WB0715 - Preparation for Project Management

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of a range of ideas, concepts and theories that will help you to become engaged in a well informed and meaningful work-based enquiry and project management. Through a combination of seminar and inter-session activities the module will help you to develop a critical awareness of a range of appropriate approaches to project planning, implementation and evaluation appropriate to your own organisational and professional context.

How will I learn on this module?

This module will employ a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, seminars, inter-session activities, independent learning and a formative presentation to your peers and academic tutor. The module serves as a plan for a Quality Improvement Project to be implemented in the 60 credit Work Based Dissertation module WB0705. Activity will be negotiated between you, your tutor and an appropriate person from your organisation

The learning process provides for a number of formatively assessed activities. This enables an iterative process of negotiation of and feedback on evidence required to meet the assessment criteria as the learner, tutor (and workplace advisor where appropriate) engage in this dialogue.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by way of a negotiated series of seminars at which you will be directed and guided through the various stages of project management, including setting up a project team, considering ethics, critical evaluation and project management methodology. In addition you will receive tutorial support (choice of face-to-face, skype, telephone or e mail) from your academic tutor and from your workplace supervisor.

You will also be able to share ideas with peers on the discussion board on the University’s eLearning Portal (Blackboard).

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. Propose and critically appraise solutions for the delivery of projects based upon current and emerging theory relating to the workplace and the wider profession.

2. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of a range of approaches to project management.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities
3. Demonstrate effective and ethical management of complex issues when identifying and planning change in organisational and professional practice with consideration for commercial, confidential and data protection issues .

4. Critically debate the nature of team work in professional and inter-professional contexts

5. Critically reflect upon the management, interpretation and analysis of information in project management

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
6. Leadership skills; Enhanced communication skills; Working ethically; Collaboration skills; Managing change

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment:
You will present a work based enquiry project plan in an agreed format to an appropriate audience for verbal and written tutor and peer feedback.
MLOs: KU1 & 2 ; IPSA 3; PVA 6

Summative Assessment:
You will be assessed through the submission of a 5000 word portfolio that includes a project plan and reflective evaluation of the planning process as a whole.
MLOs KU1 & 2; IPSA3-5, PVA 6

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module is designed to develop a comprehensive understanding of a range of ideas, concepts and theories that will help you to become engaged in a well informed and meaningful work-based enquiry and project management. Through a combination of seminar and inter-session activities the module will help you to develop a critical awareness of a range of appropriate approaches to project planning, implementation and evaluation appropriate to your own organisational and professional context.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 3 years part-time

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus

City Newcastle

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