Postgraduate Course: Project Management (MBA) (CMSE11256)
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Project Management is the application of management principles to deliver a project in accordance with predetermined objectives for time, cost and quality. This course will consider these principles in the management of all types project with particular emphasis on engineering projects, with respect to the project's life-cycle, the parties involved, planning, estimating, risk management, contract management, and project control. The course will examine the context of these themes through the development of a project execution plan based on a real project.
This course takes a managerial approach to project management. Many of the tools and techniques used to run projects in the modern context have been around for some time and there is a large body of professional knowledge that captures project management practice; for example through the AMP, PMI and PRINCE2 methodology. However there are many instances of project failure, many of which are reported in the national press.
This course aims to make students aware of the commonly available tools used to run projects are, so the course introduces project lifecycle, stakeholder management, planning and control, estimating, risk management and closing projects down as subjects. However the course takes a reflective look at these approaches and asks students to consider whether what makes some projects successful and others not. If these tools have been around for such a long time, why are projects so risky and prone to cost overruns, expanded timescales and a failure to deliver against the stated objectives? If we can understand this we can learn from project failure and build better and more robust practice.
Activity planning and programming;
Cost planning and estimation;
Student Learning Experience
The course will be delivered over an intensive one-week period and will include a mix of lectures, seminars, practical sessions and guest speakers. During the course and as a core part of the assessment, students will develop a project execution plan based on a real project.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| For Business School PG students only, or by special permission of the School. Please contact the course secretary.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Block 5 (sem 2)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 24,
Summative Assessment Hours 29,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Individual Assignment (90%)
||Feedback will be provided throughout the course as part of a highly-interactive teaching and learning approach and also through the assessed participation element. Feedback will also be provided during the course to guide students in the preparation of their individually-assessed project plan. Summative marks will be returned on a published timetable, which has been made clear to students at the start of the academic year.
Students will be provided with electronic written feedback for all coursework.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand and discuss the context of projects and the management methods necessary for the successful delivery of these projects.
- Understand and evaluate the roles of a variety of parties within a project.
- Understand the model of a project's life cycle.
- Gain knowledge and understanding in a range of topics that are important to managing strategic projects successfully.
- Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the integrative nature of project management.
|A reading list will be provided during the course.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Cognitive and Subject Specific Skills:
Use a range of project management tools and methods.
Analyse a range of project management situations and recommend suitable actions.
Understand and learn from outcomes of numerous project management case studies.
Work in a project team to deliver and present a strategy based plan of project execution
|Keywords||Project Management Risk Planning Control
|Course organiser||Dr Walaa Bakry
|Course secretary||Mrs Angela Muir
Tel: (0131 6)51 3854