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20 working days after deadline (L4, 5 and 7)
15 working days after deadline (L6)
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Unit title & code
Project Management BSS060-6
Assignment number and title
2 : Evaluating the Use and Application of Project Management Theory and Methodologies
Weighting of assignment
Size or length of assessment
Unit learning outcomes
1. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of project management theory and methodologies with an in depth knowledge of project management tools and techniques to define, plan and deliver successful projects in your industry/business area.
2. Scope a project and select and use appropriate project management tools and techniques to design and plan a project with the aim of bringing it to successful completion.
What am I required to do in this assignment?
You should write a report, informed by research and your knowledge and experience of planning the project for Assessment 1, justifying the use of PRINCE2, PMBoK OR an Agile approach for managing the Taunton Warehouse project.
Your report should consider how your recommended methodology/approach would support the project, identifying specific features and processes of the methodology which could enable the successful outcome of the project.
The report should also identify any anticipated issues with using the methodology for the project, contrasting where one of the other two methodologies, might offer better support.
Your analysis and justification, must be supported by evidence, from the literature (relevant books and journal papers).
You should use the following report format:
• Business Report Format (see Resources below);
• The report should be 1.5 line-spaced, 12 point font, Times New Roman, or Arial;
• Include references and a bibliography.
What do I need to do to pass? (Threshold Expectations from UIF)
In order to pass Assessment 2 you will need to:
• Demonstrate a reasonable knowledge and understanding of project management theory and methodology
• Demonstrate some analysis and evaluation of the use of project management methodology in the given Project
• Produce a report following the PAD report structure which is largely readable with some spelling and grammar issues. University of Bedfordshire Harvard referencing format followed with a minimum of five high quality references provided.
How do I produce high quality work that merits a good grade?
Refer to the Assessment criteria marking grid, noting what should be produced to achieve Commendation/Distinction level marks. This will be discussed further in class.
How does this assignment relate to what we are doing in scheduled sessions?
The class sessions in Week 4 discuss three key approaches/methodologies for project management. You will have opportunity to consider the use of these methodologies, their benefits and issues. This knowledge will help you to produce the evaluative report for your second assessment.
The class sessions in Week 5 look at academic writing at Masters Level, referencing and reviewing work, to support you in preparing your report for Assessment 2.
A Review session in Week 6 will enable you to have feedback on your draft report so you can improve your report before submission.
How will my assignment be marked?
Your assignment will be marked according to the threshold expectations and the criteria on the following page.
You can use them to evaluate your own work and consider your grade before you submit.
Pass – 40-49%
Pass – 50-59%
Commendation – 60-69%
Depth of knowledge and systematic understanding of project management (PM) theory & methodologies
(30%) Reasonable knowledge and understanding of PM theory and methodology demonstrated Good knowledge and understanding of PM theory and methodology demonstrated Very good knowledge and understanding of PM theory and methodology demonstrated Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of PM theory & methodology demonstrated with appropriate examples
Critical evaluation of the use of PM methodology in the Taunton Warehouse Project
(30%) Some analysis and evaluation of the use of PM methodology in Taunton Warehouse Project Some analysis and evaluation of the use of PM methodology in Taunton Warehouse Project, supported by a few references Good analysis of use of PM methodology in Taunton Warehouse Project, identifying pros and cons of use supported by references Excellent analysis of use of PM methodology in Taunton Warehouse Project, with evaluation well supported by relevant references.
(10%) Report with some spelling and grammar issues. Largely readable. Report with minor spelling and grammar issues. Readable. Well expressed report, with good readability. Well expressed report, clear, logical and highly readable
(10%) PAD report structure used, though report body could be better structured Report mostly logically structured Report logically structured throughout, Excellent, well presented & logically structured report, with good use of references & appendices
Less than 8 high quality references (Books and Journal Papers) Harvard format followed Less than 10 high quality references (Books and Journal Papers) Less than 12 high quality references (Books and Journal Papers) and a Bibliography More than 15 high quality references (Books and Journal Papers) and a Bibliography