In Field Projects critical analysis (OA7521)


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OA7521 Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of FHEQ (Framework for Higher Education. Qualifications) Level 7, students should understand:
    • The construction of a requirement baseline (including making requirements measurable and characterized) and definition baseline.
    • Both economic and strategic value analysis of projects.
    • Methods to estimate time and cost in projects.
    • Methods to evaluate performance status during execution.
  • Cognitive Skills
    • Critical thinking and creativity: identification and diagnosis of project success requirements and construction of related adequate project management.
    • Learning through reflection on practice and experience.
  • Practical and Professional Skills
    • Organisation of effective kick off reviews, including how to assure that a common view is shared of and within the project.
    • Use of time and cost scorecard to identify execution versus management issues during project execution.
    • Control of project execution with allocated resources.
    • Direction of projects, including how to assure project compliance.
    • Problem solving and decision making: establishing criteria for successful projects and project management.
    • Effective use of Communication and Information Technology (CIT): practical approach of project scheduling software tools (both freeware tools or commercial ones).
    • Effective performance within a team environment and the ability to recognise and utilise individuals' contributions in-group processes: part of the application work is to be performed in teams.
    • Leadership and performance management: design and improvement of decision making processes to control or direct projects

OA7521 Module Content

  • OA7521-C1 (individual): Each student is required to deliver critical analysis of a requirement baseline and/or compliant definition baseline
    • 1.1) Internal consistency of the analysed baseline (conflicting items)
    • 1.2) Internal comprehensiveness of the analysed baseline
    • 1.3) Value of the proposed indicators and validation plan (for requirement baseline) or acceptance criteria and verification plan (for definition baseline)
    • 1.4) Economical justification of the proposed baseline
    • 1.5) Strategic justification of the proposed baseline
  • OA7521-C2 (team): Each team is required to deliver a reflective report to analyse project definition review
    • 2.1) Critical risk and success factors for project definition reviews
    • 2.2) Categories of projects with the perspective of definition review
    • 2.3) Best practices related to categories
    • 2.4) Project engineering (vs system engineering) for project definition reviews
  • OA7521-C3 (individual): Each student is required to deliver critical analysis of a project baseline plan and related project performance measurement plan
    • 3.1) Internal consistency of the analysed project baseline plan and related project performance measurement plan (conflicting items)
    • 3.2) Internal comprehensiveness of the analysed project baseline plan and related project performance measurement plan
    • 3.3) Justification of the analysed project baseline plan
    • 3.4) Justification of the task performance metrics and project performance consolidation system
    • 3.5) Processes in place for the change control of the analysed project baseline plan and/or related project performance measurement plan
  • OA7521-C4 (team): Each team is required to deliver a reflective report to analyse project plan and performance reviews
    • 4.1) Critical risk and success factors for project plan reviews
    • 4.2) Critical risk and success factors for project performance reviews
    • 4.3) Categories of projects with the perspective of plan reviews
    • 4.4) Categories of projects with the perspective of performance reviews
  • OA7521-C5 (individual): Each student is required to deliver a critical analysis of resource limited versus resource unlimited schedules
    • 5.1) Technical construction of the resource unlimited schedule (project network)
    • 5.2) Technical review of the resource unlimited schedule (Critical Path Analysis)
    • 5.3) Justification of the request for resources (from resource unlimited schedule)
    • 5.4) Alignment of project schedule with resource allocation decisions (resource limited schedule)
    • 5.5) Documentation of the project kickoff decision (S-curve)
  • OA7521-C6 (team): Each team is required to deliver a reflective report to analyse project S curve and Earned Value Management System
    • 6.1) Critical risk and success factors for technical construction of project S-curve
    • 6.2) Critical risk and success factors for managerial construction of project S-curve
    • 6.3) Critical risk and success factors for steering decision based upon project S-curve
    • 6.4) Categories of projects with the perspective of Earned Value Management Systems


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