University of the West of Scotland

Postgraduate Programme Specification

Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 04/05/2020 13:03:02

Named Award Title:MSc Project Management (International)(Prof Prac)

Award Title for Each Award: MSc  Project Management (International)(Prof Prac)
PG Dip  Project Management (International)(Prof Prac)

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
French
Award Accredited By:
Maximum Period of Registration:Sept intake: 18 months full-time
Mode of Study:Full Time
Campus:Paisley
University of Angers

School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Programme Leader:Dr Michele Cano

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: Students must have satisfied the criteria for PgCert or equivalent to be admitted onto the Dual award programme.
Other Required Qualifications/Experience

Students must also have a minimum level of French language equivalent to B2.


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 Dual Award programme offers an MSc in Project Management (International) from the University of The West of Scotland (UWS) and ISMP Master Degree (Ingénierie des Systèmes et Management de Projet) from the University of Angers (UA), France.

The programme examines current practices, issues and trends in the field of project management globally and provides students with specialist knowledge to enable them to manage international projects to a successful conclusion. The programme is structured around a number of core taught modules both in  Management of Projects, Change Management and Leadership; Software for Project Management, Risk Management; Case Studies in Project Management; Specialist Topics and the MSc Project (International).

The programme is delivered in English and in French.

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

Our strong industry links endure our programme is industry relevant and the programme is enhanced with Master classes from industry guest speakers.

 

The key academic aims of the programme are to:

•              Produce graduates with the necessary skills and confidence to guide and manage international 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 practical problem.

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.

The programme is designed to promote an environment in which learning and teaching are key priorities, where a culture of pedagogical innovation can take root and supporting student success is a central concern for all staff in all aspects of the curriculum. Thereby students should feel supported and motivated to achieve their learning goals. A wide range of teaching and learning approaches are used to facilitate and enhance learning within this programme. Depending on whether teaching is face-to-face or DL, examples include lectures, tutorials, computer laboratories, seminars, team work and case studies. A variety of assessment methods are used that, again depending on delivery mode, include essays, reports, presentations, group projects, class tests and examinations. Formative assessments are widely used as part of the strategy. Summative assessments are used to test that the module learning outcomes are achieved. The assignments will entail a considerable amount of individual learning by the student from week to week, outside of the timetabled contact hours. The teaching material is primarily delivered by means of the UWS VLE. The students are guided towards, and have access to, the same support materials on the UWS website and the VLE as the face to face students. This includes Library resources, PDP modules, and Effective Learning. They are also enrolled onto the MSc Project Management VLE module. Assessment criteria are specified on each module descriptor. Assessment takes the form of coursework assignments, unseen examinations, oral presentations and the final MSc dissertation. In the event that a student, having accumulated 120 credits from the necessary passes in the modules, fails to complete the MSc Dissertation satisfactorily, a Postgraduate Diploma will normally be awarded.


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, interpersonal and intercultural, research and ICT.

On completion of the Project Management (International) 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 project management challenges internationally.

Linked to developing key employability skills is the model of Personal Development Planning (PDP).

The University is committed to providing the opportunity to engage with an e-portfolio-based model of 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 (International) will be encouraged to engage in PDP supported through the VLE, modules and induction.

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

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

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.

 

All students will be encouraged to carry out their dissertation with a company or in an area that is deemed useful to industry and will be part of the work placement required by the University of Angers.

 

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 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:

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.

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

A1

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award

No award of PG Cert available


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

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate a critical understanding of international developments in project management.
A2Develop a critical awareness of risk management issues within the international project environment.
A3Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts of project management.

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 project 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 in a global context.
C2Use interpersonal and intercultural skills to communicate 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 inn an international setting.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11QUAL11015Change Management and Leadership20   1
11QUAL11023Postgraduate Research Methods10check markcheck markcheck mark1
11QUAL11017Strategic Management & Sustainability10check markcheck markcheck mark1
11QUAL11013Project Management Fundamentals20 check mark 1 and 2
11QUAL11016Case Studies in Project Management20check mark  1
11QUAL11021Projects in Practice20check mark  1 and 2

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
1 - for UWS students

2 - for University of Angers students

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11BUSN11097Procurement Systems10check mark  1 and 2
11QUAL11019Project Risk Management20check mark  1 and 2
11QUAL11025Risk Management10check mark  1 and 2
11QUAL11024Professional Practice60check markcheck markcheck mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
All students must choose 20 credits from:
Project Risk Management (20 credits)
or
Risk Management (10 credits)
Procurement Systems (10 credits)

Criteria for Progression and Award

The PG Dip in Project Management (International) will be awarded on completion of 120 credits.

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 PgD Project Management (International) (Professional Practice). [Note that this module is offered subject to availability of suitable placement opportunities and cannot be guaranteed.]


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

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Develop a critical awareness of current and international 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 a practical problem within project management.
C2Communicate with a range of people to investigate a problem.

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 international projects.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11QUAL11016Case Studies in Project Management20check markcheck markcheck mark1
11QUAL11015Change Management and Leadership20check markcheck markcheck mark1
11QUAL11022MSc Project (International)60 check markcheck mark1 and 2 (Distance learning available)
11QUAL11023Postgraduate Research Methods10check markcheck markcheck mark 1
11QUAL11013Project Management Fundamentals20check markcheck markcheck mark1 and 2
11QUAL11021Projects in Practice20check markcheck markcheck mark1 and 2
11QUAL11017Strategic Management & Sustainability10check markcheck markcheck mark1

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
1 UWS students
2 Angers students

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

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
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 MSc Project Management (International) (Professional Practice). [Note that this module is offered subject to availability of suitable placement opportunities and cannot be guaranteed]

All students must take 20 credits from
Project Risk Management (20 credits) or
Risk Management (10 credits) and Procurement Systems (10 credits)

Criteria for Award

The MSc in Project Management (International) will be awarded in accordance
All 160 credit core modules including the MSc Project(International) module, and 20 credits from optional modules are required for a total of 180 credits for the award of MSc Project Management (International)


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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