BSc Management (Human Resources) with Industrial/Professional Experience

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Managing Projects

Unit code BMAN22061
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

Project and programme management practices are becoming increasingly important to organisations across sectors. Projects and programmes are the main vehicles by which organisations (public and private) embark on deliberate and proactive strategic change. This course will explore the practicalities of managing projects from a value creation and lifecycle perspective.

Pre/co-requisites

Option to students on: Management/Management (Specialism), IM, IMABS and ITMB.

Option to students on: Management/Management (Specialism), IM, IMABS and ITMB.

 

Aims

To develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of managing projects: concepts, processes, tools and techniques.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • Understand the relevance of projects and their management to organisations.
  • Understand the role of commercial and contract management within the management of projects.
  • Understand the principles, processes, tools and techniques available for managing projects within a commercial environment.
  • Apply relevant project and commercial management principles, processes, tools and techniques.
  • Analyse and evaluate project situations and associated issues and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Prepare, plan and produce basic documentation relevant for managing projects.

Syllabus

Programme

Week

Topic

1

 Projecting the future

2

 Defining the project

 3

 Assembling the project team

4

 Leading the project

5

 Tutorial

6

 Reading Week

7

 Project execution: Planning and budgeting

8

 Project execution: scheduling and resourcing

9

 Tutorial

10

 Managing risks and uncertainty

11

 Defending project value

12

 Tutorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blackboard

Full course description, introductory video, online preparation (slides, pre-reads, self-assessment quiz), session slides, application exercises and solution guidelines, reading list, assignment briefs, group allocation and discussion boards, announcements and web links to relevant information sources will be included on this course’s blackboard space.

Teaching and learning methods

Workshops and tutorials complemented by participative learning activities such as, group work, application exercises, case/vignette analysis and discussion. All participating students must come prepared to answer questions and discuss reading material assigned.

Workshop Hours: 24 hours (3 hours per week over 8 weeks)

Tutorial Hours: 9 hours (3 hours per week over 3 weeks)

Private Study: 167 hours

Total Study Hours: 200 hours

 

Attendance

Attendance at all workshop sessions is compulsory and will be monitored. Spot checks will take place across workshops and tutorials.

 

Assessment methods

Pecha-kucha style presentation (20 slides with voice over) (50%), group work (50%). For semester 1 only exchange students admitted via the Alliance Manchester Business School International Office that take this course as BMAN20951 the assessment will be Group Work (50%) and pecha-kucha style presentation (50%). 

Coursework Group Work (50%) will consist of a series of weekly assignments, which will apply the principles, processes, tools and techniques learned from the workshops and tutorials complemented by additional reading and research on a project of your choice (see assignment brief for details). 

All assignments must be completed and submitted via Blackboard by DATE TBC. 

Exchange students ONLY: Pecha-kucha style presentation (see assignment brief for details) submitted via Blackboard by DATE TBC. 

Re-sits will be based on a critical essay. 

Penalties for Late or Non-Submission of Assignments Unexcused late submission of assessed work will be penalised in order to avoid the unfair advantaging and disadvantaging of students. In accordance with the University’s Policy on Submission of Work for Summative Assessment on Taught Programmes, work submitted after the deadline will be marked but the mark awarded will reduce progressively for each day, or part thereof, by which the work is late. The mark awarded will reduce by 10 marks per day for 5 days (assuming a 0-100 marking scale), after which a mark of zero will be awarded. The full Policy may be found via the following link:http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=24561.

Please note that it is not at the discretion of the individual lecturer to abate University Policy. Example: Assuming the maximum number of marks to be gained is 100 and the submission deadline is 3.00pm.If the coursework would normally be given a mark of 65% and is submitted after 3.00pm (ie 3.01pm onwards) on the submission day but before 3.00pm the following day, a penalty of 10 marks will be applied and a mark of 55% would be awarded. Late penalties are determined by the time on the receipt you receive i.e. it is not the time when you click to upload your work. It follows that you should allow yourself sufficient time to submit your work before the deadline and that you don’t leave it until the last minute.

Plagiarism:

Please refer to the Plagiarism section on the online undergraduate handbook to see the definition of plagiarism and other forms of academic malpractice; https://ughandbook.portals.mbs.ac.uk/Myassessment/Plagiarism.aspx

 

 

Feedback methods

Quiz: Formative feedback will be provided on Blackboard on the completion of weekly quiz.

Group Work: Oral formative feedback will be provided during workshop discussions, review of application exercises during tutorials and/or during office hours. For the assessed group work, summative feedback will be provided on Blackboard within 15 working days of the final submission deadline. A working day is defined as Monday to Friday, not including bank holidays and excluding student vacation periods and University examination periods.

Pecha-kucha: Written summative feedback will be provided on Blackboard within 15 working days of the final submission deadline. A working day is defined as Monday to Friday, not including bank holidays and excluding student vacation periods and University examination periods.

Methods of Feedback from Students/Course Evaluation

Students are encouraged to offer feedback on the course either through blackboard, e-mail or during office hours. Changes have been made to the course based on valuable student feedback. In addition to the central unit evaluation questionnaire, students are encouraged to provide feedback on the course as it proceeds. Oral student feedback is obtained halfway through the course and at the end of the course.

Recommended reading

Reading List

Core Text: Pinto, J. K. (2016). Project Management Achieving Competitive Advantage. 4th edition. Pearson.

Supplementary Texts:

  • Brown, K. and Hyer, N. (2010) Managing Projects: A Team-Based Approach. International edition. McGraw Hill.
  • Larson, E.W. and Gray, C.F. (2011) Project Management: The Managerial Process. 5th edition. McGraw Hill.
  • Mantel, S.J., Meredith, J.R., Shafer, S.M. and Sutton, M.M. (2011) Project Management in Practice. 4th edition. Wiley.

The following journals are also useful sources:

  • International Journal of Project Management;
  • Project Management Journal;
  • International Journal of Managing Projects in Business;
  • PM network.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Tutorials 9
Independent study hours
Independent study 167

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Eunice Maytorena-Sanchez Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Information
Other staff involved: N/A

Pre-requisites: N/A

Co-requisites: N/A

Dependent course units: N/A

Programme Restrictions: Available only to Management/Management (Specialism), International Management and International Management with American Business Studies and BSc ITMB.

Timetable
https://ughandbook.portals.mbs.ac.uk/Myprogramme/Teachingtimetables.aspx

For Academic Year 2019/20

Updated: May 2019

Approved by: March UG Committee

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