Project Management Assignment Task

Project Management Assignment Task

This coursework is a 1500 (+/- 10%) word report designed to assess learner’s ability to demonstrate an in depth knowledge and systematic understanding of
project management theory and tools linked to the planning of projects.
Project Management – Camden Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Service Group – Project Brief
Case Study
Dear Consultant,
I wanted to thank you for taking on this contract at short notice, but to express my confidence in your ability to provide the service sustainable ways of raising
fund over the coming months. Last year the Camden sickle cell and thalassaemia unit found a large proportion of our society/community are unaware of the
services we run. We are currently in the process of appointing a group of consultants to move quickly to organise musical concert to create awareness with the
under listed activity list. Using these activity please kindly provide us with a 1500 words document detailing project management knowledge areas that should
be considered in this event.
The aim of this project is to provide a sustainable way of raising fund for the Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Care Forum.

Below is Table A, consisting of all the major tasks, dependencies and timescales required for each task.

Activity

  Main Activities with Predecessors
Nr
Name of the Task Duration Predecessors
1 Budget Approval 1 day
2 Hire Publicity Director 14 days 1
3 Hire Set Designer 14 days 1
4 Hire Place For Auditions 7 days 2
5 Advertising To Hire Crew and Cast 7 days 2
6 Hire Production & Publicity Crew 28 days 4, 5
7 Set Designed and Built 35 days 3,6
8 Train Production Crew 12 days 3,6

 

 

9 Auditions To Hire Cast 2 days 4, 5
10 Cast Rehearsal 66 days 9
11 Hire Orchestra 7 days 1
12 Music 7 days 11
13 Photograph Cast And Crew & Collect Biographies 35 days 6, 9,11
14 Enter Information Into Computer 1 day 13
15 Printing 5 days 14
16 Develop an Advertising Plan 7 days 6
17 Advertising Media 21 days 16
18 Orchestra rehearsal 4 days 12
19 Order Costumes 7 days 9
20 Costume Parade And Alterations 5 days 7,19
21 Dress Rehearsal 1 day 8,10,18,20
22 Performance 10 days 15,17,21

You are to assume that it is 28th of September 2020, the Monday of the first week of the project. While the project team is being formed, the Project Manager asks you to prepare a 1500 (+/-10%) word report to be with him on 11th November 2020 and which he can present to Camden Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Service Group – board and other senior managers of the University. The project has only 101days available to be completed which means all tasks on the activity list below must be completed within the 101days. (However, for extra consultancy fee of £5000 you could also advise Camden Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Service Group – the alternative approach to shorten the project duration and if this is the case, should Camden Sickle Cell and Thalas saemia Service Group want to finish this project ealier than expected how soon can this be done beside finishing within 101days? Support with PERT analysis and an additional network diagram)

The title of the report is ‘Camden Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Service Group – Project Brief’ Task

  • Develop a network diagram manually, AS TAUGHT (activities on arrows) clearly showing the relationship between all the activities listed above, the

dependencies, the likely duration for each activity, the likely completion date (expected total project time). Calculate the earliest starting time, the latest starting time (EST,LST) and the earliest finishing time and latest finishing time (EFT, LFT) for each activity including an outline description of the critical path, highlighting the critical activities and the shortest possible time in days in which the project can be completed as scoped above (give reasons for your choice). [20 marks]

Task 2

  • Undertake a stakeholder analysis for this project. This should clearly identify internal and external stakeholder, group stakeholders according to their interest and power i.e. stakeholder management matrix, communication strategies (20 marks)

Task 3

Using the activity list above, develop a clearly numbered Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) alongside an organizational structure for this music event [10 marks]

 

 

Task 4

You are required to prepare a Risk Analysis for 20 different risks that could affect your project. Analyse the risks involved and develop strategies for dealing with them in detail. Present your Risk Analysis and Risk Management strategies/mitigations in the form of a table, AS TAUGHT in class. [20 marks]

Task 5

You are required to determine what the quality expectation, acceptance criteria, quality specification, and what measures would be put in place to control the event. In other words you write up in this section must cover these heading. (15 marks)

Task 6

Provide a critical analysis of what methodology would be appropriate for this project and why? Support just justification with examples of where this methodology has been previously used as well as the benefits of using this methodology in your project. (15 marks)

 
This assignment has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your achievement of the following module learning outcomes:
LO 1 Evaluate and explain the major factors and performance requirements of project management.
LO 2 Plan projects using appropriate project management software
LO 3 Analyse and critically evaluate projects using an appropriate industry standard methodology.

