Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2012-2013 (archived)


Department: Business School (Business)


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Module Cap
Tied to N1KH07


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • The aim of the module is to enable participants to execute the set of actions necessary to achieve the goals of the change programme in a complex environment.


  • A project framework
  • Project management
  • Programme management
  • People and projects
  • Adapting the approach to the context.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Be able to critically evaluate the strengths and success factors of a framework for the (agile/adaptive) lifecycle of a change programme.
  • Be able to explain the principles underpinning an approach to projects that address the challenges of innovation and significant business change.
  • Have a critical appreciation of key risks and success factors in the project lifecycle.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Be able to apply key specialized practices related to the business activities at each stage of the lifecycle.
Key Skills:
  • Consistently apply an advanced level of knowledge and wider intellectual skills in this complex and specialized area of study.

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

  • The learning outcomes will be addressed through a combination of lectures, case studies and seminars. The summative assessment by Assignment, is a Review and assessment of a current project together with an action plan for a current project. It is designed to test both students' conceptual knowledge and understanding, and their ability to apply what they have learned.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 6 3 hours 18
Seminars 3 2 hours 6
Group, case study work
Preparation & Reading 126
Other: (Mentor visits)
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
assignment 3000 words maximum 100%

Formative Assessment:

Group exercise to develop a 'health check' for an IS project.

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