• Offered by Research School of Management
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Management
  • Areas of interest Management
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • David Williams
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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Management Framework for Business Projects (MFBP) seeks to establish rigorous theoretical foundations for the initiation and management of projects (and programs) in business.  MFBP explores concepts that are intended to enhance the success of projects by guiding the way they are scoped, planned, governed and closed.

The Course introduces a set of frameworks and examines a number of contemporary issues in business project management within the public and private sectors.  While we refer to accepted project management practice, (as reflected, for example, in the Project Management Body of Knowledge), this Course is based on an exploration of rigorous management principles - it is not a training program in any particular methodology.  Indeed, armed with the theoretical principles that we will explore, it is possible to make considered judgements about the worth, strengths and weaknesses of the proprietary methodologies in common use throughout industry today.

The focus of the Course is on the project as a domain of management decision-making.  A number of important tools and techniques in project management that are covered comprehensively in other Courses are discussed only superficially in MFBP.  This is particularly the case with such areas as: work planning, task scheduling, diagramming and project resourcing.  Conventional wisdom in project management is based on a rich and fascinating collage of: analytical techniques, accepted practice, proprietary products, agreed standards, regularised procedures, anecdotal evidence, folklore, urban myths, professional ritual, assertions, strongly-held beliefs and methodological zealotry.  For some years the lecturer has been engaged in a research program (with Ofer Zwikael; also from RSM) that seeks to make project management a more rigorous discipline by underpinning all this with reliable theoretical foundations.  A Management Framework for Business Projects is work-in-progress from this endeavour. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. define, explain and illustrate key high-level concepts in project management including the ITO Model, project scoping, planning, governance, issues and risk management, monitoring, evaluation and project closeout; and,
  2. make considered judgements about the worth, strengths and weaknesses of the proprietary project management methodologies in common use throughout industry today.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial/Seminar Presentation - 15% (15) [LO null]
  2. Minor term paper - 35% (35) [LO null]
  3. Major term paper - 50% (50) [LO null]
  4. All three components of the above assessment schedule are compulsory and students must comply with each. To achieve an automatic pass grade in this course you must obtain 50% or more as a scaled aggregate mark. (50) [LO null]

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Students taking this course are expected to commit at least 10 hours per week to completing the work. This will include 3 hours per week in class and at least 7 hours a week on average (including non-teaching weeks) on course reading, research, writing and assignment work.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Research School of Management to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

There are no pre-requisites for MFBP, however some direct exposure to engineering/business projects is assumed.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5700
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7972 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person View

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