Managing Projects and Teams

Subject CLRS90012 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

May, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 09-May-2016 to 13-May-2016
Assessment Period End 17-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 10-May-2016
Census Date 20-May-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 03-Jun-2016

Semester 1, Hawthorn - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours (4 intensive day block)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours per 12.5 credit point subject.


To enrol in this subject, you must be admitted in either N28AA, N12AA, N34AA or N01AA. This subject is not available for students admitted in any other courses.



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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Overview, Objectives and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Assoc Prof Steve Farish


School of Melbourne Custom Programs

Currently enrolled and future students:

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.

Learning Outcomes:

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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