Principles of Project Management

Unit code: EPM5600 | Study level: Postgraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Online Real Time
VU Sydney


The unit of study will introduce and define project management as it applies to the conceptualisation, design, development, documentation, procurement and maintenance projects. Various models of project management and related principles and methodologies will be appraised. Frameworks for working in a project team environment will also be proposed and evaluated.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Interrogate and apply project management and lifecycle principles to assess project scope and complexity and strategise accordingly;
  2. Critically evaluate the relevance of selected project management theoretical frameworks and methodologies to a variety of project scenarios;
  3. Determine and interpret contemporary and future trends and modelling in project management to ensure quality outcomes, including evidence of due diligence;
  4. Elucidate and critique the potential roles and responsibilities of Project Manager and Project Team Member to inform professional practice; and
  5. Collaborate effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary project team.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Project
Grade: 40%
Group project (including 5% early assessment in week 2)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 20%
Student Presentation
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 40%
Written submission (2000 words approx)

Required reading

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge
(PMBOK© GUIDE) (2016)| Project Management Institute
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge
(PMBOK© GUIDE) (2021)| Project Management Institute

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