Page 1 of 8PRM7001DProject Management TechniquesCase Study Based ReportDate for Submission: Please refer to the timetable on ilearn(The submission portal on ilearn will close at 14.00 UK time on thedate of submission)Page 2 of 8Assignment BriefAs part of the formal assessment for the programme you are required to submit aProject Management Techniques case study report. Please refer to your StudentHandbook for full details of the programme assessment scheme and generalinformation on preparing and submitting assignments.Learning Outcomes:After completing the module you should be able to:1. Apply and evaluate the concepts and principles of Project Management indifferent environments.2. Critically evaluate a range of project management strategies and approaches.3. Critically evaluate a range of methodologies, competency frameworks andmaturity models.4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the personal skills and competencies of aprofessional project manager.5. Apply advanced principles of leading and managing project teams to solvecomplex problems.6. Be capable of performing professional project management skills at the APMlevel D competence level and exhibit some of the competencies expected at levelC.7. Perform effectively within the professional environment. Work within a team,demonstrating interpersonal skills such as effective listening, negotiating,persuading and presentation. Be flexible and adaptable to changes within theprofessional environment.Your assignment should include: a title page containing your student number, themodule name, the submission deadline and a word count; the appendices if relevant;and a reference list in Arden University (AU) Harvard format. You should address allthe elements of the assignment task listed below. Please note that tutors will use theassessment criteria set out below in assessing your work.Page 3 of 8Maximum word count: 5,000 wordsPlease note that exceeding the word count by over 10% will result in a reduction ingrade by the same percentage that the word count is exceeded.You must not include your name in your submission because Arden Universityoperates anonymous marking, which means that markers should not be aware of theidentity of the student. However, please do not forget to include your STU number.Page 4 of 8Assignment Task – Case Study ReportConsider the case study by Kiisel available at Project Smart (2011) “What a HeartSurgeon Could Learn from a Project Manager”. You are a Project Manager with someyears’ experience within a Project Management role. A friend who works in a hospitalhas seen this case study, liaised with the Head of Cardiology and they have requestedthat you prepare a report for the surgical team on project management techniquesconsidering how and why these could be beneficial for them to adopt.You have been asked to prepare a report which considers:Question 1a) What project management is and how the project management process alignsplanning and implementing a cardiac surgical procedure including the relevanceof determining and agreeing scope, deliverables and constraints.(15 marks)(LOs 1)b) The relevance of stakeholder analysis. This should consider the needs andinterests of the cardiac surgical team from understanding project managementprinciples. You should include identification of those who can participate in theplanning of surgery and its delivery to optimise its success. Evaluate theimportance of stakeholder analysis to the likely success of surgery.(15 marks)(LOs 2, 6)c) A critical analysis of the relevance and applicability to surgery of:• Planning.• Project lifecycles and use of methodologies.• Building and leading teams.• Tools and techniques which the cardiac surgical team may find useful toplan and monitor project implementation in a surgical setting.(30 marks)(LOs 2, 3, 5, 6)d) A draft project plan which highlights the work breakdown structure and resourcebreakdown structure for a typical cardiac surgical procedure along with how a draftbudget would be developed.(15 marks)(LOs 1, 6)Page 5 of 8Question 2Reflect on your learning from the PMT module. From the perspective of a future projectmanager, what do you perceive to be the key personal skills and competencies of aproject manager? What might be the key challenges with regards to projectmanagement practices and what skills and competencies might you need to effectivelymanage these?Once you have identified your range of skills and competencies, undertake an objectiveself-assessment and determine areas for future personal development incorporatingthese into a personal development plan to be submitted as an appendix to theassignment.