Short Title:IPMA Strategic Project Management
Full Title:IPMA Strategic Project Management
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:PMGT H6001
Credits: 15
Field of Study:Management and administration
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:John Vickery
Module Description:This programme seeks to build and advance on the skillsets of individuals practising project management. Many such individuals may be deployed in the “management of individual projects without having the essential strategic, behavioural and technical competences to manage the wider context. Moving from having the skillset to manage a single project, to managing a basket of strategically important projects demands a confidence, knowledge and understanding or project, programme and portfolio management. The course aims to equip the participants in order to enable them to: • Meet the challenge of implementing business strategy, improving organisational effectiveness, and managing the realisation of stakeholder benefits • Integrate project management practices in to the broader business context • Equip yourself with the skills to manage a portfolio of projects at senior level • Manage multiple projects successfully at the same time Typical attendees would come from all functional areas of the organization as Projects are the vehicles to manage the change efforts of organisations to bring about a new reality in an increasingly unpredictable and complex environment. The curriculum for the programme reflects the fact that the students have already completed a Degree programme or equivalent qualification (NQAI Level 8) or have met the learning outcomes of a Level 8 award and so the emphasis is very much on the development of the knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the role of the project management professional. Consequently, much of the learning will be self-directed and structured in such a way that the learners will be required to complete specific work-oriented tasks.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Discuss how to influence the higher contextual aspects of projects
LO2 Demonstrate the principles of project, programme and portfolio management and balance the portfolio with the strategic setting
LO3 Explain the different types of Project Management Office (PMO), illustrate the functions of the PMO and how they could be constructed and choose a methodology and information system for the PMO
LO4 Apply financial management as well as cost management concepts
LO5 Design a negotiation strategy and conclude negotiated agreements
LO6 Engage and effectively manage the expectations of stakeholders toward the success of the initiative
LO7 Demonstrate in detail their strengths and weaknesses against each competency based on a knowledge and experience scoring evaluation system.
LO8 Establish a baseline plan for future career development and improvement of competences identified as being deficient.
LO9 Demonstrate their competencies in specific areas of project management
LO10 Communicate project core messages to executives

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Assignment Case Study on Negotiation. The case study requires a report where participants are required to determine "What are the positions" yours and theirs, determine from the case study if there is common ground between the parties and to determine how could a Win-Win situation be achieved 5 7.50 Week 3
Performance Evaluation Project Management Competence Baseline Ireland Self Assessment 7,8 7.50 Week 5
Assignment Portfolio Management. Complete a case study on the participants own organisation in relation to portfolio management. This will cover strategic drivers, financials and resource allocation, project mapping, comparison with approved existing projects within the organisation and the challenges experienced in the organisation if portfolio management were implemented 2,4,6 10.00 Week 10
Project The major part of the individual report shall cover the: management challenges, how these were handled and reflections upon the project analysis and lessons learned. The report shall brief y present the: background (type, scope, customer, other important interested parties, resources, complexity etc.); project objectives; project organisation; roles and responsibilities of the learner; distinctive elements of the project; and results of each phase of the project. 9,10 35.00 Week 11
Presentation Presentation to class and assessors on project submitted 10 15.00 Week 13
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Written 2.5 hours examination covering the programme. 1,2,3,4 25.00 End-of-Semester

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

This module has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Presentations and class participation on different topics of the programme 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Assignment Complete the negotiations case study by week 3. Demonstrate in detail their strengths and weaknesses against each competency based on a knowledge and experience scoring evaluation system. Completed in week 5. Complete the case study on portfolio by week 10. Complete individual project by week 11. Prepare for presentation by week 13. 9.00 Every Week 9.00
Independent Learning Study of material 8.00 Every Week 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 20.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • 2012, Certification Handbook, Version 1.4 October 2012, 1.4 Ed.
  • 2015, Project Management Competence Baseline Ireland, 3 Ed.
  • Fisher & William Ury, Getting to Yes [ISBN: 978-1-847-940]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Schelle, H., Ottoman, R. & Pfeiffer, A., 2006, Project Manager, GMP. German Association of Project Management, Germany [ISBN: 3 9248]
  • Project Management Institute USA 2013, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide), Fifth Edition Ed., USA [ISBN: 978-1-935589-]
  • Kodukula , Dr. Prasad S, Organizational Project Portfolio Management: A Practitioner’s Guide [ISBN: 978 1 932159]
  • Crawford, J. Kent, The Strategic Project Office, 2nd Ed. [ISBN: 978 1 4398 38]
  • Bolles, Dennis L., Hubbard, Darrel G 2012, A Compendium of PMO Case Studies: Reflecting Project Business Management Concepts [ISBN: 978-0-9858484]
  • Majer, C., Schaden, B. & Stabauer, Light up the TEAM FIRE: Social Competence: The Success Factor in Project Management [ISBN: HTTP://WWW.SO]
Required Article/Paper Resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_ESPPM_M Certificate in Strategic Project Management 1 Mandatory