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Module Title
Project Management - Change


SCQF Points20
ECTS Points10
CreatedMarch 2013
ApprovedJuly 2013
AmendedAugust 2013
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module

None, in addition to course entry requirements

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To understand the implications of change in projects, specifically in the safety, technical, commercial and contractual areas to ensure the limitations of change are minimised and opportunities maximised.
To ensure that operations and processes conform to work procedures and/or established safe working practices so that when deviations arise they can be managed effectively and safely.

Learning Outcomes for Module

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

1. Assess the risk in terms of safety, technical, commercial and contractual considerations when a change request is raised
2. Evaluate the key impact of change or variation on the contractual position
3. Appraise and discuss the opportunities and limitations of deviations or change and their significance for the work scope, cost, schedule and risks to a project
4. Establish the main procedures and/or processes that require to be in place to ensure that deviations or change are managed effectively and safely

Indicative Module Content

Purpose of change content; review of requests for change against the contract; categories of safety, technical, commercial and contractual; process and procedures for managing change and deviation; managing change prior to mobilisation and subsequently; variation requests including reason, impact and cost impact; managing significant change, opportunities, limitations, ensure the most favourable contract position.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Distance LearningBlended Learning

Directed Study

Discussion Forums
Online material engagement

Private Study

Independent reading

Mode of Delivery

Module is delivered in both distance learning and blended modes through the use of online learning materials/activities,using relevant technologies, supported by discussion forums to maximise student engagement.
Blended delivery will have the addition of face-to-face workshops designed to consolidate and strengthen the independent learning.
This integrative approach to communication and learning will maximise the student experience.

Assessment Plan

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

Integrative coursework produced at the end of module delivery

Indicative Bibliography

1.BURNES, B., 2014. Managing change. 6th ed. Harlow: Financial Times Prentice Hall.
2.CLEDEN, D., 2009. Managing project uncertainty. Farnham: Gower.
3.SENIOR, B. and SWAILES, S., 2010. Organisational change. 4th ed. Harlow: Financial Times Prentice Hall.

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