University of the West of Scotland

Postgraduate Programme Specification

Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 26/10/2020 15:50:03

Named Award Title:MSc Project Management (Professional Practice)

Award Title for Each Award: MSc  Project Management (Professional Practice)
PG Dip  Project Management (Professional Practice)
PG Cert  Project Management (Professional Practice)

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
Award Accredited By:Association for Project Management
Maximum Period of Registration:Sept intake: 1 year full-time, typically 2 years part-time / Jan intake: 1.5 years full-time, typically 2 years part-time (Professional Practice module is an additional 3 months)
Mode of Study:Full Time
Part Time
Campus:London
Paisley
Distance/Online Learning

School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Programme Leader:Dr Evi Viza

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Chapter 2 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

Appropriate Undergraduate Qualification
Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Chapter 2 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements: Appropriate Undergraduate Qualification is an honours degree in an appropriate discipline from a United Kingdom University or an equivalent institution. Direct entry to the MSc course will require students to have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in an appropriate discipline or an acceptable equivalent.
Other Required Qualifications/Experience

Non-standard Entry: entry to the postgraduate course (other than Masters direct) may be open to holders of an HND or DipHE award in an appropriate discipline, or a professional qualification accepted as of equivalent status and usually at least three years’ relevant experience at a management level. Candidates without formal qualifications who possess extensive professional experience deemed to equip the applicant with the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course (normally at least eight years at a management level) may also be admitted to the postgraduate programme. The Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Guidelines will be followed.


All students with non-standard entry may be interviewed by one or more members of the course committee. During the interview, evidence of relevant experience will be required to determine if the applicant has the range of knowledge and ability to lead in to the postgraduate programme. International student applications are reviewed by the programme leader, references checked and transcripts considered to ensure the applicant’s qualifications and background are suitable for the programme.

Applicants may also be considered with other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be equivalent.

We welcome applications from international students with equivalency of qualifications. Scholarships may be available on application.

Where English is not first language, applicants must be able to satisfy the University of their competence in English in line with Regulation 2.12, by having an IELTS score of 6.0 or above (with a minimum of 5.5. in each component) or equivalent.
Details are available at the UWS website https://www.uws.ac.uk/international/english-language-requirements/.


Further desirable skills pre-application

It is desirable that all entrants to SCQF level 11 have skills in the following areas: numeracy, communication (including report writing and presentation) and investigation techniques.


General Overview

This programme examines current practices, issues and trends in the field of project management and provides students with specialist knowledge to enable them to manage projects to a successful conclusion. The programme is structured around a number of core taught modules namely, Project Management Fundamentals; Projects in Practice; Change Management and Leadership; Risk Management; Case Studies in Project Management; Strategic Project Management and Sustainability and the MSc Project. The delivery of these modules is designed to suit part-time students, full-time students and DL students.

The programme not only develops technical knowledge in project management but also employability skills such as critical thinking, analysis, problem solving, communication, research and ICT skills.

The programme has been designed with reference to the Benchmarking statements for Masters Degrees in Business and Management (2007) and the Association for Project Management's Body of Knowledge. It is accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM).

The key academic aims of the programme are to:

•              Produce graduates with the necessary skills and confidence to guide and manage  projects to a successful completion.

 •              To produce graduates with key skills for employment in the field of, and  associated fields of, project management.

 •              To produce graduates with an enquiring, analytical and creative approach to managing projects.

 •              To develop and encourage independent judgement and critical awareness in managing projects.

 •              To guide the student in developing an independent approach to investigating and presenting findings on a research topic at postgraduate level.

 

The programme takes 12 months full-time and 24 part-time to complete.

Maximum registration period is 2 years full-time and 3 years part-time.

The programme is delivered: Face to Face/Blended learning and by Distance Learning.

Students not attending campus delivery should be equipped with their own laptop and licenced copy of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Project or suitable similar free licensed software.

The Professional Practice module is not available for LUBM franchised delivery. Currently APM award accreditation is not applied to LUBM franchise.

The School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences offers a range of opportunities for further study such as progression to MPhil and PhD as well as offering other relevant Masters programmes.


Graduate Attributes, Employability & Personal Development Planning

The programme is designed with employability as a priority. All modules encourage and develop these skills in order that the graduate has skills to equip them for employment in the 21st century. Such skills include critical thought, analysis and problem solving, communication, team building, research and ICT.

