PROJECT MANAGEMENT

SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3N224366
Module Leader Shariq Sheikh
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Management
Trimesters
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the concept of project management. The role of project management as a key resource in all organisations both locally and world-wide will be examined and developed. The course will include Project Management concepts, the roles and responsibilities of project managers, project implementation, project teams, project leadership, project communication, relationships with stakeholders, project control. Qualitative and quantitative aspects and approaches will also be introduced and critically examined and developed. The assessments are both individual courseworks. The first coursework will be based on the group work throughout the first trimester, the second one will require the use of MS Project software. PRME related issues - The third principle states that we will, thorough our educational processes, cultivate responsible leadership. Project management is a core leadership skill and good project management ensures efficient and effective usage of resources. Through seminar and group work, students will be able to develop their leadership skills.

Syllabus

Introduction to projects and agile project management Project definition, objectives and lifecycle Project planning including scheduling and network techniques People and project management Managing time and resources Managing cost Managing quality Project control Managing risk -34 Project completion and review Using MS Project to: -360b7 plan and set up projects b7 allocate resources to projects b7 manage projects within budgetary and time constraints b7 use software to track the progress of projects

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:* Understand and apply appropriate project management approaches, concepts, analytical methods and techniques to the management of projects of both a strategic and general nature in a variety of organisational contexts;* Recognise the lifecycle of projects and demonstrate a critical understanding of the use of appropriate tools and techniques at the different stages;* Demonstrate an understanding the human dynamics of project teams with respect to responsible leadership, communication and teamwork;* Use project management software to:* Plan, organise and control a project* Manage projects within constraints of time, cost and scope

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to support the achievement of the learning outcomes. A managed learning environment will be created to support and enhance the student learning experience. Lectures and seminars will be used to introduce the key concepts, theoretical principles, practices and techniques relating to the unique nature of change, innovation and enterprise management. Group working in participative seminars using case studies and practical examples to simulate a range of situations, will support both the development of module outcomes and a range of personal transferable skills. The first trimester will take the form of lectures and seminars. The seminars will include case studies and paper and pencil methods to develop the student's ability to understand and apply appropriate concepts, methods and techniques. This work will be a mix of group work and individual work. The second trimester will be based in labs where students will gain in-depth knowledge and experience of using MS Project. Following an introduction to the basics of computer based project management students are expected to continue to develop their knowledge and skills during the time allocated to Independent Learning

Indicative Reading

-567 Books and articles: Maylor, H (2010); Project Management, Prentice Hall, 4 th Ed,. Burke R.(2013) Project Management Planning and control techniques 5 th Ed Wiley Pinto, J.K, Project Management , Achieving competitive Advantage, 2 nd Ed Pearson Prentice Hall, 2010 Meredith J. and Mantel S. Project Management A managerial approach 8 th Ed Wiley 2012 Gray GF; Larson EW (2011): Project Management, 5 th edition, McGraw Hill Clements JP & Gido J (2009), Effective Project Management 4 th edition, Cengage -567 Online sources: Harvard Business Review International Journal of Project Management Project Management Journal

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: -360b7 Critical thinking and problem solving -360b7 Cognitive/intellectual skills b7 Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject b7 Learning style and orientation to learning b7 Independent working; planning, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating own learning and development b7 Information retrieval/IT skills Group working

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 124.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% Individual Courseowrk 2000 words.
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 35% Practical Exercise 2000 words, individual