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Module Title
Project Management Dissertation

Independent Research, Project Research Plan, Research Approach and Methodology, Primary and Secondary Research, Analysis, Critical Evaluation

SCQF Points60
ECTS Points30
CreatedAugust 2011
ApprovedAugust 2013
AmendedAugust 2013
Version No.2

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Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To integrate Project Management and Research skills through the planning and production of an Individual Research Project. To provide the student with the ability to utilise appropriate techniques and strategies for research in professional practice.

Learning Outcomes for Module

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

1. Produce a Project Research Plan (PRP) using project management tools and techniques and translate this to a piece of independent research of professional concern in Project Management.
2. Investigate and critically review the literature within the chosen field to establish the need to research within the topic area.
3. Critically evaluate, select and execute an appropriate research metholodogy for the primary research, analyse and synthesise results obtained.
4. Present conclusions from the research and formulate recommendations for Project Management Practitioners or future research.
5. Demonstrate both primary and secondary research skills and the ability to apply Project Management methodology to a research project.

Indicative Module Content

This module requires students to work to produce a project research plan (PRP)comprising of an initial specification; project definition including objectives, scope, deliverables; rationale; constraints, assumptions and considerations; risks; proposed project approach.
Undertake a comprehensive critical literature review. Develop a Research methodology. This includes: research philosophy and approach; research techniques; sampling approach and data analysis techniques.
This is a piece of independent work supported by an academic supervisor.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimeDistance Learning
Online Interaction

Directed Study



Private Study



Mode of Delivery

The module is delivered online and underpinned by a series of activities which are managed by a project tutor. The topics and activities will clarify the process by which the module outcomes will be delivered. Additionally project tutors will provide one to one support when required.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4,5

Students are required to demonstrate research skills through the production of a piece of research in any aspect of project management by formulating a research plan and executing a dissertation.

Indicative Bibliography

1.BRYMAN, A. and BELL, E., 2015. Business research methods. 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2.SAUNDERS, M. and LEWIS, P., 2012. Doing research in business and management: an essential guide to planning your project. Harlow: Pearson.
3.SAUNDERS, M., LEWIS, P., and THORNHILL, A., 2015. Research methods for business students. 7th ed. Harlow: Pearson. ebook
4.Students shall also be required to access a range of appropriate advanced text books, journal articles and conference papers.

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