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ENGG5205: Professional Practice in Project Management

This unit of study teaches the fundamental knowledge on the importance, organisational context and professional practice in project management. It serves as an introduction to project management practices for non-PM students. For PM students, this unit lays the foundation to progress to advanced PM subjects. Although serving as a general introduction unit, the focus has been placed on scope, time, cost, and integration related issues. Specifically, the unit aims to: Introduce students to the institutional, organisational and professional environment for today's project management practitioners as well as typical challenges and issues facing them; Demonstrate the importance of project management to engineering and organisations; Demonstrate the progression from strategy formulation to execution of the project; Provide a set of tools and techniques at different stages of a project's lifecycle with emphasis on scope, time, cost and integration related issues; Highlight examples of project success/failures in project management and to take lessons from these; Consider the roles of project manager in the organization and management of people; Provide a path for students seeking improvements in their project management expertise.

Code ENGG5205
Academic unit Project Management
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. understand the major roles and responsibilities of project managers and recognize the core competencies required of each role
  • LO2. define a project and apply the differences between projects or programs and “business as usual” activities in organisations and their major risks and critical success factors
  • LO3. understand and identify ethical issues facing project management professionals in projects
  • LO4. understand the project context within organisations, including project selection methods and life cycles, and the organisational constraints which affect the choice of project management methods/approaches, and how these approaches are implemented in practice
  • LO5. understand the tasks involved in scope, time and cost planning and control, and demonstrate the capacity to carry out the plan, and control project performance
  • LO6. demonstrate a broad understanding of the other requirements/components of project plans and performance monitoring, such as quality and risk management, procurement, communications and team leadership
  • LO7. understand the usefulness and limitations existing within bodies of knowledge on project management (PMBOKs) from various project management institutions, and integrate (PMBOKs) into studies and projects.