(25 marks)(LOs 4, 7)Kiisel, T., 2011, What a Heart Surgeon Could Learn From a Project Manager, ProjectSmart, online, available at https://www.projectsmart.co.uk/pdf/what-a-heart-surgeoncould-learn-from-a-project-manager.pdf [accessed 22/11/17]Page 6 of 8Formative FeedbackYou have the opportunity to submit an outline of your assignment showing the keypoints which you intend to cover to receive formative feedback. This should be nolonger than 2 pages.The feedback is designed to help you develop areas of your work and it helps youdevelop your skills as an independent learner.Your work must be submitted to your tutor by email at least two weeks before thesubmission deadline. This is to allow time for you to reflect on the feedback and draftyour final submission.Formative feedback will not be given to work submitted after the above date.Guidelines:You MUST underpin your analysis and evaluation of the key issues with appropriate andwide ranging academic research and ensure this is referenced using the AU Harvardsystem.The My Study Skills Area on iLearn contains useful resources relating to referencing.You must use the AU Harvard Referencing method in your assignment.Additional notes:Students are required to indicate the exact word count on the title page of theassessment.The word count excludes the title page, tables, figures, diagrams, footnotes,reference list and appendices. Where assessment questions have been reprintedfrom the assessment brief these will also be excluded from the word count. ALL otherprinted words ARE included in the word count See ‘Word Count Policy’ on thehomepage of this module for more information.Page 7 of 8Submission GuidanceAssignments submitted late will not be accepted and will be marked as a 0% fail.Your assessment should be submitted as a single Word (MS Word) or PDF file. Formore information please see the “Guide to Submitting an Assignment” documentavailable on the module page on iLearn.You must ensure that the submitted assignment is all your own work and that all sourcesused are correctly attributed. Penalties apply to assignments which show evidence ofacademic unfair practice. (See the Student Handbook which is on the homepage of yourmodule and also in the Induction Area).Page 8 of 8Assessment Criteria: Level 7 (Learning objectives covered – all) Level 7 is characterised by an expectation of students’ expertise in their specialism. Students are semi-autonomous, demonstrating independence in thenegotiation of assessment tasks (including the major project) and the ability to evaluate, challenge, modify and develop theory and practice. Students areexpected to demonstrate an ability to isolate and focus on the significant features of problems and to offer synthetic and coherent solutions, with some studentsproducing original or innovative work in their specialism that is potentially worthy of publication by Arden University. A clear appreciation of ethicalconsiderations (as appropriate) is also a prerequisite.GradeMark BandsGeneric Assessment CriteriaDistinction70%+Excellent analysis of key issues and concepts/. Excellent development of conceptual structures and argument, makingconsistent use of scholarly conventions. Excellent research skills, independence of thought, an extremely high level ofintellectual rigour and consistency, exceptional expressive / professional skills, and substantial creativity and originality.Excellent academic/intellectual skills. Work pushes the boundaries of the discipline and demonstrates an awareness ofrelevant ethical considerations. Work may be considered for publication by Arden universityMerit60-69%Very good level of competence demonstrated. High level of theory application. Very good analysis of key issues andconcepts. Development of conceptual structures and argument making consistent use of scholarly conventions. Someevidence of original thought and a general awareness of relevant ethical considerationsPass50-59%A satisfactory to good performance. Basic knowledge of key issues and concepts. Generally descriptive, with restrictedanalysis of existing scholarly material and little argument development. Use of scholarly conventions inconsistent. The worklacks original thought. Some awareness of relevant ethical considerations.Satisfactory professional skills (where appropriate).MarginalFail40-49%Limited research skills impede use of learning resources and problem solving.Significant problems with structure/accuracy in expression. Very weak academic / intellectual / professional skills.Limited use of scholarly conventions.Errors in expression and the work may lack structure overall.Fail39% and belowA poor performance in which there are substantial gaps in knowledge and understanding, underpinning theory and ethicalconsiderations.Little evidence of research skills, use of learning resources and problem solving.Major problems with structure/ accuracy in expression.Professional skills not present.Very weak academic / intellectual / professional skills.No evidence of use of scholarly conventions.
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