Project Management

Subject MGMT90031 (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:

Semester 1, Parkville - 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

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 3-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

Approximately 2.5 hours of personal study per hour of class time is required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance





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Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Mohsin Malik, Prof Damien Power


Semester 1: Mr Pat Foley

Semester 2:

Subject Overview:

The use of project management techniques has risen sharply. Examples of projects include research and development studies, reorganisation efforts, implementation of change programs, installation of a new piece of equipment, advertising campaigns, construction, organising special events and other one-off endeavours. The subject will cover the key drivers of project success, training and leadership in project environments. Project selection is the first critical set of decisions. Matching of the projects selected to the organisation’s strategy is taken as the starting point. Practical tools and techniques will then be introduced to manage the project or special event for success. The subject will also involve the use of an appropriate Project Management software package such as MS Project.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Explain the role of projects in organisations and identify the various roles and responsibilities of the project team;
  • Explain the distinguishing characteristics of projects and consequent managerial challenges;
  • Describe the uses and limitations of project selection models;
  • Develop a formal project plan and explain its purpose, content and readership;
  • Use various techniques for scheduling a project and balancing the resource requirements;
  • Describe, apply and criticise techniques for measuring project progress; and
  • Effectively audit a project and discuss the actions taken by a project manager as the project draws to a close.
  • 2-hour end-of semester examination (60%); and
  • Group Assignment 1(1,000 words) due between weeks 4-5 (5%); and
  • Group Assignment 2 (3,000 words) due between weeks 10-12 (35%).

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Problem solving and critical thinking by applying the knowledge gained to case studies and other practical assignments;
  • Collaborative learning and team skills fostered through the group assignments; and
  • Research and presentation skills relating to project management.
Related Course(s): Master of Accounting
Master of Commerce (Management)
Master of Commerce (Marketing)
Master of Management
Master of Management
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 150 Point Master of Management
Governance, Policy and Communication
Governance, Policy and Markets
Master of International Business electives
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation
Waste Management

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