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Description‫المملكة العربية السعودية‬
‫وزارة التعليم‬
‫الجامعة السعودية اإللكترونية‬
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Ministry of Education
Saudi Electronic University
College of Administrative and Financial Sciences
Assignment 2
Project Management (MGT 323)
Due Date: 18/02/2023 @ 23:59
Course Name: Project Management
Student’s Name:
Course Code: MGT323
Student’s ID Number:
Semester: Second Semester
CRN: 25336
Academic Year:2022-23
For Instructor’s Use only
Instructor’s Name: Dr. Mohammad Athar Ali
Students’ Grade: /15
Level of Marks: High/Middle/Low
General Instructions – PLEASE READ THEM CAREFULLY








The Assignment must be submitted on Blackboard (WORD format only) via allocated
folder.
Assignments submitted through email will not be accepted.
Students are advised to make their work clear and well presented, marks may be reduced
for poor presentation. This includes filling your information on the cover page.
Students must mention question number clearly in their answer.
Late submission will NOT be accepted. Peer-Reviewed Journals are required as
references.
Avoid plagiarism, the work should be in your own words, copying from students or other
resources without proper referencing will result in ZERO marks. No exceptions.
All answered must be typed using Times New Roman (size 12, double-spaced) font. No
pictures containing text will be accepted and will be considered plagiarism).
Submissions without this cover page will NOT be accepted.
• Do not make any changes in the cover page.
Assignment Workload:
• This Assignment comprise of a Case Study questions.
• Assignment is to be submitted by each student individually.
Assignment Purposes/Learning Outcomes:
After completion of Assignment-2 students will able to understand the
1. Defining the concepts, theories and approaches of project management. (L.O-1.1)
2. Analyze to work effectively and efficiently as a team member for project related
cases. (L.O-3.1)
3. Evaluate to monitor and control the project. (L.O-3.2)
Assignment-2: Case Study
Assignment Case study Question:
(Marks 15)
Please read the Case-5.2 “Post Graduation Adventure.” from Chapter 5
“Estimating Project Times and Costs” given in your textbook – Project
Management: The Managerial Process 8th edition by Larson and Gray page
no: 93 also refer to specific concepts you have learned from the chapter to
support your answers. Answer the following questions.
Case study questions
1. Assume you are either Mike or Josh; how would you go
about making a decision using project management
methodology? Explain in 250 words (5 Marks).
2. Looking first at only cost, what decision would you
make? Explain in 250 words (5 Marks).
3. After cost, what other factors should be considered
before making a decision? Explain in 250 words (5 Marks)
Answers:
Commission a break-even study for the laser printer.
Very little in the way of concrete savings was identified, although there
was consensus that time could be compressed to the market launch date, but
at additional costs.
Lauren met with the marketing (Connor), production (Kim), and design
(Gage) managers, who yielded some ideas for cutting costs, but nothing
significant enough to have a large impact. Gage remarked, “I wouldn’t want
to be the one to deliver the message to top management that their cost
estimate is $1,250,000 off! Good luck, Lauren.”
1. At this point, what would you do if you were the project manager?
2. Was top management acting correctly in developing an estimate?
3. What estimating techniques should be used for a mission-critical project
such as this?
Case 5.2
Post-Graduation Adventure
Josh and Mike met as roommates during freshman year at Macalester
College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Despite a rocky start they became best
friends. They are planning a two-week adventure together to celebrate their
graduation in June. Josh has never been to Europe and wants to visit France
or Spain. Mike spent a semester abroad in Aarhus, Denmark, and traveled
extensively in northern Europe. Even though Mike has never been to France
or Spain, he wants to go to someplace more exotic, like South Africa or
Vietnam. For the past week they have been arguing over where they should
go. Josh argues that it will cost too much to fly to South Africa or Vietnam,
while Mike counters that it will be much cheaper to travel in Vietnam or
South Africa once they are there. They agree that they can spend no more
than $3,500 each on the trip and could be gone for only two weeks.
One evening when they were arguing with each other over beers with
friends, Sara said, “Why don’t you use what you learned in your project
management class to decide what to do?” Josh and Mike looked at each
other and agreed that made perfect sense.
1. Assume you are either Mike or Josh; how would you go about making a
decision using project management methodology?
2. Looking first at only cost, what decision would you make?
3. After cost, what other factors should be considered before making a
decision?
page 164
Appendix 5.1
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
After reading this chapter you should be able to:
A5-1
Use learning curves to improve task estimates.
LO A5-1
Use learning curves to improve task estimates.
Learning Curves for Estimating
A forecast estimate of the time required to perform a work package or task
is a basic necessity for scheduling the project. In some cases the manager
simply uses judgment and past experience to estimate work package time or
uses historical records of similar tasks.

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