Project Event Management
Value: 24 credits
Lecturers: Mark Westcombe
Term Taught: Lent & Summer
This is a demanding course with limited availability and a maximum of 54 students. You should sign up at the LUMS registration desk in Intro Week. It is open to students from all faculties and provides a practical foundation in the art of managing with its Part II equivalents combining well with many courses and careers in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and engineering. Many European BBAs, BBAs and Business Studies students find it an excellent complement to their degree. Early registration is recommended.
This is a very practical course that seeks to develop the skills needed to manage on a daily basis, whether managing an organisation, project or event. You will work in a team of six to deliver a half or full day event at LUMS or in the local area. You will need to meet the client; negotiate the content of the event and its presentation; plan and manage the event; procure any logistics; enrol any volunteers to help you deliver the event; manage a budget; plan for risks; and manage yourselves in the context of a real project; as well as work on the actual day! Although you will learn some project management techniques, the course focuses more on the human element of projects including team work, negotiating, conflict and culture.
The course should help you begin to attain the skills you’ll need on graduation, as well as prepare you for further practical courses, internships, industrial placement and graduate traineeships. It should provide excellent evidence of the skills you’ve developed whilst at university to any future employer.
The course requires a high level of commitment to deliver a live project for a real client. This may include a full Saturday’s training in Michaelmas or Lent term; full midweek evening in Michaelmas; and a high level of engagement into the early weeks of the summer term. Note that you need to be available until the end of week 30 as your event (or resit event) may be scheduled after exams.
You may need access to your passport or birth certificate; 2 proofs of term time address; and 2 references during the course.
This course is demanding, but we trust that you’ll find it a highly rewarding and enjoyable experience.
10 x 2hr lectures; 10 x 1hr lectures; 10 x 1hr seminars.
Educational Aims: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
- Deal with the art and craft of ‘managing’ as a social and political practice. The module focuses on ‘how’ to manage;
- Develop transferable study skills for Part II courses and independent learning;
- Deliver key employability skills.
Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
- Experience the reality and understand the nature of an event / project and the skills and roles involved in managing a deliverable;
- Develop the craft skills to practice as a manager, event manager or project manager;
- Work with stakeholders and teams in a project environment and learn to build team working and leadership qualities.
Learning Outcomes: General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
Various transferable study skills will be taught to enable students to engage effectively at Part II university level, including:
- Essay Writing Skills
- Critical Writing
- Reflective Writing
- Guided peer assessment
Some of the topics covered include:
1. Effective meeting management
2. Project and Event Planning
3. Managing difficult people
4. Conflict Management
5. Professional Development skills
6. Building trust in projects
7. Active Listening
8. Creativity & Idea Generation
9. Guest speakers
10. Time Management