Project Management

This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester. 

Module Co-ordinator

 Professor John Bowers





Credit value


Contact hours

25 hours


100% coursework 


Project Management is vital to all organisations.  Launching a product, constructing a new aircraft, developing an information system or implementing a new training programme: all are examples of projects.  Often the same problems can be found in diverse industries: project management failure is all too common across the wold.  But we can also learn from these failures and strive to avoid repeating past project management mistakes. 

This module examines a variety of case studies from commercial and public sector organisations to illustrate the wide range of challenges facing project managers.  It introduces the basic concepts, techniques and their applications, using a series of exercises to develop the key skills of project management.  The module aims to develop:

  • an understanding of the major issues in project management from planning to implementation
  • an appreciation of complex multiple objectives found in many projects
  • the variety of activity that can benefit from project management
  • the specialised skills required by project managers

Learning outcomes

The module develops various individual skills but it emphasises the need for a systemic approach.  The individual skills include:

  • project scheduling with MS Project;
  • financial modelling with Excel;
  • cost-benefit analysis in project management;
  • project risk analysis;
  • project success/ failure analysis;
  • report writing, presentation and team working.




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