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Master of Project Management

CSU’s Master of Project Management is designed for professionals from diverse backgrounds who seek to successfully manage complex projects. Students of the course will also prepare for a range of project management certifications such as those from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Duration
2 years part-time
Intakes
Three sessions a year
Study mode
Online
Units of Study
12 subjects

Course Details

What is this course about?

The aim of the Master of Project Management is to provide students with the advanced project management and communication skills needed to successfully manage an enterprise project. The course will develop students’ understanding of key elements relating to leadership, risk management, project stakeholders, project plan development, the project lifecycle, and managing people. The course will also build students’ capacity to apply these skills in a professional context. Students will also prepare for multiple recognised industry certifications in the area of project management.

Upon completion of this course, graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate and apply knowledge of current and emerging trends in the management discipline, including the areas of human resource management, organisational behaviour, risk assessment, leading and managing a project, and strategic practice;
  • critically evaluate contemporary management and project management theories in the context of professional practice;
  • effectively communicate concepts and solutions in a project management environment
  • prepare for a range of international industry certifications in the project management field;
  • employ research skills that apply to the project management discipline in a professional context; and
  • demonstrate application of knowledge and skills through a capstone experience.


Subjects

Core Subjects
HRM502
Human Resource Management
MGT501
Management Theory and Practice
MGT510
Strategic Management
MGT580
Forecasting and Risk Assessment

Abstract

This subject provides an introduction to, and an examination of, the roles and functions of human resource management in organisations. The examination is undertaken from the perspective of how human resource management can contribute to organisational performance. The subject examines how HR functions or techniques help an organisation to perform efficiently and effectively and assist organisations to achieve a competitive advantage. In addition, the subject investigates the ethical and moral implications of these functions and techniques.

HRM502 - Human Resource Management will cover the following topics:

  • HRM - Definition, History and Purpose
  • Strategic Human Resource Management and Human Resource Planning
  • Managing Diversity, Job Design and Quality of Work Life Strategically
  • Recruitment, Selection and Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Performance Management and Reward Management
  • Training and Development, Career Management
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Emerging Trends and Challenges in HR
  • Research skills for HRM

Assessment

  1. Article critique (500 words - 10%)
  2. Essay (2500 words - 30%)
  3. Report (3000 words - 60%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July)

Abstract

Marketing is an enterprise-wide opportunity for any organisation to understand its customers and the markets they might wish to participate in. Marketing Management is concerned with identifying, entering and developing markets and aligning the organisation's resources to achieve its goals. This subject will introduce students to key ideas, philosophies and theories that make marketing an essential activity in any organisation. Specifically, students will investigate marketing's origins and how marketing can be contextualised in the organisation as a platform to align the organisation's goals with market demand. The subject will also encourage students to investigate and discuss how marketing, contemporary marketing and customer issues can be managed in the current environment.

MGT501 - Management Theory and Practice will cover the following topics:

  • Management Theory: Traditional Approaches; Critical Approaches
  • Managers and Management: Manager's Knowledge and Learning; Ethics and Sustainability
  • Planning and Controlling: Managers as Decision Makers; Strategy and Strategic Management; Control in Organisations
  • Organising: Organisation Structure; Organisation Culture; Organisation Change
  • Leading: Leadership; Motivation; Teams

Assessment

  1. Journal analysis (500 words - 10%)
  2. Essay (3000 words - 40%)
  3. Essay (3500 words - 50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (Nov)

Abstract

This subject introduces key practical and theoretical aspects of strategic management. It provides an overview of the debates in strategic management, offers an effective introduction and orientation to the field, and also addresses the potential benefits and limitations of strategic management. This approach allows for the development of knowledge and skills in the areas of strategic analysis, strategic choice and strategic implementation.

MGT510 - Strategic Management will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to strategy and strategic management
  • Strategy analysis (i.e., the external environment analysis, the internal environment analysis)
  • Strategy formulation (i.e., business-level strategy, corporate-level strategy)
  • Strategy implementation and evaluation (i.e., strategies for change, leadership requirements for strategic change, implementation and evaluation of strategic change)

Assessment

  1. Strategy Analysis Report (2500 words - 40%)
  2. Strategy Choice and Implementation Report (3500 words - 60%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (Nov)

Abstract

This subject examines the identification, measurement and management of risk using multi-disciplinary techniques. The role of the decision maker and the role of decision making heuristics and bias are studied together with key qualitative and quantitative techniques used to model, measure and treat risk. The subsequent treatment of risk through risk retention, self insurance or the transfer and avoidance of risk is also examined. The subject allows students to identify these concepts from the perspective of a risk manager, e.g., establish risks in relation to individuals, property and legal liability. Whenever possible, study examples will be based on the real-world problems encountered in the work environment of students.

MGT580 - Forecasting and Risk Assessment will cover the following topics:

  • An Introduction to Risk
  • Types of Risk
  • Psychology of Risk
  • Role of the Individual
  • Modelling Risk
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Ranking and Treating Risk
  • Transferring Risk
  • Personal Risk

Assessment

  1. Risk and the Individual (30% - 5000 words max)
  2. Measuring and Modelling Risk (35% - 5000 words max)
  3. Strategies for Managing Risk (35% - 5000 words max)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (Nov)

MGI511
Project Management Fundamentals
MGI512
The Project Lifecycle
MGI514
Project Management Leadership
MGI521
Professional Communications

Abstract

This is an industry subject based on the Project Management Institute (PMI®) methodology (as defined by the PMBoK® - Project Management Body of Knowledge) to prepare students for subsequent PMP® (Project Management Professional) or similar certification. In this subject students will look at how to initiate, plan, control and complete projects effectively and ensure that projects are performed to meet objectives within specific cost and time constraints.

MGI511 - Project Management Fundamentals will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Project Management Principles
  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Time Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Human Resource Management
  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement Management

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (15%)
  2. Case Study Analysis (3500 words - 35%)
  3. Project Management Plan (3500 words - 50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 3 (Nov)

Abstract

This subject is focused on the role of the entire Project Management Lifecycle as a means of delivering organisational change. The subject will guide the student from the start of a project idea, through planning, creation of deliverables and handover to the customer or client. An appreciation of what controls and processes are needed to maximise chances of long term success will be gained. This subject will particularly help the student understand and leverage the value and importance of those phases of the project lifecycle that precede and follow the execution phase.

MGI512 - The Project Lifecycle will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to the Project Lifecycle and defining project success
  • Change management principles and how projects fit
  • Project definition and the business case
  • Process mapping and business analysis
  • The Project Management Plan
  • Creating a project scope and managing its changes
  • Project execution
  • The role of risk and quality on project success
  • Project communication
  • Project Closure and Handover

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (15%)
  2. Case Study Analysis (3500 words - 35%)
  3. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July)

Abstract

This subject focuses on the leadership skills, knowledge and understanding required to deliver successful projects as the head of the project team. The typical and common challenges that threaten projects are explored in detail and participants learn how to predict, avoid and deal with these challenges for positive outcomes. Team leadership and management techniques are compared and analysed as well as techniques to handle common interpersonal challenges. The core project processes are explored in overview and particular focus is applied to risk, quality and communications. Students will learn how to effectively engage stakeholders and maintain positive support for their project whilst avoiding or overcoming typical obstacles to success.

MGI514 - Project Management Leadership will cover the following topics:

  • Project leadership versus management
  • Relationships between organisational structure, projects and those who lead them
  • Team leadership, EQ and culture
  • Dealing with conflict, politics and personalities
  • Obtaining project buy-in and alignment
  • Project integration and scope management
  • Time, cost and quality management
  • Project communications management
  • Project risk management
  • Implementing and leveraging project reporting

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (15%)
  2. Article Critique & Project Report (2500 words - 35%)
  3. Project Review Report (3000 words - 50%)

Subject Availability

Session 3 (Nov)

Abstract

This subject is designed for those in professional positions with a need to communicate effectively and manage the communication of others to a high standard. Students who undertake this subject will gain a wide breadth of practical communication skills supported by the latest intellectual and psychological behavioural theory. This subject will equip students to communicate at all levels of professional business.

MGI521 - Professional Communications will cover the following topics:

  • Communication Psychology of Knowledge Exchange
  • Business Language & Document Writing
  • Digital Communications & The Media Experience
  • Creating Business Proposals & Reports
  • Digital Presentations & Tools
  • Selling & Obtaining Buy-In
  • Facilitating Workshops & Meetings
  • Managing Business Conflict & Negotiation
  • Differences Between Leadership, Management & Mentors
  • Personal Presentations & Public Speaking

Assessment

  1. Recorded Audio Presentation (3 mins - 15%)
  2. Proposal Critique/Design (3000 words - 35%)
  3. Presentation (500 words / 10-15 slides / 10 minute presentation - 50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (Nov)

Academic Electives (Choose 2 from):
FIN571
Managerial Finance
ITC506
Topics in Information Technology Ethics
MGT540
Management of Change
MKT501
Marketing Management

Abstract

This subject introduces the student to some managerial decisions that are made with regard to the financial operations of the firm. Skills are developed in the identification and analysis of financial problems which will allow the student to make informed judgements with regards to the day-to-day financial operations of the firm as well as its long term strategy and position. Students are introduced to the commercial environment in which the firm operates, as it relates to its financial situation.

FIN571 - Managerial Finance will cover the following topics:

  • Operating environment of the firm
  • Recording of accounting transactions
  • The accounting cycle
  • Financial statements and their analysis
  • Time
  • Value of money
  • Risk and return
  • Capital budgeting
  • Cost of capital financial planning
  • Working capital cash
  • Marketable securities accounts receivable and inventory

Assessment

  1. Assignment 1 (1000 words - 20%)
  2. Online quiz (10%)
  3. Assignment 2 (650 words - 20%)
  4. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 3 (Nov)

Abstract

This subject allows students to develop skills that are necessary to identify ethical issues that are raised as a result of the advancement of information and communications technology (ICT). The subject will cover areas such as critical thinking, professionalism, ethical theories, privacy, security and crime in cyberspace, intellectual property, freedom of speech and regulation of the internet, systems reliability, and social and ethical issues of emerging technologies. By the end of the subject students should be able to argue consistently and rationally about the moral problems raised by the adoption and use of ICT and propose solutions to those moral problems.

ITC506 - Topics in Information Technology Ethics will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to ICT ethics.
  • Introduction to critical thinking techniques.
  • Professionalism and professional ethics.
  • Ethical theories and analysis.
  • Privacy.
  • Security and crime in cyberspace.
  • Intellectual property.
  • Freedom of speech and Internet content regulation.
  • Emerging technologies and ethics.
  • ICT and Society.

Assessment

Ethics analysis  (700 words - 12%), Code of Conduct (800 words - 13%), Essay (1300 words - 25%), Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (Nov)

Abstract

Change is a dynamic and perpetual process, and this subject introduces students to a range of theoretical and practical perspectives that facilitate a critical awareness of organisational change. The relationship between the organisation and the staff affected by change is examined through contemporary change-management thinking. Knowledge gained is applied to analyse organisational change issues and explore alternative courses of action.

MGT540 - Management of Change will cover the following topics:

  • The change context: What is organisational change and why does it happen; and internal and external reasons for change
  • The process of organisational change: How change is contructed; and who is involved in change management
  • Identification and critical evaluation of change interventions
  • Alternative perspectives to organisational change: Resistance; and ethical considerations
  • Making sense of organisational change: Communication; and changing organisational and occupational identity

Assessment

  1. Short Response Discussion Topics (15%)
  2. Short Answer Questions (3500 words - 50%)
  3. Essay - Resistance to Change (2000 words - 35%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July), Session 3 (November)

Abstract

Marketing is an enterprise-wide opportunity for any organisation to understand its customers and the markets they might wish to participate in. Marketing Management is concerned with identifying, entering and developing markets and aligning the organisation's resources to achieve its goals. This subject will introduce students to key ideas, philosophies and theories that make marketing an essential activity in any organisation. Specifically, students will investigate marketing's origins and how marketing can be contextualised in the organisation as a platform to align the organisation's goals with market demand. The subject will also encourage students to investigate and discuss how marketing, contemporary marketing and customer issues can be managed in the current environment.

MKT501 - Marketing Management will cover the following topics:

  • Drivers of contemporary marketing
  • The marketing environment
  • The marketing organisation
  • Market orientation
  • Researching the organisation
  • Services, product solutions and brands
  • The contemporary marketing mix and positioning
  • Markets, customers and target markets
  • Marketing communications
  • The marketing plan
  • The target market focused marketing plan as an organisational action tool

Assessment

  1. Quiz (20 questions - SY/US)
  2. Discussion (600 words - 15%)
  3. Analysis (2500 words - 35%)
  4. Evaluation (3000 words - 35%).

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb), Session 2 (July), Session 3 (Nov)

Industry Electives (Choose 2 from):
ITE518
Agile Project Management
MGI518
Program and Portfolio Management
MGI522
Developing Solutions

Abstract

In this subject, students will analyse and apply the principles of the Agile project management approach. Students will also learn how to create and manage a successful Agile project, and to adapt the Agile method for use in creative or design projects. The key differences between Agile and other project management methodologies will also be investigated.

ITE518 - Agile Project Management will cover the following topics:

  • Agile definition and application
  • Agile principles
  • The Agile model
  • The envision phase
  • The speculate phase
  • Advanced release planning
  • The explore phase
  • The adapt and close phases
  • Scaling Agile upwards
  • Agile for creative projects

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (15%)
  2. Article Critique (3500 words - 35%)
  3. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 1 (Feb)

Abstract

Program management encompasses the coordinated management of multiple projects designed to implement strategies and deliver specific benefits. Portfolio management encompasses those programs and projects needed to achieve strategic business objectives. This subject gives students the skills and understanding required for coordinated management of multiple projects directed toward strategic business and organisational objectives. Students will learn the Project Management Institute (PMI®) processes for both program and portfolio management and will be able to apply them in the correct context and situation.

MGI518 - Program and Portfolio Management will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction and definitions of project, programs and portfolios
  • Integrating projects into programs or portfolios
  • Defining Program Scope and its boundaries
  • Time, cost, quality, and resources for programs
  • Communication between PMO, projects and stakeholders
  • Risk Management between programs and projects
  • Program/Portfolio integration
  • Managing Stakeholders at the program level
  • Governance of Programs and Portfolios
  • Using portfolios for strategic change

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (15%)
  2. An Article Critique (3500 words - 35%)
  3. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 2 (July)

Abstract

In this subject students will learn how to research business problems and develop solutions that meet business priorities using current solution-based investigation principles. Students will also learn how to define clear objectives and strategies for managing a business relationship and generating stakeholder buy-in and alignment.

MGI522 - Developing Solutions will cover the following topics:

  • Concepts & Buyer Needs
  • SPIN - Situation & Problem Questions
  • SPIN - Implication & Need/Payoff Questions
  • Solution Selling
  • Leveraging Relationships
  • Existing Customers
  • Capability & Solution Design
  • Closing
  • Objections & Competition
  • Management, Tools & Technologies

Assessment

  1. Online quiz (15%)
  2. Solution Proposal (3500 words - 35%)
  3. Final Exam (50%)

Subject Availability

Session 3 (Nov)

Note: Assessment items are subject to change. Your official subject assessments should be confirmed in your online Subject Outline upon enrolment in that subject.

