Course Title: Project Management in Health

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Project Management in Health

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Rauha Quazi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4277

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 051.07.005

Course Coordinator Availability: Monday to Thursday

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to the theoretical and practical aspects of commonly used project management methodologies and at the implementation of these methodologies in a health promotion or health administration context.

The course explores some of the challenges and limitations associated with managing projects within a health promotion or health administration context  and also provides you with knowledge and practical experience in the implementation of these project management techniques.

Throughout the course you study all aspects of the life of the project from the initial scoping with the various stakeholders, to the ongoing tracking of the progress of health promotion or health administration project, final hand over of the completed project and the evaluation of the project.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the Associate Degree in Health Sciences:

3. Recognise and apply relevant technologies in health to perform work tasks

4. Communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, oral) and with diverse audiences and cultural groups (community, clients and health professionals)

5. Manage and develop your own work and lead and manage others within a health or community context

6. Apply ethical practices and be committed to the ethical and professional standards in health


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. articulate and apply terminology correctly to conventional project management methodologies.
  2. apply project management methodologies to a health promotion or health administration context.
  3. develop and present a project proposal and present a project plan that includes a clearly defined scope, timeline and required resources. 
  4. implement, plan and organise resources, timelines, priorities and project scope.
  5. identify potential risks or threats to the project and devise a strategy to effectively manage these risks.
  6. implement project management methodologies into health promotion or health administration projects.
  7. communicate orally and in writing using appropriate technology.
  8. work effectively in a team.


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will create your own health-related projects in teams to experience the project management life cycle first hand. You will be required to propose a health-related project and follow through with planning, initiating, negotiating, implementing, monitoring, finalising and evaluating the project.

You will learn through the following activities:

  • Develop project management plans by defining project scope and boundaries while implementing project schedules
  • Perform cost benefit analyses, assess and manage risk, negotiate change, monitor and evaluate project success
  • Manage budgets, quality and risk within projects while managing project stakeholders and communication plans
  • Negotiate changes, risks and solutions to new and emerging issues
  • Define performance measures and manage the work of others through positive leadership
  • Delegate roles and responsibilities to team for the implementation of project plans
  • Utilise excellent interpersonal skills and produce a wide range of reports and charts to document project progress, milestones and outcomes
  • Professionally present project outcomes, milestones, and progress reviews to stakeholders and ensure learnings are captured and applied in the future
  • Deliver oral presentations and various written communications (via email, reports, project management applications etc.) to stakeholders, team members, and other relevant people involved in the process of executing your project



Overview of Learning Resources

You will be required to access this course on CANVAS (the RMIT online student learning system) on a regular basis to prepare for lectures and tutorials.

All lecture material will be available from the RMIT Canvas site.

You will be required to access and explore relevant websites, journals, government reports, and other resources. Some handouts will be available in myRMIT. There will also be prescribed and recommended text books that you should read in readiness for weekly lectures, tutorials and workshops.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements. 

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task: Assessment Task 1:

Project Proposal (Initiation phase)

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs (Course Learning Outcomes) 1, 3, 5 & 7

Assessment Task 2: Project Plan Presentation and Report including the plan, management strategy and evaluation strategy (planning phase).

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8

Assessment Task 3: Project Progress Review Presentation: 

Negotiated Project - Risk management, contingency planning and evaluation (Implementation phase)

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

Assessment Task 4: Final Project Presentation and report on project evaluation and success outcomes (closing phase).

Weighting 35% 

This assessment supports CLOs 2, 5, 6, 7 and 8