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. As projects are situated within organisations, relevant concepts of organisational management and human resource management are also analysed.

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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. Analyse and critique the 10 Knowledge Areas of project management;  
  3. Assess 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. Appraise the dynamics of working collaboratively within a project environment and developing distributed leadership skills; and  
  5. Predict the impact of risk in various project management scenarios.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Assignment 1 - Individual (1000 words) 20%
Assignment Assignment 2 - Group & Oral Presentation (1000 words) 30%
Examination Final Examination (2 hours) 50%

Required reading

Reading material will be negotiated in consultation with the supervisor and will be appropriate to the topic under investigation.

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge 5
(PMBOK© GUIDE)(2013),
Project Management Institute

Project Management: the managerial process 5
Larson E W, Gray G W (2011)
McGraw Hill - Irwin Series

Project Management 1
Lock Dennis (2013)
Ashgate Publishing Ltd

Project Management: Principles, processes and practice 2
Hartley, Stephen (2008)
Pearson Education Australia

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