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This subject provides a critical review of the theory of project management in construction by showing and reflecting on how the established set of project management competencies applies to all phases of building projects’ life cycle. Through project simulations and structured discussion, students are made aware of the relationship between quantitative data and qualitative decisions in a framework of relative uncertainty, and how this relationship is likely to change depending on project type, technological context and building coalitions. By covering new developments, trends and technologies in project management, the subject exposes students to possible transformations in the discipline. At the end of the subject, students are required to go through a self-assessment process that helps them identify knowledge gaps and own development paths as well as the importance of peer interaction and reflective learning in team environments.
This subject will involve the following software: Microsoft Project. Details of software availability and pricing are captured at https://msd.unimelb.edu.au/graduate-research/resources/it-support#software.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students will have developed a thorough understanding of all key competency areas in Project & Program Management and in socio‐cultural management from a built environment perspective. Specifically, students will be able to:
- Apply the key knowledge areas, including scope, time, cost, risks, quality, procurement, integration, communication, human resources, stakeholders, financial and occupational health, safety & environmental management for devising relevant project management plans in construction projects.
- Analyse the application of project management tools, techniques and processes across all phases of construction projects
- Reflect on and demonstrate their individual strengths and weaknesses with respect to the competencies required in the project management profession.
- An appreciation of the scope 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;
- An ability to reflect on the competencies being developed in relation to the professional roles in relevant disciplines.
Last updated: 31 January 2024