Assessment Information/Brief 2020/2021
Assessment task details and instructions:
‘Is it that an effective sponsor is key to effective and successful projects? or
is it the presence of an effective project manager that improves project success?’
The context for your assignment is a project managed by KevKo, a UK business involving the design, build, and handover of a 5G data and telecoms system in the Middle East.
The advent of the COVID 19 pandemic and political instability has badly delayed the project. The project manager is a very experienced and competent person but feels that the business case is not viable given the changed situation.
KK the entrepreneur founder and Chief Executive Officer of KevKo believes that it is the Project Manager that is at fault and that good risk management and a better project manager would have prevented the present problems.
The project steering group have asked the project Sponsor to report on the situation and present possible solutions to the conflict between the CEO and project manager.
Critically discuss the role of the project sponsor in project management utilising appropriate theoretical models to identify how the sponsor should champion the project and relate to the project manager.
In your answer you should discuss issues such as:
You will need to take the following into account when completing your assignment.
Please follow a report format. Therefore, you should have a title page, abstract, contents page, numbered 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 and 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 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
On successful completion of this assessment, you will be able to:
Knowledge and Understanding
On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:
Practical, Professional or Subject Specific Skills
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, abstract, contents page, references section, appendices etc. If the assignment exceeds these limits, the work in excess 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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