Strategic Project Management - 2018

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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
  • Availability for 2018: SP1
  • Assessment: Assignment - Individual (30-40%) , Assignment 2 - Individual (30-40%) - Learn more

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Domestic 3,490.00
Domestic continuing 2,822.00
International 3,740.00
International continuing 3,072.00

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Organisations today commonly use a project approach to manage a wide range of strategic initiatives. From small business projects to ones spanning hundreds of people, multiple organisations, countries, languages and cultures, projects are increasingly at the foundation of organisational change. This unit examines the concepts, issues and challenges that are critical for implementing, maintaining and completing projects successfully. The reasons behind contemporary organisations move towards a project approach are considered and the common methodologies tools and techniques of project management are critically evaluated. Students will examine the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and the key knowledge areas of project management from a strategic perspective and evaluate how an organisation's individual industry, culture, structure and objectives, may influence the project management approach taken. Students will study the risks and challenges that emerge in project management and the tools that have been developed to address these.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate theoretical understanding of organisational strategy and the principles of competitive advantage and align these to project management
  2. Critically evaluate project management principles, practices, methodologies, tools and techniques and align these to the strategic objectives of organisations
  3. Critically analyse complex project management problems and identify appropriate solutions to these in the organisational context
  4. Critically evaluate issues in contemporary project management and communicate about these effectively to a diverse range of stakeholders
  5. Communicate effectively as a professional and function as an effective leader or member of a diverse team.
  • Assignment — Individual (30-40%)
  • Assignment 2 — Individual (30-40%)
  • Proposal — (Group) (30-40%)

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:

  • INF70001 — Information Systems Project Management

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Project Management
2The Project Management Context and Processes and Methodologies
3Project Integration Management
4Project Scope Management
5Project Time Management
6Project Cost Management
7Project Quality Management
8Project Human Resources Management
9Servant Leadership
10Project Communications Management
11Principled Negotiation
12Project Risk Management
13Project Procurement Management

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