Project Management

Module description

Managing projects is an everyday part of working and academic life. Learning the basic skills of how to organise your time, resources and effort (if you are running your own project) and those of a team, if you are managing a multi-faceted project, is essential for your future career.

This module is a practical course, which will equip you with the skills and knowledge you will need to run projects successfully. The module will be taught through a mix of traditional lectures, practical group work tutorials, case studies and guest lectures where appropriate.

You will develop project management skills while working on a live group project. You will be assessed formatively via the preparation of an individual draft project plan. Summative assessment for this module will take the form of a comprehensive group produced project plan with an associated presentation and individual reflective learning paper.

Full module specification

Module title:Project Management
Module code:BEP2020
Module level:2
Academic year:2016/7
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Allen Alexander - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:

7.5

Pre-requisites:

None

Co-requisites:

None

Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:

1

Module aims

  • To equip you with the skills and knowledge required to run successful projects in both academic and employment contexts.
  • To educate you about the role and importance of successful project managers in ensuring projects are sustainable.
  • To enable you to recognise your own skills and the roles you can perform in bringing a project successfully to fruition.
  • To teach you key project management skills such as: planning, resource allocation, risk management, scheduling and horizon scanning

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. appropriately appraise or design a brief for a project
  • 2. develop a project plan
  • 3. execute a set of project management tools such as work breakdown planning, Gannt Charts, Time Planning, Critical Path Analysis, Resource Allocation and Risk Assessments
  • 4. demonstrate your understanding of the key documents and processes employed in managing professional projects such as: Project Briefs, Management Strategies, Risk Registers and Risk Management Strategies, Daily Logs and Issues Registers

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. adopt a project management informed approach to managing a programme of related activities
  • 6. critique different project management methodologies such as PRiNCE2, LEAN, ISO9000, Green Project Management (GPM) ISO14000 and ISO14001 and ascertain which methodology best suits what types of project or part of a project
  • 7. analyse a project and its potential constraints in relation to available resources
  • 8. develop and understanding of the need to embed a sustainable approach to project management
  • 9. conduct an impact assessment of a project for the purposes of managing change

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 10. ascertain the best fit between your own skills set and the needs of the project team, enabling you to maximise your impact for the benefit of the project and you
  • 11. embed sustainable principles into your project management skills portfolio
  • 12. demonstrate professional understanding and skills in the context of project management, by being conversant with project management terms, systems and documentation

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
251250

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 22Lectures and workshops
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 3Tutorials -To support students with their formative and summative assessment tasks
Independent study and group work to be managed by students125Independent study and group working to inform group work outputs and independent assignments

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Preparation of a draft project plan to be completed on their own1500 words1-8Written and verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
75025

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Group Project Plan502,5001-8Written and verbal
Presentation2510 minute presentation, with notes up to 1,000 words1-8Written and verbal
Individual Reflective Learning Paper251,2509-12Written and verbal
0
0
0

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Group Project PlanGroup Project Plan 2,500 words 50% 1-11July/August
Presentation10minute Presentation of PowerPoint slides and accompanying commentary notes up to 1,000 words 25%July/August
Individual Reflective Learning PaperIndividual Reflective Learning Paper 1,250 words 25%July/August

Re-assessment notes

A student will be referred in all components if the student fails the module with a mark of below 40% overall.

A student if deferred in a single component will be reassessed in that component only.

Syllabus plan

  • Introduction to Project Management – structures and frameworks
  • Step One - Defining the Project – developing the plan
  • Step Two - Time Planning – process plans
  • Step Three – Cost and Quality Control
  • Step Four – Plan Analysis and Risk Management
  • Step Five – Delivering The Project
  • Step Six – Closing the Project – Review and hand-over
  • How to design a project plan
  • Different approaches to and methodologies for project management
  • The Sustainability Dimension to project management
  • Your role in the team – the skills you bring

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Burke, R. and Barron, S. (2014) Project Management Leadership: Building Creative teams , John Wiley and Sons

Maylor, H. (2010) Project Management Harlow, Essex, Pearson Educations Ltd

Newton, R. (2006) Project Management Step by Step, How to Plan and Manage a Highly Successful Project, Pearson Education Ltd

 

 

Module has an active ELE page?

No

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Association of Project Management  http://www.apm.org.uk/

 

GPM http://www.greenprojectmanagement.org/

 

ISO 9000 http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_9000

 

Mc Kinseys http://www.mckinsey.com/

 

PRiNCE2 http://www.prince-officialsite.com/

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Directed reading, tutorial questions and further practice questions or as recommended during classes.

Origin date

01/10/2014

Last revision date

04/12/2014