MG208      Half Unit
Business Transformation and Project Management

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Elzbieta Klecun-Taylor NAB 3.37 and Dr Susan Scott NAB 3.12


This course is available on the BSc in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, BSc in Management and BSc in Management Sciences. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

This course aims to develop students' critical understanding and skills necessary for managing projects that support business transformation. It will cover history and foundations of project management, responding to changing environments, governance and control, contracting and relationships, organising and learning. The course will focus on issues and challenges raised by business analysis and project management. Example topics of study include: questioning business transformation and projects as a mode of organising; understanding the dynamics and relations involved in IT-enabled business transformation; strategy formation; business process analysis; projects as an organisational form; project escalation; project management approaches and techniques; and change management. To develop students' practical knowledge and skills and to prepare them for future employment as business analysts /project managers students will participate in group work based on a 'real-world' scenarios of business transformation projects. They will also be required to sit a 2 hour exam. Students will have the option of concurrently studying toward an industry recognised professional qualification at the end of the course (please note: (i) additional independent study will be necessary (ii) the course team do not commit to teaching all of the material needed to pass the exam (iii) students will need to independently organise and fund this external exam).


20 hours of lectures, 15 hours of classes and 2 hours of workshops in the MT. 1 hour of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

One case analysis - forms part of the exam and therefore feedback on case analysis will support the student's preparation for the summative assessment. Reflecting on case studies will also help them to prepare for the group project and contribute to class discussions. One process analysis - forms part of the group project and therefore feedback on process analysis will support the student's preparation for the group project . One project plan - preparation for the group project (one plan handed in on behalf of the group as a whole).

Indicative reading

Darnton, G. (2012) Business Process Analysis: Including architecture, engineering, improvement, management and maturity. Requirements Analytics. Doherty, S. (2008) Heathrow's Terminal 5: History in the Making, Oxford: Blackwell. Drummond, H. (1996) Escalation in Decision-Making: The tragedy of Taurus. Oxford: OUP. Morris, P.W.G., Pinto, J.K. and J. Soderlund (2012) The Oxford Handbook of Project Management Oxford: Oxford University Press. Nelson, R.R. (2007) IT Project Management: Infamous Failures, Classic Mistakes, and Best Practices. MIS Quarterly Executive, Vol 6, No. 2, pp.67-78. Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 (2009) Office of Government Commerce, HM Stationary Office Books. Project Management Body of Knowledge (2013) Project Management Institute.


Exam (60%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Project (40%, 1500 words) in the MT.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills