DCU Home | Our Courses | Loop | Registry | Library | Search DCU


Module Specifications

Archived Version 2022 - 2023

Module Title
Module Code

Online Module Resources

NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 15
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The overall aim of this module is to provide the learner with an understanding of the special challenges involved in managing and renewing an enterprise in today’s increasingly complex and dynamic global environment. Specific aims of the module are: • To develop a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges involved in the management of the business unit and of the total enterprise. • To provide learners with appropriate skills and perspectives to successfully implement change. The module is divided into three sub-modules Managing Change, Project Management and Risk Assessment, and Electives each with its own learning outcomes and syllabus

Learning Outcomes

1. Project Management • Review the nature, implementation and practice of Project Management and the role of the project manager • Examine people issues associated with project management including leadership, conflict, negotiation, project teams, motivation and reward • Manage financial, procurement and risk aspects of project • Evaluate IS/IT project management methodologies and techniques, such as PRINCE, PERT and CPM
2. Managing Change • Examine issues involved in human resources management, group dynamics and communication in organisations • Analyse the nature of learning organisations and managing technological change • Explain how organisations manage resistance to change • Evaluate the planned change and emergent change models for managing change in organisations
3. Electives (a) Supply Chain Management • Recognise how each link in the Supply Chain from raw material sourcing to final consumer is interdependent and must be strategically aligned.• Determine how information can replace inventory. (b) Logistics and Transport • Determine how to manage distribution channels sustainably, transparently, efficiently and effectively.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Directed learning40Study course notes and texts
Independent Study170Source and read the additional material referenced in course notes
Online activity25Use the online discussion forum to discuss the questions relating to the assignment and the course materials
Assignment Completion130Prepare an assignment according to the given criteria
Tutorial10Online tutorials using Loop
Total Workload: 375

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

Organisational Change Sub module
• Understanding and Defining Change • Models of Change • Leading Change • Organisational Culture and Change • Managing Resistance and building readiness for change • Consolidating and sustaining change

Project Management and Risk Assessment sub module
• Project Management and Risk Management • Project Generation • Project Feasibility Selection and Initiation • Project Planning • Project Scheduling Techniques • Project Scheduling – Pert Charts • Project Leadership, Motivation and Negotiation • Managing Project Teams • Project Financing and Budgets • Project Procurement strategies

Elective: (a) Supply Chain Management • Strategy and strategic procurement • Strategic Procurement management – strategic analysis • Strategic Procurement management – strategic choice • Strategic Procurement management – strategy implementation • Strategic supply chain management • Recruitment and selection of staff • The leadership and management of teams • Supply chain policy issues Elective :(b) Transport and Logistics: Managing distribution channels, Sustainable transport, Information systems for distribution.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Barbara Senior,Stephen Swailes: 2015, Organizational Change, 5th, Pearson, 1292063831
  • Erik W. Larson,Clifford F. Gray: 2014, Project Management: The Managerial Process, 6th, McGraw Hill, 1259010708
  • Arjan J. van Weele: 2014, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, 9781408088463
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes