module specification

GI7033 - Project Management (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20
Module title Project Management
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 199
14 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
150 hours Guided independent study
35 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Project Implementation Plan
Running in 2019/20
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Thursday Evening

Module summary

This module will equip people working in public services (stautory, voluntary or private) with a range of tools for designing, developing and managing and monitoring projects. The module aims:
- To give students an understanding of the development process of projects
- To familiarise students with project management tools
- To enable students critically to assess project proposals and reports


 How are projects designed: top-down and bottom-up processes, consultation, research, needs assessment, LO1
 Roles in projects: users, clients, commissioners, funders, contractors LO2,LO3
 Inclusion and project development: stakeholder involvement, community consultation, community engagement LO1,LO2 LO3
 Community profiling, context LO2,LO3
 Intoduction to specific models and tools of project management, including some tools used by Prince2 LO2
 Identifying and managing resources: money, people, information,  buildings and equipment LO1,LO2
 Identifying and managing risk LO1,LO2
 Managing in partnerships LO2,LO3
 Record-keeping, monitoring and accountability LO1,LO2,LO3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The main concepts and tools will be introduced through lectures and case studies. Students will be strongly encouraged to research and bring forward case studies and materials from their own experience.  Exercises in small groups will be used to test and develop understanding.

The module will benefit from substantial electronic resources and will make used of blended learning and Weblearn.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will:

1. Plan and develop proposals incorporating design, delivery and monitoring arrangement for a wide range of projects [LO1]
2. Demonstrate systematic understanding and critical awareness of core principles, tools and resources in project development, implementation and accountability [LO2]
3. Demonstrate critical awareness of  the importance of planning and project management to effective implementation of services and policies [LO3]

Assessment strategy

The learning outcomes are assessed through two assignments – one formative (a research proposal) and one summative (a project implementation plan). Both assignments involve the production of descriptive information relating to a single case study, and together form a complete project proposal. 

The formative assessment is a project description, including context, aims, community engagement, and establishing need and it will be submitted in week 10.

The summative is a project implementation plan, cost, outputs and outcomes, risk, record keeping, monitoring and review and will be submitted in week 15. Each assessment task will be in a specified format.


Lawrie, Alan (3rd Edn, 2010) The Complete Guide to Creating and Managing New Projects. DSC.

Lawrie, Alan and Mellor, Jan (2013) Collaborative Working.  DSC

Adirondack, Sandy (4th edn, 2006) Just about Managing. London Voluntary Services Council. Available from the Directory of Social Change

Gray-King Elizabeth (2009) Speed Read: Risk Management. DSC

A Councillor's Guide 2004/05  IDeA Publications,

Lawrie, Alan (3rd Edn, 2007) The Complete Guide to Business and Strategic Planning. DSC.

Harris, John (2002) The Good Management Guide. NCVO.  Available via DSC

Fitzherbert, Luke (2004) Effective Fundraising. DSC

Sayer, Kate (3nd edn, 2007) Practical Guide to Financial Management. DSC.