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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2011-2012 (archived)


Department: Computer Science


Type Open Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2011/12 Module Cap None.


  • Students may not take this module if they have previously taken Project Management (COMP3271).


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To encourage students to think critically about how specific research initiatives further the field of software engineering.


  • Students will study a selection of the following topics:
  • Group structures and management approaches;
  • Planning;
  • Vision and strategy;
  • Crisis and conflict management;
  • Mentoring and appraisal;
  • Leadership skills;
  • Project management methods;
  • Learning organisations;
  • Improving motivation of teams.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • have an advanced understanding of the theory and principles of project management.
  • have in-depth knowledge of the research literature in the area.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • be able to analyse critically how these principles can be applied to the development and maintenance of software systems.
  • be able to conduct an evaluative assessment of how software engineering practices can be improved through new approaches to management.
Key Skills:
  • be able to communicate complex information.
  • be able to manage time and organise work effectively.

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

  • Lecturing demonstrates what is required to be learned and the application of the theory to practical examples. Homework problems identify areas where further independent research should be conducted. Through their assessed coursework students will demonstrate the knowledge they have acquired and their ability to use this knowledge to solve complex problems.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 18 1 per week 1 hour 18
Tutorials 2 1 hour 2
Preparation and Reading 130
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
management essay 100%

Formative Assessment:

Example exercises given through the course.

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