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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 09/09/2022 14:50:56

Title of Module: Project Management

Code: ENGG09004 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:Adelaide  Marzano

Summary of Module

This module introduces the generic concepts of project management for undergraduate students of engineering.

The Project Management module identifies the characteristics of a project and project management skill-sets. Key themes include; scope of the project, identification of stakeholder needs, management of project risks and procurement routes, project planning and control, cost analysis and financial appraisal for the project feasibility, communication networks, organizational structure, the management of time, earned value analysis, benchmarking, partnering, leadership and motivational theory, quality management and continuous improvement - all required for a successful project.

The module provides students with transferable skills. This module will work to develop a number of key ‘I am UWS Graduate Attributes’. Students who successfully complete this module will be knowledgeable, inquiring, problem solver, ethically minded, motivated, creative and ambitious.

NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this Module may be delivered in a 'hybrid' mode with an 'adaptive' online examination. If the Covid-19 restrictions are eased, the preferred mode of delivery will be the one approved by the Accrediting Body (JBM) prior to the global pandemic, which is 4 face-to-face contact hours/week of key practical classes.

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. Define a project and its scope and determine stakeholders and task/risk ownerships

L2. Plan, control and evaluate a project using manual feasibility techniques (e.g., critical path analysis, net present value, pay back method, cost-benefit analysis) and professional project management tools (MS Project or other similar)

L3. Demonstrate an understanding of the human, motivational and organisational issues and improvement strategies of project management

L4. Demonstrate an understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of quality management and strategies for continuous improvement

L5. Identify project risks and procurement routes to manage them and assess the project performance using earned value analysis

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.

K&U of project scope and objectives (cost, time, quality, sustainability and safety), stakeholder needs, Work Breakdown Structure, quantitative and non-quantitative feasibility techniques, such as project return on capital, payback period and DCF techniques such as NPV, IRR and AEC.
K&U of network diagrams, precedence diagrams, bar charts and cumulative resource requirements including resource scheduling and cost optimization.
K&U of MicroSoft Project for planning, monitoring and control of a project.
K&U of earned value analysis
K&U of project risk categories. Procurement routes and their approaches to risk apportionment.
K&U of project organization types, motivation theories, team working and communication.
K&U of Performance Management concepts such as KPIs, re-engineering, value engineering and performance measurement.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

As 40% of the assessment is an individual coursework of their own choice, students have an ideal platform to demonstrate the application of the K&U of the above.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Ability to examine dynamic problems in the abstract and thus analyze them and obtain a planned and controlled solution.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Communication skills honed via written reports and presentations.
Computer and numeracy skills developed by means of various project management techniques.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Develop individual and group autonomy, time management, initiative and self learning.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:Either one of the above or equivalent.
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Learning and teaching activities include: (1) 16 hour-lecture; (2) 10 hour-tutorial; (3) 10 hour-software lab; and (4) 164-hour independent study. Independent study components include problem based learning, self study, and consolidation.
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 Delivery16
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity10
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop10
Independent Study164
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:

Lecture and support material is contained in course notes available on the UWS virtual learning environment (VLE) platform.

SOFTWARE: MS-Project or similar professional PM tools for Assessment Component 2 (i.e., coursework)

Extension Resources: Consultation of the under-noted resources is recommended and material from these resources may be of benefit to the student in the assessment process:

Burke R; Project Management Planning and Control Techniques;
Lock D; The Essentials of Project Management;
Meredith J and Mantel S; Project management. A managerial approach;

(**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

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelCivil Engineering and Quality Management
ModeratorAshwini Konanahalli
External ExaminerL Supramaniam
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by Joint Board of Moderators of the ICE, IStructE, IHE and CIHT as part of BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering. This module is accredited by IMechE as part of BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment 1 is a 2 hour-examination that contributes 60% to the final mark (four questions – all attempts).
Assessment 2 is an extensive coursework that contributes 40% to the final mark.
(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) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) 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
The programme leaders have considered how the programme meets the requirements of potential students from minority groups, including students from ethnic minorities, disabled students, students of different ages and students from under-represented groups. Students with special needs (including additional learning needs) would be assessed/accommodated and any identified barriers to particular groups of students discussed with the Enabling Support Unit and reasonable adjustments would be made for classes and site visits.
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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