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MANG6188 Project Management

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module will investigate the nature of projects and project management in practice, sources of uncertainty and complexity, and consider issues for managers in the effective use of project management techniques.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Implications of the project life cycle and issues of project governance
  • The sources of uncertainty and risk and their implications
  • Key issues in effective use of project management techniques, in particular complexity
  • Key issues of project relationships, such as partnering, power and trust, and contracts
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Discuss the nature and management of major projects
  • Differentiate between different forms of project governance and the circumstance where each might apply
  • Evaluate different types of project risk and possible mitigation options
  • Be able to identify and manage key project inter-relationship issues
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to persuade, convince and argue effectively
  • Manage time and tasks effectively in the context of individual study and group work activities and take responsibility for carrying out agreed tasks
  • Prepare and make effective business presentations
  • Communicate in writing or orally (ideas, knowledge, arguments or proposals) with brevity and clarity)
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Design appropriate project management approaches
  • Engage in problem solving techniques for different performance criteria


• The distinction between programmes and projects • Relevance of the project life cycle and variants • Project governance • Standard project management methodologies (such as Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK) • Project risk, its analysis and management • Complexity in projects and its implications • Project relationships, partnering and trust • The actuality of project management

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Lectures from internal and external specialists and practitioners • Staff led discussion seminars • Case studies/problem solving activities Learning activities include: • Group interactions • Library based research • Independent reading from a recommended bibliography • Private study • An individual project Internationalisation: The subject matter will naturally cover projects in different countries, including different forms of project governance. It will furthermore cover the additional complexities involved in international projects, issues arising from this complexity, and issues of project relationships, such as partnering, power and trust, and contracts. Case studies will be from a variety of countries.

Independent Study72
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Kerzner, H (2013). Project management: case studies. 

Lock, D (2013). Project management. 

Maylor, H (2010). Project Management. 

Pinto, J.K (2013). Project management: achieving competitive advantage. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Individual report  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual report  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual report  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


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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