 

Referencing and research requirements
Please reference your work according to the Harvard style as defined in Cite Them Right Online (http://www.citethemrightonline.com). This information is also available in book form: Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2016) Cite them right: the essential reference guide. 10th edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Copies are available via the university library.
 
How your work will be assessed
Your work will be assessed on the extent to which it demonstrates your achievement of the stated learning outcomes for this a ssignment (see above) and against other key criteria, as defined in the University’s institutional grading descriptors. If it is appropriate to the format of your assignment and your subject area, a proportion of your marks will also depend upon your use of academic referencing conventions.

 

This assignment will be marked according to the grading criteria attached below

 
Submission details
This assignment should be submitted electronically. Please use the relevant submission point in the Submit your work area in your VLE module shell.

You can submit your work as many times as you like before the submission date. If you do submit your work more than once, your earlier submission will be replaced by the most recent version.

Once you have submitted your work, you will receive a digital receipt as proof of submission, which will be sent to your forwarded e-mail address (provided you have set this up). Please keep this receipt for future reference, along with the original electronic copy of your assignment.

You are reminded of the University’s regulations on academic misconduct, which can be viewed on the University website:

https://bucks.ac.uk/    data/assets/pdf_file/0024/9546/Academic-Misconduct-Policy.pdf. In submitting your assignment, you are acknowledging that you have read and understood these regulations

 

 

 

Submission date and time
This assignment should be submitted before 14.00 UK Time, 12th August 2021.

Work that is submitted up to 10 working days beyond the submission date will be accepted as a late submission. Late submissio ns will be marked and the actual mark recorded but will be capped at the pass mark (typically 40%), provided that the work is of a passing standard. Work submitted after this period will not be marked and will be treated as a non-submission.

Feedback and marks for this assignment will be available 3 weeks after the submission deadline.

 

Project Management Assignment Task rubric

Marking Scheme A

70-100%

B

60-69%

C

50-59%

D

40-49%

E

35-39%

Activity List, Network diagram, and Critical Path

(20%)

Network Diagram done in Excel, or by hand and shows the activity node values; Network Diagram neat and correct showing relationship between activities and their dependencies; Critical Path clear & correct; Excellent calculation of Activity EST & LST as well as EFT & LFT for each activity. Project duration shortened to reflect new completion date and new critical path identified. Optional – Approach used to shorten duration of project cleared justified, readable and well analysed. All resources identified for each activity. Network Diagram done in Excel, or by hand and shows the activity node values; Network Diagram good with some errors in calculation on ES & LST as well as EFT & LFT. Critical Path correct. Project duration shortened to reflect new completion date and new critical path identified. (Optional -Few errors at clearly justifying approach used to shorten duration of project. Largely correct Network Diagram done in Excel, or by hand and shows the activity node values; the relationship between activities and their dependencies; Network diagram largely correct some calculations.

Critical Path identified. Optional – Project duration shortened to reflect new completion date. This reflecting in a new network diagram showing new critical path.

Attempt made to justify approach used to shorten duration of project but with significant mistakes.

Network Diagram contains some anomalies; CP largely correct; OR Network diagram presented in MS Project format. Optional – Some questionable logic on project duration shortened, with some attempt to draw a new network diagram showing new critical path Network Diagram illogical and critical path (CP) not identified or incorrect. Optional – Approach used to shorten project duration not shown, no new network diagram, no new critical path identified

 

Project Management Assignment Task rubric

Stakeholder Analysis and communication plan (20%) Comprehensive, believable and logical with good use of PM theory and concepts Completes stakeholder analysis to a high standard; identified internal and external stakeholders, their interest and power, established communication plan for all stakeholders group identified. Good but the justification for stakeholder analysis elements may not be clear. However identified internal and external stakeholders, their interest and power and communication strategy missing. Completes the following stakeholder analysis: identified internal and external stakeholders, their interest and power at least to a satisfactory standard: Completes at least 3 of the following: identified stakeholders, grouped them into internal and external stakeholders, their interest and power, and establish communication plan to an acceptable standard. Does not complete at least 3 of the following: identified stakeholders, grouped them into internal and external stakeholders, their interest and power, and establish communication plan to an acceptable standard.

