why this important for the organisation and/or wider community; explain reasons, expected benefits & dis-Benefits, deliverables, milestones, key stakeholders, exclusions/inclusions, constraints and any assumptions made.

WESTMINSTER BUSINESS SCHOOL

SCHOOL OF APPLIED MANAGEMENT

Module Title: Project Management

Module Code: 5BDIN002W

Assessment title: Individual Portfolio (3000 words)

Assessment weighting: 75%

Assessment deadline: 12th April 2023 @1300 hours

Semester 2, 2022/2023

Assessment Brief

This Individual Project Portfolio is designed to assess individual student’s knowledge gained over the twelve weeks in lectures, seminars, and workshops. The students are supposed to Work in groups by selecting one of the project scenarios below. Please Note,

-This is an INDIVIDUAL REPORT. You may only use the artefacts, relevant tools, and techniques from the group work undertaken in classes, but you are not allowed to copy the actual text from another group member(s). Everyone needs to produce his/her own report in his/her own wording and provide understanding and justification of the project work undertaken. 

- Please avoid plagiarism by undertaking all the applicable measures, providing a full referencing list and in-text citations. 

The assessment will appreciate the importance of formal procedures associated with successful project management together with demonstrating the knowledge of project finance in assessing and profitability of projects. This assessment assesses the modules learning outcomes LOs 1-5. A video briefing is also available for this assessment which can be accessed directly via Blackboard or by clicking here

Assessment Details

·Weighting: 75% of the total module mark

·Referencing: Westminster Harvard Referencing

·Length: 3000 words

oWord count includes Executive Summary (up to 200 words), Figures and Tables. Each table and figure count 150 words towards the total word limit.

oReferences and Appendices are excluded from the word count

·Submission Format: Individual (Online via Blackboard)

Project Scenarios:

You need to choose ONE of the projects as a group from the list below:

1.Design a Travel package for 20 tourists for a visit to Madame Tussauds, London

2.Design a fund-raising event for Oxfam International for supporting vulnerable community in the UK

3.Design a system to support elderly age citizens in the age group of 70-80 to use London council e-services

4.Design a plan for relocation of a manufacturing facility of automobile company from abroad to the UK.Choose any automobile company.  

5.Design a project for installation of Electric vehicle charging facility in the London city

 Note: For all these projects, assume the following:

·Time: within 3 months (+/- 3 weeks)

·Cost: within £10,000 (+/- £1,000) 

Assessment Specifications

This Individual Report is based on the project you have chosen as a group and have undertaken project planning during the semester. You need to consider the formative feedback received in the classes/tutors to produce a written report covering the following areas individually. Link to the theory where necessary:

1. Project Justification

Include a business case and provide justification for choosing this project; why this important for the organisation and/or wider community; explain reasons, expected benefits & dis-Benefits, deliverables, milestones, key stakeholders, exclusions/inclusions, constraints and any assumptions made.

2.Project Time Management

Explain why the scheduling and time management is important for your project; how you have used theoretical knowledge for its appropriate application.This section includes the following aspects:

·Create a Work breakdown structure for your project

·Time Estimation and creating an activity list

·Network Diagram and Critical Path Analysis

·Gantt Chart using a professional project software

3.Project Finance and Cost Management

Explain the reasons of using project finance and cost management in your project; what tasks you performed; how the theory helped you to apply financial concepts. This section includes the following aspects.

·Cost Breakdown: Demonstration of costs associated in project

·Costing including contingency funds

·Any additional tables supporting costing

4.Project Risk and Stakeholder Management

a.For Risk Management

Why risk management is important; how the risk management has helped to control/mitigate risk in your projects; what are the steps you have undertaken to do risk management in your project considering the following:

·Evidence of Risk Identification – What strategies did you apply?

·Risk Assessment – Evidence of tools used like Probability vs Impact Matrix

·Risk Planning – What are the responses plan?

·Evidence of Risk Register

b.Stakeholder Management

Why the stakeholder management is important in your project; what are the steps you have undertaken to perform stakeholder management in your project considering the following:

·Evidence for the Identification of the Stakeholders

·How the identified stakeholders could help or hinder the project

·Carry out a stakeholder analysis using Power vs Interest Matrix

·Develop a comprehensive stakeholder communication plan 

5.Personal Reflection and Lesson learned from the groupwork

Demonstrate your personal and group learning using theory considering the following aspects:

·What were your contributions as an individual within the group?

·What skills, abilities or knowledge did you use to support your group members?

·What are your strengths and weaknesses you figured out because of group working?

·What hard, soft or leadership skills you gained because of undertaking this project?

·What were the lessons learned and how would you apply in future for better individual and group working?

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria and weightings show you what is important in the assessment and how marks are shared across each criterion. When you are completing your assessment remember you need to fulfil the brief and the assessment criteria below. At the end of this document, we have provided you a more detailed marking grid, which describes both the expectation for each criterion and how marks would be awarded based upon performance.

Criterion

Weighting

Project Justification & Business Case Development

20%

Project Scheduling & Time Management

20%

Project Finance and Cost management

15%

Project Risk and Stakeholder management

20%

Personal Reflection and Group Learning

15%

Presentation, Structure, References

10%

The University has arrangements for marking, internal moderation and external scrutiny. Further information can be found in Section 12 of the Handbook of Academic Regulations, westminster.ac.uk/study/current-students/resources/academic-regulations 

Anonymous marking

Do NOT include your name or student number within the file name or anywhere within your submission. The submission will be subject to anonymous marking. Having logged into blackboard the system will record your details anonymously and tutors will only see your name after the entire submission has been assessed and provisional marks have been released to all students at the same time. 

