Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

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 those used by the Australian Institute of Project Managers (AIPM) and their international counterparts.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Trimester 2 - 2022


  • Trimester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate 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 a 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

Quiz: Quizzes

Written Assignment: Essay/Written Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Essay/Written Assignment 2

Formal Examination: Formal 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


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


Computer Lab

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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