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MN50205: Project management

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: This unit aims to introduce students to the theory of managing projects.

Learning Outcomes: Students will learn about the key concepts, frameworks and tools of project management, types of project organisations and project-based strategies in different firms and industries. Case studies of major projects and leading international firms are used to examine the real-world challenges facing the project business enterprise in different industries. The course will demonstrate how these approaches can be successfully applied in the management of any major project and project-based organisations.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
* Select the right project management approach for each project;
* Assess and plan for project success beyond the triple constraints of time, cost and quality;
* Understand the risks and uncertainties associated with managing projects;
* Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of contract management;
* Use and apply basic tools of project management at strategic, systems and operational levels in contexts likely to be encountered in practice;
* Demonstrate the economic importance of project management and the extensive scope of the subject area.

Skills: The analysis of case material and the nature of the course and associated literature, is intended to encourage analytical and thinking skills. The unit covers issues of both professional and personal interest, and students are encouraged to reflect on cases of actual practice.

Content: In order to provide students with experimental learning activities the lectures are illustrated with examples of major private and public sector projects and the experiences of leading international firms. The case-studies illustrate the challenges of managing projects and project-based organisations in real-world settings. Despite the number of participants in the course it is designed to have a high degree of interaction in order to yield full output for students. Key topics include: the context of project management, PM lifecycles, the role of PM in modern organisations, the Diamond Model, project stakeholders, contract management, project failure and recovery, project organisation and learning.

Programme availability:

MN50205 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management

MN50205 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management


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