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.
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.
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
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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.