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MANG6310 Project Management – Processes

Module Overview

This module introduces students to the dynamic environment of projects and the processes used by organisations into to deliver a significant change initiative into their context. As such the module combines an overview of processes combined with a critical engagement of these processes in order to yield effective professional practice.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims to familiarise students with the specific nature of projects and the implications of managing projects and managing organisations by projects. Distinctions between projects and operations will be clarified. The broad and varying perspectives of project management’s traditional and contemporary theories, their critiques and applicability will be illustrated through lectures and discussions. 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, especially those with international features. Hence, besides the general principals of project management, some attributes, particular challenges and concerns of such projects will be addressed throughout the sessions. These issues are widespread and embedded in modern project management theories and practice.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Demonstrate knowledge of traditional and contemporary approaches to management of functional and procedural aspects of projects.
  • Appreciate the specific nature of project activities and the implications of managing organisations by projects.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major/applied tools and techniques for managing project phases and processes.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the functional 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 and/or project manager.
  • Report and present ideas in writing or orally.
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 analyse the project’s context, potential dynamics and challenges regardless of its industry.
  • Analyse the challenges and dynamics of project organisations.


- Definition of projects, portfolios and programmes - Traditional and contemporary perspectives of project management - Distinction between projects and operations - Project Management Bodies of Knowledge - Project context - Strategic project management - Project life cycle and project processes - Project definition - Success criteria - Planning, scheduling and budgeting - Implementation - Monitoring and controlling - Earned Value Analysis - Handover and closeout - Project success and failure - Project Management software - Alternative approaches to Project Management (Agile)

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The key knowledge and theoretical components will be delivered via lectures and supplemented with directed self-study, class discussions, case studies, team work and short presentations. Practical aspects of the theories will be explored further by inviting guest lectures from industry where possible. Project Management software will be explored in a computer lab setting.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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

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

International Journal of Project Management. Journal

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

Project Management Journal. Journal

Maylor, H (2010). Project Management. 

APM (2012). APM Body of Knowledge. 

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



Project plan


MethodPercentage contribution
Group Assignment  (3000 words) 60%
Individual assignment  (2000 words) 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual assignment  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual assignment  (3000 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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