Module code: 5BDIN002W
Faculty: Westminster Business School
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Available to: Westminster Business School students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.
Project Management techniques are increasingly being used by all types of businesses and organisations to stay competitive and maintain standards and limit risk. The innovation, development and marketing of new products and services regularly involve project management and the skills involved are important to all types of employer. This module will enable you to apply the theoretical, practical and technical skills of project management in a variety of business contexts.
The module syllabus includes an introduction to the principles of project management; building and managing teams; effective communication; planning, estimating and quoting; managing progress and the control of project finances; and closing down the project. By the time you complete the module you will be able to evaluate how project management fits into modern businesses, explain the role, responsibilities and attributes of a good project manager, and explain the process of managing a project through the project life cycle. You will also be able to apply project management techniques to improve your own time management and use appropriate software to manage a project successfully.
Teaching and learning methods will include lectures, complemented by seminars (involving group and individual activities), and hands-on workshops in computer labs. Formative work will take place throughout the module. The 10 minute group presentation is a formative assignment designed to give students feedback on the work that will be formally assessed in the individual report (illustrated by specific project management work in MS Project or Excel), and an in a 1.5 hour short answer exam.