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Postgraduate Course: Managing Projects in a Multi Agency Environment (ISSH11002)

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SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryProject management and leadership skills are key requisites for effective contributions to service improvement. Organisational change initiatives are not always appropriately defined and resourced, and the ongoing monitoring needed to check if the work is delivering the desired outcomes, is not always in place. Individual projects are not always aligned to organisational strategy. Project management is an approach to structuring and managing change initiatives to ensure they deliver appropriate results in proportion to the aims set and resources put in place. It is a way for project staff to define boundaries and responsibilities so that these can be negotiated in situations of conflict or lack of clear expectations. This course will help students to critically appraise the contribution of individual projects to wider organisational change and provide critical insights into the management of change processes, including leading or participating in project teams, planning tools and techniques.

Students will be able to apply their learning from the previous courses 1 and 2 in the running of change management projects. The course will also help them further develop project management skills and provide a critical insight into the management of change processes, including leading or participating in project teams, planning tools and techniques, and the highlights in guiding projects through their start-up, middle and end.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the course the students should be able to:
- Understand the processes by which projects are defined, planned, monitored, controlled, and implemented
- Understand the use of information to scope, monitor and evaluate projects
- Appreciate the cultural aspects that may influence, drive or motivate a project and understand the leadership skills that are neededin a lead or team member
- Understand the issues associated with co-ordinating complex service development projects to align with organisational strategy
- Evaluate why projects fail and how to review lessons that can be learnt
- Critically digest, analyse and synthesise a wide range of literature pertaining to the planning and implementing of a service improvement project in multi-agency environments
- Confidently lead, plan, organise and document a project by using tools that add value to the management process

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Course organiserProf Heather Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)51 3925
Course secretaryMiss Sue Larsen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6671
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