KB7031 - Project, Programme and Portfolio Management

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What will I learn on this module?

You will develop conceptual understanding around, appreciate the characteristics of, and be able to evaluate, projects. You will also develop an understanding of the project management role, and the relevant approaches, skills, tools and techniques available to a practicing project manager. You will be introduced to the dynamics associated with project teams and stakeholders. The module will consider projects within the wider context of programmes and portfolio management. This management of projects, programmes and portfolios is often referred to as P3 management, thus, you will have a basic understanding of complex scenarios of multiple and major projects environments.
You will be able to critically evaluate project management knowledge and competencies, reflect on lessons from project case studies, as well as the processes, methods and technologies used by Project Managers and Project Management Offices (PMO’s) in P3 management. You will also embrace the necessary ethical and professional standards to potentially attain competence in the future management of P3 projects.

How will I learn on this module?

This module will allow you to develop the relevant subject knowledge You will learn through a combination of engaging interactive methodologies and teaching approaches including; lectures*, small group seminars**, workshops**, masterclasses** and engagement in technologically- enhanced learning (TEL). Direct teaching methods will be supported by directed study of textbooks, PSRB reports and scholarly journal articles (hard copy or electronic), critical evaluation of case studies, problem-based learning, simulation and reflection exercises. Additional direct teaching approaches will include practitioner and video presentations, peer group discussions and presentations. The module will also use an inter-disciplinary approach to development of the syllabus and teaching resources.

A dedicated web-based interface has also been developed that synthesises the above learning and teaching material.

*Lectures and seminars will be used to support effective transmission of information and will be delivered via a combination of face-to-face ‘live’ sessions lectures held in university classrooms, and the use of digitally pre-recorded sessions or live video webcasts. All ‘live’ teaching lecture sessions will be captured using Northumbria University approved teaching platforms (currently the Panopto video platform: https://www.panopto.com/) and hosted on the eLearning Portal (ELP) with materials being made available after delivery on campus.

**For distance learning students equivalent seminar, workshop and masterclass materials will be provided to facilitate learning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support mechanisms will be utilized to provide specific and focused guidance. These will include: regular and frequent online guidance sessions; and interactive asynchronous online peer support forums. Your learning will also be facilitated through a combination of tutor guided independent learning activities (e.g. directed reading), and your own independent learning activities.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Establish conceptual understanding of the complex scenarios that multiple and major projects environments and settings have, including the relationships between projects, programmes or portfolios within host organizations.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Critically appraise existing project management knowledge and identify areas that can improve aspects of project delivery for stakeholders through the application of project management theory or practice.
3. Critically reflect upon approaches to problem-solving on real life projects, in order to evaluate, learn from, and adopt similar, appropriate, solutions in future professional practice
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Embrace critical thinking, to systematically identify, analyse, plan, produce, and then present, original work for academic review.
5. Embrace academic, ethical, and professional standards, through practice and conduct, whilst developing understanding of competence in project management.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will consist of two related summatively assessed individual tasks.

Task 1 is the submission of a Project Case Study Analysis which will be in the format of a 10-minute group video submission which should fully introduce the ‘case’, provide a project description and position it within a wider PPP context, before identifying the key project challenges, and solutions, and then reflecting on those ‘lessons learned’ that can inform future project management practice . This task is worth 50% of the moule, and addresses Module Learning Outcomes 1, 3, 4 and 5.

Task 2 is the submission of an individual ‘narrative’ literature review that should describe and discuss current knowledge across two self-selected topics in the discipline of Project Management, from theoretical and contextual perspectives, in order to summarize what is ‘known’ in these areas. Task 2 is worth 50% of the module and addresses Module Learning Outcomes 2, 4 and 5.





Module abstract

A ‘project’ is a temporary undertaking of some uniqueness, carried out using Project Management knowledge, methods, and processes, to accomplish planned objectives, such as outputs, outcomes or benefits. Individual projects often ‘sit’ within wider contexts including multiple project environments, that require greater levels of coordination and present different types of opportunities and risks. As such, aspects of ‘P3 management’, the management of projects, programmes and portfolios, as considered in this wider context are explored here. Taught content is constructed around research-led curriculum (i.e. current knowledge in the field), and through its study you will gain knowledge and develop conceptual understanding around P3 Management, including the relevant approaches available to a practicing project manager. You will also critically evaluate project management knowledge and competencies, reflect on lessons from project case studies, and embrace the necessary ethical and professional standards to potentially attain competence in the future management of P3 projects.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
2 other options available

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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