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MANG6354 Project Management

Module Overview

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.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Key issues in effective use of project management techniques;
  • Key issues associated with leading project based organisations, such as project / stakeholder relationships, power, partners and contracts.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Analyse key project management issues through critical engagement with practitioner and academic sources;
  • Undertake an analysis of an existing project in order to identify key strengths and areas for improvement;
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Write effectively for business purposes.


- 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

Independent Study70
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

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

Maylor, H. (2010). Project Management. 

Lock, D. (2013). Project Management. 

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



In-class formative opportunities


MethodPercentage contribution
Report  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Report  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
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 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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