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SPG8027 : Project Management Appreciation

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Miss Sharon Joyce
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aims of this course are:
To provide students with an awareness and basic understanding of the way a project is planned and managed.
•       To provide an introduction to the theory and practice of project management
•       To provide an understanding of the project planning process
•       To enable participants to use project planning tools and techniques
•       To appreciate risk analysis and management;
•       To be able to design and implement effective monitoring and evaluation for successful projects, and sustainability project indicators.

Outline Of Syllabus

Teaching and learning is through intensive modular attendance in lectures, seminars and interactive group work. Both supervised and independent study and research is required of students in researching and submitting assignments. Summative assessment is by group work presentation and coursework.
Topics include:

Introduction to project management and planning (theory)

Project management in practice

Real World project management

Practical planning exercise

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Assessment preparation and completion
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading119:0019:00Independent study based on provided course materials and recommended reading.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00Workshop sessions
Guided Independent StudySkills practice110:0010:00Participation in discussion boards (formative)
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity21:002:00Online resources for self-reflection group project selection and team allocation
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity123:0036:00Group meetings
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion12:002:00Group presentations, peer-assessment and group discussions
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The use of lectures in support of the principal learning by private study teaching method is an effective means to assist students in the acquisition of a knowledge base that will facilitate understanding of a sizeable and detailed body of materials (IKO1-7).
The ability to study privately is also tested as credit is given for reference material employed.
Group work will provide a platform for team work, active participation to exercise team-membership or leadership
skills, planning, organisational, interpersonal, problem solving skills (IKO5 and ISO1-3).
Independent study includes: Directed study prior to lectures, directed study relevant to group work, which affords an opportunity to bring together relevant knowledge, subject specific and key skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation2M100Group oral Presentation (approx. 20 mins plus questions), including handout.
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises2MDiscussion Boards
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Group presentation allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of the descriptive material and the basic techniques taught, and also tests analytical ability using a case study.
Formative questions will be asked and answered on the Discussion Boards.

Reading Lists