

Reduce of at least 5 marks per day

   
Total 100  

 

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Marks can be deducted for the following errors:

  • Problems with format and structure of report
  • Lack of referencing (Harvard referencing format is the acceptable standard)
  • Spelling, grammar and expression error
  • Indication of plagiarism/collusion
  • Inappropriate use of inHtext references
  • Late Submission as per USQ/FBL policies and procedures
    1. If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of at the very least, the penalty for late submission is a reduction by 5% of the maximum Mark applicable for the Assignment, for each University Business Day or part Business Day that the Assignment is An Assignment submitted more than ten University Business Days after the deadline will have a Mark of zero recorded for that Assignment. The assignments and their due dates are listed in the study schedule to give you some forewarning so that you may organize your study program.

 

7     TURNITIN report NOT required, in plagiarism and collision cases you could be awarded ZERO

  • Normally, it is hard to put the percentage number correctly as it all depends on the actual report contents produced by the TRUNITIN application. As a general rule, less than 10% is acceptable. It is the student’s responsibility to have the report ready before the due
  • Your assignment should adhere to the Harvard referencing style. Refer to Chapter 2: Referencing in the Communication skills handbook 3ed by Summers and Smith for guidance on how you should cite your references following this
  • FILE NAME of the submitted document (Student who did not follow the required file naming). For all assessment items digital file naming Please use the following naming convention when saving your digital document:

 

Student last name_assignment #_CIS8010_Student USQ ID

 

  1. For example, the first assignment for CIS8010 submitted by Poul Moller, student # If I (Mr. Poul Moller) were uploading this assessment item, file would be named as follow:

 

Moller_A1_CIS8010_005890420163.doc

 

 

 

 

 

 

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