To develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles and processes available for supporting the management projects and critically apply these in a real world business project.
•To review and examine managing projects concepts and principles;
•To critically analyse and discuss the concepts, processes and principles involved in managing projects and critically apply these to a case;
•To critically identify, discuss and evaluate the factors and issues that inﬂuence the practice of managing projects;
•To undertake research of project management issues in a rigorous and reﬂective manner.
The structure of the reﬂective paper has ﬁve elements
A.Introduction: You are required to identify and select a speciﬁc project management issue(s) found in the CATA4 case study and identify up to 3 academic concepts and principles introduced on the course that can be used to examine and understand the issue. You are asked to pose structured questions that will help you explore the issue(s) identiﬁed.
B.Course concepts and principles: You are required to research more deeply and fully understand the identiﬁed course concepts and principles further.
C.Reﬂective assessment: Development of insights and ideas. This is about linking theory to practice and is therefore the core of the reﬂective practice paper where you are asked to connect components A and B to generate new insights into how the project management issues examined could be performed more effectively.
D.Key learning points and actions: This section summarises the learning through the reﬂective process and identiﬁes potential routes for implementation.
E.Critical reﬂection: In this section you critically review the process of preparing the reﬂective paper and how the experience has developed your competence as a project manager with the aim of identifying what you would do differently in the future.