SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMN224935
Module Leader Shariq Sheikh
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Management
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The ability to effectively manage projects is a key skill for managers in today's workplace. This module introduces students to the key aspects and fundamental activities that take place within project management. The module syllabus introduces students to the staff and roles involved in projects as well as the main phases of the project life cycle and provides an awareness of the issues involved in project planning and control in both small and large-scale projects. In addition to developing an understanding of the theoretical aspects of project management, students will use the latest project management software to set-up, manage and control projects. Within the module students will be encouraged to demonstrate responsible leadership by making ethical and innovative decision regarding project plans, schedules, resources and outcomes.


Introduction to project management for business operations and supply chain: Project management terminology, project stakeholders, project attributes, constraints, resources, scheduling, causes of project failure, ethical project management. Understand fundamentals of graphical tools such as Gantt charts, network diagrams and PERT. Managing the stages of a project: Overview of the project lifecycle - Activities involved in the main stages of a project including: Initiation - identifying needs, setting objectives, project scope, proposals Planning - defining activities, scheduling and resource considerations, costs Implementation and monitoring project performance Termination - handover and evaluation, project auditing Ethical and responsible decision making; evaluation of trade-off between project objectives of cost, time and quality. Methodologies and approaches to project management eg Prince2, Six Sigma, Lean, Agile, PMBOK Managing large and international projects for business operations and the supply chain -work breakdown, work package management, managing projects across and between organisations Practical project management - using relevant, up-to-date project management software to: Plan and set up projects, including scheduling and resourcing Deal with scheduling and resourcing problems including staff and costs Produce a project plan with effective budgeting Track the progress of a project

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1 Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of appropriate terminology, concepts, attributes and constraints involved in the management of projects2 Develop a critical awareness of the key activities involved in managing the main phases of business operations and supply chain projects together with associated issues, from both a theoretical and practical perspective3 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the different approaches and methodologies used in project management 4 Using up-to-date project management software, develop appropriate skills to plan, set-up, control and manage projects whilst making ethical decisions within the constraints of time, cost and resources

Teaching / Learning Strategy

he module will be delivered in lectures, seminars and computer labs. Theoretical principles, practices and techniques will be developed and taught through formal lectures and seminars as well as through directed learning. Within seminars, concepts will be analysed in greater detail through student-centred learning and case studies will be used to analyse various aspects of the management of projects within organisations. In lab classes students will use up-to-date software and develop practical IT skills in project management using case projects. Guest speakers will provide a greater understanding of practical issues involved in managing projects. GCU Learn is used as a supplementary source of course information and materials, and directed learning. The assessment strategy encourages students to apply theoretical concepts and demonstrate practical skills associated with the management of projects. Students are also required to demonstrate responsible leadership by applying ethical and innovative solutions applied to project plans. GSBS will continue to use the advancement of GCULearn as a blended learning tool through its teaching and learning as well as through engagement with students. GSBS will ensure that all modules are GCU Learn enabled and with the support of the Learning Technologists at the cutting edge of development of online materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCULearn to ensure student support and information sharing.

Indicative Reading

-108 Core text: Maylor, H (2011) Project Management, 4 th Ed, Prentice Hall. Secondary texts: Ayers J.B. (2010) Supply Chain Project Management. CRC Press Burke R (2009), Fundamentals of Project Management: Tools & Techniques, 2nd Edition, Burke Publishing Chatfield C (2016), Microsoft Project 2016 Step by Step, Microsoft Press Cohen S. & Rousel J. (2005) Strategic Supply Chain Management. McGraw Hill Cousins P., Lamming R., Lawson B. & Squire B (2008) Strategic Supply Management: Principles, Theory & Practice. Prentice Hall. Gatorna J (1995) Strategic Supply Chain Alignment. Gower Publishing Gido J & Clements J (2011), Effective Project Management, 5th Edition, South Western College Publishing Gray C & Larson E(2011), Project Management - The Managerial Process, 5th Edition, McGraw-Hill Pinto, J.K (2015), Project Management. Achieving competitive Advantage. 4th Ed Pearson Prentice Hall 2010 Snyder C (2016), Microsoft Project 2016, For Dummies

Transferrable Skills

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 Responsible decision making and ethical leadership 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 Research, IT and literature searching skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 18.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Independent Learning (FT) 74.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Practical Assessment n/a 50.00 45% Practical Assessment - 1000-1500 word count
Individual report/essay n/a 50.00 45% Individual report/essay - 2000 word count