PROJECT PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT

SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMH723673
Module Leader David Harrison
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Mechanical Engineering
Trimesters
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module aims to develop in the student, the ability to select, develop and plan an MSc research project; to research and critically analyse the literature associated with the project; to present research findings effectively; and to be able to apply a competent process of thinking to all aspects of the project. In addition, the module aims to give the student an appreciation of the relationship between these skills and those associated with industrial project management.

Syllabus

Searching: techniques to carry out literature survey; computer searches; role of supervisors and librarian. Thinking and Analysing: Analysis of processes associated with good thinking to include using evidence skilfully and impartially; looking for unusual approaches to complex problems.; understanding the differences among conclusions, assumptions and hypotheses. Selecting and Justifying Research Topic. Topic selection processes; techniques for generating research topics, feasibility of research purposes; value of research; scope of research; selection of supervisor(s). Planning the Project. Tools for planning, monitoring and control. Critical evaluation of differences between full-time and part-time modes of study. Working with constraints. Running a Project. Organising and managing projects. Searching: techniques to carry out literature survey; computer searches; roles of supervisor(s) and librarian. Thinking and analysing: Analyses of processes associated with 'good' thinking to include using evidence skilfully and impartially; looking for unusual approaches to complex problems; understanding the differences among conclusions, assumptions and hypotheses. Presentation of Research Findings: Oral presentation techniques; poster presentation techniques and written presentation techniques; structure, style and content. Planning and Running a Project: Tools for planning, monitoring and control. Organising and managing projects. Safe and Ethical working The relationship between ethics and the workplace. Key principles of ethically sound work. Good practice and professional codes of conduct.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Search and critically analyse relevant literature.2. Think critically, effectively and efficiently about their work and the reported work of others.3. Plan and manage projects within the time and resource constraints imposed. Critically analyse project management methods used in case studies.4. Have a comprehensive awareness of the role and importance of project planning operations in the workplace.5. Develop promote and apply safe and ethical systems of work through a fundamental understanding of the ethical and safety requirements which should be fulfilled in the MSc Project.6. Solve problems related to real systems and critically evaluate the solutions.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

In line with University Strategy for Learning. To support the student learning experience this module's lectures and seminars are carefully structured to present a consistent and logical progression of issues and concepts. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. 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Indicative Reading

Relevant topics from the following books: The Management of a Student Research Project, K Howard and JA Sharp, Gower Publishing, 2014 Teaching Thinking Skills, JB Baron and RJ Sternberg, Freeman & Co., 2007 Project Management, H Maylor, (2013) Pitman Publishing, ISBN 0 273 61236 0. Project Management: The Management Process, C F Gray and E W Larson. McGraw-Hill (2012) ISBN 0-07-116316-6 Levine, S J (2013) Writing and Presenting your Thesis or Dissertation http://www.cla.sc.edu/LING/grad/advising/Dissertation-Thesis-Guide.html (Accessed 24.02.09) Sunyit Thesis Handbook <http://www.tele.sunyit.edu/ThesisHandbook.html> [accessed 27-04-14] Levine, S J (2013) Writing and presenting your Thesis or Dissertation <http://www.cla.sc.edu/LING/grad/advising/Dissertation-Thesis-Guide.html> [accessed 27-01-15]

Transferrable Skills

Development of higher level cognitive skills including analysing and synthesising skills. Acquire a detailed knowledge and understanding of the specialism informed by the forefront of the subject. Critical thinking and problem solving in particular through consideration of the evolution of risk and the effect on the evolution of risk and the effect on the workplace environment. Development of higher level cognitive skills including analytical and synthetic skills. Communication skills written, oral and listening. Independent working through interpretation and presentation of research findings. Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to issues. Identify, conceptualise and plan complex issues. Deal with complex issues and make informed judgements in the absence of complete data. Development of higher level communicative skills. D1 Specialist knowledge and application D2 Critical thinking and problem solving D3 Critical analysis D4 Communication skills, written, oral and listening D5 Numeracy D6 Effective information retrieval and research skills D7 Computer literacy D8 Self confidence, self discipline & self reliance (independent working) D9 Awareness of strengths and weaknesses D10 Creativity, innovation & independent thinking

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (PT) 6.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Lectures (PT) 30.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 126.00
Tutorials (FDL) 8.00
Independent Learning (PT) 86.00
Assessment (FDL) 16.00
Assessment (PT) 16.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Independent Learning (FT) 86.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Lectures (FT) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 45% Oral Presentation (with a Poster or PowerPoint Presentation) (Learning Outcomes 4,5 6)
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 45% Analytic Capability - Journal Paper review and analysis (Learning Outcome 1, 2 and 3)