This unit is designed to provide an understanding of the principles 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 10 Knowledge Areas in project management and instigates the process of applying these to contemporary and emerging project environments. The unit delivers a comprehensive understanding of 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 finally 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. Critically apply knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities through the lens of an established project management process (PMBOK®);  
  2. Define, differentiate and critique the 10 Knowledge Areas of project management;  
  3. Exhibit the use of 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;  
  4. Critically review and apply Sustainable Project Management frameworks in accordance with government and industry standards;  
  5. Propose sustainability processes and practices which align with organisational goals; and  
  6. Appraise the dynamics of working collaboratively within a project environment and developing distributed leadership skills.  


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 (2hours) 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

Project Management: the managerial process 7th ed.
Larson, E.W. Gray, G.E., (2011)
McGraw Hill - Irwin Series

RECOMMENDED READINGS: Lock Dennis (2018) The essentials of project management, 2nd Edn, Routledge, New York,USA. Hartly, Stephen (2008) Project Management: integrating strategy, operations and change, 3rd edn, Tilde Publishing, Prahran, Victoria. Gido, Clements & Baker 2018, Successful project management, 7th edn, Cengage Learning Kloppenborg,T 2015, Contemporary project management, 3rd edn, Cengage Learning

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