MM396-Project Management

Module Provider: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Mr Nigel Spinks

Email: nigel.spinks@henley.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Projects have become an important mode of organising work in many organisations and industries in response to the need to develop and deliver complex one-off goods and services and to manage change initiatives. This module is designed to provide the theoretical and practical grounding for those working in and leading projects. The assignment includes project-based activities to develop critical understanding in practice.

Aims:

The aims of the module are to:



- Introduce core theories of project management



- Explore and critique project management methodologies and techniques



- Develop insights into the management of projects in different organisational contexts


Assessable learning outcomes:

On completion of the module, students should be able to:



- Describe and explain the characteristics and the role of projects in organisations



- Critically select and apply key theories and techniques of project management across the project lifecycle, including project definition, planning, execution and close-out



- Critically select and apply key theories and techniques of benefits management, risk management, quality management and stakeholder management in a project environment



- Describe and evaluate different project methodologies such as Agile approaches and PRINCE2



- Assess current debates over approaches to project management


Additional outcomes:
In addition the module aims to encourage development of oral and written communication skills and team working in a project context through group-based assessment. Activities are designed to encourage both independent and collaborative learning skills, including reflection. Students are encouraged to develop investigative skills through the use of Web-based and other resources.

Outline content:
Topics to be covered include:

1. What is a project?
2. Projects and organisations today
3. Defining a project
4. Planning a project, including activity networks and cost estimation and resource scheduling
5. Project risk management
6. Project execution, including scope management, change control, project and performance measurement
7. Project closure, including transition management, user adoption, benefits management and post-project review
8. Leading the project and the project team
9. Managing internal and external stakeholders, including clients/customers and suppliers/vendors
10. Project methodologies

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
A blended teaching approach will be used with core material being covered in lectures in which class interaction will be encouraged. These will be supported by seminars which will include individual and group-based activities on relevant topics and be linked to development of the assessed group report and presentation.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 8
Tutorials 2
Guided independent study 170
       
Total hours by term 198.00 2.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Portfolio 10
Oral assessment and presentation 20

Other information on summative assessment:

The coursework has a weight of 30% of the final assessment work. It takes the form of a group presentation (20% of final mark) to be managed as a project by the group. Practical project management skills will be assessed through the submission of a group portfolio of supporting evidence such as a project plan and post-project review submitted during the course of the module (10% of final mark). Peer review will form part of the coursework mark.


Formative assessment methods:
Seminars will be organised to allow students to apply and test their understanding of core module concepts in a practical environment. Feedback will be given during the project phase of the group project and help develop deeper understanding of techniques in practice. Online support will also be available.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One 2-hour unseen written paper with a weight of 70% of the final assessment mark to be held during the summer term examination period.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A weighed average mark of coursework and examination of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By examination.

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