SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3H123717
Module Leader Michael Tong
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

This module is designed for fire and rescue sector managers who may have responsibility for project, programme or portfolio management within their own organisation. It is anticipated that such projects may cover a wide range of disciplines including, but not restricted to, capital projects (e.g. large scale procurement of equipment or PPE), organisational change (e.g. departmental or service re-structure or functional development (e.g. introduction of internal training or community safety programmes). Individuals may be directly responsible for delivery as project manager, part of the management or governance structure or responsible for liaising with external consultants. The module covers such areas as the concept of project management, the roles and responsibilities of project managers, organisational structures within which project management operates, key stages of a project, an introduction to the use of project planning software, relationships between time, cost and quality, project risk management and management of interfaces.


The concept of project management, roles, responsibilities and organisational structures, project planning and control: Resource analysis and levelling, Time-cost optimisation, Sub projects, Cost/time reporting, introduction to software packages. Risk management of time and cost, Project methodologies. Quality Managment in Project environments. Human aspects of project management - leadership, teamwork, communication, Understanding stakeholder interfaces within and beyond the project.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Discuss the concept of project management and its principal features including: Key stages of a project Key roles and responsibilities within the project environment Management of project risk Control measuresAll (B1, B2, B3, B5,C1, C2, C3 ,C4, C5, C6, d1, D2, D3, D5, D6, D7, D8, D10, D13)2. Compare and contrast a range of recognised project management methodologies and discuss the relationships between project, programme and portfolio management with reference to maturity models.All (B1, B2, B3, B5,C1, C2, C3 ,C4, C5, C6, d1, D2, D3, D5, D6, D7, D8, D10, D13)3. Discuss the human dynamics associated with project management with respect to leadership, communication and teamwork, and demonstrate understanding of stakeholder relationships and possible conflicts within project environment and how these may be managed.All (B1, B2, B3, B5,C1, C2, C3 ,C4, C5, C6, d1, D2, D3, D5, D6, D7, D8, D10, D13)4. Demonstrate an awareness of software packages available to project managers.All (B1, B2, B3, B5,C1, C2, C3 ,C4, C5, C6, d1, D2, D3, D5, D6, D7, D8, D10, D13)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Key principles will be set out in lectures and discussed in tutorials, followed by coursework comprising application to a problem-based project. Computer laboratories introducing the use of commercial project management software packages will be utilised. Wide reading is encouraged.

Indicative Reading

1. Association for Project Management (APM: 2000). "Body of Knowledge". Published by the Association for Project Management: Issue 4, January 2000. ISBN: 1-90394-00-1 2. British Standard Institution (BSI): Guide to Project Management: BS6079-1:2000 3. PMI (2000) A Guide to the Project M anagement Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) - 2000 Edition. Project 4. Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA): - PRINCE 2 (Projects in Controlled Environments). The Stationery Office. 2002 Edition. ISBN: 011-3308914 5. Professional journals and internet sources as directed

Transferrable Skills

Ability to conceive the underlying logic in complex situations and produce plans Ability to set clear objectives IT skills in commercial packages

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 6.00
Independent Learning (FT) 152.00
Practicals (FT) 6.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 35% Produce project report and computer aided project plan