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|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
- 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 Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||22||Lectures and workshops|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||3||Tutorials -To support students with their formative and summative assessment tasks|
|Independent study and group work to be managed by students||125||Independent study and group working to inform group work outputs and independent assignments|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Preparation of a draft project plan to be completed on their own||1500 words||1-8||Written and verbal|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Group Project Plan||50||2,500||1-8||Written and verbal|
|Presentation||25||10 minute presentation, with notes up to 1,000 words||1-8||Written and verbal|
|Individual Reflective Learning Paper||25||1,250||9-12||Written and verbal|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Group Project Plan||Group Project Plan 2,500 words 50%||1-11||July/August|
|Presentation||10minute Presentation of PowerPoint slides and accompanying commentary notes up to 1,000 words 25%||July/August|
|Individual Reflective Learning Paper||Individual Reflective Learning Paper 1,250 words 25%||July/August|
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.
- 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
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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Association of Project Management http://www.apm.org.uk/
ISO 9000 http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_9000
Mc Kinseys http://www.mckinsey.com/
Indicative learning resources - Other resources
Directed reading, tutorial questions and further practice questions or as recommended during classes.
Last revision date