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Project management

Whether you are a project manager, an aspiring project manager or a member of a project team, this online module will support you in improving your practice and making your contribution to the project even more effective. You will gain an understanding of the essential steps in the project life cycle and reflect on the techniques available to you and how they can be applied. You will have the opportunity to review, in the light of your new knowledge and experience, a project on which you have already worked. The topics covered include stakeholders, finance, risk, people, project administration and quality.

Vocational relevance

The module takes a broad approach to technological projects and will be relevant to project managers and those wishing to increase their knowledge about project management. The tools and techniques presented will be of use to project managers and team members in improving the effectiveness of their teams.

This module is accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM). It refers to the APM Body of Knowledge (6th edition), British and International Standards, Prince2 and many other established sources.

Module

Module code
M815
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
30
Study level
To enable you to make international comparisons, the information provided shows how OU postgraduate modules correspond to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales (FHEQ).
OU Postgraduate
FHEQ 7
Study method
Distance learning
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Module cost
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What you will study

This module considers the whole life cycle of projects, from initiation, through to planning, scheduling, execution, handover and review. The principles and processes are contextualised through reference to case studies and you are encouraged to develop your own reflections on the applicability, or not, of the principles and processes to projects within your own organisation, industry or area of practice. You will review and evaluate frameworks and standards.

The module includes case studies from a variety of technological settings. Throughout the life cycle the recurring topics of stakeholders, finance, risk, people, project administration and quality are discussed in the context of what the project manager is doing, responding to or monitoring. Tools and techniques for project managers are explained and evaluated, to facilitate the development of your own expertise in choosing appropriate techniques and applying them in your professional practice. You will be encouraged to engage with the choice between using project management software or working through techniques manually to deepen your understanding and ability to evaluate output from software packages. Microsoft Project 2010 is provided or you can use a package you are familiar with provided it enables you address the activities and assessment in the module.

This module is presented wholly online. Your study is directed from the module website with a study planner to guide you through the text materials, the activities and the assessment. Where you need to study additional materials, such as case studies, articles and journal papers you will be directed to these.  

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have the support of a tutor who will be available by email and by telephone to support you in working with the study materials, give postgraduate study skills guidance and provide marks and feedback on your assessment. There are online discussion forums to enable you to interact with other students also studying this module. You will also have the option to attend online tutorials.

Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and end-of-module assessment (EMA).

Professional recognition

This module is accredited by the Association for Project Management (APM). 

Course work includes

3 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

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Future availability

Project management (M815) starts once a year – in May. This page describes the module that will start in May 2019. We expect it to start for the last time in May 2023.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website.

    Entry requirements

    This module is suitable for you if you have experience of working on projects, possibly as a team member, and you do not need to have worked on all phases of the project lifecycle.

    If you have not worked on projects you need to have experience of working in organisations and be able to relate your experience to projects.

    You would benefit from already having some awareness of project management processes, although you do not need to be a practicing project manager. In the assessment you will need to reflect on project work that you have done and be able to relate the tools and techniques presented in the module to a project, or a situation within a project, within your experience.

    This is a postgraduate module and you will need to be able to demonstrate in the assessment that you can analyse and evaluate situations and theories and communicate at the appropriate level. Guidance on postgraduate study skills is given. If you are new to postgraduate study, or returning to study after a gap you are likely to need more time to study the module.

    Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you will need a minimum overall score of 6 and minimum score of 5.5 in each of the four components: reading, writing, speaking and listening under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see the IELTS website for details.

    If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

    Outside the UK

    This module is suitable for study anywhere in the world. The materials and assessment is in English and you will need to be able to work with the material and present clear and coherent responses to assessment.

    Register

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    01 May 2019 Oct 2019 £1360.00

    Registration closes 11/04/19 (places subject to availability)

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    This module is expected to start for the last time in May 2023.

    Future availability

    Project management (M815) starts once a year – in May. This page describes the module that will start in May 2019. We expect it to start for the last time in May 2023.

    Additional costs

    Study costs

    There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

    Study materials

    What's included

    This module is only presented online – there are no printed materials.

    All materials will be available on the module website, including:

    • the study planner
    • core topics of the module
    • a wide range of activities, to develop technical and professional skills
    • module assessment
    • optional additional resources to extend your learning.

    Computing requirements

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module.  Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

    A desktop or laptop computer with either:

    • Windows 7 or higher
    • macOS 10.7 or higher

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To participate in our online-discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones. 

    Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students. 

    If you have a disability

    The module is presented wholly online. Figures, descriptions and online transcripts of any audio components are included online, as are printable versions of the module text.  Some text may not be fully accessible using a screen reader, for example mathematical notation may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future.

    If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in using a computer you are advised to contact us about support that can be given to meet your needs.

    If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Disability support website to find more about what we offer.