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Project Management in Practice (ABPL90025)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
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 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.

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


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Weekly written quiz (individual) equivalent to 1000 words (10 X 100 words), weeks 2-11, (20%);
  • Group assignment (two students per group) equivalent to 1000 words per group member, week 5, (20%);
  • Group assignment (four students per group) equivalent to 1000 words per group member, week 10, (20%);
  • Two hour examination (closed book) equivalent to 2000 words covering all course content. Students will be required to cover knowledge gained through the readings, lectures, assignments, and discussions, to synthesise major points of knowledge, held during exam 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
    Principal coordinatorRobert Crawford
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours1 x 3-hour lecture per week
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period23 July 2018 to 21 October 2018
    Last self-enrol date 3 August 2018
    Census date31 August 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail21 September 2018
    Assessment period ends16 November 2018

    Semester 2 contact information

    Robert Crawford (Subject Coordinator)


Time commitment details

170 Hours

Further information

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.


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.

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Last updated: 11 January 2018