Business & Management MA(SocSci)/BSc/LLB/MA

Project Management MGT4017

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of project management.


Lectures: 2hrs x 10 weeks

 (Please refer to MyCampus for timetable)

Excluded Courses

MGT3003 Project Management Level 3


Intended Learning Outcomes



Word Length/ Duration


Individual Case Study Assignment



Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims are to introduce the theory and practice of project management by:

■ Providing a comprehensive overview of the role of projects within organisations.

■ Providing a comprehensive review of the methods useful for managing projects and their usefulness:

■ Traditional prescriptive methods drawn from operational research techniques

■ Organisationally oriented methods conscious of the commercial, organisational, and social context within which projects are undertaken.

■ Approaches informed by behavioural research on motivation, power and organisational or social dynamics.

■ Identifying the broader effects of project management within organisations, considering its impact upon:

■ People, as individuals and as project team members.

■ Operations, in terms of project organisation, scheduling, workflow management and coordination; with appropriate monitoring and control systems.

■ Quality management systems and practices with both conceptual and implementation concerns.

■ Finances, in terms of assessing project cost/benefit investment decision-making and the operational impact through budgeting systems and their implementation for cost management and control.

■ Providing linkages between general and abstract considerations of management theory with their application and use within project management to specific issues and problems

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:


1. Identify the stages of the project life cycle and evaluate the value of the tools and techniques that are used in each stage

2. Develop and evaluate project plans
on the basis of timing, cost and risk

3. Critically evaluate the project management process

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.