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Project Management (MBS685)

Organisational Unit Business
Credit Points 3
Description This unit provides a generic approach to project management and is applicable to any project. You will gain a solid understanding of the various elements of project management including: planning, organising, controlling, scope management, meeting project objectives and attaining project success. You will be able to analyse the performance of a project during the execution phase; describe the major functions of project management and how they are applied.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. analyse and demonstrate an understanding of project processes from a management perspective.
2. demonstrate an understanding of the concept of Systems Theory and its application to projects.
3. explore Project Cost Management concepts during the Project Life Cycle.
4. demonstrate knowledge in activity sequencing and duration estimating when undertaking projects.
5. identify and analyse project selection criteria with regard to strategic organisational objectives.
6. describe the implications of risk management and projects.
7. illustrate quality concepts and philosophies and the application of quality within the project management environment.
8. demonstrate an appreciation of various methods and approaches to procurement management.
Timetabled Learning Activities · 6 x seminars - which includes workshops (formerly known as tutorials); normally seek to have 3 weeks of teaching - two sessions
· Each seminar has a duration of 4 hours (takes into account breaks during the lecture) and
Unit Learning Experiences The unit is delivered using blended learning design features with core unit materials provided in a digital format followed up by small class knowledge application and skills development. This is enhanced by self directed learning to further develop skills and application of knowledge to practical and current issues.
Other Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit requires students to prepare for each session in advance, to participate in experiential learning exercises, discussions and other activities during sessions. External students will be required to participate online. Most sessions will include a recorded lecture component which will be available for downloading.
Assessment There are a variety of assessment objectives in this unit. Underpinning all of these is the measure of a student's ability to interact critically with both the unit material presented and other related information - this means that analysis will score significantly higher than simple collation of information.
You will be assessed on the basis of:
Assessment item - Description - Value
Assignment 1 - Professional individual presentation of researched topic - 30%
Assignment 2 - Professional group presentation of Project Plan - 40%
Examination Closed book - 30%
Prerequisites Enrolment in a post-graduate-level course.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MBS641 Project Management or MBS6411 Project Management may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: MBS641
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Community Development (MCommDev)
Master of Development Studies (MDS)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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