Course Title: Manage projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: BUSM6382C

Course Title: Manage projects

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6132 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr. Betty Richards

Dr. Amita Iyer
Program Manager
Ph: +61 3 9925 8311





Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to manage a straightforward project or a section of a larger project.

This unit addresses the management of projects including the development of a project plan, administering and monitoring the project, finalising the project and reviewing the project to identify lessons learnt for application to future projects.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBPMG510A Manage projects


1.Define project

Performance Criteria:

1.1.Access project scope and other relevant documentation
1.2.Define project stakeholders
1.3.Seek clarification from delegating authority of any issues related to project and project parameters
1.4.Identify limits of own responsibility and reporting requirements
1.5.Clarify relationship of project to other projects and to the organisation's objectives
1.6.Determine and access available resources to undertake project


2.Develop project plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1.Develop project plan including timelines, work breakdown structure, role and responsibilities and other details of how the project will be managed in relation to the project parameters
2.2.Identify and access appropriate project management tools
2.3.Formulate risk management plan for project, including occupational health and safety (OHS)
2.4.Develop and approve project budget
2.5.Consult team members and take their views into account in planning the project
2.6.Finalise project plan and gain any necessary approvals to commence project according to documented plan


3.Administer and monitor project

Performance Criteria:

3.1.Take action to ensure project team members are clear about their responsibilities and the project requirements
3.2.Provide support for project team members , especially with regard to specific needs, to ensure that the quality of the expected outcomes of the project and documented time lines are met
3.3.Establish and maintain required record keeping systems throughout the project
3.4.Implement and monitor plans for managing project finances, resources (human, physical and technical) and quality
3.5.Complete and forward project reports as required to stakeholders
3.6.Undertake risk management as required to ensure project outcomes are met
3.7.Achieve project deliverables


4.Finalise project

Performance Criteria:

4.1.Complete financial record keeping associated with project and check for accuracy
4.2.Assign staff involved in project to new roles or reassign to previous roles
4.3.Complete project documentation and obtain any necessary sign offs for concluding project


5.Review project

Performance Criteria:

5.1.Review project outcomes and processes against the project scope and plan
5.2.Involve team members in the project review
5.3.Document lessons learnt from the project and report within the organisation

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for the competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Reflective Journals
  • Team meetings
  • Site visit
  • Presentations
  • Competency tests

Cluster Information:

This course is delivered in a cluster (Manage Project and Apply environmental issues to engineering projects) in conjunction with VU21127 (OHTH5803). You must enroll in these two courses delivered in this cluster. All the learning and assessment activities will include the components of all competencies of VU21127 and BSBPMG510A. 
Elements and Performance Criteria for BSBPMG510A (BUSM6382C) Manage Projects
Engineers Australia Mapping Information:

This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base

EA1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA 1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA 1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA 1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

EA 2. Engineering Application Ability

EA 2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
EA 2.2. Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.4. Application of systematic project management processes.

EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
EA 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership. 

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with cluster of competencies VU21127 and BSBPMG510A in the Assessment Matrix

Teaching Schedule

Week of study                               TopicModule Learning outcomes / Competencyelements                                                                                                                       
Week 1
  • Project briefing, assessment overview, team work dynamics, team formation, team charter,  role assignment, establishment of team communication strategy, development of templates for meeting agenda and minutes, review the management process of Civil Engineering projects
  • Reflective Journal

PC 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 ,1.4, 1.5,1.6

Week 2 & 3
  • Define Project:   Select a Project (Brainstorming activity), Formulate project scope, define  stakeholders, determine and collect relevant project documentation to undertake the project

  • Ensure project team members are clear about their responsibilities and the project requirements. Seek clarification from delegated authority of any issues related to the project and its parameters.
  • Reflective journal

PC 1.1, 1.2, 1.3,1.4, 1.5 

Week 4 & 5
  • Progressive submission and Presentation  10%

  • Develop Project plan:  development of work breakdown structure, identify project deliverables, identification of project activities, planning and scheduling of project activities, supporting plans, and other details of how the project will be managed in relation to the project parameters.

  • Formulate a risk management plan for an engineering project and establish OH&S requirements , risk control measures and procedures to be undertaken in the project.

