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School of Engineering and DesignUG and PG Taught Programmes
Module code:
Assessment title:
Project Management
Module leader:
Dr. H Makatsoris
Main objectives of the assessment:
To enable students to exhibit their appreciation of the taught course material, especially tounderstand how to apply techniques covered in the course and to enable them to show howto extend these to examples.
Brief Description of the assessment:
12 quantitative and qualitative questions based largely around a case study example coveringmost aspects of the taught module and inviting discussion and speculation to showawareness. The questions are marked in varying amounts: 5 marks each (questions 8 and 9),10 marks (question 3), 16 marks (question 4) and the remainder with 8 marks each. Theassignment paper comprises questions and case study descriptions and table of the normaldistribution. Other essential information may be found in the course notes and/or lectureslides. A calculator will be necessary.
Learning outcomes for the assessment(refer to the appropriate module learningoutcomes)A Knowledge and understanding
1. Describe what is meant by projectmanagement, and when to apply it.2. Understand the strategic context andimportance of project management, and theappropriateness of some managementtechniques.
B Cognitive (thinking skills)
3. Recognise problems suited to projectmanagement techniques, including teambuilding and resource planning andmanagement.4. Analyse and decide appropriate means ofpeople and resource management for projects
C Other skills and attributes(Practical/professional/transferable)
5. Be able to use some tools and techniquesfor project management6. Appraise the importance of teams and teamworking in project management
 Assessment criteria:The students will be required to:
Answer 12 questions covering moduletopics with reference to course notes andother literature if desired. The questionsask students to use taught techniques toanswer some factual questions but also, foroptimum results, to speculate using thesetechniques and to discuss the presentedcase study situation.
Assessment method by which a student can demonstrate thelearning outcomes:
Factual answers to questions and discussion and interpretation in asingle report that is marked by module teacher.
100% of modulemarks
Format of the assessment/coursework: (Guidelines on the expected format and lengthof submission):
Format is logical sequence of answers to the set questions, including diagrams, calculationsand description. Typical length of report c15 pages including diagrams.
Assessment date/submission deadline:Please submit no later than 16.00 on Monday, 27 April 2009, at the Taught ProgrammesOffice
School of Engineering and DesignUG and PG Taught ProgrammesIndicative reading list:
1. Course notes and lecture notes for module2.
literature (if desired):
‘Project Management: A Managerial Approach’, Meredith J.R. and Mantel Jr. S.J. (John Wiley
& Sons, New York 1995)
Other information
School of Engineering and DesignUG and PG Taught Programmes
Assignment: Project Management Module
Capstick Limited is a medium sized company employing 300 people that wasestablished 30 years ago by the present Chairman, John Smith. The organisation andkey individuals are described in figure 1. John is an engineer and takes a great interestin the technical challenges faced by his company, and who has built his businessbased on a close relationship with his customers where he has endeavoured to supporthis design creativity with the ability to control directly the manufacturing quality. Thecompany manufactures automotive components for major tier one suppliers to the carmanufacturers and is constantly under price and quality pressure. The components aremachined alloy castings, with pressed in bearings and shafts and perform a criticalfunction in a car engine. The company owns the technology inherent in the product,although the customer specifies the design specification and mating dimensions. Onemajor customer has demanded that the products be reduced in price from £18 to £15each, although he is prepared to negotiate a 5-year contract to take these products at arate of 100000 per year at this new price. If the company continues to charge morethan £15, the customer, depending on the price, is likely to take their businesselsewhere. There is therefore a risk that the 100000 units sold each year will cease to
 be ordered. The company currently manufactures the products on a ‘semi
production line, which, if the business were lost, would cost £85k to close down. Inaddition the Company has recently specified and received a quote for a fullyautomated line that will offer significant cost savings.The product cost breakdown is as follows:Cost of manufacture, current production methods: £16Cost of manufacture, automatic operation: £13The current production equipment is written off, so there are no depreciation costs,however, there are maintenance costs of £10k per year, with an attendant risk,estimated at 30% in 5 years, of a major breakdown costing £50k to rectify.The proposed new automated equipment will cost £500k, paid after commissioning
and funded by money from the Company’s investment account where it receives 15%
per year growth. The company policy is to depreciate such equipment to zero over 5years so that it would have no residual worth after 5 years. Any breakdowns will besubject to warranty cover over the first three years and this is included in the price:subsequent maintenance charges will be £20k and £30k in years 4 and 5 respectively.The Company has estimated the risks of the customer taking their business elsewhereas follows:Unit price: £15 £16 £17 £18Risk: 0 30% 70% 100%The Company also came up with an alternative strategy: to close the present facilityand to sub-contract the manufacture of the products. It obtained a quotation for this at£15.50 per unit for 100000 units per year for 5 years.

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