Module Descriptors

People and organisations

The module will enable students to trace and discuss a wide range of theories in the study of organisations and human relations relevant to the management of projects. They will be able to critically review a range of theoretical perspectives and apply a range of theoretical perspectives to appropriate and evaluate possible interventions in tackling everyday people and/or organisational problems in project environments.

Management of Projects

The module provides a foundational perspective on the challenges of managing projects by placing them in their organisational context and introducing students to the range of management issues that are incorporated in the ‘management of projects’ paradigm.

Planning, Execution and Control

The module aims to develop students’ understanding of the processes of project implementation and further develop students’ knowledge skills in the theory and application of programming, performance measurement, and monitoring and control methods.

Project Management Research Methods

The module develops students’ ability to conduct a research assignment related to project management and to prepare students to carry out the dissertation component of the programme successfully. A particular emphasis is placed on projects/organisations and their applicability to different environments and situations.

Construction Project Management Professional Practice

The module provides students with an advanced level of knowledge, skills and experience to appreciate the complex landscape of contemporary civil and construction projects; and develops students’ knowledge, practical understanding and skills of project management professional practice within the construction and built environment industry.

Enterprise Risk Management

The module equips students with an advanced knowledge of the risk management process, by exploring strategic and tactical issues associated with the implementation of effective risk management practices. Students will develop the appropriate skills to appreciate the key processes and decision stages at corporate and project level.

Infrastructure Management

The module aims to introduce students to the challenges that exist in the development and operation of infrastructure projects. The module will develop students’ understanding and knowledge of infrastructure assets development and operation.

Information Systems and Cyber Security

The module offers an in-depth understanding of the emerging cyber security risks. The module is intended to upskill future project and risk managers to manage enterprises’ information systems security and procedures against cybercrime.


 International Finance 
Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility

This module defines the components in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the relevant dependencies and areas of overlap. The combined strategic approach in socio-environmental analysis from the economic perspective will define a baseline.  The module introduces the fundamental principles guiding sustainable development best practices at the global level and its operational examples.

Introduction to Law

This module is intended for students who do not have a professional background in law. The module will therefore provide an introduction to key aspects and features of the law, which form the foundation for the law of construction.

Arbitration Law

This module aims to provide a solid foundation in the different aspects of arbitration, with a specific focus on international commercial arbitration as it applies to construction, including issues which are specific to Dubai, the UAE and the wider Gulf Region.

Sustainable Built Environment

This module emphasises the need for a symbiotic and functional relationship in which ecology, culture and technology evolve and adapt.  The module introduces the fundamental principles guiding sustainable development of the built environment including avoidance or minimisation of negative impacts on the environment; conservation and efficient use of natural resources; preservation of cultural patterns; and ecological harmony and respect for biodiversity.  The concept of sustainable development is also discussed.

Knowledge Management

The aim of this module is to teach the principles and technologies of knowledge management. A case study approach, as and where appropriate, will be adopted in introducing the course contents. The module covers the fundamental concepts in the study of knowledge and its creation, representation, dissemination, use and re-use, and management. The focus is on methods, techniques, and tools for computer support of knowledge management, knowledge acquisition, and how to apply a knowledge management system using one of the knowledge-based system tools.


This module is about topics related to creating a business on the web, with particular focus on e-commerce. Students will study the IT issues raised by electronic business and commerce. Techniques and technologies available for designing and implementing e-business and e-commerce applications will be surveyed. Students will have first-hand experience with Web-based tools and services to help design e-Business solutions. 

IT Entrepreneurship

This module provides the students with scientific methodologies for identifying opportunities in the IT space. Students will learn how to create an effective business plan, acquiring funding, establishing a company from scratch and managing in an environment of high growth, high uncertainty and rapid change. The module will include case studies of successful and failed IT entrepreneurial companies and will draw upon the angel investing, venture capital and entrepreneurial communities from guest speakers.

Accounting and  Finance for Managers

This module will enable students to gain an advanced knowledge and deep understanding of accounting and financial aspects that are expected to be acquired by a manager working for a modern organization. Students will be applying different analytical tools, learn to identify the relevant information for better decision making to the advantage of the organisation. The topics include cost concepts, cost-volume profit relationships and cost information for decision making, analysing and interpreting financial statements applying ratio analysis. It also includes important areas of management accounting useful for decision making purposes which includes preparation of cash flow, funds flow statements and budgets.



The aim of the dissertation is to develop the ability to conduct a substantial piece of research work in a specific area of project management and report on this work in the form of a Dissertation. Depending on the subject chosen, this work can be desk top based, experimental in nature, or can involve modelling and simulation, or can be a combination of all. This will offer an opportunity for students to focus in depth on one aspect of PM, which will normally be directly relevant to a real life workplace situation, and to allow them to demonstrate their independent research skills to the  course assessors. The dissertation is supervised individually and assessed on the basis of a final report between 20,000 to 40,000 words

Research Project

The research project follows a different approach to the dissertation through as delegates are encouraged to focus on developing their project management knowledge by applying the leaned skills to solving a real work place or industrial problem. The students who opt to take the innovative applied PM research project together with an additional elective will carry out an applied research project credited 40. The research project will be based on a research or  evelopment/application topic of industrial and scientific relevance in the area of project management. The project will be carried out either in the university setting or at the work placement approved by the course director and assessed on the basis of a final dissertation between 7,000 to 8,000 words.


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