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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 and using project management software.  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.



This module will run in Trimester 1 (September 2024) at both Paisley campus and as Distance Learning.

  • Distance Learning: students access material online and the module coordinator arranges times for consultation via MS Teams.
  • Paisley: lectures on Mondays at 9am, with a tutorial session on alternate Fridays at either 9am or 3pm.


Course presenter

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



This course may be available on a fully funded basis to some delegates.  Further details, including regarding eligibility, are available under Funding Support.

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NOTE: This is a university module and upon approval of your application, you will be invited to register and then supported to complete enrolment. To enrol on the university system, the first step involves security set-up using the Microsoft Authenticator app; you will need to ensure that you have a compatible smartphone.

Further information is available at the Student Information Portal.

To access this module via the CPD route, individuals should be ordinarily resident in Scotland.  If you do not meet this criteria, please enquire here.

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