SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Project Management

Module Code:
15PFFH005
Credits:
15
Taught in:
Term 2

The Project Management module will equip students with the skills, aptitudes and knowledge required of project professionals. With work in the corporate, not-for-profit and, increasingly, the public sectors routinely being organised in terms of projects, demand for project professionals continues to fast outstrip supply, with over a million new roles estimated to need filling globally each year. The module will teach a core set of project skills, including managing scope, cost, time, risk, resources and communication, as well as solid understanding of the key factors that impact on project success and project management success, and the relations between project management and change management. Whilst drawing on project management theory, the module is focused on training students in practical skills.  The training is based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), an international standard published by the Project Management Institute.

This module is compulsory for MA Globalisation and Multinational Corporations students and will not be open to other CISD students. Lectures for this module take place at 6pm.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  • Excellent project management skills i.e. to be able to design and critically evaluate project plans in terms of cost, time and scope metrics, identify and manage project risks, design and implement effective project communication processes
  • Excellent knowledge of project management theory
  • Excellent understanding of how project management contributes to project success, and of the relations between project management and change management

Workload

This is a practical skills course and teaching is primarily in 2-hours workshop tutorials with several required readings. 3 weeks also have lectures by convenor or industry practitioners.

Method of assessment

  • Project dossier (3000 words); 70%
  • Assignment (2000 words); 30%

Suggested reading

  • Project Management Institute’s “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: Fourth Edition” (PMBOK Guide)
  • Furman, Jeff (2011) “The Project Management Answer Book” Management Concepts

Disclaimer

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