This unit is designed to provide students with an understanding different aspects of project management practice and the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders and others in a project team. Utilising the PMBOK® (Project Management Body of Knowledge) Guide as a reference, the unit explores different knowledge areas in project management and instigates the process of applying these to contemporary and emerging project environments. The unit explores how due diligence manifests in a project life cycle. It addresses what is to be delivered in a project (scope), how it is to be delivered (plan), the delivery and implementation (execution), and reporting and review. Theoretical models are proposed which integrate sustainable methods into the fabric of projects and operations, and align project and business outcomes with organisational strategic goals.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Implement knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities through the lens of an established project management process (PMBOK®);  
  2. Analyse Project Communications tools and techniques in the areas of planning, assessing, quantifying, qualifying, control, monitoring and disposition of project information relevant to all stakeholders and at all levels of the organisation;  
  3. Critically review Sustainable Project Management frameworks in accordance with government and industry standards and organisational goals; and  
  4. Appraise the dynamics of working collaboratively within a project environment and developing distributed leadership skills.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Group Assignment (Including Progress Report as early assessment worth 5%) 20%
Project Group Project 30%
Presentation Class Discussion and Presentation 20%
Test Test 30%

Required reading

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

Further reading material will be available via VU Collaborate.

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