Essential Skills for the Project Manager

Essential Skills for the Project Manager

A Coventry-based charity has received £120,000 from the National Lottery to establish a night shelter for homeless people. The night shelter is to be open every evening offering an evening meal, overnight accommodation and breakfast for up to 30 adults (male and female). In addition to meeting the immediate needs of homeless people, the night shelter aims to tackle some of the underlying causes of homelessness by helping users find employment and providing support for those with drug/alcohol addiction or mental and physical health problems. This support will be provided through partnership with specialist agencies.
Demand for facilities for homeless people in Coventry and neighbouring towns is high, owing to cut-backs in emergency accommodation provided by the city and district councils.
The charity has been given a suitable building for the shelter on the outskirts of Cheylesmore – a popular residential area. The building needs some refurbishment and also requires planning permission to reflect its change of use from a purely domestic residence. It is hoped to open the new facility in nine months’ time.
The budget agreed with the funder includes £20,000 for the refurbishment work, and £70,000 for staff costs, £25,000 for consumables (including food) for the first year of operation and £5,000 for marketing and publicity.
As an employee of the charity, you have been appointed as project manager to oversee the planning and opening of the night shelter. Your first task is to prepare an initiation document (1500 words), drawing on appropriate project management theory and frameworks, to present to the charity’s board of trustees for approval. The plan should consider the following aspects of the project:
• The project’s scope
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?• An initial assessment of stakeholders and recommendations on how these stakeholders should be managed to maximise the chance of achieving the project’s objectives.
• An initial assessment of risks and opportunities presented by the project and the response strategies proposed.
• An outline project plan (Gantt chart) showing the main tasks and significant milestones. The Gantt chart needs to show a minimum of 10 tasks.
There is no need for you to prepare an outline project budget, as this will be prepared by a colleague, based on the Gantt chart and budgetary estimates from building contractors.
Part 2 (worth 20% of the module mark)
Thinking about the discipline of project management and the topics covered in the module:
• Using your research on project management as a starting point, reflect upon the skills required for the role of a project manager. What skills do you think you already have and what skills do you think you need to develop in order to become an effective project manager? (500 words)
Assignment guidance
Parts 1 and 2 of your assignment should be clearly labelled and presented as a single document,submittedtoTurnitin. Alistofreferencesmustbeincluded.
Important points to remember:
• All analysis and recommendations should be supported by reference to relevant project management theory presented in academic and professional publications
• Your report should demonstrate project management theory throughout
• The case study should be used as the starting point for your analysis
• Text within tables is included in the word count
• Diagrams, the List of References and items in Appendices are not included in
the word count

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Toward a Moral economy

Throughout history moral philosophers, economists, and politicians have grappled with the challenge of creating an economic system that is moral in the utopian sense of the word. To this end, in a 12,000 – 12,500 word essay, you will articulate your conceptualization of how it is that a given society can actualize this notion of a moral economy. However, your contribution will be solely focused on the macro level as oppossed to the meso or micro levels. Said differently, you will not focus on policies to ensure moral behavior on the part of institutions and individuals, but rather how it is that an economic system which is purported to be moral should allocate society’s scare resources and configure its markets, if it is to use markets at all. Make sure to include in your argument explicit reference to the moral principles (e.g. utilitarianism, rights & duties, justice, and caring), economic systems (e.g. capitalism, socialism, and communism), and ways of structuring markets (e.g. perfect competition, monopolistic competition, oligopoly, duopoly, and monopoly) that have been presented in class hitherto.
Instructions
Your paper should have a clear introduction, body, and conclusion, which ought to be dileneated by subtitles. In the introduction, you should begin with an attention getter, which will be followed by a general discussion of the topic, and conclude with a clear articulation of your thesis, as well as the structure of the paper.
The body section is the place where you will expound upon your argument wherein you will make detailed reference to moral principles, economic systems, and the proper way of structuring markets. Make sure that you incoporate references (i.e. short quotes and paraphrases) using APA format in order to substantiate your argument.
In your conclusion, you will restate your thesis and provide a final discussion of the topic at hand.
Following the conclusion you will have a list of references in APA format.
Last but not least, you should make sure that you thoroughly edit your work checking for cogency of argument, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and proper usage of APA referencing conventions.