BMGT45480 Mgmt of Projects &Change

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module provides students with a holistic view to the management of projects over their lifecycle.

The role of projects in organisations is receiving increasing attention and projects are the major tool for implementing and achieving strategic goals. The module includes concepts and skills that are required by managers to propose, plan, organise, and lead project teams to successful completion of projects.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module, students should:
1. Demonstrate understanding of knowledge areas and concepts that are relevant for management of projects over their lifecycle 2. Be able to apply variety of project management tools, practices, and frameworks to solve complex practical challenges encountered in the project context
3. Analyze, compare, and contrast alternative courses of action in management of projects and project-based organizations
4. Demonstrate skills of critical thinking as well as high level of oral and written communications skills and team work skills

FORMAT: Active attendance and participation during classes is expected. The module will be 100% assessed on a combination of group and individual assignments as well as in-class participation. There is NO EXAM for this module. For this reason, it is expected that the students attend all lectures during the module – some graded work will be in class time.

NOTE: Depending on input and demonstrated contribution, as well as peer review surveys which may be employed at the end of semester, varying grades may be assigned for individual contributions to group submissions.

PLAGIARISM: No form of plagiarism will be tolerated and grade penalties outlined in the UCD Plagiarism Policy will be applied (may result in Failed mark). Plagiarism includes inclusion of other person’s ideas or works, such as unacknowledged use of any form of published/unpublished source (including books, articles, presentations, videos or other broadcasted material, Internet, another student’s work). Presentation of work, which contains ideas or work of others without appropriate attribution and citation is an act of plagiarism. Please pay attention to scientific policies of ensuring appropriate citations to any readings and use of other material. All work submitted by you or your group must be your own original work, not submitted elsewhere. Any material taken indirectly or directly from other sources is required to be properly referenced. Plagiarism will be heavily penalized. For further details, please see UCD policy for plagiarism:

Indicative Module Content:

The general structure of sessions planned for this module includes the following, but these may be subject to change:

Introduction & the Project Framework
Time Management
Teams & Leadership
Project Ethics
Project Planning
Project Feasibility & Stakeholders
Risk Management
Virtual Teams
Portfolio Management
Closing a Project
Why Projects Fail
Module Review

Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Presentation: Group project presentation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Group Project: Group project report Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Assignment: Individual reflection paper Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Project: Individual website creation project - more detail in class! Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The assignments will be discussed throughout the module duration, and feedback will be given against work in progress, draft etc as needed.

Core recommended text: Project Management – The Managerial Process – Gray & Larson, 7th Ed (International). McGraw-Hill Irwin 16th Feb 2017. ISBN – 1259253872 link -
The latest edition of this text describes the different stages of managing projects together with the rationales behind the various activities and disciplines which must be employed. However, any version of the text from the 3rd edition onwards is fine as this is used as an adjunct text to support module themes rather than a book from which the course is run directly.

Other useful texts include :

The Project Workout: The Ultimate Guide to Directing and Managing Business-Led Projects
by Robert Buttrick | 6 Aug 2018. FT Prentice Hall ISBN 978-1138721449 link -
An excellent, really practical book on PM, filled with processes and checklists of real use on day-to-day PM operations.

Project Management, Second Edition (Briefcase Books Series) (Briefcase Books (Paperback)) Paperback – 10 Dec 2013
by Gary R. Heerkens ISBN 978-0071818483 link -
A light, easily readable and accessible text.

The PMI Project Management Book of Knowledge – 6th ed – Sept 2017 ISBN 978-1-119-17967-2
The global standard for project management, this newly updated version introduced AGILE as a central aspect of PM.

PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide (Sybex) by Kim Heldman ISBN 978-1119420903 link -
This text is one of the best study guides for PMP certification, regularly updated, and includes an excellent CD with sample examinations, flashcards etc, or can be bought as an ebook.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 12:00 - 14:50

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