Project Management - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assessment (100%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,040.00
International 3,280.00

This unit develops a foundation of concepts and solutions that supports the planning, scheduling, controlling, resource allocation and performance measurement activities required for successful conpletion of a project.  The unit introduces project management from the standpoint of a manager who must organise, plan, implement and control tasks to achieve an organisation's schedule, budget, and performance objectives.  Tools and concepts such as project charter, scope statement, work breakdown structure, project estimating and scheduling methodologies are discussed.  The central questions the unit addresses are;

What is a project?

How do you manage one?

What is management risk?

The unit provides students with an organised approach to managing the uncertanties that can lead to undesirable project outcomes by identifying and mitigating risks that can result in cost overruns, delayed schedules or failure to meet performance standards.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of and be able to explain the role of projects and project management play in accomplishing an organisation's strategic objectives, taking into account the various types of organisations such as functional matrix and project structures
  2. Create a comprehensive project plan using appropriate project management tools including a project charter, scope statement, a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and Responsibility Asssisgnment Matrix and develop precedence relationships among tasks based on a WBS, a network diagram adn critical path and create a scheduled that includes resource allocations
  3. Assess major schedule, cost and performance risk elements and understand the approach for managing risks using the qualitative as well as quantative techniques
  4. Establish a communications and closeout strategy that will maximise the value of the project experience to the organisation by capturing best practices and lessons learned
  • Assessment (100%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

Do not enrol into this unit if you have successfully completed OHSE621. Refer to Transition Arrangements.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Project managment in perspective
2Project evaluation/selection
3Project initiation
4Project organisation
5Working in and managing a team
6Project communications including negotiation and conflict resolution
7Quality management
8Risk management
9Project progress measurement and audit
10Project control
11Project termination
12Ethical issues in project management

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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