Referencing requirements for the assessment

Statements, assertions and ideas made in coursework should be supported by citing relevant sources. Sources cited in the text should be listed at the end of the assignment in a reference list. Any material that you read but do not cite in the report should go into a separate bibliography. Unless explicitly stated otherwise by the module teaching team, all referencing should be in Westminster Harvard format. If you are not sure about this, the library provides guidance (available via the library website pages). 

The deadline and submitting your coursework - checks

Unless indicated otherwise, coursework is submitted via Blackboard.

The deadline for this assessment is 12th April 2023 at 1300 hours. This means that your work should be fully uploaded before 1300. The University would treat your submission as late, if your work has not been fully uploaded and stored on the server before 1300. In order to avoid your submission being marked as late, you should upload your work as soon as possible before the deadline and must not wait until or just before the deadline to start uploading your work.

At busy times the coursework submission process may run slowly. To ensure that your submission is not recorded as a late submission, avoid submitting very close to the deadline.

To submit your assignment:

  1. Log on to Blackboard at  http://learning.westminster.ac.uk;
  2. Go to the Blackboard site for this module;
  3. Click on the ‘Submit assessment’ link in the navigation menu
  4. Click on the link for the assessment;
  5. Follow the instructions, ensuring that you have selected the correct file to upload.

REMEMBER

It is a requirement that you submit your work in this way. All coursework must be uploaded by 13:00 (UK Time on the due date).

If you submit your assessment late but within 24 hours or one ‘working’ day of the specified deadline, 10% of the overall marks available for that assessment will be deducted as a penalty for late submission, except for work which is marked in the marginal pass rate range (9% above the pass mark) and in this case the mark would be capped at the pass mark.

If you submit your coursework more than 24 hours after the specified deadline you will be given a mark of zero for the work in question.

Difficulties in submitting assignments on time

If you have difficulties for reasons beyond your control (e.g. serious illness, family problems etc.) that prevent you from submitting the assessment, make sure you apply to the Mitigating Circumstances board with evidence to support your claim as soon as possible. Further details can be found on the following URL: https://www.westminster.ac.uk/current-students/guides-and-policies/assessment-guidelines/mitigating-circumstances-claims

If you are unsure about the above information, you should seek academic support from your module leader, personal tutor or your course leader. You will find details of your module leader in this module’s handbook, and you can find the name of your course leader and personal tutor from your “My Student Records” page via the University’s student portal.

why this important for the organisation and/or wider community; explain reasons, expected benefits & dis-Benefits, deliverables, milestones, key stakeholders, exclusions/inclusions, constraints and any assumptions made.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT & FEEDBACK ARRANGEMENTS

For this assessment, there will be an opportunity for an academic support & drop-in sessions, where you will receive support and feedback on your assessment prior to submission. Formal formative feedback sessions are also designated. For assessment 2, opportunity for formative feedback will be available in Week 10 & 11 during the seminars and workshops. There will also be opportunities to receive academic support during lectures through allocated questions and answers sessions and through the discussion board on the module blackboard site.

After submission, summative feedback will be provided online via blackboard, where feedback takes the form of an indication of performance on the provided making grid. You will also receive a number on key points of strength, weakness and academic skills you can improve upon. We aim to provide you this feedback within 15 working days (on 5th May 2023) and after the feedback has been released online there will also be an opportunity to meet with marker for oral feedback submission within your course.

Academic integrity

What you submit for assessment must be your own current work. It will automatically be scanned through a text matching system to check for possible plagiarism.

Do not reuse material from other assessments that you may have completed on other modules. Collusion with other students (except when working in groups), recycling previous assignments (unless this is explicitly allowed by the module leader) and/or plagiarism (copying) of other sources all are offences and are dealt with accordingly. If you are not sure about this, then speak to your class leader.

University of Westminster Quality & Standards statement

Plagiarism is a particular form of cheating. Plagiarism must be avoided at all costs and students who break the rules, however innocently, will be penalized.  It is your responsibility to ensure that you understand correct referencing practices. As a University level student, you are expected to use appropriate references and keep carefully detailed notes of all your sources of material, including any material downloaded from the www.

Explain why the scheduling and time management is important for your project; how you have used theoretical knowledge for its appropriate application

Plagiarism is defined as submission for assessment of material (written, visual or oral) originally produced by another person or persons, without acknowledgement, in such a way that the work could be assumed to be your own. Plagiarism may involve the unattributed use of another person’s work, ideas, opinions, theory, facts, statistics, graphs, models, paintings, performance, computer code, drawings, quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words, or paraphrases of another person’s spoken or written words.

Plagiarism covers both direct copying and copying or paraphrasing with only minor adjustments:

·a direct quotation from a text must be indicated by the use of quotation marks (or an indented paragraph in italics for a substantive section) and the source of the quote (title, author, page number and date of publication) provided;

·a paraphrased summary must be indicated by attribution of the author, date and source of the material including page numbers for the section(s) which have been summarized. 

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