Strategic Portfolio Management - BUSN9192

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 7 15 (7.5) Ramesh Vahidi checkmark-circle


Strategic Portfolio Management enables senior management to create, define and manage the portfolio of strategic options that best delivers the organisation's vision, balancing short and long term objectives, risks and cost. This module aims to support students with an overview of portfolio management, the principles on which it is based, complex and best-in-practice techniques used, and how to get started and sustain progress. This module addresses the key concepts of portfolio management, its benefits to organisations and how it fits in with the organisation strategy development and implementation. This module is aligned with the Management of Portfolio Professional Certificate and its ethical aspects and will apply a mix of academic and empirical literature with the professional body of knowledge. World class real life case studies will be discussed.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 24
Private study hours: 126
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Group Presentation (15-20 minutes) 30%
Individual Reflective Essay (3000 words) 70%

Reassessment methods:
100% coursework

Indicative reading

Barclay and Osei-Bryson (2015), Strategic Project Management: Contemporary Issues and Strategies for Developing Economies, Taylor and Francis Group, US
Levine and Wideman (2008), Project Portfolio Management: A Practical Guide to Selecting Projects, Managing Portfolios, and Maximizing Benefits, Jossey-Bass, US
Lock and Wagner (2018), The Handbook of Project Portfolio Management (Project and Programme Management Practitioner Handbooks), Routledge, UK
Office of Government Commerce (2011), Management of Portfolio, The Stationery Office Ltd, UK
Project Management Institute (2018), The Standard for Portfolio Management, 4th Revised edition, US

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- To provide a systematic and comprehensive understanding of the strategy development process and the required governance arrangements
- Select and apply complex Management of Portfolios (MoP) principles, practices and techniques to suit different organisational environments
- Critically evaluate examples of MoP information (including documents and role descriptions)
- Critically analyse and reflect on the solutions adopted in relation to a given scenario.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Demonstrate an advanced level of intercultural and ethical competency
- Work and study independently and demonstrate learning through argumentative discussions on the strategic portfolio management issues that are current and timely;
- Demonstrate effective teamwork skills


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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