SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMN221207
Module Leader Nicola Callaghan
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module operates an overall 50% pass rate. The module will cover: project management concepts; the roles and responsibilities of project managers; project plan development; project plan execution; integrated change control; project initiation and scope planning; scope definition, verification and change control; project time management - activity definition and sequencing; estimating activity duration and schedule development and control; Programme vs. project management; project communications management - project reporting and Earned Value Analysis (EVA); project methodologies; managing the impact of project cultures; risk management; organisational structures within which project management operates; project teams; project leadership; network analysis; computer aided project planning; and learning from projects and managing project knowledge


The concept of project management, roles, responsibilities and organisational structures Understanding client needs, client briefing and the importance of scope and integration management. Advanced project planning, monitoring and control: Network analysis, resource analysis and levelling, project reporting and Earned Value Analysis (EVA), sub projects, cost/time reporting, work breakdown structures, cashflow prediction, use of commercial software packages. The relationships between time, cost and quality on construction projects. Risk management of time and cost. Human aspects of project management - leadership, teamwork, communication. Learning from projects, managing innovation and project knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to: 1 Plan sophisticated construction projects using commercial software packages, (A1, B1, D1, D10)2 Analyse project risks in terms of time, cost and quality, (A2, B2, C4, D8)3 Discuss the concept of project management and its unique features, (A3, B3, C3)4 Discuss the human dynamics of project teams with respect to leadership, communication and teamwork, (A4, B4, D2)5 Discuss the importance of client briefing, scope management and project integration management (A5, B5, D3, D13)6 Discuss the management of the design process and the appointment of consultants. (A1, B6, D6)7 Discuss the concepts and types of construction procurement methods, and the role of the Project Manager (A2, C1, C2, D7, D12, D14).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A web-based form of delivery will be used throughout the module. All students will use the web for all of their teaching and learning materials. Full-time and part-time students will be able to participate in seminars which will facilitate discussion and allow them to meet visiting speakers and take part in site visits where appropriate. The computer assisted project planning section will be facilitated by software along with tutorial guidance and support. Staff within the school have considerable experience in supporting students who have/experience difficulties, and work closely with the University Student Support Services to ensure that appropriate support is provided to suit each student's individual needs. A number of strategies have been adapted as required to allow such students to fully participate in their programme of study, including the provision of material in advance, use of scribes, signers, specialist software the like.

Indicative Reading

APM (2002) "Project Management Pathways". Edited by Martin Stevens. The Association for Project Management. APM (2004) "Project Risk Analysis and Management Guide (2nd Edition)". The Association for Project Management APM (2006) APM Body of Knowledge, 5th Edition, The Association for Project Management. APM (2007) "Co-directing Change: A Guide to the Governance of Multi-Owned Projects". The Association for Project Management APM (2007) "Models to improve the Management of Projects". The Association for Project Management APM (2007) "Introduction to Programme Management". The Association for Project Management BSI (2010) Guide to Project Management, BSI: 6079 Pt 3. British Standard Institute. Burke, R. (2003) Project Management - Planning & Control Techniques" (Fourth Edition). Burke Publishing. CIOB (2014) Code of Practice in Project Management, 5th Edition Clough, R.H. Sears, G.A. and Sears, S.K. (2002) Construction Project Management, Wiley Fryer, B., Egbu, C., Ellis, R. and Gorse, C. (2004) The Practice of Construction Management (4th edition), Blackwell Publishing. Kerzner, H. (2003) Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling & Controlling Kliem, R.L. and Ludin, I.S. (1995) The People Side of Project Management (2nd Edition), Gower. Lock, D. (2004) Project Management in Construction. Gower Publishing Limited. Murphy, O. J. (2005) "International Project Management". South-Western Educational Publisher Murray-Webster, R and Simon, P. (2007) Starting Out in Project Management. Association for Project Management (2nd Edition) OGC (2009) "Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2". Office of Government Commerce. PMI (2007) "Project manager Competency Development framework (2nd Edition). Project Management Institute. PMI (2008) "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOKae Guide) - 4th Edition". Project Management Institute. Stevens, M.J. (2002) Project Management Pathways, Association for Project Management. Sun, Ming and Howard, Rob, (2004) Understanding IT in Construction, Spon Press Thomas, J and Mullaly, M (2008). Researching the Value of Project Management. Project Management Institute. Walker, A. (2007) "Project Management in Construction (5th Edition)". Blackwell.

Transferrable Skills

Ability to conceive the underlying logic in complex situations and produce plans. IT skills in commercial packages. Critical thinking and problem solving Time management (organising and planning work) Independent working Planning, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating own learning and development

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (PT) 20.00
Seminars (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 130.00
Assessment (FDL) 20.00
Independent Learning (PT) 110.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 110.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 40.00 45% Project Plan/Chart and Description
Coursework 1 n/a 60.00 45% Project Management Report