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Project Management

  • Module code: BB7564
  • Year: 2018/9
  • Level: 7
  • Credits: 15
  • Pre-requisites: None
  • Co-requisites: None

Summary

In this module we look at how to use project management to deliver strategic change in organisations and thereby achieve performance improvement. We consider how strategic change can deliver performance improvement and identify the change required to deliver it. We then describe how to plan and manage a project to deliver the change. We consider how to define, plan and organise the project, and how to engage the stakeholders. We then describe how to manage time, cost, quality and risk. Projects usually take place as part of a portfolio or program of projects, so we describe how to manage them. We also cover the development of the business case and benefits realisation management. Portfolios and programs are a key governance mechanism in the project-oriented organisation, and so we place them in the context of governance. They are also key for translating corporate strategy into project strategy, and for ensuring project objectives are linked to corporate objectives.

Aims

The module aims to develop managers able to use project management to deliver strategic change in organisations and thereby achieve performance improvement. It aims to make the student knowledgeable about:

  •  the achievement of performance improvement through strategic change
  •  how to plan, manage and control projects to deliver strategic change
  • the development of the business case for projects, the realisation of benefits

Learning outcomes

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

  • identify the need for performance improvement within an organisation and define the change required to deliver it;
  • formulate a plan for a project to deliver the change, and use the plan to manage the scope of the project, its organisation, its schedule, budget, quality and risk, to deliver the project successfully;
  • engage the projects stakeholders in the delivery of the project;
  • construct a business case for a project or program, formulate a plan for benefits realisation management, and use the plan to deliver the business case.

Curriculum content

The curriculum includes the following topics:

Achieving performance improvement through change

  • Identifying the need for performance improvement
  • Identifying the change required
  • Mapping the benefits

Project management

  • Defining the project required
  • Planning the project
  • Organising the projects
  • Engaging stakeholders
  • Managing quality, cost, time and risk
  • The business plan
  • Project strategy

Teaching and learning strategy

Teaching will be in the style of a lecture workshop, case studies and examples will be used extensively during the teaching. Students will be expected to give presentations during these sessions. The course will be supported by specialist exclusive open learning material, a core text book and by Virtual Learning Environment.

Breakdown of Teaching and Learning Hours

Definitive UNISTATS Category Indicative Description Hours
Scheduled learning and teaching Face-to-face class time 32
Guided Independent Study 118
Total (number of credits x 10) 150

Assessment strategy

A combination of formative and summative assessment methods will be employed. Class discussions, case study analyses and other group work will be formatively assessed.

The assessment consists of two major elements: (i) a practical exam in the form of a group presentation, and (ii) coursework in the form of an individual assignment. The group presentation will provide essential feed forward to prepare students for the final assessment. The individual written assignment is through one piece of coursework, a management report, taking a form of either a project appraisal / evaluation (critically evaluating the relative success or failure of a given project) or executive project proposal / plan for a given project.

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment Strategy (Indicative)

Learning Outcome Assessment Strategy
1. Identify the need for performance improvement within and organisation and define the change required to deliver it; Management report
2. Formulate a plan for a project to deliver the change, and use the plan to manage the scope of the project, its organisation, its schedule, budget, quality and risk, to deliver the project successfully; Management report Group Presentation
3. Engage the projects stakeholders in the delivery of the project; Management report
4. Construct a business case for a project or program, formulate a plan for benefits realisation management, and use the plan to deliver the business case. Management report Group Presentation

Elements of Assessment

Description of Assessment Definitive UNISTATS Categories Percentage
Group Presentation Practical Examination 30%
Management report Coursework 70%
Total (to equal 100%) 100%

Achieving a pass

It IS NOT a requirement that any major element of assessment is passed separately in order to achieve an overall pass for the module.

Bibliography core texts

Maylor, H. (2010) Project Management, 4ed., FT/Prentice Hall

Bibliography recommended reading

Pinto, J. (2007) Project Management; Achieving Competitive Advantage and MS Project, International Edition, FT/Prentice Hall

Kerzner, H. (2006) Project Management Best Practices: Achieving Global Excellence, Wiley

Mantel, S., Meredith, J. et al. (2007) Project Management in Practice, 3ed, Wiley

Cooper, D., Grey,  S., et al. (2004) Project Risk Management Guidelines: Managing Risk in Large Projects and Complex Procurements, Wiley

Kotter, J. (1996) Leading Change, Harvard Business School Press

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