Project Commercial Simulation at Robert Gordon University

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Posted by APM on 23rd Jan 2014

MSc Project Management students recently participated in the Association for Project Management (APM) sponsored project commercial simulation assessment 2013 at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

The project commercial simulation assessment covers team and individual assessment as well as rapid response assessment, based on real time project scenarios. This integrates job-related context into the course, enabling students to see the required commercial skills, competencies and knowledge needed when managing projects in real time project environments. The assessors were practitioners from global leading oil and gas companies Maersk Oil, Wood Group PSN and Oceaneering.

Students were given the opportunity to apply a range of project management processes, tools and techniques and to experience real life demands and expectations encountered when going into the work force. The students on this course found the experience very rewarding and worthwhile. The project commercial simulation exercise provides them the opportunity to effectively and meaningfully apply what they are studying and reflect on real life project expectations.

Certificates were awarded for the top five teams in the team assessment, the top five individuals in the individual assessment and the top three individuals in the rapid response assessment.

MSc Project Management Course Leader at RGU, Langes Supramaniam said:

'There is an increasing expectation from students completing a masters degree that it will provide them with all the necessary skills and competencies to match industry demands and expectations. RGU is very proud that APM has been very supportive towards this initiative. This is also evidence of how APMs local chapter committee (Aberdeen) could meaningfully collaborate with an HE (RGU), bringing in industry project professionals to make this event a successful one.'

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