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Monash University

FIT5150 Project management as knowledge-based practice - Semester 2, 2012

This unit explores core disciplines that inform the project management function and their contribution to the concepts and principles that are the basis of project management practices. Building on this foundation, a knowledge based view of project management is presented with particular emphasis on reflective practice. Project management maturity models, competencies and organisational capabilities, in particular the approach to organising the project management function into projects, programs and portfolios, are examined from this perspective. Case studies will illustrate the theoretical foundations and demonstrate how theory can be incorporated into organisational practices.

Mode of Delivery

  • Caulfield (Off-campus)
  • Caulfield (Evening)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 1 hr tutorial/wk


The workload commitments are 12 hours of study per week for 12 weeks, comprising:

  • 3 hours lecture/seminar or OCL equivalent
  • 5 hours of reading and individual study time
  • 4 hours of assignments

Unit Relationships


FIT9006 or IMS9001 or BUS5021 or completion of 24 credit points of PG level study

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Dr Markus Belkin

Consultation hours: By appointment



Hamid Pousti

Consultation hours: By appointment

Michael Niemann

Consultation hours: By appointment

Academic Overview


At the completion of this unit students will:
  • understand project management as knowledge based and reflective practice;
  • have knowledge of the core disciplines that underpin project management;
  • understand how the core disciplines inform the fundamental principles, concepts and standards that guide project management practices;
  • be able to formulate the organising principles of the project management function;
  • be able to specify the organisational capabilities to support project management;
  • have the skills to design and develop an appropriate management structure for the project management function.

Graduate Attributes

Monash prepares its graduates to be:
  1. responsible and effective global citizens who:
    1. engage in an internationalised world
    2. exhibit cross-cultural competence
    3. demonstrate ethical values
  2. critical and creative scholars who:
    1. produce innovative solutions to problems
    2. apply research skills to a range of challenges
    3. communicate perceptively and effectively

Assessment Summary

Formal supervised assessment: 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Participation tasks 20% Collated posting: Week 12, Wednesday 17th October, 2012
Critical Review 30% Week 10, Wednesday 3rd October, 2012
Case Study Assignment 50% Presentation submission: Week 11, Wednesday 10th October, 2012: Report - Week 12, Wednesday 17th October, 2012

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.


Our feedback to You

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments

Your feedback to Us

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Previous Student Evaluations of this unit

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Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Rethinking project management  
2 The context of project management  
3 Management theory part 1 Assessment task 1 - Participation task 1 - Part 1 due
4 Management theory part 2  
5 Organisation theory  
6 Systems theory part 1  
7 Systems theory part 2  
8 Complexity theory Assessment Task 1 - Participation task 2 due
9 Organisational learning  
10 Knowledge work Assessment task 1 - Participation task 1 - Part 2 from Week 10 to Week 12; Assessment Task 2 - Critical Review essay due Wednesday 3rd October 2012
11 Professionalism and project management Assessment task 1 - Participation task 1 - Part 2 from Week 10 to Week 12; Assessment Task 3: Case study presentation submission due Wednesday 10th October 2012
12 Project management as knowledge based practice Assessment task 1 - Participation task 1 - Part 2 from Week 10 to Week 12(FINAL); Assessment task 3 - Case study report due Wednesday 17th October 2012
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your MUSO (Blackboard or Moodle) learning system.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/staff/edgov/policies/assessment-examinations/unit-assessment-hurdles.html)

Academic Integrity - Please see the Demystifying Citing and Referencing tutorial at http://lib.monash.edu/tutorials/citing/

Assessment Tasks


  • Assessment task 1
    Participation tasks
    The activities will be specified on Task sheets posted on the unit website. The tasks will include practical exercises and written pieces relating to the issues raised in the seminars. Students will also be expected to participate in the discussion forum on-line
    Criteria for assessment:
    • Reflection on learning during the semester
    • Appreciation of how project management is discussed in the media
    Due date:
    Collated posting: Week 12, Wednesday 17th October, 2012
    Individual task items must be posted during the semester as specified

    Task 1, Part 1 - Week 3

    Task1, Part 2 - from week 10 and week 12

    Task 2 - Week 8
  • Assessment task 2
    Critical Review
    Students will be asked to write a 3000 word essay. The essay topics will be specified on the Assignment Sheet.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Ability to critically address relevant issues in project management

    Due date:
    Week 10, Wednesday 3rd October, 2012
  • Assessment task 3
    Case Study Assignment
    The assignment involves the analysis of a project management case study. The case study report will include both an analytical and a reflective section. Students will be responsible for identifying a relevant case study, either of an actual organisation or a previously published study.
    Criteria for assessment:
    • An understanding of how the project was conducted
    • Application of relevant theoretical perspectives to the analysis and evaluation of the case study project
    • An understanding of the contribution of the rethinking PM agenda to project capabilities.
    Due date:
    Presentation submission: Week 11, Wednesday 10th October, 2012: Report - Week 12, Wednesday 17th October, 2012

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the VLE site for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Other Information


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