Current 2011/12 Module Catalogue

Module Details

Module Code:
Module Provider:
Surrey Business School
Number of Credits:
Module Title:
Module Co-ordinator:
ECTS Credits

Module Availability

Semester 2

Semester 2

Assessment Pattern

Units of Assessment






Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)



Group Project Presentation



Individual Reflective essay (1500 words)


























Alternative Assessment






An individual assessment that will be provide a reduced scope of the group assignment, that is aligned with objectives of the module.











Qualifying Condition(s) 






A weighted aggregated mark of 40% is required to pass the module.






Module Overview

 Projects and programmes provide an efficient and effective means of delivering corporate strategy for both public and private sector organisations.  Fundamental to this is robust project sponsorship and management.  This module is focused at level 3 students that wish to develop, plan, manage and control projects successfully in a business environment.  This requires an awareness of general project management principles, methodologies and the tools and techniques as applied within multi-disciplined projects (such as civil engineering, IT, change management or procurement).  Within this module students will receive a robust grounding in the theory and practice of project management delivered by looking at case studies and using project management software (MS Project) in a computer laboratory setting.


Required modules or learning needed to take the module.









Module Aims

  This module is intended to provide students with a clear understanding of project management tools and why they are used to deliver both small and large-scale projects within both public and private sector organisations.  Students will be able to learn the key aspects of project management from a business management perspective; understand the relationship between the project sponsor and manager and critically evaluate the soft as well as the hard components necessary to manage a project successfully.  This will include being able to develop and evaluate a business case for investment, analyse the appropriate procurement and funding options for a project, develop and motivate a team, apply tools and techniques for planning projects, evaluate a plan using critical path analysis, learn how to monitor and control projects and understand how projects should be run successfully.  






Learning Outcomes

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





·              Recognise the value of project management and its methodologies in the project development process. (K) (P)



·              Understand the role of project and sponsorship management and its applications. (K) (C) (P)



·              Assess the importance of people management and teams to the successful delivery of a project.  (K) (P) (T)



·              Apply the principles and practice of project management to a group project and demonstrate the ability to present this to a potential sponsor.  (K) (P) (T)



·              Apply technical and commercial knowledge and skills to manage, deliver and control projects successfully.  (K) (C) (P)







Learning outcomes are categorised as:



·              Subject knowledge and understanding (K)



·              Cognitive skills (C)



·              Practical/professional skills (P)



Transferable skills (T) 







Module Content









Indicative Content – 11 Weekly lectures over one Semester



·        Organisation, Business Environment and Projects



·        Sponsorship and Management



·        Scope Definition and Feasibility



·        MS Project Lab Session 1



·        Commercial, Financial and Risk Management



·        MS Project Lab Session 2



·        Decision Making and the Business Case



·        Project Reporting, Monitoring and Change Control



·        Project Audit and Closure



Group Presentations










Methods of Teaching/Learning




The teaching and learning strategy is designed to encourage a deep approach to learning with an emphasis on collaborative learning through the use of working teams and the real situation of project planning.

The teaching and learning methods include team examination and team presentation skills.  The teaching and learning format is designed to emphasis a methodology for project management and to give students the opportunity to gain experience through the integration of theory and practice.  The teaching and learning process will be facilitated by weekly lectures of 2 hours including two computer laboratory sessions where students will be given the opportunity to use Microsoft Project software.  In addition online support for team project discussions will be provided through ULearn.  Lectures will involve the explanation of theoretical concepts of project management and the online portion will support this by allowing students to test and apply their understanding of the concepts to a group project.





In-class time – 22 hours.  Total student learning time (including in-class time, reading and self-study plus group working) – min. 140 hours.



Assessment Strategy:



The assessment strategy is designed to ensure that students demonstrate the ability to apply project management theory, tools and techniques in a real world situation through making a group project presentation and to demonstrate an understanding of project team dynamics, leadership and communication through an individual reflective commentary.   





The assessment method consists of a group project presentation given to potential project sponsors, designed to assess the group’s ability to plan, organise and deliver a persuasive argument to adopt their proposal.  The individual reflective essay is designed to gauge the student’s understanding of the group dynamics and their ability to use the tools and techniques discussed in the module in a real world project context.  Feedback from the group presentation will be given before the individual reflective essay is due to be submitted.  



Selected Texts/Journals


Essential Reading  


Maylor, H. (2010) Project Management. 4th Edition. Financial Times/Prentice Hall.



Recommended Reading



Gray, C. and Larsen, E.,(2008). Project Management - the Managerial Process. 4th Edition. Boston : McGraw Hill.

Background Reading



Chatfield, C., and Johnson, T., (2007). Microsoft Project – Step by Step Guide. Microsoft.

Boddy, D., (2001). Managing Projects – Building and Leading the Team. Harlow .

Meredith, J., and Mantel, S., (2006). Project Management – A Managerial Approach. 6th Edition.  Asia ; Wiley.


International Journal of Project Management

Journal of Management Studies

Project Management Journal

Project Management Today

Project Risk Management

Web references: (The Association of Project Managers) (The Project Management Institute)











Burke, R., (2003). Project Management Planning and Control Techniques. 4th edn.  Chichester : Wiley.






Gardiner, P., (2005).  Project Management – A Strategic Planning Approach.  Basingstoke : Palgrave.






















































































Last Updated

12th July 2011