Learning Outcomes LO1 Apply essential project management methods and tools and integrate their results utilising a systems approach. LO2 Synthesise a comprehensive project master plan and an effective delivery strategy. LO3 Critically evaluate the contribution of wider issues, such as quality or risk management, in a project environment. LO4 Critically evaluate and recommend the most appropriate techniques for managing a project The learning outcomes MO1-4 will be assessed through the production of a report of 2,500 words. You are asked to compare, contrast and critically evaluate a pair of projects from a single reference class (e.g. stadium construction, disaster relief, high-speed rail development, enterprise automation, new product development, Olympic Games, music festivals, political campaigns, etc). You may consider projects in which you have personally been involved or any projects of your choice for which you are able to obtain a sufficient amount of information. Scrutinise the project management approach taken in each of the chosen projects and elicit their salient (positive or negative) features and relevant practices, analysing and explaining the impact these have had on the overall project delivery and/or subsequent operational performance. The outcome of such project evaluation and comparison is expected in terms of a recommended set of definite rules and practices for future projects in the same class and of the similar scope/budget (‘Best Practice’). Your standpoint should be balanced, and the analysis well-written, generously complemented with suitable references to the relevant, contemporary project management literature as well as referring to personal experiences, observations and insights where appropriate. The presented analysis should be based on appropriate and substantial research, which must be evidenced in the report. A mere composition of case studies taken straightaway from certain sources without your own in-depth elaboration, critical evaluation and synthesis of original recommendations will not be deemed a highly original contribution and, consequently, will attract low marks. The report should be 2,500 words (+/-10%), including any exhibits, tables and figures, but excluding the reference list. All figures and tables should be consecutively numbered, and captions provided.