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Unit information: Project Management in 2021/22

Unit name Project Management
Unit code MGRCM2028
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Mr. Ola
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

Project management has been adopted by a wide range of organisations in industry, commerce and the public sector to help handle many varied one-off undertakings. Also known as projects, such endeavours tend to entail higher levels of complexity and uncertainty, and therefore risk, than more routine operational activities. The problems involved in managing projects have led to the development of project management as a specialised branch of management. As the use of projects has become more commonplace, this established discipline requires an introduction that enables students to critically examine concepts, theories, and techniques to which they will be exposed in almost any organization.

The main aims of the unit are to introduce the topic and help students to develop an integrated, holistic understanding of what projects ‘are’ and how they are managed in organisations. Further aims are to show how effective project management contributes to organisational success and to encourage students to think critically, analytically, and systematically about projects and their management. Rather than teaching basic tools and techniques, the emphasis is on critical reflection on assumptions, methods, and procedures. The unit offers a grounding in relevant concepts, models, and theoretical frameworks that students can apply in developing their managerial thinking within project contexts.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

ILO 1: Demonstrate a holistic, integrated understanding of basic project management concepts and theories.

ILO 2: Show how project management techniques are used in order to manage project outcomes.

ILO 3: Critically analyse common approaches to managing projects.

ILO 4: Recognize how projects interact with the wider managerial, strategic, political, and social environment.

ILO 5: Demonstrate theoretical and experiential understandings of the challenges and practicalities of group work as a form of project organizing.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, seminars, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities

Assessment Information

Assessment 1 (15% of final mark) This summative test is delivered online as a timed and open-book 'mid term' exam. It assesses students' understanding of foundational concepts and theories. (ILO 1 and some of ILO 2)

Assessment 2 (40% of final mark) For this summative assessment, each student produces their own written work of between 1,500 and 2,000 words. (ILO 3, ILO 4, and some of ILO 2)

Assessment 3 (45% of final mark)

This summative group assignment is enacted as a project that produces a piece of coursework ('deliverable') on a given project management topic, problem, or case situation. Both the 'deliverable' and the group's project management 'performance' are assessed. (ILOs 1-5)

Resources

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If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. MGRCM2028).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

Assessment
The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.

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