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MODULE DESCRIPTOR
Module Title
Project Management Fundamentals
Reference BSM084 Version 7
Created March 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved September 2014 SCQF Points 15
Amended June 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To promote an understanding of the key principles, concepts and strategies of project management. To examine the broad project environment and apply project management tools and techniques to a real or case study project.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Critically review the project life-cycle phases, processes, tools and techniques and the broader environment in which projects take place.
2 Develop a critical awareness of the issues involved in the development of project planning and control activities, including anticipating and assessing business environmental impacts in the earliest stages of project planning.
3 Critically evaluate the project objectives of cost, quality and time and the trade-offs and interaction between these objectives.
4 Develop in broad outline for a case project a Project Plan.
5 Evaluate the relationship between change management and project management and be able to establish a change management process.

Indicative Module Content
The module will provide a broad overview of the make-up of a project and the fundamental activities that take place in project management. The project life cycle is introduced and the key activities within the sequential phases. The process of defining the project including setting objectives, determining scope, identifying stakeholders, clarifying strategies, quality, quality systems and reviews will also be evaluated. The increasingly critical role of project management within organisations shall be examined including the underpinning project management processes. The importance of project organisation (the people, the communication and resources) will be introduced, with an emphasis on the provision of adequate leadership, structures and feedback paths through and across the organisation.

Module Delivery
The module is delivered in taught mode by lectures, seminars, using case studies, interactive group work and directed self-study. The module is also taught in distance learning mode by on-line learning materials, discussion forums and directed self study.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 51 15
Non-Contact Hours 99 135
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

ASSESSMENT PLAN
If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only [for the purposes of the Key Information Set (KIS)]
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 100% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Description: Coursework.

MODULE PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTOR
Explanatory Text
The module is assessed by one component: C1 - Coursework - 100% weighting. Module Pass Mark = Grade D (40%)
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A 70% or above
B 60% - 69%
C 50% - 59%
D 40% - 49%
E 35% - 39%
F 0% - 34%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None.
Corequisites for module None
Precluded Modules None.

INDICATIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
1 KERZNER, H., 2013. Project management: a systems approach to planning, scheduling, and controlling. 11th ed. Hoboken: John Wiley. ebook
2 LOCK, D., 2013. Project management. 10th ed. Farnham: Gower Publishing. ebook
3 MEREDITH, J.R. et al., 2013. Project management in practice. 5th ed. Hoboken: Wiley.
4 Association for Project Management, 2012, APM Body of Knowledge, 6th Edition, Association for Project Management.
5 Students shall also be required to access a range of appropriate websites and journal articles.

 

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