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MANG6293 Project Management

Module Overview

The global and rapid growth of managing by projects in every sector, industry, and company type has led to the development of pan-sector theories and bodies of knowledge in project management. However, there are specific concerns in managing different types of projects, for instance, large, major or complex projects, which dominantly and inevitably have international features. Hence, besides the general principals of project management, some attributes, particular challenges and concerns of such projects will also be addressed throughout the sessions. These issues are widespread and embedded in modern project management theories and practice; hence, will be frequently addressed throughout the lectures and discussions whether explicitly stated in the syllabus or not.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims to familiarize you with the specific nature of projects and its implications on managing projects and managing organisations by projects. Hence, the broad and varying perspectives of project management’s traditional and contemporary theories, their critiques and applicability will be illustrated through lectures and discussions.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Gain knowledge of traditional and contemporary approaches to management of projects;
  • Appreciate the specific nature of projects and its implications on managing projects;
  • Gain an understanding of potential diversities in contemporary project environments, characterized as: multinational, multidisciplinary, multi objective and multi stakeholder;
  • Understand the roles of project manager, project team and their required competencies;
  • Appreciate the value of effective teamwork, participative approach and stakeholders’ management in project success;
  • Gain knowledge of major/applied tools and techniques for managing project stages; and factors influencing project success or failure.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply an analytical and critical approach to problem analysis;
  • Work effectively in project teams as a team member or a project manager.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse project situations and dynamics considering the pluralistic nature of projects and project management;
  • Understand and generally analyse the project’s context, potential dynamics and challenges regardless of its industry;
  • Generally analyse the challenges and dynamics of project organizations;


Session 1: History and Evolution; Definitions; Knowledge Areas and Perspectives. Session 2: Projects’ Classification; Programmes, Portfolios; Challenges of International Projects. Session 3: Project Organization and Dynamics; Teamwork/ Leadership; Stakeholders Management. Session 4: Approaches to Project Life Cycle; Tools and Techniques; Project Success/Failure.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The knowledge and appreciation of the theoretical bases will be developed through the lectures and complemented through directing the participants to the proper published resources. Further understanding, implementation and applied aspects of the learnt knowledge and theories will be practiced through discussion on related case studies

Independent Study63
Total study time75

Resources & Reading list

Morris, P. W.G (2012). The Oxford Handbook of Project Management. 

PMI (2009). A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide). 

Morris, P (1997). The management of projects. 

APM (2012). APM Body of Knowledge. 

Maylor, H (2010). Project Management. 

Project Management Journal. Journal

Meredith J.R. and Mantel, S.J (2008). Project Management: A Managerial Approach. 

International Journal of Project Management. Journal



In-class activities


MethodPercentage contribution
Group Assignment  (2500 words) 75%
Individual assignment  (1000 words) 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual assignment  (2500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual assignment  (2500 words) 100%


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the core/ recommended text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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