On completion of the Project Management programme, you will gain the following Graduate Attributes:

  • You will be a critical thinker working collaboratively with colleagues on research-minded projects
  • You will be an amibitious, motivated work ready professional, able to show future employers you are a problem solver and an effective communicator
  • Your research will be innovative and creative producing resilient solutions to our project management challenges.

The University is committed to providing the opportunity to engage with an e-portfolio-based model of (Personal Development Plan) PDP for all students enrolled on University programmes. The process is based upon self review by students at all stages of their study and developing individual learning plans. More specifically students enrolled onto the MSc Project Management will be encouraged to engage in PDP supported through the Virutal Learning Environment (VLE), induction, the module Change Management and Leadership and the personal tutor system. PDP is further supported through presentations and seminar attendance by the professional bodies such as the APM.

Students will also be encouraged to join the Association for Project Management(APM)giving them access to materials and events in this field.

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

There is no placement associated with the programme. However, work related learning opportunities for face-to-face students are delivered through field trips, case studies and a 'live' audit at the postgraduate diploma level.

For Distance Learning (DL) students, the entire programme will be carried out in the workplace. DL students, if appropriate will have a mentor in the workplace, and there will be agreed contact points between the company and UWS.

Invited speakers from the profession will also enhance the learning for the student at all levels and all modes of delivery.

 

All students will be encouraged to carry out their dissertation with a company or in an area that is deemed useful to industry.

 

All students will be encouraged to join the Association for Project Management (APM) as student members. The APM provides the opportunity for networking, access to resources and information on project management.

Engagement and Attendance

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

For the purposes of this programme, this equates to the following:

For the purposes of this programme, this equates to the following:
On campus students are expected to attend all timetabled sessions and to engage with all formative and summative assessment elements of all the modules that are included in the programme specification as core modules as well as any optional module when applicable.

On-line students are expected to engage via Moodle and video conferences as well as engaging with all formative and summative assessment elements of all the modules that are included in the programme specification as core modules as well as any optional module when applicable.

Equality and Diversity


The University's Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Procedure can be accessed at the following link: UWS Equality and Diversity Policy


Programme structures and requirements, SCQF level, term, module name and code, credits and awards ( Chapter 1, Regulatory Framework )

A. PG Cert
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts of project management.
A2Develop a critical awareness of methodologies and technologies for project management.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Effectively use the main techniques of project management to ensure a project achieves its objectives.

B2Effectively apply methodologies to projects.
B3Critically evaluate the impact of the project in relation to risk, change and society.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Communicate to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge and expertise.
C2Use a wide range of software including MS project to enhance learning.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to issues in the field of project management.
D2Apply scenario analysis to project problems.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in learning activities.
E2Demonstrate the key interpersonal skills for managing projects such as leadership and teambuilding.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11QUAL11013Project Management Fundamentals20check markcheck markcheck mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11BUSN11097Procurement Systems10check mark  Paisley only*
11QUAL11024Professional Practice60check markcheck markcheck markPaisley and London only
11QUAL11021Projects in Practice20check markcheck markcheck mark
11QUAL11025Risk Management10check markcheck markcheck markPaisley only*
11QUAL11017Strategic Management & Sustainability10check markcheck markcheck mark
11QUAL11016Case Studies in Project Management20check markcheck markcheck mark
11QUAL11015Change Management and Leadership20check markcheck markcheck mark
11QUAL11019Project Risk Management20check markcheck markcheck mark
11QUAL11023Postgraduate Research Methods10check markcheck markcheck mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
An additional 40 credits should be selected from the above optional modules for the PgCert.
The Professional Practice module may be taken as additional credit and can be done through a work placement. Students completing the Professional Practice module will be awarded the PG Cert Project Management(Professional Practice). [Note that this module is offered subject to availability of suitable placement opportunities and cannot be guaranteed]

* Paisley students must choose between Project Risk Management or Risk Management and Procurement Systems.All other students take Project Risk Management

Criteria for Progression and Award

The PgCert in Project Management will be awarded on successful completion of 60 credits which must include QUAL11013 any other 40 credits from the programme.


