Course Title: Professional Practice in Project Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Practice in Project Management

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Guinevere Gilbert

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3452

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will develop both your knowledge of career theory and the skills you will require to manage your career in project management, both in the local and global context. You will examine career development from your initial entry in the workforce to the more advanced career development stage, where project managers take responsibility for their own professional development. The objectives of this course are to equip you to with the knowledge, skills and attributes required to: investigate employer expectations of project management graduates in terms of graduate skills and characteristics; investigate local and global career opportunities; produce a career development plan in order to maximise your career achievements; and develop a professional development plan to support life long learning.

Specifically, this course examines:
1. Transition to work
2. Career ownership
3. Professional development
4. Global careers

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
  • Utilise appropriate methods and techniques to design and /or execute research based or professionally focused project management projects, demonstrating capacity for independent and collaborative learning, addressing real world industry 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

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
• Examine  and crtically reflect on career decision making in project management
• Describe the different career stages and apply these to develop your own career plan
• Critically reflect on your skill development, attributes and capability and market your skills to potential employers
• Critically analyse and discuss predicted trends in Project Management theory and the profession
• Examine how predicted trends in PM impact on career management and progression in the 21st century

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will adopt a blend of theoretical and practical learning. You will be encouraged to reflect on your experiences, explore career development expectations and opportunities and engage in constructive discourse on the career and role of project managers in a variety of contexts. This course will consist of a combination of lectures and workshops. Learning activities may include class discussions, self-reflection and role playing. Active and constructive participation in group discussions is expected. You will also be required to engage in reading of relevant literature and to carefully plan for assessment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Additional resources will be available from within RMIT and industry.

You will be expected to utilise library and electronic resources (as well as any other appropriate resources) to engage in professional reading of relevant project management literature including career theory and career development.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include individual assignments, a written career plan, reflective journal, oral presentations and exams.

Feedback will be provided throughout this semester in class and/or online discussion. Feedback will include individual and group feedback on class exercises and will also be provided via individual consultation.

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.

An assessment 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 and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc