KB7032 - Project Organisations & Information Management

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What will I learn on this module?

In Project Organisation and Information Management you will explore leadership issues, critically reviewing a range of models and practices with particular emphasis on the leader as a communicator and negotiator. You will be introduced to a variety of approaches to organisational analysis thus enabling you to challenge and critique, both organisational practice, and the theories, models and frameworks underpinning management, business and organisation. Mainstream views of organisational practices and learning are introduced, with progression to exploring alternative ways of ‘seeing’ organisation and organising. This approach will enable you to develop your critical thinking and draws on contemporary research to explore alternative ways of organising. You will also explore the value of information system within the organisations. Specifically you will consider the evaluation and application of appropriate strategies for the management of information systems at intra- and inter-organisational levels, and how they might affect the use of Information Modelling applications. You will identify the various types of knowledge in organisations and analyse the management of that knowledge and information flows throughout the different project life-cycle stages. An important aspect of the module is the identification and evaluation of standards and procedures underlying the exchange of project information, including processes connected with supply chain integration, electronic commerce and mobile commerce on the project environment. You will also evaluate beneficial and detrimental effects of using real-time network tools for project collaboration.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of engaging interactive methodologies including weekly lectures*, small group seminars, and engagement in technologically- enhanced learning (TEL). Your learning will also be facilitated through a combination of tutor guided independent learning activities (e.g. directed reading), and identifying your own independent learning activities. Facilitated workshop/seminar activities will require you to apply theory to problems, critically analysing and making recommendations for solutions appropriate to project organisations.

*Lectures will be used to support effective transmission of information and will be delivered via a combination of face-to-face ‘live’ lectures held in university lecture theatres or using digitally pre-recorded lectures or live video webcasts hosted on the eLearning Portal (ELP).

How will I be supported academically on this module?

In addition to on-site delivery, this module is offered wholly by distance learning using the University’s virtual learning environment. The fundamental principles of the learning and teaching strategy of the on-site delivery of this module are replicated during the distance delivery of this module. Direct teaching methods will include directed study of textbooks, text- and video-based learning resources, Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) reports and scholarly journal articles (hard copy or electronic). Additional support mechanisms will be utilised to provide specific and focused guidance and support. These will include: regular and frequent online guidance sessions and interactive online peer support forums. Weekly lectures and seminars will be supported by online resources and indicative reading. Assessment will be via coursework, which will allow the student scope, within the subject area of information and knowledge management with project organisations, to choose a topic relevant to their discipline. Students will be provided with feedback on their performance both throughout the module (formative feedback) and on completion of the coursework. Feedback will support students’ learning by helping them to self-assess their level of understanding; thus providing them an opportunity to refocus their self-directed study.

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. You will develop comprehensive understanding of information and organisational needs to achieve stakeholder success within project organisations.
2. You will realise strategic importance of knowledge and organisational learning at different levels (e.g. firm level; collective level and individual level etc).

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. You will aquire skills in how to organise and implement support information systems in project settings.
4. You will develop the ability to embed adopted knowledge management strategies to host and project organisations.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will embrace inquisitive thinking, and professional reflexivity.

How will I be assessed?

Task 1 is a conference paper produced through peer collaboration. This task is worth 80% of the module, will be submitted and assessed electronically, and addresses Learning Outcomes MLO2 and MLO3 and 4.

Task 2 is the conference presentation of the peer authored paper. This task is worth 20% of the module, will be submitted and assessed electronically, and addresses Learning Outcomes MLO1 and MLO5

Additional formative insights and feedback will be gained from attendance and participation in the conference. Here you will explore further insight of peers research outputs of the subject area and engage in reflexive activity with engaging in the academic debate of the individual papers. This formative learning also contributes to Learning Outcomes 1 and 5





Module abstract

Project organisation and information management is about the organisational and coordinational approaches that enable information exchanges within inter-organisational delivery systems. Key questions include What is knowledge and learning? Why are these concepts important for organisations? and What are the
assumptions that underpin them? These topics will be addressed through research rich learning and you will have the opportunity to further explore these issues, questions and answers with peers and experts at a conference event. You will have the opportunity to engage with a wide variety of technology enhanced learning using resources that facilitate virtual peer discussion and collaboration.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 18 months full-time
3 other options available

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start January 2021

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