B. PG Dip
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate a critical understanding of developments in project management.
A2Develop a critical awareness of risk management issues within the project environment.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Select and use a range of specialised skills and techniques for project management.
B2Apply the skills and techniques of project management to solve complex problems
B3Apply modelling and analytical techniques for risk management.
B4Develop and apply knowledge to case study scenarios.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Communicate, using appropriate methods, to a range of project stakeholders and team members.
C2Communicate with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists.
C3Undertake critical evaluation of a wide range of numerical and graphical data.
C4Choose and apply appropriate software to assist in managing projects.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Identify, conceptualise and define new and abstract problems and issues in project management.
D2Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues.
D3Critically evaluate case studies for project success.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Demonstrate effective end ethical project and team leadership.
E2Develop the ability to reflect on own and others' roles and responsibilities.
E3Deal with complex and ethical and professional issues.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11QUAL11016Case Studies in Project Management20check markcheck markcheck mark
11QUAL11015Change Management and Leadership20check markcheck markcheck mark
11QUAL11023Postgraduate Research Methods10check markcheck markcheck mark
11QUAL11013Project Management Fundamentals20check markcheck markcheck mark
11QUAL11021Projects in Practice20check markcheck markcheck mark
11QUAL11017Strategic Management & Sustainability10check markcheck markcheck mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11BUSN11097Procurement Systems10check mark  Paisley campus only
11QUAL11024Professional Practice60check markcheck markcheck mark
11QUAL11019Project Risk Management20check markcheck markcheck mark
11QUAL11025Risk Management10check markcheck markcheck markPaisley campus only

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Options are for Paisley Campus and London students only. All other students will take Project Risk Management.

The Professional Practice module may be taken by Paisley and London students as additional credit and can be carried out through a work placement. Students undertaking this module will be eligible for the Pg Dip in Project Management (Professional Practice) [Note that this module is offered subject to availability of suitable placement opportunities and cannot be guaranteed]

Criteria for Progression and Award

Students may exit with a Postagraduate (PG) Diploma in Project Management on successful completion of 120 credits.


C. Masters
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Develop a critical awareness of current issues in project management.
A2Critically evaluate evidence from a variety of sources.
A3Synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of theory and practice.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Demonstrate originality and creativity in the application of project management knowledge.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Formulate and present a written volume of work on project management.
C2Communicate with a range of people to research a topic.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in areas of project management.
D2Make informed judgements in situations in the absence of complete or consistent data.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Deal effectively with complex ethical and professional issues in managing projects.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11QUAL11016Case Studies in Project Management20check markcheck markcheck mark
11QUAL11015Change Management and Leadership20check markcheck markcheck mark
11QUAL11012MSc Project60check markcheck markcheck mark
11QUAL11023Postgraduate Research Methods10check markcheck markcheck mark
11QUAL11013Project Management Fundamentals20check markcheck markcheck mark
11QUAL11021Projects in Practice20check markcheck markcheck mark
11QUAL11017Strategic Management & Sustainability10check markcheck markcheck mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11BUSN11097Procurement Systems10check mark  Paisley campus only
11QUAL11019Project Risk Management20check markcheck markcheck mark
11QUAL11025Risk Management10check markcheck markcheck markPaisley campus only
11QUAL11024Professional Practice60check markcheck markcheck markNot available for LUBM

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Professional Practice is available for Paisley and London students as an extra credit option. Students undertaking Professional Practice module in addition to the others will be eligible for the Pg Dip in Project Management (Professional Practice). [Note that this module is offered subject to availability of suitable placement opportunities and cannot be guaranteed]

Distance Learning, London and LUBM students must take Project Risk Management
Paisley campus students can select 20 credits from:
Project Risk Management
Risk Management
Procurement Strategy

Criteria for Award

The MSc Project Management will be awarded on successful completion of 180 credits.


Regulations of Assessment

Candidates will be bound by the general assessment regulations of the University as specified in the University Regulatory Framework .

An overview of the assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and the assessment criteria for each module is provided in the module descriptor which forms part of the module pack issued to students. For further details on assessment please refer to Chapter 3 of the Regulatory Framework.

To qualify for an award of the University, students must complete all the programme requirements and must meet the credit minima detailed in Chapter 1 of the Regulatory Framework.



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