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Study the Master of Project Management

Postgraduate Study

Course overview

The Master of Project Management (C6006) is a forward thinking, interdisciplinary course that integrates the knowledge needed to manage projects and programs across multiple sectors.

The course focuses on developing specialist expertise in organising the project function utilising a diverse vocational skill set.

It encourages an evidentiary and interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking and problem solving, strengthened by a capacity to undertake research. You will choose from a range of discipline-specific electives (covering IT, Business, Engineering and Law) and have the opportunity to work on real-life projects where theory and practice are applied to problems situated in local and international, corporate, government and social contexts.

Where will a career in Project Management take you?

As a graduate you will be strongly placed to provide strategic project leadership in a wide range of settings, such as business delivery, IT developments, engineering solutions, in both the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors.


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Course details

Location: Caulfield
Duration: 1 to 2 years full time and 2 to 4 years part time
Start date: Semester 1 March 2018, Semester 2 July 2018

Degree awarded

Master of Project Management

Exit award

Graduate Certificate of Project Management
Graduate Diploma of Project Management

Students may apply to graduate with a graduate certificate after completing 4 units (1 semester of full-time study) or a graduate diploma after completing 8 units (1 year of full-time study).

Entry requirements

You must have a qualification equivalent to an Australian undergraduate degree and a minimum of six months relevant professional experience.

Course outcomes

These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes.

Upon successful completion of this course, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. Think critically to source, adapt, and apply project management tools and techniques to meet complex contextual demands in different sectors.
  2. Evaluate, analyse and integrate professional approaches to managing projects within sector specialisations at the project, program and portfolio level to deliver sustainable change.
  3. Apply expert, specialised cognitive, research, technical, and communication skills to analyse, design, and deliver solutions to complex problems.
  4. Reflect and participate constructively in ethical decision-making to improve practice and deliver value in culturally diverse project contexts.

In addition, depending on the electives chosen, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced and integrated knowledge of related theories, concepts and principles to work and communicate across the borders of discipline, context or culture.
  2. Critically analyse problems through independent research to enable effective delivery of innovative solutions.

Course structure

The course is structured in three parts: Part A. Foundations for project management studies, Part B. Core Master’s studies, and Part C. Advanced practice studies. All students complete Part B. Core Master’s studies. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A and/or Part C.

Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies, you may elect not to receive the credit.

PART A. Foundations for advanced project management studies

In these studies, you will develop an understanding of the principles and techniques of delivering projects using different methods, processes and knowledge frameworks. You will explore the techniques to manage the project context, including people, stakeholders, communications, culture, and politics.

These studies will also introduce you to project management studies at advanced graduate level. They are intended for students whose previous qualification is not in a cognate field, and build on existing professional work experience.

PART B. Core project management studies

In these studies you will develop specialist expertise in organising the project function to deliver value through your ability to manage complex projects and knowledge. These studies will introduce you to advanced graduate level concepts in project management within allied disciplines such as engineering, IT or business. In this Part you will also develop specialist expertise to critically analyse complex problems and to identify adaptive approaches so agreed project outcomes are delivered across multiple boundaries, utilising innovative project practices.

PART C. Advanced project management practice studies

In these studies you will develop advanced expertise in managing projects. You will also develop the research skills and knowledge needed to either undertake independent research or for the capacity to work and communicate across the borders of discipline, context, and culture. In this Part you will undertake professional or scholarly work that will contribute to a portfolio of professional development in your area of specialisation.

You will be able to choose between two options: a professional pathway or a research pathway. In the first option, the professional pathway, you will undertake a field or interdisciplinary team project. In the second option, the research pathway, you will undertake a 24 point research project. Students wishing to use this Master’s course as a pathway to a higher degree by research should take the second option.

Course requirements

The course comprises 96 points structured into 3 parts: Part A. Foundations for project management studies, Part B. Core project management studies and electives, and Part C. Advanced project management​ studies, professional or research pathways.

Entry level 1: 96 points to complete
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

An Australian undergraduate degree with at least 60% average, or a qualification deemed by the Faculty to be a satisfactory equivalent and a minimum of 6 months relevant professional experience.

