Project Management

Unit code: NEF3101 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Completion of at least 96 Credit Points
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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 including economic feasibility and project evaluation, contract administration and tendering processes.

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. Devise project plans/schedules and conduct critical path analysis; apply commercially available software, such as Microsoft Project to evaluate budget, resource and time management within an engineering project;
  5. Formulate project cash flows and budgets with respect to project control at various stages of projects.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Project
Grade: 20%
Develop and present a Project charter (PC) and a Project Management Plan (PMP)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 20%
Develop a Project Execution Plan (PEP) using MS Project
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 60%
Open Book Tests (2)

Required reading

RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Class Materials and associated Notes will be distributed to students as required. Harris, P. E. (2019). Planning and control using Microsoft Project 2013 or 2016 and PMBOK guide (6th ed.). Doncaster Heights, VIC: Eastwood Harris Pty Limited. (PMBOK© GUIDE) (2017) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge 6th ed. Project Management Institute Meredith, J.R., Mantel, S.J., Hoboken, H. and Jr. Meredith, J.R. (2017) Project management: a managerial approach (10th ed). NJ: John Wiley. There are a number of other textbooks that can be used in conjunction with the recommended 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.

As part of a course

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