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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Consideration of project initiation and planning as the first processes in the project management lifecycle. Students undertake structure and problem-based (scenario) learning to evaluate and assess a project at the selection phase, and create and critique comprehensive project management plans and charters.

Unit content

  1. Procurement: Initiating projects to achieve organisational aims
  2. Selecting projects
  3. Assembling Project Charters
  4. Planning projects: Risk, resources and constraints
  5. Planning projects: Assessment
  6. Assembling Project Management Plans

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Assess alignment of project goals with organisational capabilities
2 Create and apply project selection matrices
3 Create a project charter
4 Assess and manage project budgets, assumptions, resource constraints against stakeholder needs
5 Develop sustainable and agile project management plans

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

  1. Assess alignment of project goals with organisational capabilities
    • GA1:
  2. Create and apply project selection matrices
    • GA2:
    • GA3:
  3. Create a project charter
    • GA2:
    • GA3:
  4. Assess and manage project budgets, assumptions, resource constraints against stakeholder needs
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
  5. Develop sustainable and agile project management plans
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA3:

Prescribed texts

  • The book might be easiest to order from the PMI.org website: PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE, 2013, A guide to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK guide), 5th edn, Newtown Square, Pa. ISBN: 978-1-935589-67-9.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.