Faculty of Information Technology

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Information Technology



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • First semester 2016 (Online)
  • Second semester 2016 (Evening)
  • Second semester 2016 (Online)
  • Summer semester B 2016 (Evening)


  • Second semester 2016 (Evening)


This unit focuses on a holistic approach to project management. It provides students with a high level of understanding of the processes of project management, as well as sound skills in use of project tools. Proficiency in using key tools and concepts could give students a significant competitive advantage in the market place. The content deals with: concepts and definitions; organising and staffing the project office and team; planning, scheduling techniques; cost control; risk management; contracts and procurement; etc. Case studies, articles of interest that may appear in current media, and students' own work experiences with project management, will be discussed in the class to optimise the learning opportunity in the unit.


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

  1. analyse and evaluate the role of the modern project manager in the context of IT projects with regard to managing: a variety of projects, stakeholders, risk management and the organisational change aspects experienced by organisations as they go through the change;
  2. interpret and critique a variety of project management methodologies offered by various professional bodies including that provided by the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK);
  3. describe and apply the available strategies, techniques and decision tools used by project managers to manage modern IT projects based on PMBOK methodology;
  4. demonstrate a financial focus to managing IT projects including: valuation of work in process, financial statements, and quotations.


Examination (3 hours): 40%; In-semester assessment: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 hours of lectures
  • One 2-hour tutorial

(b.) Study schedule for off-campus students:

  • Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


FIT5022, MBA9052

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