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Project Management in Practice (ABPL90025)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90025
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The aim of this subject is to understand and apply project management knowledge areas through the life cycle of project. Subject content includes tools and techniques used to set up, monitor, control, and measure various aspects of projects. Particular emphasis will be made 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 be a direct and detailed correlation of material studied in lectures, and will follow the project life cycle. 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 the completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Understand project management knowledge areas;
  • Understand how the knowledge areas relate to each other;
  • Understand and apply the knowledge areas through a life cycle, both from a client and contractor’s perspective;
  • Understand project management trade-offs on balancing the triple constraint: scope, time and cost;
  • Understand scope monitoring and change control processes;
  • Understand cost monitoring and control processes;
  • Understand schedule control processes;
  • Construct a work breakdown structure (WBS) using given project information;
  • Produce network diagrams and bar charts for project scheduling;
  • Apply critical path analysis (CPA) in network scheduling;
  • Estimate broadly project cost and duration; and
  • Research current project management practices and uses.

Generic skills

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.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL90313 Management of Construction
Semester 1


One of the following subjects:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL90293 Commercial Construction
Semester 2
ABPL90324 Materials and Structures
Semester 1


  • Approval from the subject coordinator
  • Admission into the 200 pt entry point of the Master of Construction Management



Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ABPL90025 Project Management in Practice
Semester 2

Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


  • Individual report equivalent to 1500 words focusing on the initiation and development phases of a project, Week 5 (30%);
  • Group assignment (2-3 students per group) equivalent to 1500 words per group member to create a project management plan (or equivalent) for another project covering the entire life cycle of the project, Week 20 (30%);
  • 2 hour examination equivalent to 2000 words, covering all the course content, scheduled in the examnation period (40%);

Hurdle requirement: A minimum mark of 40% has to be achieved in the examination in order to pass this subject.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorsShang Gao and Shang Gao
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1 x 3-hour lecture per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017
    Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017
    Census date31 August 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 September 2017
    Assessment period ends17 November 2017

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 Hours

Further information

Computer Requirements: A PC with Windows operating system; 56k Modem for dial-up access, and a webcam.

Resources provided to distance students: Internet based IT framework (Learning Management System) with secured access facilitating interactions with other students and the subject coordinator/tutor and completion of academic exercises.

Related courses

Related majors/minors/specialisations

Prescribed texts

  1. Course materials.
  2. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 4th ed, Project Management Institute, 2008.
  3. J.R. Turner, The Handbook of Project-Based Management, McGraw-Hill, 1998.
  4. J.R. Meredith & S.J. Mantel, Project Management: A Managerial Approach, Wiley, 2005.
Last updated: 11 May 2017