Module details for Project Management


This module examines the tools and techniques associated with managing projects. Students will also carry out an investigation into a project failure and recommend alternative actions which could have been taken


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with: an appreciation of the complexity of project management and the tools and techniques performed to aid successful management.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Select, use and explain the various tools and techniques which form part of the project planning and management process.

2.  Analyse a project case study and identify where improvements could have been made.

Indicative Content

1 Project management and project teams

Intepreting project specifications and objectives, and the requirements of project stakeholders; Key project challenges for individuals and groups: reviewing the key priorities of time and project management; Understanding the role of a project leader; Understanding team work and how effective teams function; Creating and contributing to effective project teams; Managing teams through project delivery; maintaining goal focus, and managing problems.

2 Project analysis and 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; Project management tools; Using project management software.

3 Managing Projects

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.

4 Project Management Methodologies

The use of project management methodologies such as Prince2 and SCRUM.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 14
Tutorial/Seminar 14
Practical Activity 14
Assessment 50
Independent 108
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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.


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