N14C31 Managing Projects
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)
Total Credits: 10
Level: Level 4
Target Students: Non Business School MA/MSc students meeting pre-requisites and subject to compliance with module choice requirements, as listed in the degree programme specification. In addition, other MA/MSc students meeting pre-requisites and subject to the discretion of the Director of MSc Programmes. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.
|Autumn ||Assessed by end of Autumn Semester |
Summary of Content: Definitions and classifications of projects. Objectives in project management - time, costs, quality. Resources and resource management. Critical Path Methods and resource scheduling. Performance measurement and costs. Project lifecycles. Project teams and leadership in project management. Managing risk in projects. Analysis of project successes and failures. Project Management software.
Method and Frequency of Class:
|Activity||Number Of Weeks||Number of sessions||Duration of a session|
|Lecture ||12 weeks||1 per week||2 hours |
|Computing ||1 weeks||1 per week||2 hours |
Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester
Further Activity Details:
One 2 hour lecture per week x 11, 2 hour exercise classes in the semester. Please note all non-lectures will be timetabled in the Business School
Method of Assessment:
|Exam 1 ||70 ||2 Hour Examination |
|Coursework 1 ||30 ||Group Coursework (2,500 words) |
Dr D Sutherland
Education Aims: The module introduces fundamental concepts in project management. Students will gain understanding of the scope and variety of project types, understand key variables in project management and learn methods, techniques and approaches that are important in successfully managing projects to meet objectives in a wide range of contexts.
Learning Outcomes: Knowledge and understanding
This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:
- Customers - customer expectations, service and orientation
- Operations - the management of resources and operations; information systems; the development, management and exploitation of information systems and their impact upon organisations
- - The nature of projects and project management in contemporary organisations.
- Critical success factors in project management.
This module develops:
Professional practical skills
- Being able to think critically and be creative: manage the creative processes in self and others; organise thoughts, analyse, synthesise and critically appraise. This includes the capability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements in terms of evidence, detect false logic or reasoning, identify implicit values, define terms adequately and generalise appropriately
- Being able to solve complex problems and make decisions: establish criteria, using appropriate decision-making techniques including identifying, formulating and solving business problems; and the ability to create, identify and evaluate options; the ability to implement and review decisions
- Using information and knowledge effectively: scanning and organising data, synthesising and analysing in order to abstract meaning from information and to share knowledge
- Numeracy and quantitative reasoning including the development and use of relevant business models
This module develops:
Transferable (key) skills
- The ability to conduct research into business and management issues either individually or as part of a team through research design, data collection, analysis, synthesis and reporting
- Effective use of CIT
- Effective performance within team environments and the ability to recognise and utilise individuals' contributions in group processes and to negotiate and persuade or influence others; team selection, delegation, development and management
- Leadership and performance management: selecting appropriate leadership style for different situations; setting targets, motivating, monitoring performance, coaching and mentoring
This module develops:
- Effective two-way communication: listening, effective oral and written communication of complex ideas and arguments, using a range of media, including the preparation of business reports
- High personal effectiveness: critical self-awareness, self-reflection and self-management; time management; sensitivity to diversity in people and different situations and the ability to continue to learn through reflection on practice and experience
Offering School: Business School
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