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Project Management and Decision Making

Module titleProject Management and Decision Making
Module codeBEM2012DA
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Dr Stavroula Bibila (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This module is designed to enable you to define, design and propose a small-scale project that will be undertaken in your specific work context as part of the BSc (Hons) in Responsible Business Management/CMDA programme. During this module you will develop an interest in subject areas that reflect your professional role and aspirations, and an appreciation of how the proposed work relates to (some of) the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The learning and work you producein this module will feed directly into the Organisational Research Project module and your End-Point Assessment (there will be opportunities to discuss and change your original project idea, if necessary,during the final year.)

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module acts as an introduction to project management andoffers you the structure and space to negotiate and propose a small-scale project thatcan be undertaken at your workplace.Themodule covers the necessary knowledge needed to initiateand plan projects, andit will help you to analyse, synthesise and present a wide range of information and data in proposing innovative and ethical solutions to address specific business needs and challenges.  

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Analyse the key stages of a project and propose suitable actions to achieve its purpose, goals and objectives. (B1)
  • 2. Engage systematically with stakeholders to identify and agree on project outcomes, outputs and resources needed to successfully implement solutions, make improvements or bring about change in the workplace through project work. (B4)
  • 3. Differentiate between project methodologies and techniques and use a wide range of tools and to define and design a project. (B7)
  • 4. Identify, analyse and plan responses to project risk using a suitable framework or established practices. (B2 & B5).

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Analyse, synthesise and present a wide range of company and/or industry information and data to justify the need for the project (L1).

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 6. Communicate clearly and effectively with academic and professional/work audiences using appropriate communication modes, techniques and project management terminology. (F1 & F4).

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 24Masterclasses
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 5Webinars
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 4Individual or group tutorial
Guided Independent Study135Web-based activities
Guided Independent Study132Work-integrated learning.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Weekly activities including online fora and learning activities, peer and tutor-led discussions, tutor led webinars. Various (approximately 30 minutes for activities and between 200-1000 words written work) 1-6Written comments by tutor and verbal feedback through webinars and individual and group tutorials.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Voice over Presentation 4015 minutes1,3,5,6 Written
Project Proposal 603.000 project proposal in a report format OR Relevant work (project management) artefacts and accompanying 500-word critical commentary PLUS 1.500-word project proposal in a report format. 2,3,4,5,6 Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Voice over Presentation As original 1,3,5,6 Next Assessment Period
Project Proposal As original 2,3,4,5,6 Next Assessment Period

Re-assessment notes

Defer – as first time

Refer – capped at 50%

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Bibila, S. and Nottingham, P. (2020). Planning Practitioner Projects, in R. Helyer, T, Wall, A. Minton and A. Lund. The Work-Based Learning Student Handbook. (3rd ed.) London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Costley, C., Elliott, G. C., and Gibbs, P. (2010). Doing work-based research: Approaches to enquiry for insider-researchers. Sage.
  • Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thonrhill, A. (2009). Doing Research in Business and Management: An  Essential Guide to Planning Your Project.
  • Marks, T. (2012). 20: 20 Project Management: How to deliver on time, on budget and on spec. Kogan Page Publishers.
  • Maylor, H and Turner, N. (2022). Project Management. Harlow: Pearson.



CMI - Management Direct - an online management resource portal.


Association for Project Management

Credit value30
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