Assessment Information/Brief 2019/20
Project Management, Leadership and Skills: Planning and Control
53406 / 53411 / 53413
MSc Digital Business
MSc International Events Management
MSc Operations Management
Assignment 1 : Project Planning and Control
Creating a detailed business case, project
plan, and schedule including use of Microsoft Project (or equivalent), and discussion of other relevant issues.
Weighting within module
This assessment is worth 50% of the overall module mark.
Submission deadline date and time
Sunday 21st June 2020, 23:59 Zurich time
608f Maxwell Building, 0161 295 4815, email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Assessment set by
Stelios Sapountzis / Kevin Kane
601 Maxwell Building, 0161 295 2239, email: email@example.com
How to submit
A single file is to be uploaded via the campus website of RKC. This should be a Word file to include your business case and project plan. Maximum 3000 words (+/- 10%).
Any diagrams should be included directly in the document as images (not as embedded documents).
You have recently been appointed by an investment company who wish to relaunch the Yang Sing Hotel (see Case Study Introduction below) under a new name after recently buying the building but they have concerns over the problems that caused the Yang Sing Hotel to close.
Your assignment is to write a report on the prospective New Yang Sing Hotel as a project – considering what is likely to go well and what not so well. Your report should therefore focus on the project management aspects including the key risks e.g. loss of money and overrunning its schedule and not meeting the performance requirements expected from a project of this type.
You will need to produce a detailed business case and project plan, and any recommendations to the Project Board that you consider appropriate. You may want to use some of the sub-headings below, but that is entirely up to you: this is not a template.
Discuss in your report, the following for your suggested project:
In addition please discuss the following in your report:
Include a List of References at the end of the document presenting all the sources used.
Please note that you are being assessed on your understanding of Project Management and not the discovery of the ‘correct answer’.
The marking scheme is as follows:
20% of marks for the project plan.
50% of marks for the business case.
20% of marks for the conclusions and recommendations.
10% of marks for presentation, structure and referencing.
ASSIGNMENT CASE STUDY INTRODUCTION
The assignment contains information from news and other sources. We have sought to make this as close as possible to a live project brief. You may wish to conduct relevant research but please do not contact anyone involved without first contacting your module tutor.
Yang Sing hotel Manchester
Advertisement for the hotel
The Yang Sing Oriental offers 48 individually designed bedrooms and suites inspired by the cultures of Japan, China, India, Thailand and beyond fused together in a grade II listed building in the heart of Manchester. We offer a level of service never seen before in the city. Guests can tailor make their service using the online booking system, selecting from our extensive personalised menus from pillows and Japanese silk duvets to your complimentary bathroom products and even which scent will fill your room.
A boutique Hotel which was refurbished from a former paper mill, the hotel extends over seven floors and includes 48 individually designed bedrooms, bar, lounges, breakfast and spa rooms and is located in a prominent position on the corner of Princess and Portland streets, close to the China Town area within Manchester city centre. The conversion of the mill to a hotel cost £4 Million.
This building is a Grade II listed “Manchester” warehouse, with cast iron internal columns, timber beams and masonry external walls. The building had been left vacant for a number of years and extensive repair works were required to prevent further deterioration (to remove dry and wet rot, leaking roof, leaning parapet brickwork etc.), before plans to convert into hotel were developed.
Structural conversion works included removing the original central staircase and lift; constructing a new lift and stair-core, repair and strengthening works to timber floor beams; adaption and strengthening works to roof trusses to allow formation of mezzanine floor to top floor suites; formation of new plant room at roof level; repair of cast iron column, and enhancing stability of external masonry walls. The considerable work required meant that rebuilding and redesign work went over budget and over time.
Yang Sing Closes
Manchester Evening News, 2/3/2009
Yang Sing Oriental, the luxury Manchester city centre boutique hotel, closed its doors today less than eight months after it opened – victim of the deepening economic crisis. The company will be placed into the hands of a liquidator.
Managing director Gerry Yeung, who realised a long-standing ambition when he launched the £8m project in a listed building in Princess Street last July, said: “It is a tragedy. My team are amazing and one of the saddest outcomes of this is that 30 people will be made redundant. Together we have created the best hotel in Manchester and business was growing. Everyone who stayed here loved it, but we couldn’t have picked a worse time to open a luxury hotel: with a global banking crisis, credit crunch, and the worst recession since the 1930s.”
