Iscuss the risk management process and its interactions with the project lifecycle
This section would normally carry approximately 70% of the overall marks, although this may vary from assignment to assignment. The relative importance between factual content and critical analysis will also vary, depending on the nature of the subject being covered.
Interpretation of question set We would expect there to be an introduction which shows a good grasp of the question and provides a clear outline of the scope of the report. We would not expect you to launch straight in with no attempt to introduce and define the topic. The question set is the one to which we expect an answer, not the one that you think it should have been.
Subject relevance All the material included should be relevant to the report. You should not include irrelevant or repetitive material or that which is tangential to the subject matter.
Factual content The factual material that you include should be correct and of sufficient quantity for the subject covered.
Insight & originality We are looking for clear evidence of your own insight, imagination and innovative thought. Whilst we expect you to use various sources, you should not place too much dependence on material paraphrased from books. Indeed material which is copied directly from books or other sources will be severely penalised (see section 2 of your handbook).
Constructive critical analysis We are looking for a piece of work which is well argued with all the main issues explored and evaluated and the conclusions justified. In this category we would expect more than just descriptive work where there is little analysis or criticism.
Effort and Presentation
This section would normally carry 30 % of the overall marks.
Use of actual examples We would expect answers to incorporate good, relevant use of (own or other) company/industrial examples to illustrate any theoretical points.
Use and presentation of references We would be looking for evidence of a critical and wide-ranging use of relevant literature. Any references should be properly cited and listed and you should appreciate and demonstrate the difference between references and bibliography.
Length The length of the assignment should be appropriate; that is neither too long so that irrelevant material is included nor too brief so as to be unable to cover the necessary material.
Logical structure The structure of each answer should be such that it enables you to develop a logical argument and marshal your ideas clearly. You should not fail to adopt a clear theme or line of argument
Grammar & syntax You should use acceptable standards of grammar and syntax. Whilst some errors of sentence construction, punctuation and/or misuse of words might be acceptable, it is essential that the marker is able to understand your meaning.
Spelling Should be correct. This is especially so where a word processor is used as most have a spell-check capability. If there are a large number of spelling mistakes this would indicate a serious problem.
Project management, a managerial approach, with MS Project 2000
Jack R. Meredith, Samuel J. Mantel.
Wiley; 2001; 5th edition.
Project Management: the Managerial Process
Clifford F. Gray & Erik W. Larson
McGraw-Hill, 2000, 1st edition
Project management demystified, todays tools and techniques,
Spon; 1995; 2nd edition
Advanced Project Management
F.L. Harrison & D Lock.
Gower; 1992; 4th edition
Project management, a systems approach to planning, scheduling, and controlling,
Wiley, 2000, 8th edition
Successful project management, a step by step approach with practical examples,
Milton D. Rosenau, Jr.
Van Nostrand Reinhold, Chapman and Hall; c1992; 3rd edition
Managing Project Risk: Business Risk Management for Project Leaders,
Yen Yee Chong & Evelyn May Brown
Prentice Hall, 2000, 1st edition
ISBN: 0 273 63929 3
Introducing RISKMAN, the European project risk management methodology,
Bruce Carter, Tony Hancock, Jean-Marc Morin, Ned Robins.
Blackwell, National Computing Centre; 1996;
Wiley 1999; 4th edition
Project Management in Manufacturing & High Technology Operations
Adedeji Bodunde Badiru
Wiley, 1996, 2nd edition
Project Risk Analysis and Management Guide
APM, 2nd edition