Project Risk Management Individual Case Study Assignment Requirement: Using the Scottish Parliament Building as a core case, you are required to discuss the key challenges such large and complex projects pose to successful project risk management (PRM). You should present your findings in the form of a 3500-word report. Your analysis should be structured around the following PRM planning activities both individually and collectively as a process that leads to the development of a consistent and cogent Risk Management Plan: • Risk identification ? • Risk analysis (qualitative and quantitative analysis) ? • Mitigation and risk response development ? • Risk response and control ? As well as evidencing your knowledge of the PRM process, your analysis should demonstrate a clear and critical understanding of the complex network of structural and environmental factors, both internal and external, that comprise the landscape within which such projects are set. It is ESSENTIAL that an appropriate theoretical framework informs your analysis of the case and PRM practice in general. Learning Outcomes Covered To critically review common risk management methodologies and processes To know how to assess risk qualitatively and quantitatively To be able to communicate and document risk To be able to review risk response plans Report Structure Your report should follow the five-stage structure outlined below, which presents five broad areas and sections 2 – 5 are likely to have sub-sections (each with relevant sub-headings). It should also include an Executive Summary at the start. The five broad areas are: 1. Introduction • In the introduction you can introduce the aim and subject of the report. You can tell the reader what to expect: what issue is being explored or evaluated, and if necessary, why. It is often helpful to summarize very briefly the main finding of the report at this point, as this can stimulate the interest of the reader. Grab and keep the attention of the reader in your report. 2. Background/Context Information • In this area you would present an overview of the macro historic, economic, political or social influences and/or the micro factors that enable the reader to put the report issues into context or perspective 3. Development • In this broad area of the report, you would outline key issues, ideas, and practices etc. that are the main focus of the report. You should also present relevant data or information to help build a picture for the reader of what has happened. 4. Discussion • This is the heart of the report – and usually is the most important in terms of the mark you receive! This is where you present your analysis of the issues presented earlier in the report. This is where you interpret, explain and discuss the issues you outlined. In an academic report this should be done by reference to relevant theories, models and practices. 5. Conclusion • This section should bring the report to a close by pulling together the main points emerging from the report and by giving a relatively brief resume of the main or overall conclusions or recommendations reached. Unfair Practice What is Plagiarism (Unfair Practice)? The Oxford English Dictionary defines plagiarism as ‘writing borrowed thoughts as original’. Plagiarism is distinguished from the proper use of sources by its failure to discuss, analyse and acknowledge the influence of another’s work. Students will, of course, use other people’s work and ideas, but there is a difference between this and relying totally on other peoples’ efforts. Plagiarism is Unfair Practice. There are strict University regulations regarding Unfair Practice Procedure and Plagiarism. These are in your Student Handbook and you advised to read these carefully. Each assessment submitted by a student is checked for text matching using the software called TurnItIn; this is to check for plagiarism and collusion. If your work is highlighted as a cause for concern, you will be notified and the information passed to the Regulations Team in Academic Registry who will investigate further. It is unacceptable to pass off the work of someone else as being your own. Your attention is therefore drawn to the Cardiff Metropolitan University Student Handbook available on the website. The Cardiff Metropolitan University Student Handbook defines plagiarism and specifies the consequences of engaging in that practice. What does it cover? Your sources of material must be acknowledged. All information taken from books, journals, handouts etc., must be clearly referenced. All written work (practical written assignments, essays for tutors, assessment essays, essays in examinations, long essays and dissertations, etc.) must be a reflection of a student’s own efforts. All quotations from other sources must be acknowledged. Students who reproduce the words of an author, editor, journalist or critic and attempt to pass them off as their own original work will be heavily penalised. This includes both copying word for word and copying work making slight changes. A subtle form of plagiarism occurs when there is no deliberate intention to deceive, for example making notes from a text and then copying those notes without realising that the words used are the original author’s and not the student’s. However, this is still plagiarism and must be avoided. Direct copying of any material will always be severely penalised and will be brought to the attention of the exam board. Guidelines Things to remember: This is your opportunity to create a really interesting piece of work that demonstrates your capability. To do this, the words you present and write must be your own. NB. When you write others’ words, this must be clearly shown. If you don’t do this you risk punishment, which, at best, may lead to a resubmission and a capped mark (a maximum of 40%). Please don’t cheat.If you are unsure about your style, consult with staff and your tutor/module leader may also be able to give advice. Should you discover that you cannot present/submit on the agreed date then you must communicate these issues to your module leader and provide a mitigating circumstances form with evidence to support your explanation for requiring more time. Note : If you should want to know anything please feel free to contact me through the message board at any time. Thank you for your understanding

 

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