Managing Projects and Teams

Subject CLRS90012 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

Semester 1, Hawthorn - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Intensive mode

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours (4 intensive day block)
Total Time Commitment:

Students should expect to undertake a minimum of 120 hours lectures, research, reading, writing etc to complete this subject successfully.





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Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Effective management is essential to delivering projects that run on time and on budget and involves managing all resources available to maximise results from the available resources. It is the skill of directing the complex and often problematic interaction of people and events that occur during a research project. Few projects run smoothly, and unforeseen problems are common but rarely fatal to research activities. Good planning and appropriate responses to these problems can overcome what seem like enormous obstacles, as well as the common pitfalls that can catch out even the most experienced researchers and managers.


Topics covered include:

  • Designing, planning and managing projects
  • Resource management, including insourcing and outsourcing
  • Project budget management
  • Delivering outcomes
  • Common pitfalls to successful trial implementation
  • Running clinical trial, analysing and interpreting data
  • Complying with regulations
  • Key stakeholder management and reporting
  • Managing project teams
  • Team work styles
  • Managing and rewarding team performance
  • Managing conflict

Two assignments totalling 4000 words (100 per cent).

Prescribed Texts:

Students will be provided with articles and references that support the teaching program as part of their course materials

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  • Develop project plans for clinical trials that are focussed on delivering outcomes
  • Understand the issues around resource management and how to plan the most effective use of resources available
  • Understand the requirements for managing budgets over the life of the project
  • Develop strategies for key stakeholder management and reporting
  • Use the best approaches to analysing and interpreting data
  • Identify potential pitfalls to successful trial implementation
  • Understand different work styles and preferences and how to use this knowledge to create high performing teams
  • Develop and implement processes for performance management
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research
Graduate Diploma in Clinical Research
Master of Clinical Research
Professional Certificate in Clinical Research

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