  • Reflective journal

PC 2.1,2.2,2.6

week 6 & 7

  • Work on the development of Project Plan continues
  • Identification and access of Project management tools

  • Reflective journal

PC 2.1,2.2,2.6

Week 8
  •  Develop and approve project budget

  • Consult team members and take their views into account in planning the project
    Finalise project plan and gain any necessary approvals to commence project according to documented plan

  • Reflective journal


    Industry guest lecture – Ethics and Industrial Management Practices in Engineering Profession (subject to the availability of the speaker)

PC 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.6

Week 9 & 10

  •  Interim Project Report and Presentation 20%

  • Project administration and monitoring: Establish and maintain required recording keeping systems throughout the project.
     Implement and monitor plans for managing project finances, resources (human, physical and technical) and quality. (Identification of resources required, resource allocations and resource levelling.)

  • Reflective journal

PC 1.6, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3,3.4, 3.5, 3.7

Week 11

  • Project quantities, costing & project budget monitoring
  • Project supervision & leadership
  • Project progressive payments
  • Reflective journal

PC 2.4, 2.5


Week 12-15
  • Environmental impact assessment:  identify  environmental impact and propose mitigation plan
  • Appropriate Environmental permits and or approvals are arranged
  • Access and Implementation of Environmental Impact assessment tool

  • Project Model development

  • Reflective journal



PC 3.6

Week 15
  • Finalize and review project: - involve team members in the project review, complete financial record, complete project report, finalise payment account,Document the lesson learnt from the project & report to the organisation.
  • Reflective journal

PC 4.1, 4.2, 4.3
PC 5.1, 5.2, 5.3

Week 16
  • Submission of final project report, model, and final team presentation 40%
  • Submission of reflective journal      10%
Week 17 or 18
  • Final Exam     20%

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students will be able to access information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. List of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment 1: Continuous Assessment

Weighting towards final grade (%):25


Assessment 2: Quiz

Weighting towards final grade (%): 40


Assessment 3: Project report and presentations

Weighting towards final grade (%): 35


These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs): 

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Elements/Performance Criteria CoveredAssessment 1Assessment 2Assessment 3
2.5X X




Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1:  Progressive  assessment  - 10% (Week 4-5) 
Assessment 2:  (Interim Progress report and presentation -20% (week 9-10)
Assessment 3: Final project report, Presentation, Model - 40% (Due in Week 16)
Assessment 4: Journal 10% (Due in Week 16)
Assessment 5: Final Presentation 20% (Week 17/Week 18)

Assessment Matrix


BSBPMG510A Elements and Performance Criteria
Assessment 1.5 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.74.1 4.2 4.3 5.1 5.2 5.3 
Progressive assessment X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X x   X   
Progressive assessment X X  X X X  X X X  X X XX X X X x      
Final project report X X X  X X X X X X X X X X X X X X x X X X X X X
Final Presentation X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X x X X X X X X
Project model development X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

 Assessment vs VU21127 Elements & Performance Criteria

VU21127 Elements and Performance Criteria

Progressive assessment X X X X X     X X X X X
Progressive assessment X X X X X X X X X     
Final project report X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Final Presentation X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Project model development X X X X X X X X X X X X X X


 Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
AssessmentsEA 1.1EA1.2EA1.3EA1.4EA1.5EA1.6EA2.1EA2.2EA2.3EA2.4EA3.1EA3.2EA3.3EA3.4EA3.5
Progressive assessment X X X X X X X   X  X  X X
Progressive assessment   X  X  X  X X  X  X 
Final project report X X  X  X X  X  X X X  X
Final Presentation X X  X X X X   X X    X
Project model development X X  X X X X   X X    X
ALL ASSESSMENTS BSBPMG510A 3 3  2  3  3  2  1  1  2 3 3 3 3 2 1
ALL ASSESSMENTS VU21127 3 2 2 3 2 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 2 3
0 (Blank)Graduate attribute is not assessed.
1Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element.
2Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element.
3Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element.

Other Information

  • Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, project work, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 24 hours outside the class time.           

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

• Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
• Maths and science developmental support and advice
• English language development

Please refer to to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.

Please refer to to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for seven calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.

The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than two working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

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