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MN20275: Project management

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: School of Management
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 30%, EX 70%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 30% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
  • Examination (EX 70% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take MN20017 OR take MN10572 . In exceptional circumstances where students have relevant industrial experience, this requirement may be waived.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
1. To recognise the economic importance of project management and the extensive scope of the subject area;
2. To create an understanding of the concepts employed in project management at strategic, systems and operational levels;
3. To aid in the development of a contingency model of project management by students;
4. To gain an appreciation of the knowledge and skills required for successful project management in organisations.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit, the student should be able to:
* Demonstrate the economic importance of project management and the extensive scope of the subject area;
* Evaluate the execution of a project by reference to established bodies of knowledge and best practice;
* Critically reflect on the established bodies of knowledge and best practice;
* Recognise the knowledge and skills required for successful project management in organisations.

Skills:
Intellectual Skills
* the facility to apply subject-specific knowledge into a range of complex situations, taking into account the overall implications for the other areas of the business (T,F,A);
* a critical awareness of current issues and frameworks in Project Management (T,A); the ability to acquire and analyse data, information and situations; to evaluate relevance and validity, and to synthesise it in the context of case studies of business projects (F,A);an understanding of appropriate research and methodological techniques that allow detailed investigation into case studies (T).
Professional Practical Skills
* evaluate the current practices of an organisation in managing projects and programmes (T);
* recognise deficiencies in strategies, systems, behaviours and skills (T,F,A);
* develop improved strategies, systems, behaviours and skills (T,F,A).
Transferable/Key Skills
* ability to conduct in-depth research into management and business issues (T,F,A).
* ability to critically reflect on personal performance and impact on projects (F)
Personal/Interpersonal
* the facility to communicate including presenting and marketing themselves and their ideas; preparation and production of effective investigations during class workshops (F).

Content:
The context of project management, its structures (focusing on 4D & 7S models of the subject) and evolution are introduced. Key topics then include project life cycles, and alternatives; project planning and control techniques, including CPM and PERT; learning and innovation in projects; resource planning; team management and motivation; contracts and incentives; evaluation and returns; stakeholder management. The learning objectives are addressed through lectures and discussion of case material.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

MN20275 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AFB38 : BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management (Year 3)
  • UEME-AKB38 : BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEME-AFM38 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management (Year 3)
  • UEME-AKM38 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management with Year long work placement (Year 4)
School of Management
  • UMMN-AKB05 : BSc(Hons) Management with Marketing with Year long work placement (Year 2)

MN20275 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UMMN-ANB01 : BSc(Hons) Business Administration with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 3)
  • UMMN-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AFB04 : BSc(Hons) Management (Year 2)
  • UMMN-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Management with Year long work placement (Year 2)

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