The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook

Description

Projects are pivotal for many organisations to achieve their strategic objectives. Successful projects require careful analysis, planning, implementation and monitoring and the ability to create and nurture teams. It is essential that all professionals, whether they are working in the sciences, business, engineering, information technology, health or education have the skills and knowledge to work in and manage complex projects.

To successfully deliver a project, it is important to understand the technical and socio-cultural dimensions of project management. In this course, students learn the practical skills to properly plan, execute, monitor and close successful projects. Since every project relies on the combined efforts of many individuals and groups who are delivering it, the course also explores the best ways to effectively communicate, provide leadership and work with other people in multi-skilled team environment.

Realistic, practical exercises are integrated in to the course so that students experience all aspects of the Project Life Cycle.


Availability

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2020

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate their acquisition of the knowledge and skills of Project Management based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK);

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

3. Apply modern project management techniques and tools within their professional area of expertise.


Content

Contemporary project management practice is introduced. Two overarching principles have guided the design of course content and delivery techniques. Firstly, the Project Management Body of Knowledge will provide the conceptual framework and guide topic selection. Secondly, examples that are tailored to suit the background and interests of students will be utilised to demonstrate and re-enforce concepts.

Topics covered include:

  • The Project Management Life Cycle: defining, planning, executing and delivering
  • The Project Management Body of Knowledge
  • Project selection
  • The organisational context: strategy, structure, and people
  • Scope estimation, scheduling and budgeting
  • The triple constraint: managing time, cost and scope and their effects on quality
  • Risk Management
  • Team management - communication and human resources
  • Contemporary Project Management tools

Assumed knowledge

Basic competency in Microsoft Office packages including Excel.


Assessment items

Quiz: In-class test

Report: Essay/Written Assignments

Practical Demonstration: Assignment Progress

Formal Examination: Final Examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students whose overall mark in the course is 50% or more, but who score less than 40% in the compulsory item and thus fail to demonstrate the required proficiency, will be awarded a Criterion Fail grade which will show as FF on their formal transcript. However, students in this position who have scored at least 25% in the compulsory assessment item will be allowed to undertake a supplementary 'capped' assessment in which they can score at most 50% of the possible mark for that item.

Contact hours

Callaghan

Computer Lab

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

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Ourimbah

Computer Lab

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

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

PSB Singapore

Computer Lab

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

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1