• Offered by Research School of Management
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Management
  • Areas of interest Management, Project Management
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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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.

Other Information

See the course outline on the College courses page. Outlines are uploaded as they become available. 

Indicative Assessment

  1. Typical assessment may include but is not restricted to: exams, assignments, quizzes, presentations and other assessments as appropriate. Further details will be made available via the Class Summary. (100) [LO 1,2]

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Workload

Students taking this course are expected to commit 130 hours to complete the work. For semester length offerings this will typically include 3 hours per week in class and at least 7 hours a week on average (excluding non-teaching weeks) on course reading, research, writing and assessment work.


Where this course is offered in intensive delivery mode as a continuous block over a shorter period of time, the expected total time commitment for this course will be 130 hours.

Inherent Requirements

This course has no inherent requirements.

Prescribed Texts

Information about the prescribed textbook (if any) will be made available via the Class Summary.

Assumed Knowledge

There are no pre-requisites for this course, however some direct exposure to engineering/business projects is desirable.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
34
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7368 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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