UCL Summer School


Project Management

Key Information

Module code
Taught during
Session One
Module leader
Richard Pettinger
None. Standard UCL Summer entry criteria apply.
Assessment method
Presentation (25%), Report (75%)
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Module overview

Today, project management and project involvement are seen as vital parts of all aspects of organisation development and the development of management expertise. In the module we cover:

The processes of project management: including project life cycles; work breakdown structures; activity scheduling; critical paths; networks and Gantt charts;
Leading and managing the project team;
Project finances and resourcing;
The environment and project risk and its management;
Project administration and the work of the project office;
Project development and the critical aspects of using project work in all aspects of organisation change and development.

The module delivers a fully comprehensive introduction to the whole field of project management, so that buy the end of the course, you will have a very sound basis for developing expertise and substantial knowledge in this part of leadership and management.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • have a grounding in the disciplines, expertise and complexities of project management
  • have developed knowledge and understanding and the foundations of practical expertise in project management
  • have developed knowledge and understanding of how the different disciplines interact with each other
  • have tried and developed practical approaches to project management
  • have the foundations for further study and development in project management
  • have a basis and grounding for taking professional qualifications in project management

Module prerequisites

This is a level two module (equivalent to second year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.


  • 15-minute group presentation (25%)
  • 2,500-word report (75%)

Module leader

Richard Pettinger is Principal Teaching Fellow (Reader) in Management Education at the UCL School of Management, where he teaches general management and foundations of management. He also supervises dissertations, research and consultancy projects. Richard is the author of over 50 books and numerous papers on all aspects of management practice and development, and also on many aspects of management development and education. Richard continues to work and consult with companies and organisations in all sectors around the world. His research interests are the professionalisation of management, privatisation and restructuring, and the effects of behavioural pressures on business and corporate decision making.

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