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 Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Availability Trimester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  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.
Assumed Knowledge Basic competency in Microsoft Excel.
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments
  • Formal Examination: Formal Examination *
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Group/tutorial participation and contribution
  • Project: Projects, including seminar

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact Hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
For students studying on-line - Self Directed Learning: a minimum of 4 Hours per Week for 12 Weeks. Number of contact hours per week is a minimum recommendation and may vary with individual student's learning style for on-line courses.


Computer Lab

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Compulsory Requirements
  • Course Assessment Requirements: 1. Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. (Students whose overall mark in the course is 50% or more, but who score less than 40% in the compulsory item and thus fail to demonstrate the required proficiency, will be awarded a Criterion Fail grade which will show as FF on their formal transcript. However, students in this position who have scored at least 25% in the compulsory assessment item will be allowed to undertake a supplementary 'capped' assessment in which they can score at most 50% of the possible mark for that item.)
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for INFT6304
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