PROJECT MANAGEMENT - 2017/8

Module code: MANM020

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

SOTUNDE AO Mr (SBS)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

N213

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 30

Laboratory Hours: 2

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework GROUP ASSIGNMENT (7000 WORDS) 100%

Alternative Assessment

An individual 3000 word assignment discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the project management process as exemplified in the group project drawing on the literature as appropriate.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module overview

This module is designed to help students gain a good understanding and working knowledge of project management. Project management is an essential part of many business management roles within the workplace and this module has been developed to ensure students’ competence in this area.

Module aims

The primary aims of this MSc module are to help students acquire a good understanding of project management and to develop the ability to plan and manage a small to medium sized project to its successful conclusion. To develop students' collaborative and team working skills, they are encouraged to work in groups throughout the semester. On completion of the module, participants should be able to apply project management knowledge and skills to day-to-day operational and ad hoc projects.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate a detailed working knowledge and understanding of project management theories and concepts and their appropriate use to underpin arguments and decisions. KC
Develop critical awareness and thinking across project management issues and their impact on the success of a project. C
Demonstrate practical ability to research, plan and manage a small to medium sized project to its successful conclusion. PT
Understand how to use project management tools to deliver tasks and work as part of a team PT
Demonstrate the ability to apply skills learnt from across the MSc programme T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Aligning projects to corporate goals
Project organisation structure and culture
Leadership and team management
Project partnering and dispersed projects
Project definition and strategy
Project cost estimation, coding and systems integration
Project risk management
Project planning and scheduling (including MS project)
Start-up, progress management and change control
Project audit and closure

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to provide a range of delivery methods in a blended way to facilitate the development of project management skills. The first half of the module concentrates on the theories underpinning the subject, including cognition of cross disciplinary impact on project outcome. The second half takes an active learning approach. Structured seminar and lecture sessions allow students to work in teams on their selected projects. Team work is critical to the success of implementing and delivering success through project management. 

 

The learning and teaching methods include the use of two-hour lectures (2x 11 hours)to illustrate the theory, supported by one-hour seminars/tutorials (1 x 8 hours), which will demonstrate the practical application of such theory. Laboratory sessions (3x 1hours) will run to teach and support students in using MS Office project. Lecture notes will be posted through SurreyLearn a week prior to the lecture. Lectures will be designed to build upon the pre-reading from the course text and support the development of the assignment. Lectures will be supported by videos and group discussions.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a robust knowledge and understanding of project management theories and concepts and their appropriate use to underpin arguments and decisions (K/C). Demonstrate Professional, Practical and Transferable Skills through researching a plan and manage a small to medium sized project to its successful conclusion (T/P).   Demonstrate critical thinking and awareness of cross management issues and their impact on the success of a project and the ability to apply skills learnt from across the MSc programme (C/T)  

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of a 7000 word group assignment which supports the strategy outlined above.

The alternative assessment for this module is an individual assignment of 3000 words discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the project management process as exemplified in the group project drawing on the literature as appropriate. This assignment covers the module learning outcomes in a different way from the group assignment and can therefore be achieved in less words.

Formative assessment and feedback through laboratory time which will be used to assist students in determining their knowledge of the project planning concepts and will also aid the tutor in focusing on areas requiring further support (P/T). On-line YouTube videos will be available to support the students in assessing their own understanding through the use of Q&A links (K/P). Case studies will also be used to aid the development of knowledge and critical awareness and provide further formative assessment (K/C/T). Verbal feedback in tutorials and case study reviews (following work conducted as part of guided learning) will be used to assess development of knowledge and understanding (K). The feedback will be used to inform the lectures in area that students require further support before the final summative assessment.

Reading list

Reading list for PROJECT MANAGEMENT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/manm020

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.