Sample Assessments

Sample Assessment

Assessments in your subjects will take a variety of forms, all designed to test and enhance your learning. You might be called upon to sit an exam, write a marketing plan, design an application, produce a video presentation, sit a quiz or any number of tasks. Why not try a small sample based on the core subject MGI521 – Professional Communications?

  1. Which of the following is the best description of the role of context in communications?
    1. A frame of reference within which conceptual rules should apply.
    2. A separation of one situation from another.
    3. An understanding of how the content might apply to the concepts
    4. All of the above are useful descriptions of the role of context.
  2. There are several types of language we should limit or avoid in professional writing. Which of the following is NOT considered one of these?
    1. Technical language
    2. Dramatic language.
    3. Exaggeration or embellishment.
    4. Slang or colloquialisms.
  3. If you need to have a complex but urgent discussion with someone, which of the following is the best way to use instant messaging to achieve your purpose?
    1. Use the IM to make arrangements for a more direct verbal conversation.
    2. Use the IM immediately to get the key points of your urgent message across.
    3. To ask them to urgently check their email for your complex message.
    4. Nothing, IM should not be used for this at all.
  4. Which of the following messages is least likely to be effective if given using email?
    1. A suggestion that all staff contribute to buy biscuits for the coffee room
    2. A notice to a client that you will not be able to meet their expectationsli>
    3. A complaint about a colleague’s personal behaviour.
    4. A request to a colleague to meet after work for drinks.
  5. Of the three vectors of change, what is the purpose or role of the emotional vector in the user experience?
    1. To manipulate their desires in the direction you want them to go.
    2. To make the user happy or otherwise positive.
    3. To help the user to like the author or what they say.
    4. To help the user find a reason to invest energy or effort.
  6. The most important thing we should clarify before writing any professional communication is…?
    1. Its purpose.
    2. Its intended recipient.
    3. Our disposition.
    4. The medium we should use.
  7. In the absence of fact or true understanding we tend to:
    1. Create assumptions to fill the gap.
    2. Enquire to find out more.
    3. Ignore what is not there.
    4. Rely on the opinion of others.
  8. In email, what is the main purpose of the content of the subject line?
    1. To get as much of the message across as possible in case the email is not read.
    2. To stand out more than all the other emails in the recipient’s inbox.
    3. To help the reader decide whether or when to read the email.
    4. All of the above.
  9. If two people share a similar understanding of a situation following a communications interaction and they are both aware that each of them has a similar understanding – what do we call this?
    1. Agreement.
    2. Meaning.
    3. The motivational vector of change.
    4. Alignment

Answers: D, A, A, C, D, A, A, C, D

Entry requirements

There are two pathways to entry into the Master of Project Management.

  1. An undergraduate degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution (or equivalent).
  2. Professional attainment and/or work experience.

Applicants without a tertiary qualification may be admitted first to the Graduate Certificate in Project Management. Upon successful completion of the four subjects in the Graduate Certificate, students will then be admitted with full credit into the Master of Project Management to complete their remaining units of study.

Information on applying can be found on the How to Apply help page.

Graduate Certificate in Project Management

The Master of Project Management is an articulated course that incorporates the Graduate Certificate in Project Management. The certificate can be stand alone or, upon successful completion, students may proceed (with full credit) into the Master of Project Management.

Fees

Domestic Students
$3150 AUD per subject
International Students
$3250 AUD per subject

More information on Fees can be found on the Fees page.

If you want to reduce your cost per course you may be eligible for credit.

Credit

Academic credit is available to students who can provide proof they have passed relevant industry certification examinations or who have completed previous study. No fees are charged for subjects students receive credit for.

Prospective students can obtain an estimate of credit entitlements from Industry Examinations by filling out the Credit Eligibility Form.

NOTE: The actual level of credit awarded will be confirmed upon acceptance into the Degree.

Information Session

Find out more with a personalised assessment of your eligibility, or apply now!