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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 10/01/2023 11:26:51

Title of Module: Strategic Management & Sustainability

Code: QUAL11017 SCQF Level: 11
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 10 ECTS: 5
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Nnedinma  Umeokafor

Summary of Module

Changes in the business environment require organizations to constantly assess their strategies for success. Students will learn about setting objectives, analyzing the competitive environment, analyzing the internal organization, evaluating strategies, and ensuring that management rolls out the strategies across the organization. The importance of sustainability will be also be explored from both a strategic and an operational perspective. Sustainable Project management is the management of project-organised change in policies, assets or organisations, with consideration of the economic, social and environmental impact of the project, its result and its effect, for now and future generations.Projects are a means to make change happen, deliver new products and services, and thus shape our society.

The module works to develop various graduate attributes.Leadership quality and socially responsible are some of them.

This is a module with include individual assessment; there is no formal examination. Students will be expected to undertake a case study in relation to strategic management terms from a real company. The second assessment will be an essay on critical evaluation sustainability approaches in different sectors. Communication of current research work in the area of sustainability in different project management and quality management is another critical skill students will develop.

Graduate attribute covered by this module include:


  • Critical Thinker
  • Ethically-minded
  • Research-minded

Work Ready

  • Problem-Solver
  • Effective Communicator
  • Ambitious


  • Autonomous
  • Resilient
  • Driven
  • The module is aligned with the updated curriculum framework of UWS 1. Student centred: the material and case studies are based on different sectors to reflect the experience of the students from different degrees and contextualise their learning. Tutorial time and discussion forums (AULA, MS Teams) allow for a multi way communication between students themselves as well as student and lectures. 2. Flexible and Hybrid: Teaching material is available on the online learning platform including, slides, recording, practical exercises and additional learning to compliment each week's topic. Online lectures are available and the recorded ones allow for students to watch or Re-watch what they may have missed. The module is designed for full time, part time and Distance learning students 3. Simple and Coherent: The learning content, which is communicated from the start is set in a linear way to ensure learning is progressing smoothly with designed check in milestones to assess progress (e.g. online quizzes) 4. Authentic: Discussions and Assessment are based on students’ experience centred around the learning material 5. Inclusive: All material is available in written, audio format with subtitles and transcripts where feasible 6. Sustainable: Material is updated annually and reflects what is happening in the sector and taking into consideration the student's feedback from formal and informal channels

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
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

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

L1. Critically evaluate the limitations of high level strategic organisational terms, develop a critical approach to assessing problems with standard approaches and assess new solutions.

L2. Develop critical thinking on assessing potential enviroment impact of current project approaches

L3. Develop self awareness and reflective practice.

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 11.

Gain a critical understanding of the terms of stategic management
Gain a critical understanding of the terms and importance of sustainability within a professional environment

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 11.

Identify how strategic management links with an organisations operational issues.
Ability to develop realistic mission, vision and value statements and how these are translated to actions
Identify methods to embed sustainable and enviromental friedly solutions to all levels of a work enviroment

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 11.

Demonstrate an understanding of stategic management and sustainabilty and identify solutions

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 11.

Develop and demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively in a variety of professional settings.
Gain practice of the process of preparing written reports, using IT.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 11.

Work as part of a professional team to analyse information and formulate a solution
Prepare, carry out, report on and present new solutions to current problems.
Develop the ability to self reflect and recognize the impact of current practices to the environment

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:Appropriate knowledge and experience from past studies or work-based learning
Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The Learning & Teaching Strategy for this module is based on the general strategy for the MSc Project Management.
There will lectures on the terms of the modules and in class discussions.
For Distance Learning students, full use will be made of the VLE, with the same approach adopted as for the face-to-face students. Email and video-conferencing will be used extensively to support students, with the mini-conference run via video-conference.

Preparation for coursework assignment includes activities such as group meetings.
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 Delivery12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity6
Independent Study82
100 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:

Silvius, G., 2016. Sustainability in project management. London: Routledge.

Hitt, Michael A.; Ireland, R. Duane.;Hoskisson, Robert E., "Strategic Management: Concepts and Cases: Competitiveness and Globalization", Boston, Mass. : Cengage Learning, 2017. 12th ed.

Henry, Anthony., "Understanding Strategic Management", Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008.

Sempels, Christophe.; Hoffmann, Jonas;"Sustainable Innovation Strategy: Creating Value in a World of Finite Resources";Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Sarkis, Joseph.;Cordeiro, James Jude.;Vazquez Brust, Diego.;"Facilitating Sustainable Innovation Through Collaboration: A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective";Dordrecht : Springer, 2010

(**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
ModeratorAna Said
External ExaminerA Garad
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Category 2- Essay (indivually): Students will be given a series of articles on different areas/sectors and will be asked to write an essay noting sustainabilty challenges and identifying solutions
(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) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 0 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 all students.
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)

2014 University of the West of Scotland

University of the West of Scotland is a Registered Scottish Charity.

Charity number SC002520.