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  • 1. PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION Programme title: MSc Strategic Management of Projects Final award (BSc, MA etc): MSc / PgDip / PgCert (where stopping off points exist they should be detailed here and defined later in the document) Cohort(s) to which this programme From 2008 specification is applicable: (e.g. from 2008 intake onwards) Awarding institution/body: University College London Teaching institution: University College London. Faculty: Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment Parent Department: Bartlett School of Graduate Studies (the department responsible for the administration of the programme) Departmental web page address: www.bartlett, (if applicable) Method of study: The programme can only be studied part-time (on a modular basis) Full-time/Part-time/Other Criteria for admission to the See: programme: .html Length of the programme: Two calendar years part-time (please note any periods spent away from UCL, such as study abroad or placements in industry) Level on Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) M (see Guidance notes) Relevant subject benchmark statement (SBS) N/A (see Guidance notes) Brief outline of the structure of the 8 x 3,000 word essays; 4 x 2-hour unseen examinations; 1 x 10,000 programme and its assessment word research Report. methods: (see guidance notes) Board of Examiners: Name of Board of Examiners: MSc Built Environment
  • 2. Professional body accreditation N/A Date of next scheduled accreditation visit: (if applicable): EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME: The MSc SMP is designed for post-experienced professional managers of projects and programmes. Its aims are to develop strategic awareness of the range of issues associated with leading and managing the successful delivery of complex projects. PROGRAMME OUTCOMES: The intended outcome of the MSc SMP is a cadre of highly effective senior project and programme managers who are grounded in best practice drawn from leading academic contributions and insight into world-class practitioner action. A: Knowledge and understanding A knowledge and understanding of: Teaching/learning methods and strategies The critical importance of managing a The course uses a variety of pedagogical techniques, project or programme from a strategic but centres around the use of a large number of guest perspective that embraces the project lecturers drawn from across industry, academe, and stakeholders and environmental government. parameters. The course exploits the knowledge base that the SMP The range of topics that are critical students bring, this being a vital and valuable element of knowledge bases, such as the economic the course. To draw on the this, highly interactive theories associated with option appraisal, lectures are used, with a significant amount of case through the key stages of the project based learning. lifecycle. What is involved in taking on a leadership position in the project, programme, or project based organisation (PBO). Assessment SMP students are required to focus on their employment situation, with their projects and organisations being the focal point for the assessed essays and major research Report. Academic integrity is assured by use of the 4 x unseen written examinations. B: Skills and other attributes Intellectual (thinking) skills - able to: Teaching/learning methods and strategies The programme aims to help students: The use of group work, formal and informal presentations, and high levels of interactive discussions The SMP course develops strategic all make significant contributions to the skill-sets needed. thinking capability (both in terms of breadth of issues covered and the timeframe over which they are considered).It allows them to further develop their project leadership abilities (note this is not the same as project management skills) Assessment: The SMP course consistently tests for greater abilities to understand not only specific key topics, but their interaction. This is demonstrated through user of assessed essays; assessed presentations; unseen written examinations
  • 3. C: Skills and other attributes Practical skills - able to: Teaching/learning methods and strategies The ‘practical’ skills are those that the The variety of teaching styles and exposure to a SMP student is able to apply most significant number of experts all provide opportunity for immediately in their working environment. students to identify particular tools or techniques. The list of possible practical skills is too long to list, but would include – ensuring that key project players understand what the client actually wants from the project; better abilities to exploit core competences, better supply chain management, better risk management, better communication with project governance structures. Assessment: The use of essays focussed on the student’s working life ensures this and the final 10.000 word Report allows for significant development of expertise in an area considered of strategic importance to the employing organisation. . D: Skills and other attributes Transferable skills - able to: Teaching/learning methods and strategies: The entire reason for the SMP course to The complete set of learning experiences, based on exist is to provide a set of skills, experience, challenge, debate, and discussion. The competences, and abilities that will be entire SMP course is designed for mutual contribution transferred directly to the student’s and learning. project and employer. This includes being more strategic in thought, more visionary as a leader, more inspiring as a manager, and more intellectually skilled as an individual. Assessment: The range of assessments, from presentations, through essays and exams, to the final research Report all develop and test for these improved skills and abilities. The following reference points were used in designing the programme: • the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (; • the relevant Subject Benchmark Statements (; • the programme specifications for UCL degree programmes in relevant subjects (where applicable); • UCL teaching and learning policies; • staff research. Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found at
  • 4. Programme Organiser(s) Dr Andrew Edkins Name(s): Date of Production: September 2008 Date of Review: August 2009 Date approved by Head of Department: Date approved by Chair of Departmental Teaching Committee: Date approved by Faculty Teaching Committee: