Project Planning and Management

10 Units

Professionals, whether they are working in the sciences, business, engineering, information technology, health or education, typically work in teams to complete projects. This course introduces and examines the technical and socio-cultural dimensions of Project Management. Students experience all aspects of the Project Life Cycle through the completion of integrated unifying exercises. A conceptual framework underpinning Project Management is presented in the context of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). These professional standards are supported by the Australian Institute of Project Managers (AIPM) and their international counterparts.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Design, Communication and Information Technology
Availability Trimester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

On successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. have acquired knowledge and skills of Project Management at a level sufficient to satisfy the knowledge requirements defined by the Australian Institute of Project Managers (AIPM) for the levels “Certified Practicing Project Practitioner” and “Certified Practicing Project Manager”;
  2. appreciate the importance of both socio-cultural and technical issues in the successful management of a project;
  3. understand how to apply modern project management techniques within their professional area of expertise.

All aspects of contemporary management practice will be covered, with two guiding principles used in formulating exact content and delivery methods. Firstly, the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) will provide the conceptual framework and guide topic selection. Secondly, examples that are tailored to suit the background and interests of individual participants will be utilised to demonstrate and re-enforce concepts.

Topics covered include:

  1. The Project Management Life Cycle; defining, planning, executing and delivering.
  2. The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).
  3. Project selection and portfolio management.
  4. The organisational context: strategy, structure, and people.
  5. Scope management; estimation and budgeting.
  6. Risk Management.
  7. Contemporary Project Management tools, including Microsoft Project for general management and Microsoft Excel for financial analysis.
Replacing Course(s) N/A
Transition N/A
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Basic competency in Microsoft Excel.
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Case Study
Self Directed Learning
Computer Lab
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
  • Examination: Formal -
  • Group/tutorial participation and contribution -
  • Projects -
Contact Hours
  • Computer Lab: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for INFT6304

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