Course handbook


Professionals, whether they are working in the sciences, business, engineering, information technology, health or education, typically work in teams to complete projects. This course introduces and examines the technical and socio-cultural dimensions of Project Management. Students experience all aspects of the Project Life Cycle through the completion of integrated unifying exercises.

A conceptual framework underpinning Project Management is presented in the context of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). These professional standards are supported by the Australian Institute of Project Managers (AIPM) and their international counterparts.

Availability2017 Course Timetables

WebLearn GradSchool

  • Trimester 2 - 2017


  • Trimester 2 - 2017
  • Trimester 3 - 2017

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Have acquired knowledge and skills of Project Management at a level sufficient to satisfy the knowledge requirements defined by the Australian Institute of Project Managers (AIPM) for the levels "Certified Practicing Project Practitioner" and "Certified Practicing Project Manager";

2. Appreciate the importance of both socio-cultural and technical issues in the successful management of a project;

3. Understand how to apply modern project management techniques within their professional area of expertise.


All aspects of contemporary management practice will be covered, with two guiding principles used in formulating exact content and delivery methods. Firstly, the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) will provide the conceptual framework and guide topic selection. Secondly, examples that are tailored to suit the background and interests of individual participants will be utilised to demonstrate and re-enforce concepts. Topics covered include:

  1. The Project Management Life Cycle; defining, planning, executing and delivering.
  2. The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).
  3. Project selection and portfolio management.
  4. The organisational context: strategy, structure, and people.
  5. Scope management; estimation and budgeting.
  6. Risk Management.
  7. Contemporary Project Management tools, including Microsoft Project for general management and Microsoft Excel for financial analysis.

Assumed knowledge

Basic competency in Microsoft Excel.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Group/tutorial participation and contribution

Project: Projects, including seminar

Contact hours

Callaghan and WebLearn GradSchool

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

For students studying on-line - Self Directed Learning: a minimum of 4 Hours per Week for 12 Weeks. Number of contact hours per week is a minimum recommendation and may vary with individual student's learning style for on-line courses.