FS1827: Project Management Principles for Agri-Food Businesses

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 15, Max 30.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 40hr(s) Lectures; 8hr(s) Other (real time project implementation); 100hr(s) Other (small group work); 12hr(s) Other (discussions)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Joanne Uí Chrualaoich, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, Food Industry Training Unit.
Module Objective: To provide a foundation in the principles of formal project management and their application to food businesses.
Module Content: This course will provide an introduction to the basic theories of project management. The course will describe the project management processes, and knowledge areas as well as the different project management methodologies that have emerged. The role of a project manager will be examined, and frequently used project management tools and documentation will be discussed.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Define what a project is and describe the processes involved in successful project management.
  • Complete a project management documentation for relevant projects.
  • Produce stakeholder registers.
  • Define, manage, change and control project scope.
  • Interpret the project manager constraint triangle.
  • Select appropriate scheduling tools for different types of projects.
  • Prepare work breakdown structures, Gantt charts and a critical path diagram for a research project.
  • Prepare a project budget and investigate project resource requirements.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (In-class assignment, 40 marks; 3,600 word application of project management methodology to project, 120 marks; 1,500 word reflective log, 40 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Application project and reflective log.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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