PRMGT302-20B (NET)

Project Management in Practice

15 Points

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School of Management and Marketing

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Paper Description

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This paper introduces project management through a practical orientation. This paper builds on the technical skills taught in MGSYS300. But, it focuses on the 'soft' skills required for successful project management. Topics covered include: project selection, leadership, ethics, team management and outsourcing. This course will also introduce the Agile project methodology.

More and more organisations are using project management methods in order to survive and prosper in today's competitive world. This paper is targeted at developing understanding about key issues in the use of project management in business with a particular focus on the systems, processes and people issues that are central to all project management. This is relevant to many business subject areas, such as marketing, accounting, manufacturing and communications. This knowledge will be of particular relevance to students who, after graduation, will be working in project-based environments. Students from any academic background should find this paper valuable in day-to-day life and in their future careers.

Three levels of competency are addressed in the paper

  1. I know.
  2. I can do.
  3. I can adapt to new situations.
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Paper Structure

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Topics are delivered via readings, forum discussions, practical exercises, case studies, and videos. Questions and discussions are strongly encouraged via the discussion forums. The lecturer will guide learning and facilitate the forum discussions. Students are expected to take the major responsibility for their own learning.

Class Reps:

As this paper is online, please contact the paper convenor with any issues or concerns. Alternatively, you can email them to the School Manager, Lori Jervis at lori.jervis@waikato.ac.nz.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Understand the key issues that can influence successful project management outcomes
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  • Identify and describe commercial realities of managing projects and potential ethical challenges.
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  • Have experienced the in-depth analysis of several project management case situations and the outcomes that resulted
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  • Gain a better appreciation of challenges project managers face by interviewing an experienced project manager
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Assessment

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Attendance is expected for class sessions. All sessions involve class discussions and most involve case studies. It is expected that students have completed pre-class readings and exercises from the previous class – all this information is shown in the PRMGT302 Schedule.

The course work / final exam ratio is 1:0 (i.e., there is no final exam). The assessment weights are given below:

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Case Presentations
40
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Participation
10
  • In Class: In Workshop
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
3. Quizzes
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Project Manager Interview
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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E.W. Larson, C.F. Gray Project Management: The Managerial Process, 7th Edition, McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.

You MUST have continuous access to this textbook. You are expected to have read the relevant sections of the textbook, as indicated in the Schedule, before class.

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Online Support

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Web support is available via Moodle. Moodle contains copies of the slides used in class, announcements, assessment details and other useful electronic resources.
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Workload

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This is a 15 point paper so you should expect to spend around 150 hours in total during the semester.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Although this paper builds on the topic of project management covered in MGSYS300-Tools for Managing Projects it is not a prerequisite for this paper. The material covered in this paper should be useful to all courses in management studies and other faculties.
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisites: MGSYS101, MSYS111 or equivalent work experience

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: MGSYS202, MGSYS302, MSYS366, MSYS466

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