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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

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • traditional and contemporary approaches to management of functional and procedural aspects of projects;
  • the specific nature of project activities and the implications of managing organisations by projects;
  • the major/applied tools and techniques for managing project phases and processes;
  • the functional factors influencing project success or failure.
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.
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.


• 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

Morris, P (1997). The Management of Projects. 

Project Management Journal. Journal

Rodney, J.T., Huemann, M., Anbari, F.T. and Bredillet, C.N. (2010). Perspectives on Projects. 

Maylor, H (2010). Project Management. 

Turner, R. (2009). The Handbook of Project-base Management. 

International Journal of Project Management. Journal

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

Meredith J.R. and Mantel, S.J (2012). Project Management: A Managerial Approach. 

Morris, P.W.G., and Pinto, K. J., Söderlund J. (2012). The Oxford Handbook of Project Management. 

APM (2012). APM Body of Knowledge. 

Wysocki, R.K. (2012). Effective project management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme. 



Project plan


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (2000 words) 40%
Group Coursework  (3000 words) 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (3000 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 mandatory/additional reading 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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