Project Management




The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : This module introduces the student to different tools techniques and practices used within project management. It also examines the complexity of managing projects and reason for project failure. The module will be heavily influenced by the internationally recognised professional project management standards developed by the Project Management Institute and PRINCE2.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Integrate a wide knowledge of management theories and practices within the area of project management to solve problems.

2.  Demonstrate a critical understanding of project management theories, concepts and principles.

3.  Apply a wide range of professional project management skills, techniques and practices.

Indicative Content

1 Managing Change

Why projects fail; developing a change strategy management; impact of organisational culture on change; Roles and responsibilities within project management; Governance;

2 Development approaches

Traditional approaches: lifecycle models,Prince2, iterative approaches; Newer PM approaches: SCRUM; rapid applications development; Project phases in PMBOK

3 Project Initiation

Developing and interpreting specifications and project objectives; Understanding the relationship between quality, cost and time; Stakeholder analysis and management; aligning to the organisations strategy and project justification

4 Project Planning

Analysing project requirements and sub-tasks; Estimating timelines; deadlines and milestones and activity durations; Constructing a project schedule; Resourcing projects; Allocating and smoothing resources; Using Gantt charts to allocate and monitor resource allocation; Using project management software.

5 Project Execution

Client and supplier management; Monitoring progress; Quality management; Leadership and team management

6 Project Control

Dealing with project risk; Evaluating the probability and potential impact of risk; contingency planning for risk management; project tracking and revision to completion; Evaluating project delivery and management: Analysing the effectiveness of project management processes and the impact of project delivery and non-delivery. Reporting progress.

7 Project Closure

Evaluating project delivery and management: Analysing the effectiveness of project management processes and the impact of project delivery and non-delivery; Learning lessons; project acceptance

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Although also examining theory the main emphasis of this module is professional practice in project management (PM). PM case studies will be used to demonstrate good and bad practice and allow for consideration of alternative approaches. The Abertay Attributes of ‘active citizen’ and ‘personal’ will be discussed during consideration of project stakeholders and project team management. Through use of industry standard tools, techniques and methodologies students will gain an appreciation of ‘Professional’ practice. Project Management contains high levels of decision making and problem solving and these tie into the Attribute of ‘intellectual’.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 42
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 50
Independent 108

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.