KF6028 - Project Management and Professional Development

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What will I learn on this module?

This module will further develop your academic skills in the planning and control of projects to the level expected on a final year of an undergraduate degree programme. You will learn about project management techniques and professional issues associated with industry and will enhance your critical reflection and other transferable skills which will aid your studies and support your career progression after graduating.

The module will help you to develop a strong appreciation of the key issues associated with the disciplines of professional development and management and of business practices in project management. The requirements expected from a student on a final year of an undergraduate degree programme, in terms of the need to critically analyse, evaluate and reflect on material from relevant sources and from your own personal development will be covered. You will learn about a range of techniques to assist in project management and your academic study on a final year of an undergraduate degree programme. You will study tools and techniques to enable you to set out a personal professional development strategy and plan, and the tools and techniques to conduct critical research and evaluation.

The syllabus of the module will cover topics such as:
• Key concepts, tools, techniques and approaches to project management; functions of a project manager; different types of projects; impact of people on projects
• Project management essentials: planning; scheduling; estimating; risk management; resource allocation; monitoring and control; closing projects; use of a PC-based project management tool
• Staffing considerations: selecting project teams; managing project teams; personnel training and motivation; appreciation of the computing marketplace
• Quality issues; what is quality; quality assurance; quality control; quality plans; configuration management and version control
• Professional issues: professionalism as a concept, impact of professionalism on personal development responsibilities and duties of a project manager; professional codes
• Independent learning, academic expectations and conduct, developing research techniques, using on-line support, developing skills for critical analysis, academic report writing, time-management , learning and studying / learning styles, reflecting on your academic experiences, preparing for projects, planning for the future

How will I learn on this module?

You will be introduced to relevant concepts in lectures and these will be practised and discussed in seminar sessions using exercises and case studies and via guided independent learning to be completed outside of the scheduled class times. During the first week of the module you will be issued with your first formative assessment, allowing you to initiate your independent learning and to understand the expectations of the module and of final year undergraduate degree study in general.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your tutors will be provide you with advice and feedback on your seminar work, where the concepts and principles from lectures and indicative reading will be practised, and on your formative assessment.

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. Critically reflect on the professional issues connected to the complexity of project management
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Identify and critically review relevant literature related to professional development and current issues in project management.
3. Justify and communicate recommendations and solutions to a challenge and or a problem in project management, considering appropriate tools, techniques and approaches
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Demonstrate professional and reflective practitioner attributes in the critical evaluation of professional development requirements and the production of a professional development plan
5. Articulate critical, independent thinking, justifying your own opinion and recognising the need to challenge opinions and views in project management and professional development.

How will I be assessed?

There are two summative assessments. For the first (worth 40% of the marks available) you will write a report on your professional goals that includes a professional development plan. You will consider your level of skills and abilities and strategies you could undertake to overcome any weaknesses that you identify in these to enable further development and the production of your professional development plan. This assignment will assess MLOs 2 and 4. You will be provided with written feedback on the assignment.

Your second assignment (worth 60% of the marks available) will be an individual critical review of aspects of challenges in project management, considering appropriate solutions. The review will, where possible, link directly to your programme of study and discipline. This assignment will assess MLOs 1, 2, 3 and 5. You will be provided with written feedback on the assignment.

Formative assessment will take the form of a formative assessment exercise in week 1 and the seminar exercises. It is designed to help you and your tutors assess your understanding and progress. You will be provided with verbal feedback on your work.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module will further develop your academic skills in the planning and control of projects to the level expected on a final year of an undergraduate degree programme. You will learn about project management techniques and professional issues associated with the computing industry and will enhance your critical reflection and other transferable skills which will aid your studies and support your career progression after graduating.

Course info

UCAS Code H610

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Department Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or September 2020

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