ALLAMA IQBAL OPEN UNIVERSITY, ISLAMABAD (Department of Business Administration) PROJECT MANAGEMENT (5539) CHECKLIST SEMESTER: SPRING, 2011 This packet comprises the following material: 1. Text Books (Two) 2. Course Outlines 3. Assignment No. 1, 2 4. Assignment Forms ( 2 sets ) In this packet, if you find anything missing out of the above mentioned material, please contact at the address given below: Mailing Officer Services Block No. 28 Allama Iqbal Open University H-8, Islamabad Phone Nos. 051-9057711-12 Beenish Ehsan Course Coordinator ALLAMA IQBAL OPEN UNIVERSITY, ISLAMABAD COMMONWEALTH MBA / MPA PROGRAMME) WARNING 1. PLAGIARISM OR HIRING OF GHOST WRITER(S) FOR SOLVING THE ASSIGNMENT(S) WILL DEBAR THE STUDENT FROM AWARD OF DEGREE/CERTIFICATE, IF FOUND AT ANY STAGE. 2. SUBMITTING ASSIGNMENTS BORROWED OR STOLEN FROM OTHER(S) AS ONE’S OWN WILL BE PENALIZED AS DEFINED IN “AIOU PLAGIARISM POLICY”. ASSIGNMENT No. 1 Course: Project Management (5539)Semester: Spring, 2011 Level: MBATotal Marks: 100 Pass Marks: 40 Note: Attempt all questions. Q. 1 (a)As a project manager in banking sector, what will be your role in project development as well as management? 10) b) Explain the criteria for the selection of project manager, with examples. (10) Q.
2(a)Why is it important for project manager to have an understanding of superior, subordinate and functional conflicts? (10) b) What would be the possible reasons for the failure of a project? Narrate along with possible remedies for these failures. (10) Q. 3Discuss in detail with examples:(4+4+4+4+4) a) Slack time b) PERT c) Cost Account Codes d) Essentials of Material Accounting Criterion e) EVALUATION OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE IN TERMS OF PERFORMANCE Q. 4(a)Discuss the essentials of pricing strategies in context of project management. 10) (b)Discuss risk analysis and capital rationing in banking and commercial sector of Pakistan. (10) Q. 5(a)Explain status reporting in project management and apply the same in cement industry of Pakistan. (10) b) Discuss operating cycle and its four stages. Give the answer in relation to Oil and Gas industry of Pakistan. (10) (5) ASSIGNMENT No. 2 (Total Marks: 100) This assignment is a research-oriented activity. You are required to submit a term paper and present the same in the classroom prior to the final examination. Presentation component is compulsory for all students.
You will have to participate in the activity fully and prepare a paper of about 15 to 20 pages on the topic allotted to you. The students are required to prepare two copies of Assignment No. 2. Submit one copy to your teacher for evaluation and the second copy for presentation in the classrooms in the presence of your resource persons and classmates, which will be held at the end of the semester prior to final examination. Include the following main headings in your report:- a) Introduction to the topic b) Important sub-topics c) Practical aspects with respect to the topic d) Review of theoretical and practical situations ) Merits, demerits, deficiencies or strengths of the organization with respect to your topic f) Conclusions and recommendations g) Annex, if any You must use transparencies, charts or any other material for effective presentation. You are also required to select one of the following topics according to the last digit of your roll number. For example, if your roll number is D-3427185 then you will select topic No. 5 (the last digit):- List of Topics 0. Organizing and staffing project office and team 1. Conflicts in project management 2. Project Life Cycle 3. Project Management Software 4.
