Project management knowledge is essential to the successful planning, development and delivery of projects. These project types can vary. They can range from organising an outdoor event to the design and construction of a submarine. Project management provides the knowledge required to plan and organise projects so that they are delivered within time, cost and quality constraints.
The courses cater to the needs of people transitioning from an applied background into a project management role, those already managing projects, or those looking to build careers as project managers. Throughout the course you will be provided with several opportunities to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills required for successful project management.
The courses use the A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) as a framework. This framework provides a generic approach to project management that can be applied across different industries, businesses and government institutions.
The Australian Institute of Project Management endorses all University of South Australia project management courses.
You have a range of options in respect to your study. You can undertake the course at Graduate Certificate (4 units), Graduate Diploma (8 units) or Masters level (10 units).
On completion of the project management courses, you will be able to:
- apply project management methodology to specific professional field(s) of expertise
- be an effective member of interdisciplinary project teams and
- assume the role of project manager from inception to commissioning
The units in this course have been developed to ensure graduates can:
- establish a project within its environment
- prepare project plans to meet project objectives and requirements
- develop documentation to achieve project objectives within time, cost and quality
- use appropriate management tools for monitoring and control of projects
- understand the use and application of effective project management techniques throughout the life cycle of a project
The project management courses are currently available only to:
a) Australian citizens and permanent residents, and
b) International persons resident in Australia for the duration of the unit of study
Applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Project Management course will need to satisfy the academic/relevant experience and English language proficiency requirements as described below.
Suitable applicants would possess either:
- Bachelors Degree, or
- 6 years relevant experience
Entry to the Graduate Certificate based on relevant experience requires the applicant to show that they have around 6 years appropriate experience. This could be project based, business related, etc. Refer to Program Director if necessary.
English Language Requirements
For applicants for whom English is a second language, the minimum English language requirements are:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic): with a minimum overall score of 6.0 obtained within the last two years or corresponding results from an equivalent test such as TOEFL; or
- Successful completion of a tertiary qualification at diploma level or above completed in Australia within the last two years; or
- Successful completion of two or more years of tertiary study at diploma level or above conducted and completed in English within the last five years in a country in which English is an official language; or English is commonly used, as determined by the University.
How to Apply
This course is restricted. Students are required to apply and be approved by the University of South Australia before they can enrol in units through OUA.
Applications for the Graduate Certificate, Diploma or Master of Project Management are due by Friday two weeks prior to the close of enrolment.
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You are expected to have some familiarity with the use of computers and computer packages including the internet, word processing, presentations and spreadsheets. You require access to the internet.
Units are delivered wholly online. Study materials (other than text books) are either provided on the unit websites or through your own online research. You can access a comprehensive online library service which includes access to online journals.
To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Project Management, students must complete 4 units including one core unit and three electives.
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
Credits will be administered as per University of South Australia policy. A maximum of one third of the course can be credited based on previous external studies. Students wishing to claim credits should apply prior to enrolling. Please contact the University of South Australia for further information on applying for RPL.
Processes for Graduating
OUA students should notify the University of South Australia of their intention to graduate with the award of Graduate Certificate in Project Management in the final year of their studies. Please complete the Graduation Form and send it to email@example.com with the graduation fee. For information about graduation forms, fees and exit awards please contact UniSA Open Universities Student Advisors at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or graduation/fees website.
Recommended Study Pattern
- Students are requested to enrol in the compulsory core unit MPM411 Principles of Project Management unit at the first opportunity.
Please note: From 2012 some units in the Project Management courses have been retitled. Existing OUA students should refer to the unit codes of their completed units before selecting their 2012 units for enrolment.
This course sits within a group of courses, giving you the flexibility to study towards different levels of qualification. The courses are listed from the highest to the lowest qualification.
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