Discover Project Management

Module summary

Module code: BUSI1637
Level: 4
Credits: 15
School: Business Faculty
Department: Systems Management and Strategy
Module Coordinator(s): Ilaria Guandalini



The overall aim is to understand how project management contributes to the achievement of business objectives, both short term and long term. The course provides opportunities to discover the characteristics of projects and project management by applying the method of team-based learning. It also provides a range of academic knowledge and business awareness which enables students to understand the relationship between a project and the parent organisation as well as how to manage it effectively. On completion of the course, students have the core knowledge needed to initiate, propose and select projects with sound business rationales. This course also lays the foundation for developing project management knowledge on level 5 project management planning techniques and skills.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student is able to:

Understand the principles and components of projects and project management.
Analyse the relationship between a project and the parent organisation.
Understand the processes and procedures to produce a sound business rationale and to initiate a project.
Use Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT) to prepare a project briefing.

Indicative content

The characteristics of the project lifecycle and project management methodologies.
Understanding a business case.
Discover real-life examples of successful and failed projects.
Tools and considerations used in assessing and selecting suitable projects.
Project initiation process.
Application of Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT) for creating a project briefing.

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures; tutorial; Group work; team-based learning. Preparation for summative assessment; Analysis and synthesis of course and other materials. Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours) Contact Hours: lectures 12; tutorials 12. Private Study 90. Assignments: course work and other forms of assessment coursework 30; computer work 6.


Method of assessment: Individual PPT Project Briefing
Outcomes assessed:1,2,3,4,5
Grading Mode:%
Weighting % 100%
Pass Mark: 40
Word Length: 3000 or equivalent (audio and/or Pictures)
Outline Details: Students to provide a PPT project briefing responding to given tasks.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Informal presentations in groups on a relevant topic.