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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG3080 Module Title: PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3315X
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: ROCKLIFF NJ Dr (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 20 Number of ECTS credits: 10
Module Availability

Semester 2

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment

Weighting Towards Module Mark( %) 

Fortnightly reports


Final report



Qualifying Condition(s) 

A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Module Overview

In all areas of engineering, management of complex projects is a major feature. Being able to scope, plan, organise and control workloads, personnel, budgets, schedules and resources and adapt these to changing circumstances is a key skill. This module will give you the tools and techniques to plan projects and manage project teams.


Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE2

Module Aims

To provide students with:


·         A broad view of communication theory and the value of communication


·         An overview of the value of building the correct team for project delivery


·         An understanding of the project life cycle


·         An understanding of the methods used in project management e.g. Critical path analysis, Gantt chart


·         Knowledge of the relevant standards for project management and how to used them to embed quality in a project


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:


·         Demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts of communication theory


·         Understand group dynamics and able to interact and lead a group effectively


·         Understand the nature and context of project management in various circumstances


·         Apply and appraise appropriate project management and project planning techniques


·         Understand technical content and apply project management quality standards


Module Content

Module 1 – Leadership, Team Building and Communication


  • Basic Communication theory
  • Group Dynamics and Belbin Characteristics
  • Types of Leadership
  • The value of Communication in a Project

Module 2 – Project Definition and Project Stages


  • What constituents a project
  • The Project Lifecycle
  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • Cost and Time Control in a Budget
  • Methods of Review in a Project

Module 3 – Project Planning


  • Methods for project planning
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management in a Project
  • Project Management Standard BS 6079

Module 4 – Planning and Managing Techniques


  • Networking methods
  • PERT analysis
  • Calculations for Critical Path Analysis

Module 5 – Quality Assurance in Projects


  • How to relate QA to the Project Management process
  • BS 10006 standard


Methods of Teaching/Learning

The module will be delivered by distance learning, with the use of a textbook and a workbook, and supported by email and ULearn feedback and discussions. Assessment will be by five fortnightly interim assignments (total 50%) and a final assignment (50%).

Selected Texts/Journals

Essential Reading :


Communications and Project Management – Mary-Clare Bushell) provided in the Distance learning pack


Required Reading :


BS 6079-1         Project Management – Guide to Project Management, British Standards Institution publication


BS 6079-2         Project Management – Vocabulary, British Standards Institution publication.


BS 6079-3         Project Management – Guide to the management of business related project risk British Standards Institution publication


BS ISO 10006:2003    Quality Management Systems – Guidelines for Quality Management in Projects British Standards Institution publication


Recommended   Reading :


Juran (1980) Juran “Quality Planning and Analysis” 2nd Edn New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company 1980


“Mastering Communication” Nicky Stanton 3rd Edition, Macmillan1996


“Understanding Organisations” Charles Handy Penguin 1985


“The Essentials of Project Management”, Dennis Lock, Gower 1996


“Project Risk Management”, Chapman, Chris in Lock, Dennis (ed.), Gower


“Handbook of Project Management”, 2nd ed. Aldershot : Gower 1994


“Critical Path Analysis and other Project Network Techniques” Lockyer, Keith and Gordon Pitman 1995


“Risk Analysis in Project Management” J Raftery London SPON 1993


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Last Updated

30th September 2010