Entry level 2: 72 points to complete
Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time

An Australian undergraduate degree (any discipline) with at least 60% average plus an Australian Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Project Management, or qualification deemed by the Faculty to be a satisfactory equivalent and a minimum of 6 months relevant professional experience.

or

An Australian undergraduate degree in Project Management with at least 60% average, or qualification deemed by the Faculty to be a satisfactory equivalent and a minimum of 6 months relevant professional experience.

or

An Australian Bachelor's (Hons) degree in any discipline with at least 60% average, and a minimum of 6 months relevant professional experience.

Entry Level 3: 48 points to complete
Duration: 1 years full-time, 2 years part-time

An Australian Bachelor's (Hons) degree in Project Management with at least 60% average, or qualification deemed by the Faculty to be a satisfactory equivalent and a minimum of 6 months relevant professional experience.

Foundations for project management studies (Part A)

OPM4000 Principles of managing projects​

​The project management methods, frameworks, and organising principles will be explored and supported with industry case studies across different industry sectors and project types. Project management process groups, the generic project life cycle, and alternative methodologies will be introduced to demonstrate how projects are delivered.

OPM4001 Managing the project context

This unit focuses on developing the ability to critically apply a diverse range of communication styles, structures and techniques in a project environment. The unit will emphases the role that communication plays in managing project human resources and stakeholders, and the impact organisational culture and politics has on these activities. Additionally, the unit will address project management as a profession, and its ethics and competency standards.

OPM4002 Techniques for managing projects

This unit examines managing project scope, time, cost and quality, exploring key concepts and apply relevant techniques. Specific topics will cover definition of the scope, and authorisation of the project. Time management includes the definition of project activities, estimating the duration and dependencies of tasks and activities, developing and controlling a schedule, as well as planning project resources. Cost management includes feasibility analysis, cost estimating, and the management and control of the project budget. Managing project quality includes planning for quality, performing quality assurance, and controlling quality.

OPM4003 Delivering projects

This unit explores and develops the key concepts and techniques necessary to understand the core project management competencies of project integration, risk and procurement management. Project integration will include the project front-end, detailed planning, execution, and review. Risk management includes planning for and identifying risks, performing risk analysis, and responding to and controlling risks. Procurement management includes the areas of contract law, statutory regulations, legal relationships, negligence, and negotiation.

Core project management studies - Project Management Units (Part B)​

OPM5000 Organising the project function

The unit appraises and explores the relationship between projects, programs, and portfolios within an organisational context. It includes governance of the project function, alignment with strategic objectives, and the creation of value for the organisation. Leadership theories and the competencies of project leadership, which are required to support effective governance when managing projects, are reviewed.

OPM5001 Project as a social system

This unit explores projects as primarily social constructs, where sense-making and adaptive behaviours are required to accommodate local contexts, dynamics, and personal attributes. The perception of projects as primarily a process is critically examined. The concepts of systems thinking and cultural practices are explored to develop an understanding of the interrelationships between various elements of a project, and the environment in which they are executed.

OPM5002 Innovation in the project context

The theory of innovation is explored in the context of projects. The unit focuses on the role of projects in implementing sustainable innovation for the client, as well as examining innovative practices in the management of projects. Divergent thinking, to explore ‘ideation’, and convergent thinking, to find the ‘correct’ solution, are applied to a real-world ‘wicked problem’.

OPM5003 Managing project knowledge

The unit explores the role of formal and informal knowledge networks in project delivery. It focuses on developing an understanding of how project managers acquire and exchange knowledge, and how this knowledge impacts on their actions. The unit incorporates concepts and theories from various disciplines aligned to project management and knowledge management to enrich students' understanding of the socio-technical aspects of project management.

Advanced project management​ practice studies – Professional Pathway (Part C)​

FIT5122 Professional Practice

This unit provides a practical and theoretical understanding to what it means to be an IT professional today. Students will encounter a range of issues relevant to professional practice in the workplace, including ethical and legal challenges caused by technology use. Students will research established theories and concepts and critically evaluate their practical use (taking into account many international aspects) in organisations today, as well as reviewing and understanding the wider responsibilities that IT professionals are called upon to uphold in society. Topics addressed include - organisational and professional communication; teamwork; the nature of the IT professions; the role of professional associations; problem solving and information use; cross-cultural awareness; personal and professional ethics and codes of practice.

