Course Structure

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The Bachelor of Project Management degree includes introductory units in mathematics, psychology and economics in the first year as well as an introductory project management unit and units from your chosen stream. In second and third year students undertake more advanced project management units while continuing study in their stream. In third year, a capstone project is undertaken.

High achieving students may be invited to undertake an additional Honours year.

Year 1 
ENGG1850  Introduction to  Project Management
ENGG1801 Engineering Computing
MATH1001 Differential Calculus (3cp)
MATH1002 Linear Algebra (3cp)
BUSS1040 Economics for Business Decision Making      
PSYC1002 Psychology 1002
MATH1003 Integral Calculus and Modelling (3cp)
MATH1005                       Statistics (3cp) 
2 x Stream UOS
Year 2
ENGG2850 Introduction to Project Finance
ENGG2851 Data Analytics for Project Management  
ENGG2852 Project Based Organisational Behaviour        
ENGG2855                      Project Quality Management
2 x Stream UOS
2 x Electives (Check FAQs for list)
Year 3
PMGT3858 Complex Project Coordination
ENGG3853 Project Risk Management: Tools & Techniques
ENGG3854 Negotiating and Contracting
PMGT3855 Project Variance Analysis

PMGT3850 PMGT3851

Project Management Capstone Project A & B
2 x Stream UOS
Year 4 (invitation only)

PMGT4850 & PMGT4851

Project Management Thesis A & B

Stream Units

Built Environment Stream
DAAE2002 Architecture, Place and Society
DAAE2001 20th Century Australian Architecture
DESC9014 Building Construction Technology
DESP1001 Introductory Urban Design and Planning
DESC9151 Introduction to Building Services
DESC9074 Project Management
Civil Engineering Stream
ENGG1800 Introduction to Engineering Disciplines
ENGG1802 Engineering Mechanics
CIVL2201 Structural Mechanics
CIVL2230 Introduction to Structural Concepts and Design
CIVL2810 Engineering Construction and Surveying

CIVL2410 OR CIVL2611

Soil Mechanics OR Introductory Fluid Mechanics

Software Stream
INFO1103  Introduction to Programming 
INFO1105 Data Structures
INFO2120 Database Systems 1
INIFO2110 Systems Analysis and Modelling
ELEC3610 E-Business Analysis and Design
ELEC3609 Internet Software Platforms

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Combined degrees

Bachelor of Engineering Honours / Bachelor of Project Management students will cover the essential units from both the four-year Bachelor of Engineering Honours and the three-year Bachelor of Project Management , completing their combined degree in five years.

View the individual course plan for the Bachelor of Engineering Honours / Bachelor of Project Management

Bachelor of Project Management / Bachelor of Arts students will cover the essential units from both the three-year Bachelor of Project Management and the three-year Bachelor of Arts, completing their combined degree in four years.

Introduction to Project Management (CORE)


Organisations today are heavily reliant on projects as part of their daily operations. A project is a temporary endeavour undertaken with limited resources to achieve organisational goals that are linked to broader organisational strategies and missions. Project management is therefore the process of planning, scheduling, resourcing, budgeting and monitoring the various phases of a project.

"Introduction to Project Management" is an introductory course that teaches students essential principles and concepts of project management, its application and related technologies. Students will learn about the project organisation, its structure, and role of the project manager, project sponsor and project committee. In addition, students will also learn how to identify business problems that require project-based solutions, how to select and evaluate projects, develop a business case, and manage the project at a basic level.

Engineering Computing (CORE)


This unit introduces students to solving engineering problems using computers. Students learn how to organize data to present and understand it better using a spreadsheet (Excel), and also how to instruct the computer exactly what to do to solve complex problems using programming (Matlab). Real engineering examples, applications and case-studies are given, and students are required to think creatively and solve problems using computer tools.

Introduction to Project Finance (CORE)


This is a theory and case study based UoS providing students with a unified approach to the analysis of project value, supported by explicit methods for ranking and selection of projects on the basis of returns and sensitivity. The UoS uses "Project Finance" as a vehicle for descibing the fundamentals of project management financing and contrasts it with "Direct Financing", a more traditional approach to funding projects.

Data Analytics for Project Management (CORE)


Project Management Data analytics (DA) provides extensive coverage related to examining raw data with the purpose of drawing conclusions about that information. It is used in many industries to allow companies and organization to make better business decisions and in the sciences to verify or disprove existing models or theories. Here, we focus our effort on providing in-depth knowledge and skills to students focusing on inference, process of deriving a conclusion based solely on what is already known by the project manager.

Project Based Organisational Behaviour (CORE)


Project based organisational behaviour focuses on human behaviour in organisational and project based context, with a focus on individual and group processes and actions. It involves an exploration of organisational and managerial processes in the dynamic context of organisation and is primarily concerned with human implications of project based activity. In this unit of study, we offer a succinct, lively and robust introduction to the subject of organizational behaviour. It aims to encourage critical examination of the theory of organisational behaviour whilst also enabling students to interpret and deal with real organisational problems and combines relative brevity with thorough coverage and plentiful real-world examples.

Project Quality Management (CORE)


Project Quality Management offers a specific, succinct, step-by-step project quality management process. It offers an immediate hands-on capability to improve project implementation and customer satisfaction in any project domain and will help maintain cost and schedule constraints to ensure a quality project. This unit of study introduces tools and techniques that implement the general methods defined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge-Third Edition (PMBOK) published by the Project Management Institute (PMI), and augment those methods with more detailed, hands-on procedures that have been proven through actual practice. This unit of study is aimed at providing students an explicit step-by-step quality management process, along with a coherent set of quality tools organised and explained according to their application within this process that can be applied immediately in any project context. It further introduces a Wheel of Quality that codifies in one complete image the contributing elements of contemporary quality management. It also help in understanding the process for establishing a new quality tool, the pillar diagram, that provides a needed capability to identify root causes of undesirable effects.

Complex Project Coordination (CORE)


Complex projects have always existed, but their frequency and importance are increasing in a complex, intertwined world. 'Complex' is qualitatively different from 'complicated.' Complex projects are characterised by a web of interactions between their elements that lead to non-linearity, emergence, adaptiveness and other novel features. That is to say, they behave as Complex Adaptive Systems, and they should be managed as such. The majority of projects demonstrate some degree of complexity. The traditional model of projects is expressed in standard methodologies such as PMBoK, Prince2, and MS Project. While absolutely necessary as a basis for effective project management, the limitations of these methodologies become evident when uncertainty - structural, technical, directional or temporal - begins to intrude on a project. In these situations, a systemic pluralist approach is to be preferred. Project management then becomes less like painting by numbers, and more like selecting from a rich and broad palette of methods, tools and techniques. Such competencies can make a substantial difference, in a complex world with an unacceptably high rate of project failure.

Project Risk Management: Tools & Techniques (CORE)


Project risk management is considered to one of the most vital of the nine content areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Important projects tend to be time constrained, pose huge technical challenges, and suffer from a lack of adequate resources. This unit of study covers most relevant tools and techniques for Identifying and managing project risk from a theoretical and practical perspective so that possibility of failure in critical projects can be minimised. It offers student with step by step through every phase of a project, showing them how to consider the possible risks involved at every point in the process. Drawing on real-world situations and examples, this unit of study outlines proven methods, demonstrating key ideas for project risk planning and showing how to use high-level risk assessment tools. It further offers guidance related to analysis aspects such as available resources, project scope, and scheduling, and also explores the growing area of Enterprise Risk Management.

Negotiating and Contracting (CORE)


In this unit of study, we draw on examples on project negotiation and contracting from "real-life" business situations and provide practical information on what to do and what not to do. Student would be exposed to the complexity involved in negotiation and contracting from initiation to formalization of final form of contract which is agreed upon and executed by all parties.
We will provide a basic understanding of commercial contracts and all their ramifications every step of the way. This unit of study also explains the basics of commercial contract law, highlights how to spot potential issues before they become a problem and then how to work with a lawyer more effectively if things go wrong which is intended for corporate managers rather than lawyers. This unit of study further contains coverage on forming contracts, restitution, statute of frauds, contract interpretation, and modification. We also discuss remedies, performance, and third-party beneficiaries.

Project Variance Analysis (CORE)


Project variance analysis uniquely shows project managers how to effectively integrate technical, schedule, and cost objectives by improving earned value management (EVM) practices. Providing innovative guidelines, methods, examples, and templates consistent with capability models and standards, this unit of study approaches EVM from a practical level with understandable techniques that are applicable to the management of any project. It also explains how to incorporate EVM with key systems engineering, software engineering, and project management processes such as establishing the technical or quality baseline, requirements management, using product metrics, and meeting success criteria for technical reviews. Detailed information is included on linking product requirements, project work products, the project plan, and the Performance Measurement Baseline (PMB), as well as correlating technical performance measures (TPM) with EVM.

Capstone Project (CORE)

PMGT3850 & PMGT3851

In this intensive PM capstone project, students are required to apply all of the skills necessary to successfully initiate, plan, execute, control and close a project. Working as part of a team mid-sized, high-priority project, student will be responsible for developing the key project management deliverables, including the project charter, project plan, change control process, status reports and post-project reviews. Students will facilitate meetings, update the project plan with actuals and changes, present status to management, justify decisions to key stakeholders and determine the impacts of their actions on the project. Under the guidance of a project professional and their academic supervisor, students will be given direct feedback towards achieving project goals.

