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Assessment Procedures Specific to this Module:

Assessment Procedures Specific to this Module:
Examination 0% Continuous Assessment
1 Important dates (subject to change)
CA Part 1 MS Project Exam – Individual 30% in class 24/11/15
CA Part 2 Presentation – Group 30% in class 8/12/15 – Topic: Justification for choosing a Project Management Methodology early in the PM process. Max 12 minutes per group.
CA Part 3
This is an individual CA with a value of 30% of the overall module marks.
The CA is due to be submitted to Moodle by midnight Tuesday 15/12/15.
You are expected to take the initiative and engage in independent research and learning.
The report should be no less than 2000 words and no more than 2500 words excluding table of contents, cover page, table of figures etc., diagrams, reference list/bibliography and appendices. Failure to meet this target will incur a 30% penalty.
The report must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document and must conform to the referencing guidelines and specifications for written work available on Moodle.
The report must be based on careful analysis of the research undertaken and consist of well-considered argument properly supported by the facts uncovered. You must provide a comprehensive reference list which is properly cited in the body of the text.
Incorrect spelling and grammar will be penalised.

2 Topic
Project management practices are not the norm for many organisations. Projects typically exist outside the formal process-orientated activities associated with many companies. As a result, some companies find it very difficult to successfully complete a project in conjunction with other company activities.

Using a company you work for, or are very familiar with, conduct research and explain in some detail the reason(s) for project failure within this organisation.

It should begin with an introduction to the organisation & project. It should identify and explain in some detail the reason(s) for project failure. This may be grouped by strategic, cultural and/or structural issues that have impacted on the project. IT project may have other specific issues that should be explained. You should include a conclusion in your report.
Reports to be uploaded to Moodle by 15/12/15 Hardcopy also to be handed to the lecturer. Failure to provide a hard copy will result in a zero grade even if you have submitted your work to Moodle. It is not necessary to bind the report and simply stapling the report is preferred.
Except in very exceptional circumstances, reports will not be accepted after this date and time.
Unless the circumstances are exceptional, late submissions will carry a 20% penalty for each day, or part-of, later than the specified submission date.
4 Report Structure (as above)
Cover page
Automated Table of Contents, Table of Tables, and Table of Figures
Conclusions
List of references in alphabetical order
Appendices

5 Word Formatting
Times New Roman, Font 12, Justified text and 1.5 line spacing.
6 Research
For this CA, it is expected that the points you make in the report will be backed up by research and references obtained from reputable sources such as books, research papers, journals, white papers, conference proceedings and other sources. The online database collections in the ITB library e.g. Emerald Fulltext are a good source of reputable research.
Please avoid the use of promotional literature, brochures and other material you may happen upon on the internet – these are not reputable sources and will result in a very poor mark.

7 Academic Honesty
Any work that you submit must be your own. Any help you receive from whatever source must be acknowledged in the work submitted. Failure to acknowledge the source of a significant idea or approach is considered plagiarism, and will result in a zero grade for your report and possibly further disciplinary action. You are strongly advised to study the College Policy on Plagiarism which is available on Moodle. The report will be submitted via Turnitin, ITB’s anti-plagiarism software tool.
8 Marking (see marking scheme below)
Your grade will be determined largely by how well you demonstrate effort, understanding, knowledge, research, analysis, reflection, synthesis, interpretation, structure, argument, and conclusions.
9 Why you Might Lose Marks
Grammar and spelling. Make sure that you proofread your report. Ideally, get someone else to check it also. Don’t forget to use the spellchecker!
Plagiarism. The report should be mostly your own words describing your views on things i.e. your own work. Of course, you will use the work of others to support what you say but you must make sure that you give others credit where it is due. Otherwise you may get zero marks and/or get into difficulties with the institute.
Structure of the report. Make sure you lay it out as described in section 4 above. Also make sure that your writing has a structure / flow / logic / consistency to it.
Formatting: Set up your document according to the ‘Specifications for the Presentation of Written Work’ document.
Too many quotations. Direct quotations from sources may be essential at times but use them sparingly. A serious of long quotations, one after the other, is not acceptable as remember; the report should be mostly in your own words.
Over use of paraphrasing: Don’t fall into the trap of finding an article, book, white paper, case study, web site or pages, or other sources and paraphrasing them to answer large parts of CA. you will not get away with this so your own thoughts, ideas, views and work please!
No evidence of reputable research or the use of sources outside recommended texts or lecture notes.
Straying off the topic and providing irrelevant information. You must stick to the topic provided.
Referencing: you must follow the Harvard system fully including in-text citation. Other systems are not acceptable.
Content: does not demonstrate sufficient effort, understanding, knowledge, research, analysis, reflection, synthesis, interpretation, structure, argument, and conclusions. 100%

Marking Scheme
CATEGORY >70% 60-70% 50-60% 40-50% <40%
Mechanics 10% No misspellings or grammatical errors. Applies original instruction in relation to font, style, spacing & layout. Very Few misspellings and/or mechanical errors. Applies some but not all of the font, style, spacing & layout requirements. Few misspellings and/or mechanical errors. Applies some but not all of the font, style, spacing & layout requirements. Misspellings and/or grammatical errors evident. Inconsistent application of some but not all of the font, style, spacing & layout requirements. Many errors in spelling or grammar. Very poor or no application of font, style, spacing & layout requirements.
Sources 10% Excellent source information collected for all graphics, facts and quotes. All documented in desired Harvard format. Very good source information collected for all graphics, facts and quotes. Most documented in desired Harvard format. Good source information collected for all graphics, facts and quotes. Most documented in desired Harvard format. Source information collected for graphics, facts and quotes, but not documented in desired Harvard format. Very little or no source information was collected. Unable to use the required Harvard format.
Content 70% Excellent coverage and depth of topic with details and examples. Subject knowledge is excellent. Very good knowledge about the topic included. Very good examples used. Includes essential knowledge about the topic. Subject knowledge appears to be good and examples used. Includes essential information about the topic but there are some factual errors. Examples may not be relevant. Content is minimal or there are several factual errors. Minimal or incorrect examples used.
Organisation 10% Excellent introduction & conclusion. Content is well organised using headings or bullet lists to group related material. Very good introduction & conclusion. Uses heading or bullet lists to organise the report. Good introduction & conclusion. Content is logically organised for the most part. Introduction & conclusion evident. Uses some headings or bulleted lists to organise, but the overall organisation of topics appears flawed. There was no clear or logical organisational structure, just lots of facts.

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