Post Module Assignment (PMA) Brief

This post-module assignment is designed to enable you to apply your learning from the topics covered on the module and from your further reading. You are expected to demonstrate your understanding and application of the theories, frameworks and tools covered in the module by applying them to a project or programme in the public domain.

For the PMA, 20 marks are awarded for ‘Effort and Presentation’ along the lines outlined in the MSc Marking Brief, and 60 marks are for ‘Comprehension and Analysis’. (see the Example Marking Criteria Grid)

The work should be presented and formatted as a report with numbered headings and sub-headings and a Table of Contents. There should be clear ‘Introduction’, Body of the Report and ‘Summary and Conclusion’ sections.  Please use the Harvard (or APA) style of referencing.

Word Limit: – There is a word limit of 3,750 (+/- 250) words for this assessment. You will be credited for staying within the tolerances of this word limit.  Additional words which dramatically exceeding these tolerances may not be marked.

QUESTION 1:

Research and analyse the conduct of ONE of the following high-profile projects/programmes:   a)  BBC W1 Programme (both Phases 1 & 2) OR b) UK Home Office e-Borders Programme (2007-2014) OR c)  Hong Kong Pearl River Delta Bridge Project (also called the Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge      (HZMB) – 2008-2019) d)  The FiReControl Project (2004-2010),

Then:

(a) Prepare a brief but systematic analysis of your chosen case study, and in this context critically discuss

and analyse what is meant by ‘successful.’ It is expected that your work will include examples from the case study and reference to academic literature. Argue with justification whether the project/ programme you

 have selected was OR was NOT successful.                                                                                (10 marks)

AND

(b) Critically analyse and discuss some (4-5) of the factors or practices that contributed to this outcome (successful/not successful). To what extent are these a result of good/poor project/programme strategy? Support and justify your answer with examples from the case study and theory.                  (30 Marks)

AND

(c) Evaluate and recommend how utilisation of programme or project ‘best practices or theories’ in project/programme strategy either contributed to the success or might have assisted in avoiding the problems.

                                                                                                                      (20 Marks)

Example Format (Headings to 2 levels is usually adequate i.e. 1.0 and 1.1):

MODULE TITLE

Table of Contents

1            Heading 1 – Suggested that you use this for each Question answered……. 1

1.1         Heading 2 – suggested that you use this for each sub-heading in each question answered…………………………………………………………………………… 1

1.1.1      Heading 3 – you may use this heading as appropriate………………………….. 1

Enter a page break here and between each question

  • Heading 1 – Suggested that you use this for each Question answered

Heading 3 – you may use this heading as appropriate

Example Format (Headings to 2 levels is usually adequate i.e. 1.0 and 1.1):

MODULE TITLE

Table of Contents

1            Heading 1 – Suggested that you use this for each Question answered……. 1

1.1         Heading 2 – suggested that you use this for each sub-heading in each question answered…………………………………………………………………………… 1

1.1.1      Heading 3 – you may use this heading as appropriate………………………….. 1

Enter a page break here and between each question

  • Heading 1 – Suggested that you use this for each Question answered

Heading 3 – you may use this heading as appropriate

  • Table of contents
  • 3500 words
  • Headings
  • Pick one project and discuss whether it was successful or not, what is a successful project, what counts as success in this project and whether it was successful or not
  • Show evidence of its success
  • And then pick four or five things that contributed to this outcome – what made it successful/unsuccessful
  • How is this related to programme/project strategizing – this is the main aim of the essay
  • Do not give history of project
  • Do not cut and paste a consultancy report
  • Evaluate and recommended best practices so it doesn’t happen again

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