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Project Management Fundamentals


This module provides a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental principles, concepts and theories of project management for postgraduate students. 

Coverage is informed by the Association for Project Management (APM) project management body of knowledge and includes: project definition and stakeholder management, business strategy and investment appraisal, work breakdown, effort estimation techniques and biases, risk management, network analysis, time and resource-limited scheduling, monitoring and schedule compression techniques, earned value analysis, and theories of organisational behaviour, motivation, teamwork, job design, conflict and leadership.  This works both as an introductory module for students taking the MSc in Project Management and as a summary of the topic for students on other degree courses. 

Worked examples will be provided and exercises will be undertaken throughout to enable students to develop critical thinking and also practical skills using key numerical and analytical techniques. 

Students will be assessed by means of a class test and a collaborative project planning coursework. 

Undertaking this module should develop a range of graduate attributes.  Students will be encouraged to further develop their research and critical faculties by researching topics of interest.  As part of the coursework, students will also have an opportunity to work together to solve problems and build on their communication skills. 

This is an SCQF Level 11 module and upon successful completion, participants will be awarded 20 credits.



Lectures: Paisley campus on Mondays (start 2nd October 2023).

Tutorials: either Thursdays or Fridays - to be confirmed.

This module is also delivered online.


Course presenter

This module will be delivered by Dr Gideon Ayim-Mensah.

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