Assessment task details and instructions

You have recently been appointed by a large property investor in the UK who wishes to renovate a house. To keep his costs to a minimum he likes to have only one worker working on each activity. The property renovation involves various tasks which he estimates will take one worker the times shown in the table below:

ActivityTime needed to complete
Substantial repairs to the roof5 days
Internal structural work7 days
Electrical work5 days
Plumbing2 days
Plastering3 days
Installing a new kitchen3 days
Installing a new bathroom4 days
Internal decoration6 days
Garden4 days
Change windows2 day
Fitting carpets2 day
Outside paintwork5 days

The roof and structural work must be completed before any other activities (inside or outside) can commence. Once these are done, the other tasks can happen at any stage. However, inside the house, the plumbing and electrics must be completed before the plastering can be done. The plastering must be complete before the new kitchen and bathroom can be installed. Decoration can only happen once the kitchen and bathroom are in place, and carpets can only be fitted after decorating. The windows have to be changed before the outside paintwork is started.

The property developer knows that to keep his budget on target, all work needs to be completed in 6 weeks. His team only works from Monday to Friday. Can it be done? Which activities is it most important for the property developer to keep on track?

The developer has several other projects on the go at the same time and decides that he can only spare two of his team to work on this project. By assigning activities to Worker 1 and Worker 2 show how this is possible.

There are three (3) parts to this assignment, and each is worth a percentage of the final assignment mark.

Part 1 – 30%

  1. Create a network diagram with the critical path clearly marked
  2. What are the advantages to the property developer in using critical path analysis to plan this project?
  3. How realistic is the idea of using only two workers to complete the project given the deadline of six weeks?

You do not need any specialist knowledge of construction to answer this question.

Part 2 – 30%

Review the case above of The House with regard to risk management.

  1. Identify at least 5 risks relevant to this project and create a simple risk table showing how you would manage these risks with appropriate risk controls
  2. Discuss how you would derive a risk score for each of these risks explaining what evidence you could access to support you calculation of impact and probability
  3. What are the opportunities available and how would you categorise these strategies?

Please note that you are being assessed on your understanding of risk management and not the discovery of the ‘correct answer’.

Part 3 – 40%

You have recently hired Kevin, a retired ex-lecturer in project management, to work as part of your project team on the house build. He is very good at solving technical project problems but seems to find working in the team very difficult and gives constant negative feedback on his co-workers. His performance and temper has become progressively worse over time. He seems to lack motivation and you may have to consider ending his employment.  Why might Kevin lack motivation? Discuss with reference to appropriate theories and case examples; suggest ways in which Kevin may be motivated.

Marking scheme

 CriteriaMarks
Part 130
A. network diagram10
B. critical path discussion10
C. discussion of 2 workers/6 weeks constraint10
Part 230
A. risk analysis10
B. risk score discussion10
C. opportunities discussion10
Part 340
Review of theory relating to leadership and motivation20
Examples10
Conclusion on ways to motivate Kevin10

NB:

  • Please add the assignment name and your student identity number to the title page of the report. 
  • Please ensure you put your word count on your title page as well.

Assignment Instructions

Word length 3000 words (do not exceed word limit). Do not include the cover page, abstract, table of contents or References section in the word count.

Your paper should have a clear structure, with:

– a cover page (student number, module title, assignment title, word count (effective, not max), declaration of originality
– an abstract (300 words max, one single paragraph)
– a table of contents
– the main body of the paper – you have full creative control over the structure, but do use section headings to signpost your work
– references list – this is mandatory at Master level

Any diagrams should be included directly in the document as images (not as embedded documents).