FIT5120 Industry Experience Studio Project (12pts)

This industry experience studio project capstone unit gives students the opportunity to work in teams to research contemporary approaches to system development, develop new skills, and apply the knowledge and skills they have already gained in a practical setting.

Teams will research and create a meaningful and beneficial problem space and then develop and deliver an IT solution for that problem to industry standards, designed for use by organisations and/or community groups. Teams will be self-managed and will be a mix of students drawn from all Masters courses in the faculty.

Throughout this process students will need to communicate findings, knowledge and ideas effectively and professionally to a range of stakeholders, with a range of IT knowledge, in relevant and innovative ways. The stakeholders will include academics, peers, project-based stakeholders and senior industry experts. The students will attend unit seminars, carry out research individually and contribute in a professional, committed and collegial manner to the work of their team and studio peers.

Advanced project management​ practice studies – Research Pathway (Part C)​

FIT5125 IT Research Methods

The aim of this unit is to prepare Masters students in the Faculty of Information Technology to conduct research across the range of IT disciplines, including computer science, software engineering, information systems and information management. It introduces students to major research philosophies and paradigms, the principles of research design, research ethics, research methods and techniques of data collection and analysis appropriate to IT research and their disciplines, and IT research in research and industry settings. Skills developed and knowledge acquired from this unit will prepare students to conduct and communicate their own research, as well as to be knowledgeable and critical interpreters of others' research.

FIT5126 Masters Thesis part 1

This unit is a research unit common to FIT Masters degrees. Due to the nature of IT, a wide range of Masters project types can be offered to students. Some project components are of a practical nature and may involve software development and/or experimentation, while other components are of a more theoretical nature.

FIT5127 Masters Thesis part 2

This unit is a research unit common to FIT Masters degrees. Due to the nature of IT, a wide range of Masters project types can be offered to students. Some project components are of a practical nature and may involve software development and/or experimentation, while other components are of a more theoretical nature.

FIT5128 Masters Thesis final

This unit is a research unit common to FIT Masters degrees. Due to the nature of IT, a wide range of Masters project types can be offered to students. Some project components are of a practical nature and may involve software development and/or experimentation, while other components are of a more theoretical nature.

Electives

Students will choose from a range of discipline-specific electives and have the opportunity to work on real-life projects where theory and practice are applied to problems situated in local and international, corporate, government and social contexts.

Business

The Business-focused electives will provide you with the option to study business and project finance; managing people and organisations; managerial problem solving and decision making; and leadership concepts and practice. These electives are designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to understand the context and practice of management as a context where projects occur.

BFF5333 Project finance
BFF5954 Business finance
MGF5670 Leadership
MGF5960 Managing people and organisations
MGF5680 Managerial problem solving and decision making

Information Technology

The Information Technology-focused electives will provide you with the option to study IT from a project management perspective; applied IT project management; IT for management decision making; enterprise systems; IT strategy and governance; managing business records; enterprise architecture and management; and organisational informatics. These electives are designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to apply IT tools and techniques when managing projects.

FIT5178 Applied IT project management
FIT5086 Organisational informatics
FIT5094 IT for management decision making
FIT5101 Enterprise systems
FIT5107 Managing business records
FIT5133 Enterprise architecture and management
FIT5057 IT project management

Engineering

The Engineering-focused electives will provide you with the option to study infrastructure project management; infrastructure project and policy evaluation; as well as asset management. These electives are designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to manage projects and infrastructure assets, which are situated in an engineering context.

CIV5311 Infrastructure project management
CIV5310 Infrastructure project and policy evaluation
CIV5312 Asset management I
CIV5313 Asset management II

Law

The Law-focused electives will equip you with valuable tools and knowledge to negotiate with various stakeholders, and prevent and manage workplace problems and conflicts within your projects. You will have an opportunity to learn the theory and skills of principled negotiation in a hands-on practical unit that improves your effectiveness as a negotiator across your project management practice. You will also have the opportunity to learn about legal aspects of workforce management.

