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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 22/07/2022 14:50:45

Title of Module: Project Management for IT

Code: COMP09007 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Daune  West

Summary of Module

Students will be introduced to the theory and practice of project management including elements of the syllabi of the professional project management societies (PMI, APM) within the context of IT-enabled projects.

Project management has evolved and adapted to different domains, it has recognised methodologies, competencies and a career path in its own right.  This module covers the generic elements of project management within the context of IT / IS projects.  Frameworks and techniques have been developed and adopted within business project management, for example PRINCE2 and Agile.

This module provides an Introduction to Project Management and the skills and techniques of Planning, Monitoring and Control of a project.  Current and new approaches relevant to modern project management, will be covered together with an understanding of the limitations of methods and techniques. The modern project manager manages risk and uncertainty and maintains the business case throughout the lifecycle of the project.

Students will be expected to gain a good grasp of project management software (such as MSProject and Project in a Box) to develop professional competencies in the use and application of this software.

Coursework focuses on a realistic group project with clear deliverables.  Students are expected to produce a plan by the middle of the course and then go on to produce the products defined in the plan.


  • Critical Thinker
  • Ethically-minded
  • Research-minded

Work Ready

  • Problem-Solver
  • Effective Communicator
  • Ambitious


  • Autonomous
  • Resilient
  • Driven
  • What makes a project? Project success/failure.

  • Tools: e.g. Gantt charts, AoA diagrams, AoN diagrams, PERT and resources, BCWS and Earned Value.

  • Managing Projects - systems thinking; motivation and team-working; roles, responsibilities and characteristics of project managers; risk.

  • Methodologies: e.g. PRINCE2, Agile Project Management

  • Project closure, managing failure/success

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Plan a project using common project management tools and software.

L2. Acquire a knowledge of and practice in determining, planning, monitoring and controlling the management of IT-based projects.

L3. Demonstrate an awareness of non-technical factors affecting the successful project.

L4. Make sense of supporting project management methodologies, techniques and new developments within the field.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and technical approaches that underpin IT-Related Project Management.

Employ the generic skills and techniques associated with IT-Related project management.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Develop suitable project plans.

Revise and critically review the success of an IT-Related project.

Apply specific skills and knowledge that are in the forefront of project management of IT–Related projects.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Bring together information from a variety of sources, including academic and industrial technical publications

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Making effective use of information retrieval systems and information technology applications to present information in an appropriate form.

Use project management software.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Work in a team to plan and analyse an IT-Related project.

Exercise initiative and self-management in the completion of the module coursework

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop12
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Nicholas, J.M. and Steyn, H. (2012) "Project Management for Engineering, Business and Technology", Routledge.

Hughes, B. and Ireland, R. (2012) "Project Management for IT-Related Projects", British Computer Society.

Hughes, B. and Cotterell, M. (2009) "Software Project Management", McGraw-Hill.

"Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2": 2009 Edition by Office of Government Commerce (OGC)

Carrol, J. and Morris, D. (2015) Agile Project Management in Easy Steps", published by In Easy Steps Ltd.

Kogon, K., Blakemore, S. and Wood, J. (2015) Project Management of the Unofficial Project Manager, Benbella Books.

Hardware and Software: MS Project, Project in a Box, MS Excel, internet access

Graham, N. (2015) Project Management for Dummies, John Wiley & Sons.

Current PM BOK and APM BOK.

Lecture Notes, Tutorials, Lab notes, case studies, videos and other resources on Moodle.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement 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 the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Attending all sessions, online, face to face. Engaging with tutorial and lab materials.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardComputing
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelCEPS
ModeratorGlenn Affleck
External ExaminerT Gaber
Accreditation DetailsN/A
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Coursework (50%)
Class Test (50%)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Dissertation/ Project report/ Thesischeck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark200
Demonstrations/ Poster presentations/ Exhibitionscheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark300

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 2 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is appropriate for any students with additional support identified and provided by student services.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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