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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Janette Agg


The unit provides a theoretical perspective on project management for a better understanding of project implementation in the modern organisation. The unit is based on the premise that success in project leadership depends on a proper managerial style and attitude, and not on specific tools for planning and controlling. The unit focuses on developing the manager's conceptual thinking and on building "the project manager's mind". The right attitude then leads to the right action, and the specific selection of practices and tools. The unit will help health professionals see the entire project landscape and the long term issues, which are critical to project success. The unit also deals with the concepts of technological forecasting.


On completion of this unit the student should:

  1. Be able to identify the key stages of the project life cycle;
  2. Understand the role of the project manager and the various ways that projects can be organized;
  3. Understand budgeting, scheduling, resource allocation and monitoring information systems;
  4. Understand basic project auditing, technological forecasting and cultural awareness;
  5. Understand the appropriate way to terminate a project; and
  6. Have a working understanding of how to plan and initiate a project.


Written essay of approximately 5,000 words (50%)
Participation in on-line discussion group (30%)
Case studies and reflective material review questions (20%).

Chief examiner(s)

A/Prof Lisa McKenna