Course Title: Project Management Fundamentals

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Project Management Fundamentals

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Constr & Proj Mgt


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Dr Malik Khalfan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1936

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 8, Room 54

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Capabilities in this course build on those formerly developed in the following courses:
• Residential Documentation
• Residential Design and Measurement
• Construction Technology (Residential)

Course Description

The course aims to:

• Examine the basic concepts involved in managing a project;
• Investigate several project management frameworks;
• Demonstrate simple applications of the project frameworks;
• Apply theoretical concepts to the practice of project management.

Various aspects of project management fundamentals are covered in the course. These aspects include;
• Definition of a project - operations, programmes and portfolios;
• The project life-cycle;
• Project organization: structures and teams;
• Role of the project manager;
• Defining the project (scope);
• Project initiation;
• Project planning;
• Project execution and control;
• Scheduling and resourcing projects;
• Multi-project & portfolio management;
• Measuring success.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Evidence based practice, specifically:
• identify a problem;
• defend actions and outcomes logically, coherently and with reference to the techniques and methods used in practice;
• put professional practice into a global context, adopting appropriate international best practices and standards at all times.

Communication, specifically:
• communicate with a wide range of clients, authorities, professionals and other stakeholders;
• ask appropriate questions in a manner that is understood by the other person, listen to, and use, the answer to properly and professionally inform the outcome or path of action chosen;
• receive and synthesise information, from a wide range of people, to achieve an informed outcome.

Integration of personal values with professional and service values, specifically:
• deal with clients, colleagues and/or site personnel in an open and professional manner;
• clearly articulate and promote an ethical position that guides personal behaviour in all aspects of professional practice.

Professional leadership and facilitation, specifically:
• instil a culture of excellence in professional practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning will be through lectures and tutorials. Face-face lectures will form the bulk of the learning activities, with tutorials being used to reinforce the materials discussed in the lectures. Much of the material will be communicated using a project examples, so that the applicability of the material is immediately obvious to students.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

For any designated module in a course you must achieve:
• 50% overall,
• at least 40% in the assessment allocated to the weekly tutorials.
• at least 40% in assessment allocated to examinations

If you fail a module, designated by the course guide, you will be deemed to have failed the whole course and will have to repeat it.