PM Honours Project (CORE)

PMGT4850 & PMGT4851

The ability to plan, systematically conduct and report on a major research project is an important skill for Project Managers. The most important deliverable in PMGT4850 and PMGT4851 is a formally written, academic-based research thesis. This is a major task that is to be conducted over the year in two successive units of study of 12 credit points each. Students will build on technical competencies previously obtained from years 1, 2 and 3 of the BPM course, as well as make use of the academic writing and communication skills they have developed

Introduction to Engineering Disciplines (STREAM UOS)


This unit introduces students to specialisations in the Engineering discipline areas of Aeronautical, Biomedical Chemical, Civil, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, and Project Engineering and Management. By providing first-year students with an experience of these various engineering streams, the unit aims to develop the students’ professional identity as an engineer and thus provide a suitable basis on which students can choose their discipline for further study. This course will enable students to gain an appreciation of: the methods and materials of construction of items of process equipment; the role of this equipment in building an entire chemical processing plant: its operation and maintenance and safety requirements and procedures.

Engineering Mechanics (STREAM UOS)


The unit aims to provide students with an understanding of and competence in solving statics and introductory dynamics problems in engineering. Tutorial sessions will help students to improve their group work and problem solving skills, and gain competency in extracting a simplified version of a problem from a complex situation. Emphasis is placed on the ability to work in 3D as well as 2D, including the 2D and 3D visualization of structures and structural components, and the vectorial 2D and 3D representations of spatial points, forces and moments. Introduction to kinematics and dynamics topics includes position, velocity and acceleration of a point; relative motion, force and acceleration, momentum, collisions and energy methods.

Structural Mechanics (STREAM UOS)


The primary objective of this unit is to understand internal actions (forces and moments) in structures (deformable objects) under loads in three key areas: how structures resist external loads by internal actions; the distribution of internal actions within structures; and the deformations, stresses and strains associated with the internal actions. At the end of this unit, students should be able to understand the basic methods of load transfer in structures - tension, compression, bending, shear and torsion (internal actions); apply the equations of equilibrium to determine the distribution of internal actions in a simple structure by drawing BMDs, SFDs, AFDs, and TMDs; understand the significance and methods of calculation of the geometric properties of structural sections (I, Z, S, J etc); understand the effect of internal forces and deformations of bodies through the concept and calculation of strains and stresses; appreciate the behaviour of structures by analysing structures without numerical calculations; display a knowledge of basic material properties, combined stresses and failure criteria; and demonstrate their hands-on experience of the behaviour of structural members via experiments and the ability to prepare written reports on those experiments. Emphasis in the assessment scheme will be placed on understanding structural behaviour and solving problems, rather than remembering formulae or performing complex calculations. The course seeks to utilise and improve the generic skills of students, in areas such as problem solving, neat and logical setting out of solutions, report writing, and team work. The syllabus comprises introduction; equilibrium; internal actions: BMDs, SFDs, AFDs, and TMDs; elasticity, stress and strain, and basic material properties; axial forces: tension and compression; elastic bending of beams; shear force and shear stresses in beams; torsion; deflection of beams; pipes and pressure vessels; trusses; material properties, combined stresses and yield criteria; advanced bending; introduction to buckling and instability.

Introduction to Structural Concepts and Design (STREAM UOS)


The primary objective is to develop an understanding of design concepts and an introduction to the design of steel, concrete and composite structures. This involves calculation of loads on structures caused by gravity, wind and earthquake; and analysis and design of basic structural elements.

Engineering Construction and Surverying (STREAM UOS)


The objectives of this unit are to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of engineering construction including:

  • design, control, management, measurement and construction methods for excavation, embankments and other earthworks, hauling and associated operations.
  • building construction fundamentals, including reinforced concrete, masonry, steel and timber.
  • drilling and blasting

Engineering Survey topics aim (a) to provide basic analogue methods of distance, angle and height measurement and (b) to provide an understanding of three dimensional mapping using basic total station electronic field equipment with associated data capture ability and (c) to give an insight into future trends in the use of GPS and GIS systems.

Soil Mechanics (STREAM UOS)


This course provides an elementary introduction to Geotechnical Engineering, and provides the basic mechanics necessary for the detailed study of Geotechnical Engineering. This course aims to provide an understanding of: the nature of soils as engineering materials; common soil classification schemes; the importance of water in the soil and the effects of water movement; methods of predicting soil settlements, the stress-strain-strength response of soils, and earth pressures.

Introductory Fluid Mechanics (STREAM UOS)


The objective of this unit of study is to develop an understanding of basic fluid concepts for inviscid and incompressible fluids. Topics to be covered will include: basic fluid properties, hydrostatics, buoyancy, stability, pressure distribution in a fluid with rigid body motion, fluid dynamics, conservation of mass and momentum, dimensional analysis, open channel flow, and pipe flow.