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This unit covers the foundation elements of managing business projects – from initial planning communication to project closure. You’ll understand the principles behind project management, and become expertly aware of time, change, risk and procurement. You’ll explore common obstacles within project management and develop a problem-solving attitude that can be applied to your future management endeavours. Learn to work around project timelines with confidence, acting on initiative to adapt resources and improve efficiency where necessary. Becoming familiar with key project management tools which will further enhance your credibility in terms of future employment. In this unit, you will study:

  • Project Management Introduction, Charter and kick-off
  • Communication plan, WBS, and RACI
  • Time Management and Cost Management
  • Progress reporting scope change, and crashing
  • Risk management and quality management
  • Procurement, teams and project closure

Learning outcomes

  • Identify and explain the processes involved in each stage of the project management life cycle
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the Project Management Body of Knowledge; terminology; principles and applications
  • Explain the internal and external roles and responsibilities and present within project management teams
  • Critique current trends in project management research and practice
  • Synthesise and reinterpret a past or existing project using PMBOK terminology and frames.


You are assessed according to the following components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Weekly activities: 15%
  • Workbook: 40%
  • Reflective writing: 45%


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Business Administration, Master of Engineering Management, Master of IT Management or Master of Project Management.   Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 863 819 for more information based on your particular circumstances.