SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHK224618
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Knowledge of Level 3

Summary of Content

This is an advanced module which covers such areas as the concept of project management, the roles and responsibilities of project managers, organisational structures within which project management operates, project implementation, project teams, project leadership, project communication, relationships with clients, users and funding bodies, computer aided project planning, relationships between Time, Cost and Quality, risks of project time and cost overrun, management of contract interfaces, conflict management and avoidance, Partnering and Alliancing.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Introduction: What is a Project? Relationships Among Portfolio Management, Program Management, Project Management and Organizational Project Management. Project Management Office, Role of the Project Manager. Organizational influences and project life cycle: Organizational Influences on Project Management, Organizational Structures,Organizational Process Assets, Enterprise Environmental Factors, Project Stakeholders and Governance, Project Team, Project Life Cycle, Project Phases. Project management processes: Common Project Management Process Interactions, Project Management Process Groups. Project integration management: Develop Project Charter, Develop Project Management Plan, Direct and Manage Project Work, Monitor and Control Project Work, Perform Integrated Change Control, Close Project or Phase. Project scope management: Plan Scope Management, Collect Requirements, Define Scope, Create WBS, and Validate Scope, Control Scope. Project time management: Plan Schedule Management, Define Activities, Sequence Activities, Estimate Activity Resources, Estimate Activity Durations, Develop Schedule, Control Schedule. Project cost management: Plan Cost Management, Estimate Costs, Determine Budget, Control Costs. Project quality management: Plan Quality Management; Perform Quality Assurance, Control Quality. Project human resource management: Plan Human Resource Management, Acquire Project Team, Develop Project Team, And Manage Project Team. Project communications management: Plan Communications Management, Manage Communications, Control Communications. Project risk management: Plan Risk Management, Identify Risks, Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis, Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis, Plan Risk Responses, and Control Risks. Project stakeholder management: Identify Stakeholders, Plan Stakeholder Management; Manage Stakeholder Engagement, Control Stakeholder Engagement.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the students should l be able to:Analyse project risks in terms of time and cost overrun (A4,A6,A3)Discuss the concept of project management and its principal features (A6)Discuss the human dynamics of project teams with respect to leadership, communication and teamwork (C5,D1)Discuss the importance of client and how he interfaces with project management (C5,D1)Discuss the nature of conflict between the parties involved in a project and how this may be managed by resolution or avoidance (C3)Describe the different types of activity relationships that existDefine the principles behind time and cost estimation (D6)Define what a cost budget is and how to construct oneUse the cost estimates to structure a cost baselineExplain the significance of the cost baseline and how it is used to measure project schedule and budget performance (D2)Describe efficient tools and techniques for controlling project performance (D5)Describe how earned value can be used as a tool and technique to control schedules and budgets (D4)Explain how to use performance measurement tools and techniques to forecast project completion (D7)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module details are delivered to the students through the following: Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to student's needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the module Lectures are supplemented by directed reading and varied further reading is encouraged. Hands on experience are gained in the process of planning simulated projects. Students are supported in their studies by both face- to-face and online materials through blackboard. All students registered for the module is enrolled in Black Board and they have access to the topics covered in the class at any time. The PowerPoint presentation highlights the key points, concepts, illustrations and diagrams associated with the course. The presentation is divided into a number of lessons. Each lesson is then further subdivided into a number of topics. A topic is stand-alone piece of instruction that has a specific, demonstrable learning objective. Experts from industries will be made available as guest speakers or visiting faculty to help learners get first-hand experience of the key areas covered in the module Students will have access to the University and departmental library facilities including CD-ROM systems which provide additional information support. Lecture and tutorial sessions will be backed by practical exercises in the form of discussing some of the standard case studies from the literature as well as encouraging students to develop some analogous case studies for the construction industry

Indicative Reading

Cook, B. & Williams, P. (2004) "Construction planning, programming and control", 2nd edition. Blackwell. Fryer B (2004) "the practice of construction management", 4th edition. Oxford: Blackwell. Harris, F. & McCaffer, R. (2001) "Modern construction management, 5th edition. Blackwell Science. Chris Hendrickson and Tung Au, (2000). "Project management for Construction - Fundamental Concepts for owners ", Engineers, Architects and Builders, Prentice Hall, Pittsburgh. Chitkara, K.K., (1998). "Construction Project Management Planning Scheduling and Control", Tata McGraw Hill Publishing Co., New Delhi Frederick E. Gould, (2000). "Construction Project Management ", Wentworth Institute of Technology, Vary E. Joyce, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Choudhury, S., (1988). "Project Management ", Tata McGraw Hill Publishing Co., New Delhi. Ernest E. Ludwig, (1988). "Applied project Engineering and Management ", Gulf Publishing Co., Houston, Texas. Harold Kerzner, (1988). " Project Management - A systems Approach to Planning ", Scheduling and Controlling, CBS Publishers & Distributors, Delhi Joy P.K., (1992). "Total Project Management ", the Indian Context, Macmillan, India Ltd., New Delhi.

Transferrable Skills

The development of: Planning and Organising communication skills, analysis and evaluation; Lectures provide Creativity in Problem Solving, Numeracy, creative thinking and independent judgement; The generation, interpretation and presentation of complex data in conformity with established methodologies, formats and conventions; Competence in computerized applications Laboratories provide ability to contribute effectively to team work in data collection Effective time management

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Tutorials (FT) 28.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Mid Term Test - Unseen Written Examination 1½ Hours
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Unseen Written Examination 2 Hours
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Module based case study report 2000 words