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CV84 - Master of Project Management

Overview

Course Overview

This course provides an opportunity for you to extend your knowledge through coursework and/or research into project management. This course focuses on both the hard technical and soft human aspects of project management. All the course materials have been aligned to the Project Management Institute (PMI) global standards and core bodies of knowledge. In the final term of the course you can choose one of three units; a research project, a practicum or an internship. The research project can be based on either your workplace or issues that are important to the general project management profession. The practicum is student-led and you will develop a project within a simulated company environment. Alternatively, you can opt for an internship, and if you qualify, you will be placed at a host organisation to further develop your skills and competencies, and obtain real world experience. While undertaking the qualification you will be well prepared to contribute to future growth and change in the projects you are involved in whilst at the same time enhancing your individual career advancement opportunities.

Career Information

Career opportunities are endless for Project Management graduates. Employment can be found many industries, such as Engineering, Business, IT, Construction, Health, Government, Mining, Transportation and many others. The course will boost your career advancement prospects and provide a competitive advantage for you over others without this qualification.

Course Details
Duration 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 96
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) MProjMgt
AQF Level Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 3 - 2022

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
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Term 2 - 2022

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Melbourne
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Melbourne
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Term 3 - 2021

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Term 2 - 2021

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Melbourne
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Melbourne
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Term 3 - 2020

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Term 2 - 2020

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Term 3 - 2019

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Term 2 - 2019

Brisbane
Melbourne
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Melbourne
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Term 3 - 2018

Brisbane
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Mackay
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International Availability

Term 3 - 2022

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney

Term 2 - 2022

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney

Term 1 - 2022

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney

Term 3 - 2021

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney

Term 2 - 2021

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney

Term 1 - 2021

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney

Term 3 - 2020

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney

Term 2 - 2020

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney

Term 1 - 2020

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney

Term 3 - 2019

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney

Term 2 - 2019

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney

Term 1 - 2019

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney

Term 3 - 2018

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney

Term 2 - 2018

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Mackay
Perth
Sydney

Term 1 - 2018

Brisbane
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Mackay
Perth
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Term 3 - 2017

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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information.
Entry Requirements
  • A Bachelor degree in any discipline from an Australian university or college; or a CQUniversity Graduate Certificate in Project Management, or equivalent.
  • Candidates who have completed the CQUniversity Graduate Diploma of Project Management, will be granted advanced standing of 7 core units and 1 elective unit.
  • Please see the Graduate Diploma of Project Management handbook entry for more information.
  • International students should Refer to https://www.cqu.edu.au/international-students/entry-requirements/english-requirements for further information including English Language international student page requirements.
Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

N/A

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards CC33 - Graduate Certificate in Project Management CV81 - Graduate Diploma of Project Management
Exit Awards CC33 - Graduate Certificate in Project Management CV81 - Graduate Diploma of Project Management
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

PPMP20017 - Students have the option of undertaking an internship instead of the unit PPMP20016 or PPMP20018.

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 58
2020 627
2019 966
2018 715
2017 467
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Demonstrating honesty and integrity in the academic environment, as well as every aspect of professional practice.
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Being reflective with personal behaviours appropriate for professional performance and being positive and receptive to processing constructive supervisor/lecturer feedback or criticism.
  • Successfully processing and coping with your own emotions and behaviour when dealing with individuals in the professional environment, and/or demanding or highly pressurised environments.
  • Demonstrating appropriate and stable behaviours when managing projects while under pressure, which could at times be extreme.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Complying with the policies and practices of the project management business or organisation.
  • Complying with the requirements for student registration with the Project Management Institute (PMI).
  • Complying with the requirements for student registration with the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).
  • Delivering every aspect of project management services that are within the relevant and applicable laws.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Verbally communicating in the English language with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness.
  • Actively participating in discussion activities related to the course.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual, group or workplace.
  • Establishing rapport with clients in the delivery of project management services and responding appropriately to clients, supervisors, stakeholders and other professionals.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions; eye contact, being mindful of personal space boundaries, a range of body movements and gestures.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of others and responding appropriately during activities related to the course, as well as in the project management practice environment.
  • Competently and appropriately producing written assessment work in a logical, coherent manner, and with correct grammar and punctuation to the required academic standards.
  • Expressing complex and detailed information and knowledge into a logical and legible report, in a timely manner that meets professional standards and clearly communicates the intended message.
  • Accurately conveying and documenting information in a written form that meets legal and project management practice requirements.
  • Competently using a desktop operating system such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X to be able to engage in on-line learning, reading and responding as required to emails, and completing relevant assessments for the course.
  • Competently using productivity software such as Microsoft Office, as well as analysing, manipulating and displaying scientific information using a variety of specific programs.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Operating electronic devices for capturing information, and/or communicating information to others.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Applying theoretical knowledge, research and best practice evidence, policies and procedures in project management practice.
  • Providing written text proficiently, in English, using appropriate vocabulary and conventions of speech, including being able to paraphrase, summarise and reference in accordance with appropriate academic conventions.
  • Competently reading, writing and accurately interpreting information to convey language effectively when managing projects.
  • Producing accurate, concise and clear project management documentation which meets legal and governance requirements.
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples are:

