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Project management and Decision Making

Module description

This module is designed to enable undergraduate apprentices to define, design and propose a project that can be undertaken in their specific work context as part of the BSc (Hons) in Responsible Business Management/CMDA programme. It sets the foundation for the Organisational Research Project module and it is designed to address key learning areas of the CMDA standard (i.e. Operational strategy, project management, management of self, decision making and communication). During the module apprentices will develop an interest in subject areas that reflect their professional roles and aspirations and an appreciation of how the proposed work relates to the aims of (some of) the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In enhancing the student experience and reflecting the need to link society, the economy, business education and the environment, we actively involve organisations and speakers focusing on ethics, responsibility and sustainability.   

Full module specification

Module title:Project management and Decision Making
Module code:BEM2012DA
Module level:2
Academic year:2023/4
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Stavroula Bibila - Lecturer
Module credit:30
ECTS value:




Duration of module:

Module aims

The module provides apprentices the opportunity to bring together and apply the knowledge gained during the first two taught modules of the programme, whilst developing a critical understanding of ethical and methodological issues in carrying out work-based research and initiating organisational change.

More specifically, the module will help apprentices develop their ability to analyse and synthesise a wide range of information and data as they seek to develop innovative and ethical solutions to address specific operational challenges, always taking into account the mission, values and wider strategic directions of their organisation.


It will also help them develop, and demonstrate, an understanding of sustainable management principles and relevant professional codes of practice that will support them to create visions of a better world through their managerial practice.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate knowledge of the key stages of a project and how a project moves through planning, design, development, deployment and evaluation (B1).
  • 2. Demonstrate knowledge of risk management models and reporting, risk benefit analysis and health and safety implications (B2).
  • 3. Identify key project outcomes, developing and implementing plans to ensure that these are achieved (B4).
  • 4. Evaluate risk management models and review own organisation's approach to the identifi-cation and monitoring of risk (A1).
  • 5. Demonstrate knowledge of research, data analysis, problem solving and decision-making techniques. (L1).
  • 6. Proactively identify risk and create plans for their mitigation (B5)

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Produce reports that clearly present information and data, using a range of interpretation and analytical processes. (A5)
  • 8. Different forms of communication (written, verbal non-verbal, digital) and how to apply them. (F1) Communicate clearly, effectively and regularly using oral, written and digital channels and platforms (F4)

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Weekly activities including online fora and learning activities, peer and tutor-led discussions, tutor led webinars.Various (approximately 30 minutes for activities and between 200-1000 words written work)1-8Written comments by tutor and verbal feedback through webinars and individual and group tutorials.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Voice over Presentation 4015 minutes1,3,5,8Written
Project Proposal 604500 project proposal in a report format OR Relevant work artefact and accompanying 500-word critical commentary PLUS 2.000-word pro-ject proposal in a report format. 1-8Written

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Voice over Presentation As original 1,3,5,8Next Assessment Period
Project Proposal As original 1-8 Next Assessment Period

Re-assessment notes

Defer – as first time

Refer – capped at 50%

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Bibila, S. and Nottingham, P. (2020). Planning Practitioner Projects, in R. Helyer, T, Wall, A. Minton and A. Lund. The Work-Based Learning Student Handbook. (3rd ed.) London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Costley, C., Elliott, G. C., and Gibbs, P. (2010). Doing work-based research: Approaches to enquiry for insider-researchers. Sage.
  • Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thonrhill, A. (2009). Doing Research in Business and Management: An  Essential Guide to Planning Your Project.
  • Marks, T. (2012). 20: 20 Project Management: How to deliver on time, on budget and on spec. Kogan Page Publishers.
  • Maylor, H and Turner, N. (2022). Project Management. Harlow: Pearson.



CMI - Management Direct - an online management resource portal.


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