UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
BSc EXAMINATION 2009
For Internal Students of
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MN3321: PROJECT MANAGEMENT
MN3321R: PROJECT MANAGEMENT - PAPER FOR RESIT CANDIDATES
Time Allowed: Three hours
Attempt FOUR questions (out of eight).
All questions carry equal marks.
No credit will be given for attempting any further questions. Only the
first four questions with answers will be assessed.
? Royal Holloway University of London 2009
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ANSWER FOUR QUESTIONS ONLY
In Project Management we consider a lifecycle of the project, which can be
broken down to 4 overall phases.
a) Name each of these phases and show the order in which these phases take
b) Discuss each phase in detail
Project Management can be considered as a Strategic Capability that is strongly
influenced by the organisations’ ability to coordinate resources and to deploy its strategies via multiple projects.
a) Name and describe two main devices to facilitate strategic programme
b) Projects can be broadly classified as either direct revenue earning or
organisational change projects. Discuss each class of projects in terms of
their characteristics in relation to the organisation and give in each class
The definition of projects is based on a number of key tools/techniques.
a) What is a Work Breakdown Structure and which purpose does it serve?
b) Discuss the usage of process maps and stage gate models with reference to
a particular example.
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MN3321/MN3321R Question 4.
Network diagrams help to deal with complexity and support analysis related to the
a) What is a project critical path and why is critical path analysis relevant?
b) Prepare an “Activity-on-arrow” (A-o-A) diagram for the given list of activities.
c) Calculate the earliest event times and latest event times. Identify the critical
Activity Preceding activity Duration (days)
A B 10
B - 5
C E, H 4
D E, H 2
E F 5
F B 6
G C, D 2
H A 10
Planning and resource allocation are central yet difficult tasks and many projects
a) Describe main features of the Theory of Constraints (TOC) and its
importance. Give examples for constraints in the context of Project
b) Discuss the Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) concept with
comparisons to the original CPM/PERT one. Include a description of the
function of buffers and buffered feeder paths.
Risk management is one of the major responsibilities of a project manager.
a) What is a risk in a project?
b) Discuss in detail each stage of risk management
c) Describe PERT including the time estimates required for its application as well
as useful intermediate and final results.
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MN3321/MN3321R Question 7.
Team management is a fundamental part of project management.
a) Name and discuss different roles in teams and how the distribution of roles
can influence team effectiveness?
b) Discuss how effective teamwork can be promoted as project manager.
In large projects the project manager is regularly confronted with complex
a) What are the basic phases of a systematic and rational decision process
from the perspective of the decision maker.
b) What are decision trees? Discuss their characteristics.
c) Name and shortly describe other techniques to structure and better
understand complex decision making scenarios. (10 marks)
END OF PAPER
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