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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Project Management
Module Code MT5803
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: James Byrne
Semester 2: James Byrne
Autumn: James Byrne
Module TeachersJames Byrne
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Project management skills are needed and used regularly in every workplace. With companies becoming more projectized, there is a huge increase in projects being commissioned – companies have to adapt much more quickly, and projects are being used to support and drive digital transformation efforts. Projects at both a small and large scale require strong planning to ensure that they are completed within budget, on time and at a sufficient level of quality. Organisations have moved increasingly towards agile approaches, and hybrid approaches crossing both traditional and agile are gaining in popularity. This module covers both conventional and agile approaches to project management to give an understanding of techniques and methods to manage projects of any type, throughout their lifecycle. Skills gained are sociotechnical include planning, managing, problem solving, analytics, team building, risk analysis and communication skills.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the characteristics of a project (scope, time, cost, quality and risk) and the project management lifecycle
2. Evaluate and describe the technical and sociocultural aspects of managing projects
3. Comprehend conventional, agile and hybrid approaches to project management
4. Understand how to plan, estimate and analyse project times, costs and risks
5. Explain and identify critical path and total slack, resource levelling and resource limited scheduling
6. Discuss the nature of project leadership, the identification and management of stakeholders, and the importance of managing change

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Group work25No Description
Assignment Completion30No Description
Independent Study46No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to contemporary project management

Conventional, agile and hybrid approaches to project management

Organisational strategy, structure and culture relating to project management

Project scope

Defining projects and estimating project times and costs

Developing a project plan

Risk management, scheduling resources and costs

Managing project teams

Agile approaches and behaviours

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group assignmentGroup assignment analysing an existing project30%n/a
AssignmentIndividual assignment based on case study analysis70%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Robert K. Wysocki: 2019, Effective Project Management, 8th, John Wiley & Sons, 1119562805
  • Clifford F. Gray, Erik W. Larson: 2020, Project Management: The Managerial Process, 8th, McGraw-Hill Education, 1260238865
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MIABMSc International Accounting & Business
MSBMMSc in Management (Business)

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