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Advanced applied project management


This module helps you critically analyse traditional project management principles so you can see where projects fail and learn how to succeed.

Traditionally, many organisations have experienced problems by applying rigid frameworks to their projects. In a world where one project can be very different to the next, a level of flexibility is required.

In this module, you’ll analyse the traditional project management frameworks and principles, looking at real-life case studies and examples that show the difference between successful and unsuccessful projects.

You’ll master project management methodologies and tools, gaining the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to identify and manage the risks of potential project blockers.

Main topics of the module include:

  • Why one size does not fit all
  • Critique of project management methodologies
  • Project management as a driver for change
  • Successful project management for business transformation
  • Change management at individual, team and organisation levels
  • Project management, HR and organisational behaviour

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be expected to be able to: 

  • demonstrate a clear, critical understanding of the limits of theoretical models when applied to real-life situations.
  • have a deep understanding of how each project can be unique, and the need to tailor the tools and techniques to suit each case.
  • have an awareness of the variety of reasons leading to obstacles in implementation, and project failures.
  • show an advanced understanding of the role of projects to drive change.
  • demonstrate a clear in-depth understanding of the impact of human resources and organisational behaviour in project delivery.


  • Coursework (100%): A written assignment of a maximum of 3,000 words. The coursework is designed to check student progress, extend and reinforce concepts covered and also test individual performance.