This course comprises three modules. In Module 1, participants will identify the roles of players and stakeholders engaged in specific projects and the interaction between them. Project management processes will be considered at both theoretical and applied levels (using authentic industry-based scenarios drawing on students' existing knowledge and experience). In Module 2, project initiation, development of a project charter, scoping and network analysis, time management, cost management and quality management are addressed. In Module 3 participants work collaboratively within a simulated project environment and investigate the impact of human behaviour and group dynamics in project management. A key feature of the unit is the critique of the PMBOK® (Project Management Body of Knowledge) framework.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Define and differentiate the notions of portfolios, programs and projects;  
  2. Critically apply knowledge, skills tools and techniques to project activities through project management processes;  
  3. Conceptually map and elaborate the 10 Knowledge Areas of Project Management (PMBOK©);  
  4. Formulate a Project Charter which addresses scoping and network analysis for initiating a project in various contexts;  
  5. Communicate complex project information relevant to all stakeholders and at all levels of the organisation; and  
  6. Elaborate strategies for risk assessment and safety in accordance with OHS legislation and regulations.  


One assessment record is needed to satisfy mandatory requirements of system, please check with your College for internal procedures.
Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Individual Assignment (1500 words) 20%
Project Group Project (2000 words per student) 30%
Presentation Class Presentation (approx. 10 minutes per student) 10%
Examination Examination (2 hours) 40%

Required reading

Further reading material will be provided by the instructor in class or through VU Collaborate.

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge 6th ed.
(PMBOK® GUIDE) (2017)
Project Management Institute

RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Larson, E.W. Gray, G.E., (2018) Project Management: the managerial process 7th ed. McGraw Hill - Irwin Series

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