Courses Catalogue

Principles Of Project Planning & Management

COURSE CODE: PPM 7201
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Master of arts in project planning and management
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

Managing projects is always a challenge, especially when those projects involve multiple stakeholders, new or unproven technology, shifting or unclear project requirements, and constrained resources. Those project challenges multiply in the public sector, which is dependent, on successful projects to make the changes necessary for the public sector to cope with a fast changing world. Public‐sector projects can be more difficult than many private‐sector projects because they operate in an environment of often‐conflicting goals and outcomes, Involve many layers of stakeholders with varied interests are required to be performed under constraints imposed by administrative rules and often cumbersome policies and processes. On the other hand, Public sector institutions and other development partners commit and execute formidable amount of public resources to the implementation of public policies, programmes and projects with the aim of producing positive immediate, intermediate and long term outcomes for which there is need for accountability. However, unless these efforts can be tracked and measured, it becomes hard to know what change is being caused and if the desired outcomes are not being realised, what corrective measures can be employed to redirect efforts towards the achievement of the desired goals. This course seeks to equip the participants with the requisite knowledge, skills and attitude to perform effective public sector Monitoring and Evaluation. This course will give skills and competencies in effectively managing such projects.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

This course is designed to:

  • Enhance students’ understanding of the principles of project planning and management
  • Expose students to key project management tools and techniques and develop simple models which can be used to manage and evaluate projects or facilitate policy review and improvements at their future places of work.
  • To understand the dynamics of the project environment, including life cycles, stakeholders, and organizational influences.

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES

 By the end of the course the students should be able to:

  • Appreciate and understand of the principles of project planning and management
  • Know the key project management tools and techniques and develop simple models which can be used to manage and evaluate projects or facilitate policy review and improvements at their future places of work. 
  • Understand the dynamics of the project environment, including life cycles, stakeholders, and organizational influences.