SEMESTER ONE EXAMINATION – JANUARY

SEMESTER ONE EXAMINATION – JANUARY 2021MAINDEPARTMENT:Engineering and MathematicsMODULE TITLE:Project and Quality ManagementMODULE LEADER:Ramin BahadoriSUBMISSION DEADLINE:05 Jan 2021 at 10:00 am GMTS

SEMESTER ONE EXAMINATION – JANUARY 2021MAINDEPARTMENT:Engineering and MathematicsMODULE TITLE:Project and Quality ManagementMODULE LEADER:Ramin BahadoriSUBMISSION DEADLINE:05 Jan 2021 at 10:00 am GMTSUGGESTED DURATION:2 hours_____________________________________________________________Complete ALL the information required below:Leave the below table blank.Question numberFirst markSecond markAgreed final markTotal%ModeratorEXAMINATION CONDUCT:1. The University Academic Conduct Regulation outlines the behavioural expectations of candidates completing any examination.2. Students are responsible for ensuring that they know how to submit their exam script, when the deadline is and that they submit the script in enough time before the deadline expires. It is anticipated that Blackboard will be slower around submission times.3. It is a fundamental principle that students are assessed fairly and equitably. The University Academic Conduct Regulation defines unfair behaviour relating to an examination to be ‘cheating’. The University will investigate and may sanction any acts or behaviours which breach the Code of Academic Conduct.4. In view of the University Covid-19 response and the exceptional actions necessary to conduct off-campus exams, all students are reminded that this is an individual task and that students who contact or collude with other students to complete their exam may be subject to sanction later.Student First NameStudent SurnameStudent IDModule NameProject and Quality ManagementCourse TitleModule Code55-703365DepartmentEngineering and MathematicsMODULE CODE: 55-7033652INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES:1. You must download the exam paper, work on the questions offline and submit your answer(s) using the same file to the submission point by the given deadline.2. Whilst the release period for this exam is a 24-hour period, this exam should take you no longer than the above-suggested duration to complete. Please be sensible about the amount of time you spend completing and submitting your work and make allowance for technical issues prior to the deadline.3. This is an OPEN BOOK/ONLINE examination.4. Begin to answer the questions from page 7, each answer on a new page, clearly indicating the question number.5. You Must Answer All FOUR Questions.6. Academic support will be available in two 1-hour slots (Blackboard Collaborate) between:Slot 104 Jan 2021 at 11:00 to 12:00 GMTSlot 204 Jan 2021 at 14:00 to 15:00 GMT7. It is possible that you may encounter technical issues during the exam; if you have any difficulty with IT you should consult the below student guidance document on My Hallam which contains useful information on hints and tips, contact numbers and links to support: https://www.shu.ac.uk/~/media/home/myhallam/Guides/student-exam-guidance.docx8. Any changes or clarification to the exam paper will be communicated via the module Blackboard site announcements. It is recommended that students monitor Blackboard announcements prior to submission of their final script but particularly in the first hour after the release of the exam paper.9. Further guidance, including what to do if you are unable to submit, can be found on Assessment4Students.MODULE CODE: 55-7033653Q1: In a hydroelectric project (Hydroelectric Power Plant 1000 MW), the overall work breaks down structure consists of four sub-projects, which are:• Sub-Project 1 is engineering services (studies) and workshop supervision• Sub-Project 2 is ancillary executive activities• Sub-Project 3 is the main construction operation of the dam and power plant• And Sub-Project 4 is the construction and installation of electrical and mechanical equipment for dams and power plantsThe project manager has assigned an independent manager for all projects and a comprehensive and detailed project schedule has been prepared and based on it, progress charts of each project have been identified. Table 1 shows the total budget and time (Baseline) required for each sub-project and the whole project.Table 1: Baseline plan for the completion of Sub-Project and the whole ProjectSub-Project 1Sub-Project 2Sub-Project 3Sub-Project 4Whole ProjectBudget at Completion (BAC) (£ million)60014006000200010000Schedule at Completion (SAC) (month)7230726072About 24 months have passed since the start of the project. The main stakeholders (i.e. Investors) want to know what the performance of each “Sub-Projects” and the “Whole Project” have been and what the forecasts will be. Hence, you as a senior Project Analyst are assigned for this task. Based on the actual