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Postgraduate Course: Project Management (MBA) (CMSE11256)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryProject 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.
Course description 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.

Project life-cycles;
Activity planning and programming;
Cost planning and estimation;
Risk management;
Contract management;
Project control.

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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements For Business School PG students only, or by special permission of the School. Please contact the course secretary.
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and discuss the context of projects and the management methods necessary for the successful delivery of these projects.
  2. Understand and evaluate the roles of a variety of parties within a project.
  3. Understand the model of a project's life cycle.
  4. Gain knowledge and understanding in a range of topics that are important to managing strategic projects successfully.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the integrative nature of project management.
Reading List
A reading list will be provided during the course.
Additional Information
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
KeywordsProject Management Risk Planning Control
Course organiserDr Walaa Bakry
Course secretaryMrs Angela Muir
Tel: (0131 6)51 3854
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