Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2011-2012 (archived)


Department: Business School (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2011/12 Module Cap
Tied to N1D317
Tied to N1D217
Tied to N1D314


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To enable students to appreciate the issues and methodologies involved in managing major projects, by drawing on a wide range of practical experience in project management.


  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Strategy, Selection and Standard Methodologies
  • Finance and Cost
  • Project Organisation and Quality Management
  • Communication
  • Project Design and Project Planning
  • Resourcing and Procurement
  • Risk and Issue Management

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of the module, students will:
  • be able to define project management and to describe the major tasks, duties and responsibilities of a project manager;
  • be able to describe the major tools and techniques of project management and to identify their various strengths and weaknesses;
  • develop an appreciation of the commercial, contractual and legal issues involved;
  • study a number of projects of different types and to understand the reasons for their successes and failures;
  • gain an insight into the strategic importance of projects and the need for top management to be deeply involved and supportive of major projects.
Subject-specific Skills:
    Key Skills:

      Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

      • The module is delivered in discrete Units. These are designed to enable the learning outcomes to be achieved through a combination of specially written material, directed reading, reflection through self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading. Module tutors provide feedback on formative work and are available for individual consultation as necessary (by email, telephone, post or fax). The written assignment will test students’ understanding of relevant concepts and their ability to apply and interpret what they have learned to the analysis of a particular issue in depth.

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      D L Study Units (a combination of specially written material, directed reading, self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading) 150
      Total 150

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Written Assignment 4,000 words maximum 100%

      Formative Assessment:

      1 Compulsory Tutor Assessed Assignment, (1,500 words).

      Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University