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MANG6311 Project Management - People

Module Overview

The specific nature of projects as temporary and unique activities has implications on managing project teams and the human aspects of project-based organisations. The module introduces different aspects and approaches to managing and leading projects and project-based organisations and resolving the potential challenges. The specific issues and challenges of managing large international projects and programmes will inevitably be part of the discussions.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims to familiarise students with the organisational and people aspects of projects and programmes. Throughout the module you will gain an appreciation of subject specific or general knowledge and intellectual skills.

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 the management of organisational aspects of projects.
  • Appreciate the temporary nature, specific dynamics and potential diversities of project environments, characterised as: multinational, multidisciplinary, multi objective and multi stakeholder.
  • Understand the roles of project leader and manager and their required competencies.
  • Appreciate the value of effective teamwork, participative approach and stakeholders’ management in projects.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the impacts of organisational dynamics on project success or failure.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse projects’ contexts, challenges and dynamics considering the pluralistic nature of projects and project organisations and regardless of their industry.
  • Analyse the effect of projects’ organisational structures, management and leadership in project success.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply an analytical, reflective and critical approach to problem analysis and resolution.
  • Work effectively in project teams as a team member, manager or leader.
  • Report and present ideas in writing or orally.

Syllabus

- Different project organisation structures - Governance of project management - Roles and responsibilities in project organisations - Leadership and management of projects - Effective teamwork - Identification of project stakeholders and management of stakeholders - Effective communication - Negotiation and conflict resolution - Organisational challenges of international projects and programmes - Project organisation and project success

Special Features

For features such as field trips, information should be included as to how students with special needs will be enabled to benefit from this or an equivalent experience.

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.

TypeHours
Independent Study126
Teaching24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

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

PMI (2013). A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK guide). 

Pinto, J.K. (2013). Project Management - Achieving Competitive Advantage. 

Turner, R., Huemann, M., Anbari, F. & Bredillet, C. (2010). Perspectives on Projects. 

APM (2012). APM Body of Knowledge.. 

Frame, J.D. (2002). The New Project Management – Tools for an Age of Rapid Change, Complexity and other Business Realities. 

Assessment

Formative

In-class activities

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (3000 words) 80%
Presentation  (15 minutes) 20%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (3000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (3000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

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:

Textbooks

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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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