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SPG8027 : Project Management Appreciation

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Elisa Lopez-Capel
  • Lecturer: Professor Roberto Palacin
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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 provide an understanding of project budgeting
•       To appreciate risk analysis and management; understanding and avoiding common modes of project failure
•       To be able to design and implement effective monitoring and evaluation for successful projects, and sustainability project indicators.
•       To bring students to a common level of understanding of the key elements of current project management, and provide them with an appreciation of the role of the project manager in the context of their likely future workplace. This course is a general introduction to project management. It examines the role of the project manager, the structure of a project and the project team, the project planning process, how to set project aims and objectives, budgeting, risk analysis and how to employ a variety of useful project planning tools.
It provides an introduction to and experience of key elements of current project management, focusing on course programme relevant projects; including the application of work breakdown structures, hierarchical planning, the development of a project strategy, performance measurement, how sustainable development is incorporated into all stages of project cycle management, the value of computer aided planning tools, and an awareness of new management tools

Outline Of Syllabus

Teaching and learning is through intensive modular attendance for 5 days of 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.
Day 1: Introduction to project management and planning (theory)
1. Project management: structure, principles, project cycle, milestones, Gantt charts, work packages
2. Project planning tools and techniques: decision tree analysis, SWOT analysis, critical path
Day 2: Project management in practice
3. Measuring progress: deliverables, statistical indicators (reliability, robustness, vulnerability);
sustainability indicators, and success indicators (outputs, outcomes, impact),
4. Project monitoring, evaluation and quality control
Day 3 Project management in practice (continues)
5. Team management
6. Risk management
7. Proposal writing: examples of academic and industrial project proposals
8. Project Finances (including cost-benefit analysis)
Day 4: Real World project management (seminars)
• Presentations from sector specific specialists exploring ‘real world’ project management
• Introduction to practical project planning exercises for groups and individual project plans, based on
principles of days 1 to 3
Day 5: Practical planning exercise (group work)
• Identification of research question/challenge and draft of group project plan (am)
• Group presentation (oral project proposal), group assessment, and feedback (pm)
• Summary, review of course and close

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion114:0014:00Assessment preparation and completion of written report (100% group project, 0% peer assessment).
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials71:007:00Online teaching materials (including recorded lectures, notes, and quizzes)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading112:0012:00Independent study based on provided course materials and recommended reading.
Guided Independent StudySkills practice110:0010:00Assessed group project presentation Preparation for Oral/video group presentation (formative)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops62:0012:00PiP workshop sessions (Synchronous online alternative available)
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity21:002:00Online resources for self-reflection group project selection and team allocation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Drop-in tutorials (Synchronous online alternative available)
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity123:0036:00Group student projects
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion12:002:00Group presentations, peer-assessment and group discussions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk20:301:00PiP seminar or online webinar industry guest speakers and/or staff.
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
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
Written exercise2M100Group Project report - approx 10,000 words (approx. 2000 words per group member).
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2M15 Minutes oral presentation (Group)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Group presentation and written work allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of the descriptive material and
the basic techniques taught, and also tests analytical ability using a case study.
The module is further assessed by asking the students to prepare a Project Plan of their own, typically for their
degree major project. This will test individuals’ abilities to justify, explicitly plan and allow for changes in direction in
research projects in the context of budget, scientific, safety and other constraints, using appropriate risk mitigation
methods and contingency planning.

Reading Lists