SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3N225542
Module Leader Niladri Palit
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Management
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the concept of project management from both a theoretical and practical perspective. The nature of projects are defined and the role of the project manager discussed. The project life cycle is analysed, including project initiation, planning, implementation and project closure, together with the tools and techniques used in project planning and analysis. The importance of risk management is also considered. In IT labs, students then apply theoretical concepts and use software to set up and manage projects. Thus, this module provides students with a theoretical understanding of projects together with practical skills which are very relevant and valuable in modern businesses. PRME related issues - The third principle states that we will, through our educational processes, cultivate responsible leadership. Project management is a core leadership skill and good project management ensures efficient and effective use of resources. Through seminar and group work, students will be able to develop their leadership skills.


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 Project completion and review

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. 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;2. Recognise the lifecycle of projects and demonstrate a critical understanding of the use of appropriate tools and techniques at the different stages;3. Demonstrate an understanding of the human dynamics of project teams with respect to responsible leadership, communication and teamwork;4. Use project management software to plan, organise and control a project, and manage projects within constraints of time, cost and scope.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching and learning strategy are 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 theoretical concepts, theoretical principles, practices and techniques relating to project management. The 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. Paper and pencil methods along with computer-based approaches (Microsoft Project) will be used to develop the student's ability to understand and apply appropriate concepts, methods and techniques. 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. GCU Learn is used as a supplementary source of course information and materials, and directed learning.

Indicative Reading

Recommended Books -360b7 Anon .2017. A guide to the project management body of knowledge: (PMBOK guide). 6 th edition. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute. -360b7 Burke, R., 2018. Project Management Techniques. 3 rd College Edition. Burke Publishing. b7 Burke, R.2013. Project Management: Planning & Control Techniques. 5th revised ed. England: John Wiley and Sons. b7 Burke R., 2009. Fundamentals of Project Management: Tools & Techniques. 2nd Edition. Burke Publishing. b7 Chapman C & Ward S ., 2003. Project Risk Management: Processes, Techniques & Insights. 2 nd Edition. Chichester, John Wiley & Sons. b7 Chatfield C. and Johnson, T., 2016. Microsoft Project 2016 Step by Step. Washington, Microsoft Press. b7 Clements, J. P. and Gido, J., 2012. Effective project management. 5th ed. Mason, Ohio, South-Western Cengage Learning. b7 Gray, C.F., Larson, E., and Desai, G.V., 2017. Project Management - The Managerial Process. 6 th Edition. McGraw-Hill. b7 Lock, D., 2013. Project Management. 10th ed. Gower. b7 Maylor, H., 2010. Project Management. 4th Edition. Harlow, Pearson Education. b7 Meredith, J.R., Mantel, S.J., & Shafer, S.M. 2016. Project Management A Managerial Approach. 9 th Edition. John Willey b7 Pinto, J.K., 2016. Project Management. Achieving Competitive Advantage. 4 th Edition. Harlow, Pearson Education. b7 Snyder, C., 2016. Microsoft Project 2016 For Dummies. Hoboken, New Jersey, John Wiley and Sons. Recommended Journals: -360b7 International Journal of Project Management -360b7 Organisational Project Management b7 Project Management Journal

Transferrable Skills

BBy the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: - Knowledge and understanding of project management - IT skills using up-to-date project management software - Planning, time management, critical reflection and self-evaluation of own learning and development - Critical thinking, analysis and problem solving within the context of project management - Effective communication skills: written, oral, listening and participation - Independent, team working and interpersonal skills -360 - Research, IT and literature searching skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 124.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Lectures (FT) 18.00
Practicals (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 35% Individual computer assignment report, 1000 words with appendices (screenshots) - Wk 13
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% Individual report/essay-2000 words - Week 7