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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 (16 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 parameters
- 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
Advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge that includes recent developments in project management as applied in professional practice.
Advanced and integrated knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of project management.
Expert, specialised cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship in the area of contemporary project management.
Demonstrate the application of theoretical knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial research-based project and/or piece of scholarship.
Expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of project management knowledge or practice.
Demonstrate the application of theoretical project management knowledge and skills to apply creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning in the area of project management.
Expert, specialised cognitive and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level in the area of project management.
Demonstrate the application of individual and team skills that include working with people in remote or virtual project team situations.
Advanced and integrated knowledge of the moral, ethical and legal considerations which underpin the planning and implementation of project management applications.
Demonstrate the application of theoretical knowledge and skills with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability.
Expert, specialised communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Expert, specialised technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship in the area of project management.
Demonstrate the application of international perspectives, including operating in different geopolitical environments that require different cultural approaches
Applicants to the Master of Project Management degree are required to have one of the following:
- A Bachelor degree from a recognised tertiary education institution,
- A Graduate Diploma in Project Management from a recognised tertiary education institution
Applicants who have a Bachelor of Project Management or equivalent will be eligible to enter the program with 0.5 EFTSL advanced standing and complete the program in 1.5 years full time study or equivalent part time study.
Applicants who have a Bachelor of Project Management (Honours) or Graduate Diploma in Project Management or equivalent will be eligible to enter the program with 1 EFTSL advanced standing and complete the program in 1 year full time study or equivalent part time study.
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 6.5 (with IELTS Reading and Writing each with a minimum score 6), 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.
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.
Students are able to form their own study path, but are requested to enrol in the unit, MPM411 Principles of Project Management at the first opportunity.
The Masters Research Project should be undertaken as a one-year project in the final year of study.
To qualify for the award of the Master of Project Management, students must complete all 15 core units (including a research project) and 1 elective.
Units are delivered wholly online. Study materials (other than text books) are provided either on the unit websites or through your own online research. You can access a comprehensive online library service which includes access to online journals.
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.
Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.
Who can access it?
- Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
- Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
- Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study
- Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
- Money order
You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387