The Project Planning and Control unit will review the development process of a project from its inception through to feasibility and commencement. Design documentation, procurement commissioning and life cycle planning will all be addressed. Theoretical frameworks for planning and managing the project management process will be critiqued. Project control and cost planning, financial control, time management and other scheduling techniques will be applied to practical scenarios.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Elaborate and apply advanced project management principles and techniques to enable them to plan, organise, execute, control and complete a project;  
  2. Develop a project management plan for the successful delivery of a complex project in various contexts;  
  3. Critically apply resource scheduling and allocation techniques to facilitate effective project control;  
  4. Investigate and appraise key project evaluation monitoring and control techniques and justify their importance in bringing projects to successful completion;  
  5. Review various contemporary and IT based project management tools and hypothesise their application in diverse, dynamic and emerging contexts; and  
  6. Evaluate different quality systems and make recommendations regarding their role in minimising waste and providing value to the client.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Project Group Project Stage 1 (2500 words per student plus 5 minutes presentation by each student) 25%
Project Group Project Stage 2 (2500 words per student plus 5 minutes presentation by each student) 25%
Examination Examination (3 hours) 50%
Total word equivalence of the above assessment tasks is 8,000 words

Required reading

Formal class notes will be provided to students for each unit of study. These notes are reviewed and updated regularly.

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge 5th ed.
Project Management Institute (2013)
Project Management Institute

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

Recommended text: Project Management Institute (2011) Practice Standard for Scheduling - Second Edition, PMI. Project Management Institute (2011) Practice Standard for Earned Value Management - Second Edition, PMI Project Management Institute (2011) Practice Standard for Project Estimating, PMI. Larson, E.W. & Gray, G.E., (2011) Project Management: the managerial process 5th ed. McGraw Hill-Irwin Series.

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