OPM4002 - Techniques for managing projects - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Robert Moehler

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Students must be enrolled in course B6006, B6009, B6010, B6018, B6019 or C6006.


FIT5057, FIT5178, FIT5194.


This unit examines managing project scope, time, cost and quality, exploring key concepts and apply relevant techniques. Specific topics will cover definition of the scope, and authorisation of the project. Time management includes the definition of project activities, estimating the duration and dependencies of tasks and activities, developing and controlling a schedule, as well as planning project resources. Cost management includes feasibility analysis, cost estimating, and the management and control of the project budget. Managing project quality includes planning for quality, performing quality assurance, and controlling quality.


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

  1. Analyse critically the relationship between time, cost and quality concepts and their impact on project scope, execution, monitoring and control.
  2. Critically evaluate and apply appropriate techniques to proactively integrate all elements of the project.
  3. Evaluate the performance of time, cost and quality against the project scope.
  4. Examine strategies, protocols and innovative methods for communicating, controlling and monitoring projects and performance.


In-semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Project management