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Projects drive most modern science organisations. Learn how to plan and manage projects, and to relate to a client, team members, and to other stakeholders. The subject covers the processes and tools/techniques in project management as well as the ‘soft side’ of managing people in projects. The subject uses the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK) covering the competencies in project management including scope, time, cost, quality, resource, risk, communication and integration management.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- plan a science consulting project;
- identify the stages of the project life cycle, and the tasks and deliverables for each stage;
- describe and apply key processes in project management including risk management;
- apply various techniques in project execution and monitoring including diagramming techniques such as PERT charts, the critical path method and resource levelling;
- describe and apply leadership and management capabilities required for managing projects;
- communicate fluently and present arguments in oral and written form; and
- collaborate effectively in small and large groups.
On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following skills:
- exercising critical judgement, being capable of rigorous and independent thought;
- examining critically, synthesising, and evaluating knowledge pertaining to biotechnology;
- high level written report presentation skills;
- oral communication and presentation skills; and
- time management and self-management skills.
Last updated: 31 January 2024