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MN50756: Project management

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 5 [equivalent to 10 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 100
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: In today's rapidly changing technology and market environment, project-based management and organisations provide highly flexible, efficient and responsive means of developing new products and services, shortening times to market, building major infrastructure systems and coping with the ever-increasing flow of new and more complex business opportunities. Firms must have (project) managers that are able to manage change through projects. The result of these changes has been a growth in the number and type of projects that have to be successfully managed. It is vital, therefore, that managers understand the tools, approaches and strategies for managing projects and project-based organisations. However, the fact that most projects continue to fail in achieving their original objectives (e.g. time, costs and quality measures) suggests that traditional project management does not meet our current needs.

Learning Outcomes:
* Select the right project management approach for each project
* Assess and plan for project success beyond the triple constraints of time, cost and quality Identify and mitigate the risks and uncertainties associated with projects
* Critique the implementation and closure of projects
* Use and apply basic tools of project management at strategic, systems and operational levels in contexts likely to be encountered in practice
* Effectively work as part of a project team and present your solutions.

Skills: See LO Section.

Content: This unit introduces students to traditional, agile concepts of Project Management to help manage projects and to achieve successful outcomes.
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), PM lifecycles, the role of PM in modern organisations, project management methodologies / bodies of knowledge, project stakeholders, risk management, project implementation, project failure and recovery, project closure and lessons learnt.

Programme availability:

MN50756 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management


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