Project Management in small projects 5. Designing the Statement of Work in project management 6. Important factors to achieve success in Project Management 7. The concept of continuous improvement in project management 8. Need for establishing Project Office 9. Need of project manager and line manager interface PROJECT MANAGEMENT COURSE OUTLINES (MBA-5539) UNIT-1:PROJECT MANAGEMENT GROWTH, ORGANIZING AND STAFFING Core Concepts of Project Management and its Growth Understanding General Systems Historical Prospective of Project Management The Nature and Scope of Project Management Role of Project Manager
Systems, Programs and Projects Differentiating Product versus Project Management Defining Maturity and Excellent Elements of Informal Project Management Phases of Project Life Cycles Project Management Methodologies Systems thinking for the success of Project Management Organizing and Staffing the Project Office and Team The Organizing, Staffing and Environment Considerations for Selecting the Project Manager Essential Skills for Program Mangers Selecting the Wrong Project Manager Project Mangers of 21st Century Job Descriptions and Job Specifications of Project Manager The Organizational Staffing Process
The Project Office The Functional Team in the Project Management Establishment The Project Organizational Chart Problems Influencing Organizational Staffing Considerations for Selecting the Project Management Implementation Team UNIT-2:CONFLICTS AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT Conflicts in Project Environment Objectives and Possible Causes of Conflict The Conflict Environment The Process and Management of Conflict Resolution Understanding Superior, Subordinate and Functional Conflicts Conflict Resolutions Modes Special Topics Performance Measurement on the Horizontal Line Evaluation of Functional Employees
Performance Appraisals and Financial Compensation / Rewards Project Management in Small and Mega Projects Management of R&D Activities Ethics obligation matrix UNIT-3:PROJECT MANAGEMENT TOOLS Networks Scheduling Techniques Fundamental Concepts of Network Defining Graphical Evaluation and Review Technique Types of Interrelationships or Dependences What is Slack Time? Negative Slack and its occurrence Network Re-planning and Restructuring PERT/CPM Estimating Activity Time and Total Program Time PERT/CPM Planning, with Primary and Secondary Objectives Determining Crash Times PERT/CPM Problem Areas Alternative PERT/CPM Models
Difference between GERT and PERT Difference between PERT and CPM Precedence Networks Defining Lag and its use PM Software, Features and Classification Evaluation of PM Software in terms of Performance, Quality and Versatility Problems during Software Implementation Stage Fundamentals of Project Graphics Bar Chart, Other Conventional Presentation Techniques Constructing Logic Diagrams/Networks UNIT-4:PRICING AND ESTIMATING Pricing and Estimating Essentials of Pricing Strategies Types of Estimates Estimate during Project Life Cycle Establishing Pricing Process Work Break Down Structure and Activity Scheduling
Determining Organizational Input requirement, Labor Distributions, and Overhead Rates Determining, Materials, Purchased Parts, Subcontracts, Freight and Travel Costs Pricing out the Work by Controlling Company Resources Smoothing out Department by Eliminating the Scheduling Fractional an hour The Pricing Review Procedure The Systems Approach to Pricing Developing the Supporting Backup Costs Special Problems during Pricing Process Defining and Explaining Project Risks Estimating Pitfalls Essentials of High Risk Projects and low risk projects Applying 10 Percent Solution and its dangers Life Cycle Costing, its Implication, Limitations and Classification Elements of Logistics Support Defining Capital Budgeting Techniques of Capital Budgeting • Payback Period • The Time Value of Money • Net Present Value • Internal Rate of Return Comparing IRR, NPV, and Payback Differentiating Risk Analysis and Capital Rationing UNIT-5:COST CONTROL Cost Control Defining Control System The requirement of Effective Control System
The Operating Cycle and its Four Phases Cost Account Codes and Work Packages Budgets, Variance and Famed Value Recording Material Costs using Earned Value Measurement Essentials of Material Accounting Criterion Variances analysis and its usage Status Reporting and its benefits Problems during Cost Control UNIT-6:PROJECT PLANNING, INTEGRATION AND EXECUTION Planning Planning in general and its main components Important considerations to Identify Strategic Project Variables Life Cycle Phases The Nature and Importance of Proposals for future work Participants Roles in planning The Role of quantitative and qualitative tools of Project Planning
Designing Statement of Work Understanding Project Specifications Considerations for Milestone Schedules The Nature and Rationale of Work Breakdown Structure WBS Decomposition Problems Role of the Executive in Project Selection and Planning Understanding Planning Cycle The need of Work Planning Authorization The Reasons behind Project Stoppage or Failure Handling of Project Phase-Outs and Transfers Scheduling of Activities Preparing Master Production Scheduling Developing Program Plan Essentials of Project Planning What is Project Charter and Management Control The Need of Project Manager and Line Manger Interface The Concept of Fast Tracking
Understating the nature of Configuration Management and Procedural Documentation Already Established Practices, Policies and Procedures for Projects UNIT-7: STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR EXCELLENCE IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT Strategic Planning for Excellence in Project Management Influence of Economic Conditions and Corporate Culture on PM Understanding Strategic Planning in General Strategic Planning for Project Management The Use and Benefits Critical Success Factors for Strategic Planning Important factors to Achieve Success in PM The Nature and Importance of Strategic Resources Strategic and Portfolio Selection of Projects
The Role of Horizontal Accounting in PM The Concept of Continuous Improvement The Need for Establishing Project Office or Center of Excellence Reasons for Strategic Planning Failure Important Considerations for Organizational Restructuring UNIT-8:MODERN DEVELOPMENTS IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT Modern Developments in Project Management Defining and explaining Project Management Maturity Model and its five levels Procedural Documentation and its benefits and challenges Establishing Project Management Methodologies The Concept of Continuous Improvement and the Need of Capacity Planning Defining Competence Models and its advantages Managing Multiple Projects
End of Phase Review Meetings and its new Dimensions UNIT-9: CONTRACTING AND PROCUREMENT IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT Contracting and Procurement Defining Procurement and its objectives The essentials of Requirement, Requisition, Solicitation, and Award Cycles, their implication and usage Defining Contracts and its different types The need of Incentive Contracts Contract Type and Risk Sharing Techniques Essentials of Contract Administration Cycle and its functions Benefits of using Checklist Special Considerations during Proposal-Contractual Interaction Book Recommended: PROJECT MANAGEMENT A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling and Controlling by Harold Kerzner, PhD. ========