“I have committed an additional £1m of my personal money to the Yang Sing Oriental since it was launched, but with room rates being massively discounted across the luxury hotel market, and with no end to the recession in sight, the business is just not sustainable.”
The nationally renowned Yang Sing Restaurant, located next door and run jointly by Mr Yeung and his brother Harry for more than 30 years, is unaffected by the hotel’s closure.
The Yang Sing Oriental offered 48 individually designed bedrooms and suites inspired by the cultures of the Far East, with rack rate tariffs ranging from £179 – £569 per night.
A statement on the hotel’s website said: “Gerry Yeung and his amazing team at Hotel Yang Sing Oriental deeply regret to inform you that, despite their hard work and best efforts, Yang Sing Oriental Ltd has been placed into liquidation.
“As a result of this, Hotel Yang Sing Oriental closed its doors on Monday 2nd March 2009.
“We thank you all most sincerely for your support and the generous and wonderful reviews that you have kindly sent to us. It has been an honour and a privilege to welcome you to the hotel over the past eight months. We are so glad that you have enjoyed staying with us.”
Critics were impressed by the hotel after its launch. The international travel website TripAdvisor rated the Yang Sing Oriental Number 1 of 147 Manchester hotels in its Popularity Index.
A newspaper travel writer said: “Manchester is a world class destination and has the accommodation to match. It [Yang Sing Oriental] is incredibly stylish, luxurious and laid back…”
Guest feedback on the Late Rooms website showed that 98 per cent of visitors would recommend the hotel and would return.
The hotel was full at the weekend, but guests were taking advantage of rate cuts of up to 50 per cent which are now becoming commonplace across the industry.
Gerry Yeung, the boss of the city centre boutique hotel, told Manchester Confidential that there were a combination of factors all rooted in the economic crisis which have led to the failure of the business.
“We’re operating at 60% capacity at the moment which isn’t too bad but the problem is we can’t get the room rates we need. Even at 60% we’re discounting. In another economic time I believe we would have been fine, but we opened just as things start to get bad globally. We were ambitious too, we wanted to provide very individual accommodation, with 24 hour room service and five star customer service generally.”
Funding for the hotel was provided by the Yeungs, private investors and Natwest Commercial Banking. Total losses are estimated in the region of £7 Million.
Completing your submission
You will also need to take the following into account when completing your assignment:
You are required to follow the University’s regulations regarding plagiarism and citing sources and references used. Assignments may not be submitted late. Marking penalties for late submission will follow the University regulations for PMC and late submission. Lecturers are not able to give extension.
Please follow a report format. Therefore, you should have a title page, contents page, sections and sub sections, page numbers, appendix section etc. Please note if you are uncertain on how to present and structure a report then visit the university library website or ask for assistance.
Please do use diagrams, illustrations, tables, graphics etc. wherever these are helpful, and remember that these do not count towards your word limit. If you do use these, please do not put them in the appendices if they are part of your discussion. Appendices are the appropriate places to put supporting material, however, remember if the reader is satisfied with the main points of your discussion, the supporting information within the appendices may not even be reviewed.
Please try to use theory explicitly at all stages, but do not spend too much time describing a theory. While you must be explicit about the theories, models, techniques etc. that you use, you can assume that the reader is familiar with them. What the reader requires is evidence of your ability to understand and apply the theory and learn from in order to support the development of your findings and/or ideas.
You must cite all sources on which you have relied, for example textbooks, journal articles, web pages etc. using the Harvard Bibliographic referencing system. If you do not cite all sources, then you may be accused of plagiarism, and that may endanger your success in passing the module. If you are in any doubt about how to reference your work, please obtain guidance from the library and/or your academic librarian(s) for this module.
Assessed intended learning outcomes: Knowledge and Understanding
On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:
Assessed intended learning outcomes: Practical, Professional or Subject Specific Skills
Assessed intended learning outcomes: Transferable Skills and other Attributes
The maximum word count is 3000 words (+/- 10%). Your word count is from the introduction to conclusion sections. Therefore, it does not include title page, contents page, reference section, appendices etc. If the assignment exceeds these limits; the work in excess of 3000 is not marked.
All work submitted late will be capped at the pass mark of 50%, there is no sliding scale.
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