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Unit information: Project Management in 2020/21

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Unit name Project Management
Unit code EFIM20015
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Lloyd Fletcher
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

Introduction to Management (EFIM10015)

Co-requisites

none

School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description

Project management has been adopted by a wide range of organisations in industry, commerce and the public sector to help handle many, varied one-off undertakings. Also known as projects, such endeavours tend to entail higher levels of complexity and uncertainty, and therefore risk, than more routine operational activities. The problems involved in managing projects have led to the development of project management as a specialised branch of management. As the use of projects has become more commonplace, this established discipline requires an introduction that enables students to critically examine concepts, theories and techniques to which they will be exposed in almost any organisation.

The main aims of the unit are to introduce the topic and help students to develop an integrated, holistic understanding of what projects ‘are’, and how they are managed in organisations. Further aims are to show how effective project management contributes to organisational success and to encourage students to think critically, analytically, and systematically about projects and their management. Rather than teaching basic tools and techniques, the emphasis is on critical reflection on assumptions, methods, and procedures. The unit offers a grounding in relevant concepts, models, and theoretical frameworks that students can apply in developing their managerial thinking within project environments.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1: Demonstrate a holistic, integrated understanding of basic project management concepts and theories.

2: Show how project management techniques are used in order to manage project outcomes.

3: Critically analyze common approaches to managing projects.

4: Recognize how projects interact with the wider managerial, strategic, political, and social environment.

5: Demonstrate theoretical and experiential understandings of the challenges and practicalities of group work as a form of project organizing.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, seminars, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities

Assessment Details

Summative: 10% midterm individual online short answer/MCQ test; 40% individual timed open book assessment, 50% group coursework Formative: weekly quizzes; interim group coursework project documents (proposal, plans, reports, etc.)

Reading and References

Core text:

Maylor, H. (2010) Project Management. 4th Edition. London: FT Prentice Hall.

Other references that may prove useful, offering different perspectives or emphasis:

• Wysocki, Robert K. Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme. 6th ed. Indianapolis, Ind.: John Wiley &Sons, 2011.

• Smith, C. Making Sense of Project Realities: Theory, Practice and the Pursuit of Performance. Gower Technical Press, 2007.

• Lientz, Bennet P. Project Management: A Problem-based Approach. Houndmills, Basingstoke; New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

• Nicholas, J. and Steyn, H. (2008) Project Management for Business, Engineering and Technology. 3rd Edition. Oxford: Elsevier.

Students will be directed to selected articles from a variety of relevant publications, in particular the International Journal of Project Management and the Project Management Journal.

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