Module ICL-2007:
Proj Management for Comp Prof

Module Facts

Run by School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr David Edward Perkins

Overall aims and purpose

This module will introduce learners to the main concepts behind project management. The learners will examine the main project management methodologies used in current business practice. The module will also allow learners to understand the requirements of practical project management in terms of the main stages through which a typical project will progress.

Course content

Indicative content includes:

● Project Manager characteristics

● Project Management methodologies: Scrum, Agile, PRINCE2

● An introduction to the main themes of project management: Organisation, Planning, Quality Management, Risk management, Change Management

● Use of technology in project management

● Methods of reflection on individual and group performance.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

Equivalent to 40%. Uses key areas of theory or knowledge to meet the Learning Outcomes of the module. Is able to formulate an appropriate solution to accurately solve tasks and questions. Can identify individual aspects, but lacks an awareness of links between them and the wider contexts. Outputs can be understood, but lack structure and/or coherence.

good

Equivalent to the range 60%-69%. Is able to analyse a task or problem to decide which aspects of theory and knowledge to apply. Solutions are of a workable quality, demonstrating understanding of underlying principles. Major themes can be linked appropriately but may not be able to extend this to individual aspects. Outputs are readily understood, with an appropriate structure but may lack sophistication.

excellent

Equivalent to the range 70%+. Assemble critically evaluated, relevent areas of knowledge and theory to constuct professional-level solutions to tasks and questions presented. Is able to cross-link themes and aspects to draw considered conclusions. Presents outputs in a cohesive, accurate, and efficient manner.

Learning outcomes

  1. Examine, compare and contrast project management methodologies.

  2. Use reflection to assess personal and group performance.

  3. Apply and demonstrate project management principles.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
REPORT Project Management Methodologies Report

Individual report that compares and contrasts different project management methodologies set in the context of a small case study.

30
COURSEWORK Group Project Management

Group production of a small project to demonstrate principles of project management including relevant documentation.

50
REPORT Individual Evaluation Report

Individual evaluation of group and personal performance.

20

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Lecture

60 of the 200 notional learning hours - 60 hours classroom based.

The classroom-based element will include student-centred learning methods such as interactive lectures, case studies, group discussions and practical workshops.

60
Tutorial

140 of the 200 notional learning hours - 140 tutor directed student learning.

The tutor directed student learning will be supported by online learning materials hosted or signposted on the Grŵp VLE.

140

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team

Subject specific skills

  • Knowledge and understanding of facts, concepts, principles & theories
  • Recognise legal, social, ethical & professional issues
  • Knowledge and understanding of commercial and economic issues
  • Knowledge of management techniques to achieve objectives
  • Deploy tools effectively
  • Work as a member of a development team
  • Development of general transferable skills
  • Methods, techniques and tools for information modelling, management and security
  • Defining problems, managing design process and evaluating outcomes
  • Principles of appropriate supporting engineering and scientific disciplines

Resources

Reading list

Barker, S., 2013. Brilliant PRINCE2: What You Really Need to Know About PRINCE2 . Pearson.

Billingham, V., 2008. Project Management: How to Plan and Deliver a Successful Project . Studymates Ltd.

Buttrick, R., 2013. The Project Workout: The ultimate handbook of project and programme management . Prentice Hall

Carroll, J., 2012. Agile Project Management In Easy Step s. In Easy Steps Ltd.

Morgan, J. and Dale, C., 2013. Managing IT Projects For Business Change: From Risk to Success . BCS.

Stark, E., 2014. Project Management For Beginners: Proven Project Management Methods To Complete . Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Websites

https://www.pmi.org.uk/ProjectManagementProfessional

http://www.bcs.org/BritishComputerSociety

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