Courses Catalogue

Project Planning & Management

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, M.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

The course emphasizes the application of good practices in project management, including case exercises completed in a group setting. More specifically, definition of objectives and deliverables in a project environment, proposal writing, planning methods including the work breakdown structure (WSB), importance of developing alternate plans and emergency procedures, graphical methods for presenting project schedules and plans, developing preliminary budgets and project controls, basic understanding of team dynamics and responsibilities and factors that influence project success and the introduction of risk will be emphasized.


The need to prepare the students for (i) project development and work in project form within the culture and the cultural heritage field; (ii) effective organizational leadership and change skills for managing projects, project teams, and stakeholders


By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

describe a project life cycle, and can skillfully map each stage in the cycle

identify the resources needed for each stage, including involved stakeholders, tools and supplementary materials

describe the time needed to successfully complete a project, considering factors such as task dependencies and task lengths

provide internal stakeholders with information regarding project costs by considering factors such as estimated cost, variances and profits

develop a project scope while considering factors such as customer requirements and internal/external goals


A student completing the course is expected to:

Manage the selection and initiation of individual projects and of portfolios of projects in the enterprise.

Conduct project planning activities that accurately forecast project costs, timelines, and quality. Implement processes for successful resource, communication, and risk and change management.

Demonstrate effective project execution and control techniques that result in successful projects.

Conduct project closure activities and obtain formal project acceptance. 

Demonstrate a strong working knowledge of ethics and professional responsibility.