Project Planning and Management

Module summary

Module code: BUSI1712
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Business Faculty
Department: Systems Management and Strategy
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Specification

Aims

The overall aim of this module is to produce professional business managers capable of making effective and efficient project management decisions. The module provides a range of academic knowledge, business understanding, project management techniques and seeks to develop within students the ability to integrate these with an appreciation of the usefulness of appropriate project management software. On completion of the module, students will have the core knowledge needed to work successfully within a project team or as a project manager on small projects in an environment constrained by time, cost and quality. The module will expose students to the unique nature of project management by utilising a range of learning activities including, but not limited to lectures, tutorials, talks from project management professionals and workshops on project management software. Highlighting the rise of the contemporary project-orientated organisation will cause the student to give greater consideration to the importance of understanding the basic disciplines of project management, such as resource and time planning, controls, communication mechanisms, reviews and other project management tools.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

1 Critically reflect on the knowledge and understanding of project management methods.
2 Analyse both quantitative and qualitative data relating to project planning.
3 Evaluate alternative strategies for executing projects.
4 Use a range of electronic and non-electronic tools to create a project plan.
5 Create and communicate a coherent project plan and execution process for a project.
6 Understand the people, processes and procedures around organising a project including risk management, change management and people management.

Indicative content

Tools and considerations used in assessing and selecting suitable projects. Tools and considerations for planning all aspects of a project including, but not limited to: Developing a work breakdown structure; Planning methods and techniques; Estimating and budgeting; The use of project management software, such as MS Project; The role of the project manager and his team; Change Control; Risk management; and Project closure.

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures; tutorial; Group work; Guest lecturers (practitioners); Self-laboratory work; Preparation for summative assessment; Analysis and synthesis of course and other materials. Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours) Contact Hours: lectures 12; tutorials 24. Group work 12. Private Study 180. Assignments: course work and other forms of assessment coursework 60; laboratory work 12.

Assessment

Individual Project Planning Report: 100% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6.
Outline Details: Students to provide a detailed project planning report based on a given project task. A critical analysis will be produced at the end of the report to compare the method used against those provided in a given project case. 4,500 words.