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Principles of Project Management


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 5
  • Convenor: Sorin Piperca
  • Tutor: Theocharis Papadopoulos 
  • Prerequisites: only guaranteed for students on the BBA Culinary Industry Management
  • Assessment: a 3500-word individual assignment (100%)

Module description

This module provides a practical introduction to the fundamental concepts of project management. It will help you to understand the processes involved in effective planning and management of projects, including resourcing and people management, and how to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to become effective project managers.

The module will try to avoid the jargon of the commercial and public sector project management methodologies but some context is given to these, in case further study is planned. Project planning will be the starting point but the module will also examine how to scope and monitor projects in order to keep them on track and within budget. Good planning and structure practices should make the management of the project as smooth, stress-free and successful as possible. Areas covered include quality, communications, project operations, organisational leadership, business ethics, risk management, contracts, project initiation, planning, financial management, and schedule control.

The module provides a robust and rigorous learning experience that focuses on leading principles and methodologies associated with project management. The curriculum stresses management and leadership concepts and aims to complement your existing business and technical expertise. The approach is participative and very interactive and you will be asked to discuss aspects of the course in light of your current exposure or intended projects.

Indicative module syllabus

  • Principles of Project Management
  • Project Management Operations
  • Project Information and Communication Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • The Project Manager
  • Special Talks

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • understand key concepts of project management and the advantages of a project approach to doing business
  • apply project management tools and techniques to planning, monitoring and closing projects in various public and private contexts
  • demonstrate effective organisational leadership and change skills for managing projects, project teams and stakeholders
  • consider how to apply new knowledge to your own current and future projects.