information obtained from the project financial and physical reporting system, you have extracted and aggregated the actual values on this date (month 24) for each project in Table 2.Table 2: aggregated values corresponding to actual values (£ million) at the assessment date (month 24)Sub-Project 1Sub-Project 2Sub-Project 3Sub-Project 4Whole ProjectPlanned value (PV)18091014406003130Actual cost (AC)190100017005503440Earned value (EV)16085011005102620Now you need to find the answer for the below questions to meet stakeholders’ request:A. By measuring the “Whole Project” and each “Sub-Projects” performances, critically analyse whether they are in normal condition or the health condition worrying? (0 to 0.64: weak; 0.65 to 0.84: Moderate; 0.85 to 1: Good; above 1: Super good). (15 Marks)B. With this progress, critically analyse what will be the future of Whole Project and Sub-Projects?(15 Marks)Total Mark: 30MODULE CODE: 55-7033654Q2: Following successful completion of the MSc program at Sheffield Hallam University, you have become a Project Executive in a large construction company. Currently, you are involved in a hospital construction project in North Ireland, where the indirect cost is £ 130,000 per month and total normal direct cost (sum of normal direct costs of all activities) is £ 15,000,000. The senior project manager is under pressure with stakeholders to reduce the overall project duration. Thus, based on the project information provided by the project team (see Table 3), the project manager asked you to critically evaluate the three below scenarios and recommend the optimum one to satisfy stakeholders:• Scenario 1: Reduce the project duration to 63 months• Scenario 2: Reduce the project duration to 58 months• Scenario 3: Reduce the project duration to 55 monthsTable 3: Project informationActivityNormal Time (month)Crash Time (month)Crash Cost Per month (£)PredecessorA2017150,000-B1715120,000AC1816100,000AD151380,000B, CE141175,000BF121060,000D, EThe senior project manager has asked to report your full detail analysis using the below template:Table 4: Report templateDuration (month)Crashing actionMarginal crash cost (£)Project Indirect Cost (£)Project Direct Cost (£)Total Cost(£)Critical Path–*add more rows if required.Total Mark: 30MODULE CODE: 55-7033655Q3: When you finish the hospital construction project, due to your great performance, you have been appointed as the project manager for the construction of the new luxurious recreational complex. In this project you faced two BIG challenges that need to deal with the help of what you have learnt during the Project & Quality Management module at SHU:Challenge A: You develop a schedule based on the Critical Path Method and start the project. But during the execution of the project, you find out that your project equipment is dedicated to some other projects and there is a shortage of wood too. Of course, this will cause a delay in your project. Now, you need to identify where was the problem? What do you need to do?Note: Your answer must not exceed 200 words (15 Marks)Challenge B: In this project, the expensive custom-made doors are required and will need to be installed within a specific time frame of construction. The doors were designed in advance of the project, and orders were placed to ensure they will be completed and delivered to the construction site when required. The project budget included the cost of the custom doors as approved by the investors. You also selected a vendor manufacturer that would be capable of producing the quality that the investors requested. Shortly before the doors were to be delivered to the project site, the vendor emailed you they were running behind schedule because of a delay in receiving exotic materials required in the custom doors. The doors would be two weeks late. You reviewed the project schedule and noticed that this would increase the duration of that segment of project work activity, which would, in turn, create other problems on the project site. Therefore, the doors would need to be installed as originally scheduled.You discussed this to the vendor, and they proposed two options:• Option 1: an expedite fee could be paid that would push the doors up in the manufacturer’s schedule, ensuring they would be at the project site on time.• Option 2: the manufacturer had a lesser-quality window that was already in stock and could be delivered on time.Critically evaluate the above options separately and justify your final decision.Note: Your answer must not exceed 200 words(15 Marks)(Total Mark: 30)MODULE CODE: 55-7033656Q4: Critically explain the main reason why some companies have more developed project processes than others?Note: Your answer must not exceed 300 words(10 Marks)MODULE CODE: 55-7033657

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