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Module Title
Managing Projects

Project, Project Management, Project Definition, Project Planning and Control, Project Initiation, Project Tools and Techniques.

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedOctober 2007
ApprovedJuly 2013
AmendedNovember 2016
Version No.5

This Version is No Longer Current
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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to SCQF Level 9 entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To provide an understanding of the key principles, practices and concepts of project management. To examine the broad project environment and apply project management tools and techniques to a simulated project.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Establish the key project planning and control activities and apply the planning and control tools and techniques in a project environment.
2. Examine the project life cycle and it's relationship with project activities and processes.
3. Discuss the 5 key variables of project management, cost, time, quality, scope and risk and the trade-offs and interaction between these varaiables.
4. Establish the change management procedures and processes required for effective project management.

Indicative Module Content

The module will provide a broad overview of project management principles including the fundamental activies, tools and techniques used in managing projects. The project life cycle will be discussed and its underpinning role in managing project progress. The phases of initiation, planning, execution, control and monitoring and close out will be examined and applied to a project case which requires students to set objectives, determine scope, identify stakeholders and write a business case. An overview of project environment, change control and it's impact on managing scope, cost and schedule will be examined.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study



Private Study



Mode of Delivery

The module is lecture based supplemented with tutorial sessions. Emphasis is based on an integrative approach to communication and learning with student involvement fostered through discussion and group working.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4

Students are required to produce a project management plan, scope statement, work breakdown structure, Gantt chart and risk matrix. They should also produce a poster and deliver a short supporting presentation for their proposed project.

Indicative Bibliography

1.McGHEE, P. and McALINEY, P., 2007. Painless project management: a step by step guide for planning, executing,and managing projects. Chichester: Wiley. ebook
2.PINTO, J.K., 2016. Project management: achieving competitive advantage. 4th ed. Boston: Pearson.

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781