Faculty of Information Technology

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Second semester 2012 (Evening)


This unit explores core disciplines that inform the project management function and their contribution to the concepts and principles that are the basis of project management practices. Building on this foundation, a knowledge based view of project management is presented with particular emphasis on reflective practice. Project management maturity models, competencies and organisational capabilities, in particular the approach to organising the project management function into projects, programs and portfolios, are examined from this perspective. Case studies will illustrate the theoretical foundations and demonstrate how theory can be incorporated into organisational practices.


At the completion of this unit students will:

  • understand project management as knowledge based and reflective practice;
  • have knowledge of the core disciplines that underpin project management;
  • understand how the core disciplines inform the fundamental principles, concepts and standards that guide project management practices;
  • be able to formulate the organising principles of the project management function;
  • be able to specify the organisational capabilities to support project management;
  • have the skills to design and develop an appropriate management structure for the project management function.


Formal supervised assessment: 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Frada Burstein

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 1 hr tutorial/wk


FIT9006 or IMS9001 or BUS5021 or completion of 24 credit points of PG level study

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