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Cross-rail, UK railway

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Cross-rail, UK railway

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Explore the role of the Project Manager and the Project Management team to critically analyse the differing ways in which projects can be organised.
The Crossrail railway project is a 118 kilometre east – west route through London to ease congestion.

 

BA/BSc

Year 2

 

2014 – 2015

PROJECT MANAGEMENT
(Course Code: MBUMD2PRM_2)

Assignment 1

Aim

Explore the role of the Project Manager and the Project Management team to critically analyse the differing ways in which projects can be organised.

 

Task

The Crossrail railway project is a 118 kilometre east – west route through London to ease congestion. Some services are expected to begin in 2015, with central London in 2018.

 

What factors are contributing to the success (or not) in the development of this railway from the Crossrail Bill presented to Parliament in 2005, through building to being ready to commence running train services?

 

Students should write a report (1000 words) based on identifying and discussing examples of good and bad practice in the management and development of this project.

 

Following your research into this project, structure your report around the THREE most appropriate of the nine skill and managerial primary elements contained within the Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge shown below.

 

The nine primary elements are:

 

  • ‘Managing the scope of the project in controlling the project through aims, goals and objectives of its sponsors.’
  • ‘Managing costs, required for financial control of the project, accomplished through accumulating, organising and analysing data and reporting cost time and performance information through formalised methods and structures.’
  • ‘Managing time planning, scheduling and controlling the project to achieve the time objectives through recognised control methodologies.’
  • ‘Managing human resources, directing and co-ordinating the administration of people involved in the project.
  • ‘Managing quality, the fulfilment of the quality standards set up for performance of the project.’
  • ‘Managing risk, dealing with the degree of uncertainty of the project through knowledge of and experience with the environment of projects.’
  • ‘Project Integration Management – develop the project charter, scope statement, and Plan. Direct, manage, Monitor and control Project Change.’
  • ‘Project Communications Management – Communications planning, information distribution, performance reporting, managing stakeholders.’
  • ‘Project Procurement Management –Acquisition and Contracting Plan, Sellers responses and selection, Contract administration and contract closure.’

 

Report Question – Marking Guidelines

 

A    Students should start the report with a general discussion acquainting the reader with a definition of Project Management.  It is important to draw upon a variety of academic sources to support their conclusions as to the role and function of project management.  The key roles of managing the Scope, Time, Cost and Performance equation should be considered.

Mark:  15%.

 

B    Students should identity which three key elements of Project Management will be discussed in the report.  These key elements should be broadly drawn from the nine skill and managerial functions / elements contained within the Project Management Body of Knowledge (See previous page).

 

The expectation is that focusing mainly on three of the elements will give appropriate depth and breadth to the discussion.

 

Students must examine and analyse their chosen elements providing both explanation and meaning, relating the theory / best practice / examples to the project being investigated. Correct, clear and concise English must be used.

Mark:  45%.

 

C     Students should draw together their arguments with a concise summary at the conclusion of their report.  The conclusion should restate clearly the reason why the chosen elements are key to successful project management.

Mark:  25%

 

D     The remainder of the marks are for Referencing, Writing Style and Presentation.                                                                      Mark:  15%.

 

NOTE 1: At least FIVE academic references should be included to support any arguments or conclusions provided. References to reports, articles etc for the projects should also be included.

 

NOTE 2: An electronic version of your assignment must be submitted through Turnitin including the standard Business School Frontsheet.  You can submit draft versions of your assignment to Turnitin up to the hand-in date. On that date it will be treated as your final version.