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The aim of this subject is to understand and apply project management knowledge areas through the life cycle of a project. Subject content includes tools and techniques used to set up, monitor, control, and measure various aspects of projects. Particular emphasis will be placed on scope, time, and cost.
A complex project will be used as a case study and will be considered both from the client and contractor’s perspectives. The case study will follow the project life cycle, and assignments will consolidate all aspects of the content covered.
The 3 hour weekly sessions will include lectures, guest lectures, class participation, and discussion. Students will be able to synthesise from class sessions, readings, private research, and working in groups.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Understand public and private projects;
- Understand roles of various project managers (client, contractor, consultant, supplier, others);
- Understand project management knowledge areas and how the knowledge areas relate to each other;
- Understand and critically evaluate a project life cycle;
- Understand and develop a project business case;
- Understand project risks and how they are transferred;
- Understand how procurement models are chosen;
- Understand project management trade-offs on balancing the triple constraints of scope, time and cost;
- Develop a systems and integrated approach to project management; and
- Research current project management practices and uses.
At the completion of the subject students should have developed the following skills and capabilities:
- An appreciation of the integrated project control processes and dimensions of professional roles;
- The ability to function effectively as either a team leader or member within multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams;
- A commitment to, and fundamental appreciation of, the concept of successful teamwork and the ability to communicate effectively, clearly and concisely as a team leader or member of the group;
- An ability to communicate ideas, concepts and solutions to both technical and non-technical audiences effectively, clearly and concisely;
- An ability to carry out research and apply fundamental theoretical knowledge to problem solving in relevant disciplines.
Last updated: 3 November 2022