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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MANM020 Module Title: PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Module Provider: School of Management Short Name: M030
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: GANNON MJ Dr (SoM)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment

Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)

FIRST ATTEMPT – Group assignment, 7000 words


RESIT – Improved group assignment, 7000 words


Module Overview
This module is designed to help students gain a good understanding and working knowledge of project management. Project management is an essential part of many business management roles within the workplace and this module has been developed to ensure students’ competence in this area.


Module Aims

The primary aims of this MSc module are to help students acquire a good understanding of project management and to develop the ability to plan and manage a small to medium sized project to its successful conclusion. To develop students' collaborative and team working skills, they are encouraged to work in pairs throughout the semester. On completion of the module, participants should be able to apply project management knowledge and skills to day-to-day operational and ad hoc projects.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, students should be able to understand and apply with a certain level of competency, project management concepts and techniques:

Outcome Type

Teaching Week


Knowledge & Understanding


Introduction to project management and aligning to organisational goals

Knowledge & Understanding


Project organisation structure and culture

Intellectual & Cognitive Skills


Leadership and team management issues

Intellectual & cognitive skills


Project feasibility, definition and WBS

Professional & Practical Skills


Project definition (continued), cost-estimation and commercial considerations

Professional & practical skills


Project risk management



Reading Week

Professional & practical skills


Project planning and scheduling + Introduction to MS Project

Professional & practical skills


Start-up, progress management and change control

Professional & practical skills


Project audit and closure

Transferable skills


  • Internet-based & electronic library research skills
  • Computing skills (e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Microsoft Project)
  • Presentational skills
  • Team-work

Module Content
  • Aligning projects to corporate goals
  • Project organisation structure and culture
  • Leadership and team management
  • Project partnering and dispersed projects
  • Project definition and strategy
  • Project cost estimation, coding and systems integration
  • Project risk management
  • Project planning and scheduling
  • Start-up, progress management and change control
  • Project audit and closure
Methods of Teaching/Learning

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to provide a range of delivery methods in a blended way to facilitate the development of skills in the three key learning areas set out above. The first half of the module concentrates on the theories underpinning the subject, including cognition of cross disciplinary impact on project outcome. The second half takes an active learning approach. Structured workshop sessions allow students to work in teams on their selected projects.

The teaching and learning methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Self-directed learning
    • Reading
    • LearnWare/ULearn

Assessment Criteria
In order to achieve the threshold standard for the award of credits for this module, students must meet the following criteria related to the learning outcomes described above:

  • Knowledge and Understanding: Demonstrating a robust knowledge and understanding of project management theories and concepts and their appropriate use to underpin arguements and decisions
  • Professional, Practical and Transferable Skills: Demonstrating practical ability to research plan and manage a small to medium sized project to its successful conclusion. Also, demonstrating ability to work as part of a team and to use project management tools.
  • Intellectual and Cognitive Skills: Demonstrate critical thinking and awareness of cross management issues and their impact on the success of a project
  • Transferable Skills: Demonstrate the ability to apply skills learnt from across the MSc programme
Selected Texts/Journals


Gray, C.F. and Larson, E.W. (2008) Project Management: The Managerial Process, 3rd ed. London: McGraw-Hill, ISBN: 007 126 6267


Maylor, H. (2005) Project Management, 3rd rev Ed. London: Prentice Hall, ISBN:0273704311
Kerzner, H (2006) Project Management, 9th ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN:0471741876
Lock, D. (2003) Project Management, 8th Ed., Aldershot: Gower Publishing. ISBN: 0-566-08551-8 (ppk)
Turner, J.R. (1999) The Handbook of Project-Based Management, London: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 0-07-709161-2


Mantel, S.J.; Meredith, J.P.; and Mantel, S.J. Jnr. (2003) Project Management in Practice, 5th ed. New York: John Wile & Sons, Inc. ISBN: 0471073237
Burke, R. (2003) Project Management: Planning and Control Techniques, 4th ed. Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 0470851244

Other Indicative Reading

International Journal of Project Management
International Journal of Operations and Production Management
Journal of Operations Management
European Journal of Operational Research
IEEE Engineering Management Review
International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management
Journal of Product Innovation Management
Risk Management Journal
Supply Chain Management Journal
Project Management - Magazine of the Project Management Institute, USA
Project - Magazine of the Association for Project Management, UK

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