Prospective employers in the Industry seek Graduates with strong project management skills to ensure that projects deliver specified outcomes and are both sustainable and profitable. This Project Management unit introduces students to a project management framework - the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK). Students will learn network planning with Gantt charts, resource allocation and scheduling techniques for executing engineering projects. The unit also addresses topics such as feasibility studies and project evaluation, contract administration and tendering processes and conducting financial feasibility studies for projects.

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Completion of at least 96 Credit Points

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Conceptually map and apply a project management framework (PMBoK) to selected engineering projects;  
  2. Conduct technical and financial feasibility studies; formulate a detailed project management plan, design network logic diagrams, determine critical paths and optimise project resources;  
  3. Administrate contracts and preparation of tender documents;  
  4. Create project plans/schedules and conduct critical path analysis; apply commercially available software, such as Microsoft Project to support budget, resource and time management within an engineering project;  
  5. Develop project cash flows and budgets with respect to project control at various stages of projects.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Develop a Due Diligence Report (first six weeks) and a Project Management Plan (PMP) - second six weeks; Group Reports (2500 words each) 20%
Presentation Two group Oral Presentations (1) at the completion of Due Diligence report and (2) at the completion of the PMP report (5 mins/ student/presentation) 10%
Report MS Project Computer Lab Report - Group (based on a Case Study - 1500 words each) - 1 to 12 weeks 20%
Examination End-of-Semester Examination (3 hours) 50%
The examination focuses upon the individual student's ability to demonstrate his or her ability to fluently apply engineering techniques, tools and resources, as defined in Engineers Australia competency 2.2. In addition, the tasks assess the student on the individual components of Learning Outcomes (LO) (1 to 5) which are not assessed within both reports or the presentation. As the examination is the one clear way by which these competencies and LO's can be assessed on an individual basis, students must achieve a minimum mark of 50% in the examination in order to pass the unit. In order to be eligible for a supplementary assessment, students must normally achieve an overall mark between 45-49% for the unit.

Required reading

Lecture Materials and associated Notes will be distributed to students as required.

Project management: a managerial approach 9th ed.
Meredith, J.R., Mantel, S.J., Hoboken, H. and Jr. Meredith, J.R. (2014)
NJ : John Wiley

There are a number of other textbooks that can be used in conjunction with the required texts. Some of these texts are available online by subscription. For example, Harold Kerzner, Harold Hoboken Project management [electronic resource]: a systems approach to planning, scheduling, and controlling (2013) 11th ed. N.J. Wiley.

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