GI7033 - Project Management (2018/19)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2018/19, but may be subject to modification|
|Module title||Project Management|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||20|
|School||School of Social Professions|
|Total study hours||199|
|Running in 2018/19||
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.
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]
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 http://www.dsc.org.uk/Publications/
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.