Managing Projects

Unit code: BMAN70391
Credit Rating: 15
Unit level: Level 7
Teaching period(s): Semester 1
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit?: N




To introduce students to the fundamental concepts, processes, tools and techniques employed in project management practice and critically apply and assess these in real-world situations. 


Project management practices are becoming increasingly important to organisations across sectors. Project and programmes are the main vehicles by which organisations (public and private) embark on deliberate and proactive change and through which organisations can achieve their strategic goals. For example projects and programmes provide facilities to enable operations, information systems to support operations, and infrastructure to enable supply chains. In other words, project and programmes create new value. This course will explore this value creation process aiming to develop a critical understanding of the principles and practice of managing projects. The course is structured along five organisational themes: Strategy, structure, processes, capabilities and incentives; which we will explore across the project lifecycle.

Learning outcomes

Academic Knowledge and Understanding

  • Understand the fundamental principles and processes available for supporting the management of projects;
  • Understand the issues associated with project management practices;
  • Understand what skills are required to effectively manage projects.

Intellectual Skills

  • Identify and apply appropriate concepts and frameworks in the analysis of a project situation;
  • Critically analyse and assess a project situation and make recommendations for improvement;
  • Undertake critical research of project management issues in a rigorous manner.

Subject Practical Skills

  • Define, design, plan, execute, terminate and develop a project and its management in a wide range of work contexts.

Transferable Skills

  • Development of communication, organisational, managerial, team building, leadership and coping skills.

Assessment Further Information

Individual assessment, quiz (15%)

Individual assessment, 3000 word essay (85%)

Recommended reading

Core text:

Kloppenborg, T. (2015) Contemporary Project Management. 3rd ed. Cenage Learning.

Supplementary text:

As indicated in the electronic reading list

Feedback methods

Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab.
Online exercises and quizzes delivered through the Blackboard course space.
Responses to student emails and questions from a member of staff including feedback provided to a group via an online discussion forum.
Specific course related feedback sessions.
Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non-assessed coursework.
Generic feedback posted on Blackboard regarding overall examination performance.

Study hours

  • Lectures - 30 hours
  • Independent study hours - 120 hours

Teaching staff

Eunice Maytorena-Sanchez - Unit coordinator

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