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Module Title
Professional Body of Knowledge

Project Management, Programme Management, Portfolio Management, Project Lifecycle, Project Management Processes, Tools and Techniques, Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedApril 2006
ApprovedAugust 2013
AmendedAugust 2016
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module


Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To promote and demonstrate knowledge, competency and skills in managing, leading and directing project teams and stakeholders. This module covers most of the Project Management Body of Knowledge required for APM and PMI certification. It also requires the demonstration of commitment to Continuing Professional development (CPD) through and ability to systematically and continuously review personal development.

Learning Outcomes for Module

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

1. Synthesise essential knowledge, skills and competency in project management to the required professional standard of project management practice.
2. Discuss and apply project management knowledge within the requirements of the project management profession.
3. Integrate knowledge of Project Management Standards such as APM, PMI and ISO
4. Assemble, evaluate and reflect on their individual CPD Portfolio in line with professional standards recognised by the project management profession.

Indicative Module Content

This module will cover key sections of the APM and/or PMI Project Management Bodies of Knowledge. Project Lifecycle phases, Project Management processes including tools and techniques will be covered. In addition, there shall be an integration of knowledge of Project Management Standards (ISO21500). Furthermore students are introduced to the concept of Continual Professional development within the context and standards of the project management profession.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimeDistance Learning
Online lectures/seminars

Directed Study

Directed individual study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

The module is delivered in Taught Mode by lectures, tutorials, interactive group work, presentations and directed self-study
The module is delivered in Distance Learning Mode by self directed web-based learning resources, on-line tutor support.

Assessment Plan

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

A CPD Portfolio of evidence

Component 1 will be assessed by exam.

Indicative Bibliography

1.ASSOCIATION FOR PROJECT MANAGEMENT, 2012. APM body of knowledge. 6th ed. High Wycombe: Association for Project Management.
2.PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE, 2013. A guide to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK guide). 5th ed. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute.
3.SAUNDERS, M., LEWIS, P. and THORNHILL, A., 2012. <I>Research methods for business students.</I> 6th ed. Harlow: Pearson. <I>ebook.</I>
4.Students shall also be required to access a range of appropriate advanced text books, journal articles and conference papers.

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