Course Title: Management Fundamentals

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Management Fundamentals

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Ehsan Gharaie

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1735

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will introduce you to the key aspects of  management theory in the organisational environment. Specifically, the course will focus on:
• Fundamentals of management theory
• Organisational environment, including legislative, trade union, economic and social influences
• General management and its influences on the management of projects
• Organisational structures, culture, politics & power; organisational behaviour
• Organisational goal-setting: vision, strategy & decision-making
• Change management in organisations

Extensive use will be made of case studies and organisational situations that are relevant to projects.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Determine and apply knowledge of complex project management theory to your professional practice and/or further study
  • Professionally communicate to a range of audiences, demonstrating in depth knowledge of the discipline and of the needs of diverse project management stakeholders
  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to analyse, synthesise and apply theoretical knowledge, and technical skills, to formulate evidenced based solutions to industry problems or issues
  • Collaborate effectively with others and demonstrate intellectual independence and autonomy to solve problems and/or address industry issues and imperatives
  • Critically examine and reflect on the profession, in local and/or global contexts, and question accepted interpretations and decision making


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:
• Apply management concepts and terms related to organisation processes to manage successful projects
• Crtically examine and determine key attributes of organisational environments, culture, structure and politics
• Describe how general management may have an influence on management of projects
• Determine alternative structures for placing projects within an organisation or a network of organisations.
• Select appropriate models and strategies for managing project—related change and communicate these effectively.

Overview of Learning Activities

A combination of Lectures and Tutorials. Lectures will provide theoratical background and knowledge for a certain management concept and in tutorials students will be able to apply the concepts  learned to various case studies.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.All lecture material and tutorial solutions will be made available on the DLS at the appropriate times during the course. This course requires that you have the prescribed textbook, which contains all the necessary material to pass this course.

Overview of Assessment

The learning outcomes detailed above will be assessed in this course.
You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Your skills will be developed through classroom tasks, discussions, presentations and analysis of scenarios. Assessable tasks may include, but are not limited to, case studies, individual and group assignments, individual or group reports and examinations.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: