Project Management in Science

Subject SKIL90004 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 3-hour workshop per week for twelve weeks
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Dr Reeva Lederman


Subject Overview:

Projects drive most modern science organisations. Learn how to plan and manage projects, and to relate to a client, team members, and to other stakeholders. The subject covers the processes and tools / techniques in project management as well as the ‘soft side’ of managing people in projects. The subject uses the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK) covering the competencies in project management including scope, time, cost, quality, resource, risk, communication and integration management.l


Students should be able to:

  • Plan a science consulting project
  • list and describe the stages of the project life cycle, and the tasks and deliverables for each stage
  • Describe and apply key processes in project management including risk management;
  • Apply various techniques in project execution and monitoring including diagramming techniques such as PERT charts, the critical path method and resource levelling
  • Describe and apply leadership and management capabilities required for managing projects
  • A combination of group and individual assignments (65%)
  • A closed book, three hour final exam (35%)
Prescribed Texts:

None. Readings will be provided on-line.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Students should have honed generic skills such as clear thinking, improved reading and writing, enhanced ability to work in a team of people, and presentation skills.

Related Course(s): Master of Biotechnology
Master of Operations Research and Management Science
Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Ph.D.- Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Environmental Science
Environmental Science

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