UCL School of Management

Module Fact Sheet

MSIN3101: Strategic Project Management


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This is a past version of this module for MSIN3101 16/17.
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3rd, 4th year undergraduates from all departments (except Engineering, Physics, Bartlett - see MSIN3001/MSINM001)
Term 1 or Term 2
Delivery method
2-hour lecture (x 10 weeks) and 1-hour seminar (9 weeks)
50% individual essay; 20% group presentation; 30% group assessment

Course overview

This course aims to introduce the basic principles of project, programme and portfolio (3P) management and how 3P management differs from operational management. It will introduce the key tools and techniques to initiate, plan and manage projects, programmes and portfolios. Portfolio management will be considered in the wider context of business strategy. Essential management skills such as leadership, team building and conflict management will be explored in the context of projects and programmes.

The focus is on giving the student a practical framework based on industry experience and standards, in particular the Association for Project Management (APM). Students will have the opportunity to take the APM Introductory Certificate and gain an industry recognised qualification.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, a student will be able to:

  • Define the characteristics of project, programme and portfolio management and explain how it drives change within organisations

  • Differentiate between project, programme and portfolio management

  • Identify what makes a successful project or programme

  • Understand tools and techniques in project and programme management and use these to identify good practice within organisations

  • Identify the relevant management skills needed for effective 3P management

  • Identify their own strengths and weaknesses as potential project or programme team members or managers

Topics covered

  • Definitions of project, programme and portfolio management

  • Links between 3P and business strategy – how strategy translates into projects and programmes

  • Programme and project success and failure criteria

  • Governance of the portfolio, projects and programmes – including roles and responsibilities and decision making processes/criteria

  • Key planning tools – work breakdown, scheduling and resource planning

  • Stakeholder analysis and management (including communications)

  • Management skills – leadership, team building and conflict management

  • Benefits – establishing and realizing project and programme benefits

  • Handover to business as usual – embedding change within the organisation

Assessment summary

50% is awarded on the basis of an individual essay (2,000 words). 30% is awarded for one group-based assignment (4,000 words). 20% is awarded for in class presentation of the group coursework.

Essential reading

The core text is The Handbook of Project Management, Trevor L Young, Revised 2nd Edition, Kogan Page. ISBN 978-0-7494- 4984- 1

Past versions of this module

MSIN0147 18/19

MSIN3101 17/18

MSIN3101 16/17

Last updated Friday, 27 September 2019