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DESC9074: Project Management

Project Management is specific form of establishing, programming, and coordinating an activity having a specific start point and end point. This body of knowledge - as for example in the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) - needs to be understood in general terms. Initially project managers must identify and define the services that are needed, (scope) and that their employers are willing to endorse. The activities requiring to be carried out need to be sorted and sequenced; the materials, labour and plant required need to be estimated and procured. Projects involve the management of information, and communications. This unit will develop the student's ability to ascertain and document the scope of a project, schedule a programme, and understand the difficulties in directing it. This unit approaches the profession of Project Management as a cooperative undertaking rather than adversarial: it promotes the adoption of soft-skills rather than that of forceful command and supervision.

Code DESC9074
Academic unit Architectural and Design Science
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Devlope foundational understanding of Body of Knowledge (Principles) of managing projects in the built environment.
  • LO2. Develop fundamental principles of managing small to medium projects in the built environment, including property, real-estate and construction related.
  • LO3. Understand the complexities of communication and management of a multitude of stakeholders, and the importance of providing direction and leadership to manage resources in the property and construction industry
  • LO4. Understand the role of project management in design, and illustrate the use of acquired knowledge, design tools and techniques available to manage the design process and engagement with diverse stakeholder groups, including clients, consultants and service providers.
  • LO5. Develop a critical project delivery pathway / matrix for a selected small to medium project (case study method), enabling better decison making based on Time, Quality and Cost.
  • LO6. Understand the role of a project manager during the projects delivery stage, and illustrate the use of relevant tools and techniques used to manage delivery and risk in relation to Time, Quality & Cost.
  • LO7. Understand the core disciplines of managing a project in particular time, cost and quality management, and the practical application of relevant tools and techniques as established by PMBOK.
  • LO8. Develop a project report (group work, leadership skills, implimentation) demonstrating the fundamentals of Time, Quality & Cost in built environment projects and ways this report enables better decsion about high performance of buildings.

Unit outlines

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