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MANG3034 Project Management

Module Overview

Students will be equipped with both knowledge and understanding of definition and characteristics of project, objectives, stakeholders and definitions of project success/failure, scope management, matrix organisations, the project life-cycle, project planning, managing time and networks, progress monitoring, change and risk management, decision making, and collaborative working. Case studies will be used to illustrate many of the challenges as well as solutions of relevance to project management.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Project management is an integrated approach to achieve non-routine business objectives. This unit aims to introduce the ideas, techniques and tools of project management as used in practice.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • the nature of projects and the stages of the project life cycle;
  • the techniques most commonly used to manage projects.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • analyse the performance of real-life projects;
  • apply project management ideas and techniques to projects.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • written communication skills;
  • learning and research skills.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • use standard project-management techniques (e.g. Critical Path Method, Earned Value, etc);
  • understand the use of commercial project management software. (This learning outcome is not assessed).

Syllabus

• Definition and characteristics of projects. • Objectives, stakeholders and definitions of project success/failure. • Scope management. • Matrix organisations. • The project life-cycle. • Project planning. • Managing time and networks. • Progress monitoring, Earned Value and change control. • Change and risk in projects. • Decision Making • Collaborative Working (including teamwork, conflict, and negotiation). • Normative structured approaches (e.g. PMBOK and PRINCE2). Case studies.

Special Features

The assessment strategy for this module seeks to combine the benefits of a group process (e.g. engaging in a real project, opportunity to engage in collective sense-making about the practice of project management and opportunities for quality assurance and peer review) with individual accountability for elements of the project. The individual accountability works by each student having responsibility for delivering one section of the plan and one section of the project deliverable. Whilst they may receive input from other team members for the production of these discrete sections (and likewise may help others in their deliverable) each student will receive 80% of each components mark from this individual accountability. The other 20% of each components mark will be awarded based on the integration of the sections to make a cohesive whole.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, guest lectures, classes, laboratory work for MS Project. Learning activities include an individual assignment, laboratory work and case studies.

TypeHours
Wider reading or practice30
Completion of assessment task38
Tutorial10
Lecture24
Preparation for scheduled sessions24
Follow-up work24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Larson, E.W. and Gray, C.F. (2011). Project Management: The Managerial Process. 

Maylor, H. (2010). Project Management. 

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

Mantel, S., Meredith, J.R., Shafer, S.M. and Sutton, M,M. (2013). Project Management in Practice. 

Assessment

Formative

Coursework

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Individual project  (2300 words) 70%
Project plan  (700 words) 30%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Coursework  (3000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Individual 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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