MQM1MP-Managing Projects

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Mr Nigel Spinks

Email: nigel.spinks@henley.ac.uk

Type of module:

Elective


Summary module description:

Projectification is the term used to describe the growing importance of projects and project-like work in the modern economy. At the same time, recent years have witnessed the rapid rise of agile approaches, challenging established forms of project work. The Managing Projects elective engages with the resulting complexities of the world of projects by examining different forms of project management along with the challenges of managing multiple projects. In doing so, it provides the theoretical and practical foundation for critical appreciation of project management today.


Aims:

The Managing Projects module is designed for practicing managers and early career high potential employees who are likely to fast track into senior leadership positions, to enable them to:




  • Identify the characteristics of projects and the implications for their management

  • Describe and evaluate different project methodologies

  • Analyse their organisation’s approach to project management, including managing multiple projects 


Assessable learning outcomes:

On completion of the module, programme members will be able to demonstrate their ability to:




  1. Describe and explain the characteristics and role of projects and project management in organisations

  2. Critically evaluate project management in specific contexts, using appropriate models and frameworks  

  3. Critically analyse programme and portfolio management and corporate governance in specific contexts, using appropriate model s and frameworks

  4. Communicate the results of analysis clearly and confidently, through a written report


Additional outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that programme members will be able to demonstrate their ability to: 




  • Work autonomously, as well as collaboratively, managing their process of study, prioritising appropriately 

  • Manage the research process to gather required information and data with minimum of guidance 

  • Select and use appropriate tools, models and frameworks to develop a critical analysis of a business situation


Outline content:

Topics to be covered include:




  1. The nature of projects and key dimensions of project management

  2. Predictive (‘waterfall’) project management

  3. Agile project management, including Scrum

  4. Managing multiple projects, including programme and portfolio management, and project governance


Global context:

The module draws on research and practice examples from around the world. 


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This is primarily a self-study module, comprising an online study guide with core and further readings, supported by webinars, practice application exercises, a discussion forum, and multi-media learning objects, including video.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 4
Work-based learning 35
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 20
    Wider reading (directed) 20
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 5
    Essay preparation 16
       
Total hours by term 0 0 100
       
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Not applicable.


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One 2,500 individual written assignment with a weight of 100% of the final assessment mark; submission dates according to intake schedule.


Formative assessment methods:

The module includes a series of practice applications designed to help develop deeper understanding of module concepts and frameworks by applying them to contexts/problems identified by the programme member. An online discussion forum monitored by a Henley based tutor supports these activities.


Penalties for late submission:

These are in accordance with the mode of study arrangements laid out in the Programme Specifications. 

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx 


Assessment requirements for a pass:

An overall mark of 50% for the individual written assignment.


Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment by 100% assignment (capped at 50%); to be submitted within 6 weeks of notification of module failure, date dependent on cohort entry and to be advised by the Programme Administrator.


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):


  1. Required text books - £55

  2. Specialist equipment or materials

  3. Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear

  4. Printing and binding

  5. Computers and devices with a particular specification

  6. Travel, accommodation and subsistence



The cost of textbooks and study aids for apprentices are met by the University of Reading as per the Education and Skills Funding Agency Regulations. 


Last updated: 30 October 2020

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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