SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code M1N226965
Module Leader Yetunde Odunsi
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject SHLS - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The Projects modules aim to equip students with the skills needed to effectively manage complex projects and to approach problem solving in a structured manner. Students will be exposed to real world problems by working in teams on unique projects and case studies with clients in different industries based in Africa. In doing so, they will develop the skills of breaking down complex problems into manageable structured subcomponents, collaborating, communicating, and incorporating feedback. In this module, students will learn the key principles required to solve a real-world problem, create a case study, and develop an expansion framework for an external project partner.


Unit 1: -360? Asking relevant diagnostic questions ? Developing clear problem statements ? Applying research principles ? Creating and delivering compelling presentations Unit 2: -360? Work planning ? Ideation and structuring ? Prioritisation -1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1). Ask relevant and appropriate diagnostic questions early on in the project management process2). Clearly define and articulate a real-world problem3). Conduct a review of existing research using relevant reliable and valid sources4). Create and deliver a compelling and persuasive presentation5). Manage project scope to fit available resources and time6). Apply and select from different approaches for creative and effective problem solving7). Apply different methods of prioritization and determine the most appropriate method for a given situation.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will provide students with a foundation in problem-solving and require that students execute a team project addressing a real-world problem. A blended learning approach will be used to engage students in the module content. Students will be introduced to concepts and deepen their understanding of these concepts through facilitated classroom sessions. Students will also independently study content published on the online learning environment. Students will further deepen their understanding of all module content through peer learning. Students will receive further support during weekly Office Hours sessions with facilitators.

Indicative Reading

-360 Berkun, S. (2008). Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management. O'Reilly Media. Choy, E. (2017). Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business Success. 1st ed. AMACOM. Duarte, N. (2008). slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations. 1st ed. O'Reilly Media. -360 Kavanaugh, J. (2018). Consulting Essentials: The Art and Science of People, Facts, and Frameworks. Lioncrest Publishing. Knaflic, C. (2015). Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualisation Guide for Business Professionals. 1st ed. Wiley. -360 Pinto, J.(2013). Project Management: Achieving Competitive Advantage. 3rd ed. Pearson Education, Rasiel, E., and Friga, P. (2002). The McKinsey Mind. 1st ed. McGraw-Hill. -360 Zelazny, G. (2001). Say it With Charts: The Executive's Guide to Visual Communication. 4th ed. McGraw-Hill.

Transferrable Skills

Critical thinking Authentic inquiry Research Synthesis Structuring Analysis Argument and judgment Self-management Managing complex tasks Defining the problem Effective communication

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 76.00
Assessment (FT) 50.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 20.00 35% Case study
Course Work 04 n/a 30.00 35% Expansion project
Course Work 01 n/a 20.00 35% Weekly assessments
Course Work 03 n/a 30.00 35% Weekly assessments