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Professional project managers are in significant demand in the United Kingdom and internationally; The Programme Leader together with a team of multi-disciplinary academics have designed this course with the needs of modern professional project managers in mind.
This postgraduate degree course will enable you to explore project management in a wide range of contexts including long run public sector infrastructure projects and short-to-medium term projects in private sector businesses, public sector organisations and third sector (not-for-profit) organisations.
The course focuses on practical advanced concepts, processes and techniques required to manage projects within today’s complex and constantly changing knowledge and innovation driven business environment. The course content is balanced, with critical modules on research, leadership, law, innovation, change management and an understanding of the global project management environment. This applied, practical emphasis rather than an overtly academic or theoretical approach is pivotal because the project management function is required to deliver hard, measurable, results. Thus the course emphasises the synthesis of the practical and the theoretical and students will be required to identify, evaluate, develop and practice key project management skills.
APM Accreditation is a widely recognised mark of quality for organisations, training providers and academic institutions. It offers assurance for those wanting to access the best project management professional development services available.
In today’s competitive jobs market, graduates need to stand out from the crowd to successfully secure that all important first full-time job after university. We believe your postgraduate degree from ARU London will significantly enhance your employability:
- Your lecturers all have first-hand experience of project management and some continue to work in the sector. You are therefore assured that the content of your degree will be directly relevant to the demanding, constantly evolving world of contemporary project management practice. Furthermore, you will study project management from a practical as well as from an academic perspective.
- During your studies there will be the opportunity to participate in the Employability Scheme with the specific objective of enhancing your future employment prospects. This includes CV workshops, interview techniques, career counselling and visits from prospective employers.
MODULES & ASSESSMENT
Project Risk ManagementThis module will enable students to document the assumptions/risks that have to be made while developing the project plan and budget, and assess their impact on achieving the project objectives. This will require developing a risk register, assessing the impact and likelihood of each risk, simulating the impact of the high priority risks on the project plan and then coming up with risk response actions to treat the impact of those risks. This will be followed with monitoring and controlling those risks as well as adding newly identified risks. The module will explore definitions of risk in different project environments as well as examining the required inputs to risk management and the risk management process. Risk planning, and various risk categories for the risk register will be developed and students will be exposed to a variety of information gathering techniques for identifying and assessing risks in the project life cycle. Both quantitative and qualitative risk analysis will be discussed and techniques such as Expected Monetary Value; decision trees; and financial investment appraisal techniques will be used to evaluate risks in projects. In addition to risk planning strategies, we will examine risk response strategies from avoidance to management and mitigation and risk maturity models.
Business Improvement and ChangeThis Module will focus on business processes and systems (hard and soft), which are critical to business success, and the benchmarking and refining of those processes systems. As such, students will be introduced to a variety of benchmarking tools and techniques measuring Key Performance Indicators, Critical Success Factors for specific firms in a variety of industries and business environments. The conceptual tools and models will introduce students to operational, financial, organisational and cultural conceptual frameworks that are used in practising business and consultancies, to diagnose, analyse and evaluate among alternative potential change scenarios giving a qualified estimate of potential success of managed programmes of change rather than “guestimating” the potential outcomes. As well as examining planned change efforts of firms, to improve their position, we will look at unplanned, emergent strategies of change.
ARUL employs assignments, presentations, and examinations to measure student progress, along with an innovative case study major project or dissertation to complete the course.
The Major Project involves detailed research, analysis and reporting of a project management related issue.