MEng Computer Systems Engineering
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Strategic Project Organising
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Alliance Manchester Business School|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Project and programme management practices are becoming increasingly important to organisations across sectors. Project and programmes are the main vehicles by which organisations (public and private) embark on deliberate and proactive strategic change. For example, capability transformation, new product development and infrastructure development are dependent on effective project organising for success. The course will explore how to design and lead the project organisation to achieve that success by providing a range of tools techniques and ways of thinking critically about projects, and project management.
* Required for CIPS accreditation
To introduce students to the fundamental role project organising plays in the strategic management of public and private sector organisations. It will focus on the leadership skills required to lead the project from front end definition through to beneficial use thereby generating value for the investing organisation.
Academic Knowledge and Understanding
• Critical knowledge and understanding of the principles of strategic project organising.
• Understand the issues associated with project management practices.
• Understand what skills are required to effectively manage projects.
• Identify and apply appropriate concepts and frameworks in the analysis of project and programme situations.
• Critically analyse and assess a project or programme situation and make recommendations for improvement.
• Undertake critical research of project organising issues in a rigorous manner.
Subject Practical Skills
• Define, design, plan, and lead project organisation in a wide range of work contexts.
• Development of communication, organisational, managerial, team building, leadership and coping skills.
Teaching and learning methods
Formal Contact Methods
Minimum Contact hours: 20
Delivery format: Lecture and Workshops
Coursework based on ‘Project Charity’
Target group size 6 or 7 – to ensure no fewer than 3 students are left together during ‘Project Charity’
Coursework 1 (group) – Project Initiation Document for ‘Project Charity’ Max 4 pages (3000 words) 30%
Coursework 2 (individual) – Project Review for ‘Project Charity’ Max 10 pages (4000 word limit) 70%
In class quizzes using Turning point
Informal advice and discussion during a lectures.
Feedback on Coursework 1 (PID) before Coursework 2 due.
Informal advice and discussion during a lectures
Responses to student emails and questions from a member of staff including feedback provided to a group via an online discussion forum.
Specific course related feedback sessions.
Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non-assessed coursework.
Maylor, H. (2010) Project Management, 4th Edition. Prentice Hall.
As indicated in the electronic reading list
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|Christopher Smith||Unit coordinator|