The course is industry focused and looks to cover both theory and application of project management principles, practices and tools. Leadership, team building and influencing skills, integral to successful complex project delivery are also explored.
After several years of a successful in person course the decision has been taken to convert to an online blended learning mode. This is in keeping with the current needs of industry.
The course is industry focused and looks to cover both theory and application of project management principles, practices and tools. Leadership, team building and influencing skills, integral to successful complex project delivery, are also explored.
The key objectives of the course are:
The course is modular in structure with six compulsory taught 20 credit modules (120 credit taught material) and a major project in the third year (60 credits). Students may choose to complete one year (for a Certificate in Project Management), two years (for a Diploma in Project Management) or a full three-year MSc course. The first two years are made up of three modules per year. Each module is a mix of theory, practical example and coursework, and requires the equivalent of around 200 study hours. The course also offers three on campus Learning Hub sessions, each consisting of between one and two and a half days of intensive consolidation and interaction. The third year comprises a major project on an in-depth industrial project, managed using the principles and tools taught in the previous two years.
The University of Birmingham's virtual learning platform presents students with a superior environment for their online studies. We have moved beyond the traditional classroom structure, taking full advantage of digital media with modules that draw on interactivity, active student participation and social connectivity with staff and peers to provide a more dynamic learning experience.
Rather than simply reading lecture transcripts and sending in assignments, the University of Birmingham's online students engage with the curriculum directly using:
A mixture of lectures, seminars and discussion. A lot of emphasis is placed on student interaction and also work place learning (where appropriate) and use of enquiry based learning.
The course is aimed at people currently in work (in an industrial setting) and should provide significant development within their existing career path or offering an opportunity to change to a more project orientated career.
Assessment is predominately by coursework, but also with assessed tutorials and presentations in some cases. The major project is assessed via report and presentation.
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