module specification

CC6059 - Project Analysis and Practice (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Project Analysis and Practice
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 150
39 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
66 hours Guided independent study
45 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Coursework report 3000 words.
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Thursday Morning

Module summary

The aim of the module is to explore how projects are analysed, developed and managed in a business setting and the types of project methodologies that are used.  Students will engage in using a methodology such as Agile in a team setting to understand the different roles within the Agile methodology.  The module will examine the role and value of UML and other project management tools.  The module will use case studies to gain a deeper knowledge of how projects are analysed, developed and managed.  The module will be assessed by means of a 3000 word report based on a chosen case study.


Project life cycle
Project planning tools, techniques and methods
Systems Development, UML and other techniques
Agile project methodology
Agile project team roles
Reporting and presenting results
Understanding and dealing with risk
Security and Privacy by Design in the context of project management
Using project collaboration tools
Examples of best practice in project management via case studies

Learning Outcomes LO1 - LO6

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Topics will be introduced through the medium of formal lectures, supported by tutorial and workshop sessions, and blended learning as follows:
- Lecture (1 hour / week):
Introduction of the major topics identified in the syllabus, plus for practical exercises, directed reading and other further study
- Tutorial/ Workshop (2 hour / week):
Consolidating understanding of topics introduced in the lecture via class and group discussions, informal presentations and other activities in the tutorial sessions.
Project Management skills will be further developed through lab-based workshops.
- Blended learning:
Using the University’s VLE and online tools to deliver content, assessment and feedback, to encourage active learning, and to enhance student engagement and learning experience.
Students will be expected and encouraged to produce reflective commentaries and an action plan for personal development on the learning activities and tasks that they carry out to complete their work, e.g. in the form of an assessed section of their coursework report/essay

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

LO 1: Understand how the process of project analysis, development and management in a business setting.
LO 2: Develop an understanding of how a project team is structured.
LO 3: Understand Security and Privacy by Design principles.
LO 4: Understand the role of UML and other tools in project management.
LO 5: Report on research into current directions in project management within the IT sector through case studies.
LO 6 Understand how risk affects a project and why it is important.

Assessment strategy

The coursework is designed to assess the students understanding of learning outcomes, this will be in the form of a report based on a chosen case study.  The coursework report will examine how the students have understood project management, what current best practice is and what their assessment is of how project management was used in the case study, highlighting problems and exemplary examples.  The coursework will also provide an opportunity for the students to elaborate on how design and privacy by design can be integrated into the development process.  The coursework will be 3000 words long and will be individual work.


GOODPASTURE, J. C. (2015). Project management the agile way: making it work in the enterprise. Ft. Lauderdale, FL, J. Ross Pub. [CORE]
Nielsen, K. (2021). Agile Portfolio Management: A Guide to the Methodology and Its Successful Implementation “Knowledge That Sets You Apart” [CORE]
Cadle, J. (2007) Project Management for Information Systems, Pearson
Paul Bocij (2018) Business Information Systems: Technology, Development and Management for the Modern Business. [CORE]

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