This unit (EPM5500) comprises three modules. In Module 1, participants will identify the roles of players and stakeholders engaged in specific projects and the interactions between them. Project management processes will be considered at both theoretical and applied levels (using authentic industry-based scenarios drawing on students' existing knowledge and experience). In Module 2, participants will study project initiation, development of a project charter, scoping and network analysis, time management, cost management and quality management. In Module 3 participants will work collaboratively within a simulated project environment and investigate the impact of human behaviour and group dynamics in project management. A key feature of the unit is the critique of the PMBOK® (Project Management Body of Knowledge) framework.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Clarify and differentiate the notions of portfolios, programs and projects;  
  2. Critically implement knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities through project management processes;  
  3. Conceptually map and elucidate the 10 Knowledge Areas of Project Management (PMBOK©);  
  4. Formulate a Project Charter which addresses scoping and network analysis for initiating a project in various contexts;  
  5. Articulate complex project information relevant to all stakeholders and at all levels of the organisation; and  
  6. Explicate strategies for risk assessment and safety in accordance with OHS legislation and regulations.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Project Major Group Assignment (including 5% progress report as early assessment) 40%
Presentation Class Presentation 20%
Test Test (Open book, 2hours) 40%

Required reading

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

Further reading material will be provided by the instructor in class or through VU Collaborate.

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