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EC495 Project Management

 
 

Programme(s) where module is offered

  • BSc Business and Management with Economics
  • BSc in Business and Management with Finance
 

Status (core, option, free choice)

Core

 

FHEQ Level

6

 

Unit Value

6 ECTS

 

Semester taught

Spring

 

Pre-Requisite Modules or Qualifications

None

 

Module Code

EC100

 

Module coordinator

TBD

 

Applicable From

2017

 

Educational Aims of the Module

  • Project management is the process of planning, organizing, coordinating, leading and controlling resources to accomplish the project objective.
  • The aim of this module is to expose students to different phases of project management, both in theory and practice.
  • Students should understand the life cycle of a project, explore each stage (selecting and initiating, planning, executing, closing and realizing) to understand how it can serve the intended purpose of the project, and finally apply what has been learned to their own projects.
  • The goal is to teach students how to manage projects and to expose them to various real-life examples which they will analyse and discuss.
 

Module Outline/Syllabus

  • Project management concepts

  • Identifying and selecting projects

  • Developing project proposals

  • Defining scope, quality, responsibility and activity sequence

  • Developing the schedule

  • Resource utilization

  • Determining costs, budget and earned value

  • Managing risk

  • Closing the project

  • The project manager

  • The project team

  • Project communication and documentation

  • Project management and organizational structures

 

Student Engagement Hours

Type Number per Term Duration Total Time

Lectures

15 1.5 22.5

Workshops

5 1.5 7.5

Seminars

5 1.5 7.5
Tutorials 5 1.5 7.5

Total Contact Hours

45.0

Total Guided/Independent Learning Hours

105.0
Total Engagement Hours 150.0
 

Assessment Method Summary

Type Number Required Duration / Length Weighting Timing / Submission Deadline

Final exam

1

3 hours

50%

End of semester

Mid-term exam

1

2 hours

20%

Mid-semester

Group project and presentation

1

Written part: 2000 words

 

Presentation: 20 minutes

Written part: 20%

 

Presentation: 10%

End of week 13

 

Module Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate a core understanding of each stage of project life cycle and their dependency of each other

  • Understand the role of project manager and team members

  • Critically evaluate the challenges of project management

  • Ability to identify concepts and principles underlying theoretical frameworks in Economics, Business and Finance and to recognize their competing perspectives and notice possibility of new concepts within existing framework.

  • Design own projects

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures will be based on the key literature combined with supplementary resources. (ILO: 1-5)

  • Project assignment to integrate theoretical concepts with practical skills (ILO: 4-5)

  • Analysis of real life project management examples (ILO: 1-5)

  • In-class participation and group discussions in class will encourage active participation and exchange of knowledge and ideas. (ILO: 1-4)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Midterm exam (ILO: 1-3)

  • Final exam (in addition to testing the knowledge learned in class, the final exam will include a question related to the individual project designed by students. (ILO: 1-5)

  • Individual project will be focused on practical application of gained knowledge. (ILO:1,4-5)

Practical Skills:

  • Project management

  • Trade-off analysis

  • Risk management

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures and class discussions (PS 1-3)

  • Hands-on project development (PS: 1-3)

  • Discussion of real life project management examples (PS: 1-3)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Written Exams (PS: 1-3)

  • Project (PS: 1-3)

Transferable Skills:

  • A problem-centered and problem-solving approach

  • Ability to effectively present own and others’ point of view

  • Numeracy Skills

  • Communication Skills: Written and Oral

  • Research Skills

  • Data analyses skills

  • Ability to work independently

  • Classify data

  • Compare, inspect or record facts

  • Meet deadlines

  • Good time management

  • Organize/manage projects

  • IT Skills

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures and class discussions (TS 1-4, 8-9)

  • Individual project (TS: 1-13)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Written examinations (TS:1-2,4)

  • Individual project (TS: 1-13)

 

Key Texts and/or other learning materials

Set text

  • Clements, J.P. and Gido, J. (2014). Successful Project Management. 6th international edition. South-Western College Pub.

Supplementary Materials

  • Kloppenborg,T.J. (2014) Contemporary Project Management: Organize, Plan, Perform. 3rd edition. South-Western Cengage Learning.
  • Project Management Institute (PMI). pmi.org (accessed May 21, 2017)

Please note

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the module and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.

More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module and programme can be found in the departmental or programme handbook.

The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.

Date of Production : May 2017

Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee

Date approved by School Board of Study

Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee

Date of Annual Review

       
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