 

 

WBS                   and

Organogram (10%)

Excellent complete, correct, clearly numbered and detailed WBS/PBS. An excellent organogram showing hierarchical structure of the project

organization

Complete and correct WBS showing all relevant work packages but with some errors in numbering.

A very good organogram showing hierarchical structure of the project

organization with minor errors.

Good WBS, complete, but query on content/logic.

A good organogram but query on hierarchical structure of the project organization

Acceptable WBS, but incomplete. Correct diagrammatic form.

An acceptable but incomplete organogram showing hierarchical structure of the project organization

Poor WBS. Very poor attempt at a developing or drawing a WBS. Poor organogram with poor attempt to show the hierarchical structure of the project

organization

Risk Analysis (20%) Innovative approach to risks identification and analysis, detailed and excellent responses planned, with proximity of risks. Very good risks identification and analysis, Some responses planned but not to great extent. Risks identified and analyzed, attempt made at planning responses Risks identified, initial analysis conducted with questionable responses to risks identified An attempt made at identifying risks, but not at risk management.
Quality Assurnce and Control (15%) Excellent identification and classification of stakeholders’ quality expectation, acceptance criteria, quality specification, with detailed measures put in place to control quality aspects of the event Very good identification and classification of stakeholders’ quality expectation, acceptance criteria, quality specification, but not detailed measures put in place to control quality aspects of the event Good identification and classification of at least 3 of stakeholders’ quality expectation, acceptance criteria, quality specification, with detailed measures put in place to control quality aspects of the event Acceptable attempts made at identifying and classifying and addressing at least 2 of the stakeholders’ quality expectation, acceptance criteria, quality specification, with questionable measures put in place to control quality aspects of the event Poor identification and classification of stakeholders’ quality expectation, acceptance criteria, quality specification, with no clear measures put in place to control quality aspects of the event
Introduction, aim/justification for the project, evaluation/analysis of appropriate project management methodology and quality of report presention (15%) Overall aim, objectives & reason for undertaking the project clearly stated and aligned to with strategic goal of the organization. Issues discussed in the methodology section entirely appropriate, with the approach to be taken clearly described, appropriate & rigorous. Material reviewed from all appropriate sources, with good evidence of originality; methodology adopted and material followed a logical, systematic & persuasive

approach with direct relevance to objectives.

Overall aims & objectives of the project clearly            stated; strategic relevance/justification of project indicated; most of the issues with the methodology indicated; Methodology adopted generally appropriate with some argument possible over its rigour. Almost all sources used are generally understood with occasional omissions with respect to the argument; some originality; generally systematic presentation without complete persuasiveness; generally relevant to objectives. Overall aim can be inferred but some lack of clarity in objectives; strategic or wider relevance/justification of project can be discerned with some assumptions necessary; methodology chosen not entirely clear and/or lacks consistent demonstration of relevance.

Some sources omitted but with reasonable grasp of those consulted & with sensible relevance to the argument; no particular originality; some unevenness in presentation; occasional doubt as to relevance to the objectives

Overall aim and/or objectives in some doubt; uncertainty over strategic or broader project relevance; methodology chosen unclear with some arbitrariness discernible; key aspects of the methodology appear to be omitted. Overall, reader placed in a position of having to assume or guess at some elements of the above components. Omission of sources relevant to objectives, some seriously so; some misunderstanding; argument not following a clear thread, unconvincing where discernible, with little attempt to summarize the gist; objectives rarely referred to. Aim unclear, some or all objectives missing; little or no strategic relevance/justification of project stated; Methodology unstated. Overall, the reader left in a position of guessing or ignorance         over above components. Key sources omitted, much misunderstanding; argument must be guessed at, with little or no case made; reader confused as to the thrust of the argument, having to refer constantly to the objectives and/or conclusions, where available

Project Management Assignment Task

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