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Evaluating the impact of postgraduate study in Project Management on students’ professional practice in the workplace and assessing the benefits of professional body accreditation

Project leader(s): 
Kay Bromley and Matthew Nelson
Theme: 
Faculty: 
STEM
Status: 
Current

The project aims to evaluate the impact of studying M815, and completing the EMA, on professional practice of our students and their employers and to assess the benefits of professional body accreditation.  

M815 is accredited by the APM (Association for Project Management) and is designed to provide students with academic underpinning to project management tools and techniques which they can use in real world projects. In EMA Part 1 students examine a situation within a project they work on and suggest ways to improve work on that project, or future projects. In EMA Part 2 students identify an aspect of their own learning within M815 and consider their future development.

M815 EMAs identify opportunities for improvement in workplace projects. The EMA was conceived as an output for students from the module that they could then present to their colleagues or managers and thereby demonstrate their developing professionalism and improve workplace practice.  We intend to investigate the extent of M815 impact on students as project professionals and any direct impact on work place projects.

The outcomes would:

  • inform the future development of M815  ( mid life review in 2018) so that potential value of M815 to students can be articulated  and made more effective – support student sponsorship, increase student satisfaction and motivate future professional development
  • provide examples of impact on employers to inform MT and facilitate liaison with BDU – support BDU sales and increase corporate sponsorship
  • inform the module team and BoS of the relative importance of APM links, so that investment in building that relationship can be assessed – make informed decisions in workload planning

We would also make available our findings more widely, specifically to module teams of the other C&C and E&I postgraduate modules which have EMA which ask students to relate their academic studies to workplace experience.

Additionally, the project would support the development of research and scholarship skills of the investigators.

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