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MANG6312 Decision Making in Projects

Module Overview

Decision making and analysis are among the most critical skills of successful project managers throughout their career. Significance of these skills and the outcome of decisions in a project’s success or failure have been emphasised in theory and highly appreciated in practice of project management. This module introduces the characteristics of decisions and decision making in project environments. Different theoretical and practical approaches, styles and methods of making and analysing project decisions will be discussed and practiced throughout the module.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To familiarise students with the realities and challenges of and approaches to decision making in project environments. It will prepare the students for the decision making aspects of their future roles as project managers or as facilitators of making and analysing decisions in project organisations.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Appreciate the significance of decisions, specifically strategic and critical decisions, in project success or failure.
  • Appreciate the significance of decision making skills for project managers.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various theoretical and practical approaches to making project decisions.
  • Understand and distinguish between the traditional and contemporary approaches to fundamentals of decision making in projects.
  • Appreciate the features of project decisions and their impact on the selection of appropriate decision making and analysis methods.
  • Appreciate the value of decision making approaches in the acceptability of a decision’s outcome.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse the approaches, methods and styles of analysing and making project decisions.
  • Select appropriate decision making approaches and involve stakeholders in decision process based on specific project situations.
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 formulation.
  • Work effectively in project teams as a team member or a project manager.
  • Report and present ideas in writing or orally.


• Introduction to project decision analysis • Decision making and analysis as the project managers’ competencies • Traditional and contemporary basis of projects’ decisions • Individual vs. group decision making in project environments • Classification of project decisions and project tradeoffs • Decision analysis methods and processes in projects • Modeling for project decision making • Issue management in project management

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.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Williams. T.M (2002). Modelling Complex Projects. 

Goodwin, P. and Wright, G. (2009). Decision Analysis for Management Judgement. 

Frame, J (2013). Framing Decisions: Decision-Making that Accounts for Irrationality, People and Constraints. 

Pidd, M. (2009). Tools for Thinking: Modelling in Management Science. 

Virine, L. and Trumper, M. (2008). Project Decisions – The Art and Science. 

Maylor, H. (2010). Project Management. 



Peer Group Feedback


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Coursework  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Coursework  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual 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 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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