Modules on this course include:
Project Management and Control (30 credits)
In this module, you will develop the building blocks of successful project management. Topics include project selection, feasibility, whole life costing and sustainability; the impact of risk, quality and people; effective monitoring and control to ensure successful delivery; and the use of project management software. You will undertake an extensive case study/business game to develop your skills in team working and decision making.
Commercial and Contractual Issues (15 credits)
This module explores commercial and contractual aspects in more detail. Topics include contractual negotiation and obligations within a project; managing the legal side from a non-legal perspective; the impact of corporate policy and strategy; the creation and role of business plans in project management; the role of strategic management; and the entrepreneurial project manager.
Research Skills and Academic Literacy (15 credits)
This module covers research methods including qualitative and quantitative approaches. You will carry out literature surveys, data collection, data analysis, critical evaluation and appraisal of published work and data sets. You will also learn how to research and write a technical paper.
Managing People and Project Leadership (15 credits)
This module covers organisational structure, team leadership, group dynamics, training and development of project team members, subcontractors, and joint/multiple ventures. You will also cover managing change; conflict and politics; power, decision-making, negotiation and collaboration in project teams; communication in project management including briefings and meetings; and the role of the project manager as co-ordinator and facilitator.
International Project Management and Practice (15 credits)
This module explores the management of projects in other countries and across multiple geographies. Topics include successful communication that overcomes language barriers; the impact of different cultures and work practices; and a comparison of international commercial and non-governmental projects. There is a student-led practical element that allows you to develop skills such as effective presentations.
Decision Support for Management (15 credits)
You will study risk analysis including: risk definition, certainty, uncertainty, risk management methodology and risk identification and quantification. You will also cover the applications available for decision support relating to project management problems.
Project Risk and Quality Management (15 credits)
You will analyse the pathology of information systems and reported cases of systems success and/or failure to determine key factors and techniques such as post-implementation reviews and risk checklists. You will also cover risk identification, analysis techniques, and generic risk management frameworks as well as evaluating the relationship between risks and opportunities.
Masters Project (60 credits)
You will undertake a real world project with the support of a sponsor. It will include both a research and a practical element.