LAW5641 Negotiation and Influence: Essential Skills
LAW5393 Law of Workforce Management

Arts

APG5805 Project planning and management in international development

Professional accreditation

The accreditation process has been commenced for recognition by the Australian Institute of Project Management and the Project Management Institute.

Progression to further studies

Students completing the research pathway in Part C may be eligible to progress to a higher degree by research program. If students have an honours degree or higher qualification and wish to complete a research project, they should discuss their options with the course director.

Progression map

This progression map provides advice on the suitable sequencing of units. It does not substitute for the list of required units as described in the Course Requirements section of the Handbook.

Professional Pathway

This is a typical full-time study schedule.

Year 1, Semester 1

  • OPM4000 Principles of managing projects (methods, frameworks, and organising principles) (Part A)
  • OPM4001 Managing the project context (people, stakeholders, communications, culture and politics) (Part A)
  • OPM4002 Techniques for managing projects (scope, time, cost and quality) (Part A)
  • OPM4003 Delivering projects (risk, procurement, and integration) (Part A)

Year 1, Semester 2

  • OPM5000 Organising the project function (program, portfolio, and governance) (Part B)
  • OPM5001 Project as a social system (Part B)
  • OPM5002 Innovation in the project context (Part B)
  • OPM5003 Managing project knowledge (Part B)

Year 2, Semester 1

  • Elective Unit (Part B)
  • Elective Unit (Part B)
  • Elective Unit (Part B)
  • Elective Unit (Part B)

Year 2, Semester 2

  • FIT5122 Professional Practice (Part C)
  • FIT5120 Industry Experience Studio Project (Part C)
  • FIT5120 Industry Experience Studio Project (Part C)
  • Elective Unit (Part C)

Research Pathway

Year 1, Semester 1

  • OPM4000 Principles of managing projects (methods, frameworks, and organising principles) (Part A)
  • OPM4001 Managing the project context (people, stakeholders, communications, culture and politics) (Part A)
  • OPM4002 Techniques for managing projects (scope, time, cost and quality) (Part A)
  • OPM4003 Delivering projects (risk, procurement, and integration) (Part A)

Year 1, Semester 2

  • OPM5000 Organising the project function (program, portfolio, and governance) (Part B)
  • OPM5001 Project as a social system (Part B)
  • OPM5002 Innovation in the project context (Part B)
  • OPM5003 Managing project knowledge (Part B)

Year 2, Semester 1

  • Elective Unit (Part B)
  • Elective Unit (Part B)
  • FIT5125 IT Research Methods(Part C)
  • FIT5126 Masters Thesis part 1(Part C)

Year 2, Semester 2

  • Elective Unit (Part B)
  • Elective Unit (Part B)
  • FIT5127 Masters Thesis part 2 (Part C)
  • FIT5128 Masters Thesis final (Part C)

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Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement

The Master of Project Management is a postgraduate award. The course is taught in English. Graduates have advanced and integrated knowledge to critically analyse complex problems and are adaptive in their approach to achieving project outcomes through innovative practices. Graduates have the skills to combine theory and practice in multi-sectorial and multidisciplinary decision-making environments, and make ethical decisions consistent with project management principles.  The course takes two years of full-time study or part-time equivalent to complete. The Master of Project Management is a Level 9 Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualification.

Graduate Diploma of Project Management (Exit Award)

The Graduate Diploma of Project Management is a postgraduate award. The course is taught in English. Graduates have demonstrated advanced knowledge of how to organise the project function to deliver value through an ability to manage projects and knowledge. The course takes one year of full-time study or part-time equivalent to complete. The Graduate Diploma of Project Management is a Level 8 Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualification.

Graduate Certificate of Project Management (Exit Award)

The Graduate Certificate of Project Management is a postgraduate award. The course is taught in English. Graduates have demonstrated knowledge of the principles and techniques of delivering projects using different methods, processes, and knowledge frameworks. The course takes half a year of full-time study or part-time equivalent to complete. The Graduate Certificate of Project Management is a Level 8 Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualification.