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INTR8009 - Engineering Project Management

Title:Engineering Project Management
Long Title:Engineering Project Management
Module Code:INTR8009
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Interdisciplinary Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Samuel Vardy
Module Author: Donagh OMahony
Module Description: In this module students will discuss the role of the project manager. The PMBOK principles will be discussed and students will plan, schedule and allocate resources to a project using project management software.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Discuss the nine areas of project management defined in the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) and describe how these apply to managing projects.
LO2 Plan a project by developing a project scope, schedule and resource allocations using appropriate computer software.
LO3 Evaluate the financial viability of projects using standard accounting techniques.
LO4 Track and control a project using Earned Value Management techniques.
LO5 Describe the role and responsibilities of the project manager.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Project Management Fundamentals
Project lifecycle. Scope of a project. Project stakeholders. Project organisational structures. Project selection. Role of the project manager. Team selection and skill mix. Time management. Conflicts and conflicts resolution.
Project Management Book of Knowledge
Project life cycle phases: project management knowledge areas. Project management process groups. Initiation process. Planning process. Execution process. Controlling process. Closing processes. Project life cycle.
Project Planning
Project scheduling. Work breakdown structure. Time estimating. Network diagrams: Activity-on-Arrow & Activity-on-Node diagrams. Forward and backward scheduling. Multiple dependencies. Gantt charts. Network analysis and critical path identification. Probability scheduling.
Resource Management
Resource allocation. Resource levelling. Project reduction techniques. Crashing.
Project Tracking & Control
Earned Value Management - schedule performance index, cost performance index. Project completion issues.
Engineering Economics
Economic decision making, strategic planning, understanding financial statements. Interest and the Time Value of money. Principles of investment. Investment appraisal using Present Worth, Equivalent Annuity and Rate of Return techniques. Payback period and Discounted Cash Flow Replacement and Capital Investment decisions. Evaluating alternatives.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Short answer theory assessment 1,5 20.0 Week 7
Practical/Skills Evaluation Project Schedule Developed 2 20.0 Week 9
Practical/Skills Evaluation Laboratory Based examination incl. project analysis 1,2,4 30.0 Week 12
Short Answer Questions Project Management and Selection Criteria of Projects 1,3,4,5 30.0 Week 13
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory and Application incl discussions 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Project Management Software 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self-directed Study 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory and Application incl discussions 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Lab Project Management Software 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self-directed Study 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Project Management Institute 2017, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: Pmbok Guide, 6th Ed., Project Management Inst [ISBN: 9781628251845]
  • Jack R. Meredith, Samuel J. Mantel, Jr., Scott M. Shafer 2019, Project Management: A Strategic Managerial Approach, 10th Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 9781119969097]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Rory Burke 2013, Project Management: Planning and Control Techniques, 5th Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 9781118660768]
  • Harold Kerzner 2017, Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling, 12th Ed., New York; John Wiley & Sons, Inc [ISBN: 9781119165354]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
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CR_EPPTE_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Process Plant Technology 1 Mandatory
CR_SPHYS_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Physics and Instrumentation 1 Mandatory
CR_SESST_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science and Sustainable Technology 7 Mandatory
CR_SINEN_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Instrument Engineering 7 Mandatory

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