Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Project Management and Change

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Youth and Community Studies

DESCRIPTION Qualified youth workers are expected to be competent project managers. This study-unit seeks to critically introduce a range of relevant theories of project management appropriate to youth and community work practices and organisations, including specifically issues of EU project managing. It also attempts to help students critically explore project management practice in youth and community work and within the youth service.

Study-unit Aims:

This Study-unit is aimed at:

- Enabling students to review various theoretical approaches to project management and change
- Fostering the necessary skills to engage in youth projects effectively.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• Review critically various theoretical approaches to the management of projects and to evaluate their usefulness in community and youth work settings;

• Learn how to tap the sources of funding available for community and youth work projects and the relationship funding at European and local levels.

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills):
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

• Analyse own contribution to the management and development process of youth projects;

• Identify issues relating to uncertainty and change and design associated project development plans in response to these issues;

• Manage projects appropriately to their role and responsibility.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:
(availability at the Library or otherwise is indicated against each entry)

Bryson J M (1993),Strategic Planning For Public And Non Profit Organizations, Young People, Youth Workers And Projects London: Jessica Kingsley

Ford K, Hunter R, Merton B & Waller D (2005) Leading and Managing Youth Services Leicester: NYA

Gibson A & Clarke G (1995) Project-Based Group Work Facilitator's Manual Michigan: Zondervan

Handy C B (1990) Understanding Voluntary Organizations London: Penguin

Jackson A & Donovan F (1999) Managing To Survive. Managerial Practice In Non For-Profit Organisations Sydney: Allen And Unwin

Lawrie A (1996) The Complete Guide To Creating And Managing New Project London: Directory Of Social Change

Merton B (2006) Recognising and recording the impact of youth work Leicester: NYA

Smith M K (ed) (1993) Setting Up And Managing Projects London: YMCA George William College, Rank Foundation

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lect, Ind Study, Project, Seminar and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation See note below Yes 20%
Project See note below Yes 80%
Note: Assessment due will vary according to the study-unit availability.


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