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Assignment Question
Choose an organisation with which you are familiar. Your chosen organisation has
employed you as a consultant. Your brief is to write a 2,500 - 3,000 word management
report.
The report should:
Briefly provide background information about the organisation.
Critically analyse how the organisation currently manages and co-ordinates projects in
order to ensure the best possible outcomes.
Evaluate how the organisation uses qualitative and quantitative data to support
decision-making by project managers and/or project management offices.
Make focused recommendations to enable the organisation to more effectively
manage its projects in the future.
Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate an understanding of current Project Management approaches, including:
o An awareness of traditional project management methodologies (PMBOK and
Prince 2).
o An appreciation of the project manager as a disturbance handler and problem
solver.
o Ensuring project process acts as a balance between managing risk, achieving
sustainability and providing a vehicle of opportunity.
Reflect on and critique their own experience in organisations
Appreciate the commercial and behavioural issues in the management of projects
Your End of Module Project should be submitted in a report format and have a word
count of between 2,500 and 3,000 words.

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Unit 1: An Introduction to Project Management
Welcome to Week 1 which will focus on defining the concepts of ‘project’, ‘project
management’ and ‘data-driven project management’ which reflects the utilisation of data
analytics in project management. Projects can be used to achieve many things from planning
a social function, to building an Olympic Park and Village. Whilst all projects may be
focused, time specific and unique, what they seek to achieve and the environment within
which they are being implemented can vary, greatly. It would be naive to assume therefore
that a ‘one size fits all’ approach can be taken to project management. Consequently, we
shall consider contextual factors including the implications of current and future
technologies by using the Fourth Industrial Revolution as a contextual framework. In doing
this we shall consider a range of factors including: the implications of sector (e.g. private
versus non-profit), geography (e.g. local, regional, trans-national projects), and the
technologies/software needed to support remote collaboration in an increasingly globalised
world. We shall also consider the implications of joint ventures and partnerships for inter-
organisation collaborative projects. You will be introduced to some of the principal
methodologies for managing projects. This will provide the foundation for a more detailed
consideration of project methodologies in week 2.
In this unit we shall:
Determine what a project is and why we have ‘projects’.
Define and explain the concept of project management and introduce you to the role and
skills of a project managers.
Consider different project environments and explore a range of contextual factors
including technological developments Define the concept of data-driven project
management and introduce you to the role of data analytics in project management.
Introduce you to the concept of project life cycles and the role of project methodologies.
On completion of this unit you will be able to:
Identify what a project is.
Define and explain the concept of project management and the role of a project manager.
Define and explain the concept of data-driven project management, and appreciate the
role of data analytics in project management.
Explain the implications of context for the determination and design of projects.
Demonstrate an appreciation of project lifecycles and methodologies.
Appreciate some of the technologies/software needed to support remote collaboration.

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Assignment Question Choose an organisation with which you are familiar. Your chosen organisation has employed you as a consultant. Your brief is to write a 2,500 - 3,000 word management report. The report should: • • • • Briefly provide background information about the organisation. Critically analyse how the organisation currently manages and co-ordinates projects in order to ensure the best possible outcomes. Evaluate how the organisation uses qualitative and quantitative data to support decision-making by project managers and/or project management offices. Make focused recommendations to enable the organisation to more effectively manage its projects in the future. Learning Outcomes • Demonstrate an understanding of current Project Management approaches, including: An awareness of traditional project management methodologies (PMBOK and Prince 2). o An appreciation of the project manager as a disturbance handler and problem solver. o Ensuring project process acts as a balance between managing risk, achieving sustainability and providing a vehicle of opportunity. • Reflect on and critique their own experience in organisations • Appreciate the commercial and behavioural issues in the management of projects o Your End of Module Project should be submitted in a report format and have a word count of between 2,500 and 3,000 words. • Unit 1: An Introduction to Project Management Welcome to Week 1 which will focus on defining the concepts of ‘project’, ? ...
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