  • Perceiving fine detail on a computer screen and/or mobile/portable device.
  • Discerning an object from its background.
  • Conducting visual inspections on project products and/or deliverables to detect any faults or anomalies in order to be able to implement corrective actions.
  • Creating and editing audio recordings from meetings with sufficient auditory ability with team members and stakeholders.
  • Communicating with sufficient auditory ability with various peers during group assignment work.
  • Conducting inspections on project products and/or deliverables through auditory means to detect any faults or anomalies in order to be able to implement corrective actions.
  • Detecting minor variations or changes to project products or deliverables using auditory abilities.
  • Interacting with a computer through input devices such as a mouse or keyboard.
  • Interacting with mobile devices through inputs such as buttons and a touchscreen.
  • Processing paperwork manually where electronic devices such as a computer, tablet or smartphone are not available.
  • Conducting assessments on project products and/or deliverables to detect any faults or anomalies in order to implement corrective actions.
Relational Skills
Examples are:

  • Achieving optimal engagement, unity of purpose, and efficient and timely delivery of service and/or milestone.
  • Harnessing the capacity of small and large teams of professional colleagues as well as a wide range of stakeholders to achieve positive working relationships and the timely delivery of project milestones, requirements and outcomes.
Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Critically self-reflecting on situations that may/may not have gone well, and taking the learning point(s) from that situation.
  • Modifying and reflecting on practice during a project, or modifying and reflecting on work integrated learning in response to supervisor feedback.
Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Actively participating and sustaining performance in activities related to the management of projects in a respective industry.
  • Performing with the required mental energy and endurance in performing project management skills and services within specified time constraints.
  • Sustaining performance while working on a complex and demanding project, through to completion.
  • Executing multiple tasks and activities over a prolonged period of time and be able to plan, manage, control and steer projects to deliver objectives that meet stakeholder requirements.
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Examples are:

  • Incorporating a range of gross motor skills while participating effectively in activities related to the project management practice, subject to industry or project.
  • Maintaining balance while safely mobilising and transferring individuals and/or resources, subject to industry and/or project.
  • Moving with ease around (but not limited to) customer and/or project sites, an office and confined spaces while performing project management tasks, subject to industry and/or project.
  • Interacting with a computer through input devices such as a mouse or keyboard.
  • Interacting with mobile devices through inputs such as buttons and a touchscreen.
  • Conducting inspections on project products and/or deliverables by using fine motor skills to detect any faults or anomalies in order to be able to plan and implement corrective actions.
  • Detecting, using fine motor skills, minor variations or changes to project products or deliverables.
Interpersonal Engagement

Examples are:

  • Demonstrating the skills of collaborating with fellow students and colleagues.
  • Rapidly building rapport with a client in order to engage them in project management practice, for example, taking over a project mid-stream and successfully recovering troubled projects or gathering initial requirements from a client and negotiating project scope.
  • Interacting and engaging with individuals and groups in project management practice in a respectful and culturally competent manner in a wide variety of contexts.
  • Positively recovering a project from serious problems or risk by means of superior negotiation, influencing and leadership skills to achieve the best possible outcome.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities

Examples are:

  • Competently using a desktop operating system such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X to be able to engage in on-line learning, reading and responding as required to emails, and completing relevant assessments for the course.
  • Competently using productivity software such as Microsoft Office, as well as analysing, manipulating and displaying scientific information using a variety of specific programs.
  • Regularly accessing  the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Operating electronic devices for capturing information, and/or communicating information to others.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Review the evolution of modern project, program and portfolio management in organisations and examine its future directions
  • 2. Distinguish between the roles of people and technology in managing project, programs and portfolios in traditional and complex project situations
  • 3. Analyse and model organisational goals and requirements, including the legal, ethical, social and cultural issues that affect the initiation, planning, execution,monitoring and controlling, and closing of projects
  • 4. Identify areas for project, program and portfolio management research that will meet the needs of organisational and/or professional goals
  • 5. Critically evaluate the impact of project, program and portfolio strategies on stakeholder and community outcomes, outputs and processes
  • 6. Apply advanced project management knowledge and skills that reflect current developments with initiative and accountability
  • 7. Manage and evaluate own performance and professional development by working independently and by employing appropriate interpersonal, professional and technical skills
  • 8. Critically analyse novel insights into concepts within the subject areas of project, program, and portfolio management.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
2. KNOWLEDGE Have an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
4. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
5. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
6. SKILLS Have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
7. SKILLS Have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use high level personal autonomy and accountability
10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.
Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives
Number of units: 11 Total credit points: 72

In Year 2, Term 2 of the degree, students must select ONE of the following units:

PPMP20016 Project Management Research - This unit consists of a final year research project for the Master of Project Management. This unit is designed so that you can complete an investigative study through the analysis of, reflection on and critique of, an area of your professional practice that was commenced in the Project Management Project Proposal unit. By completing this project, you will contribute to the body of knowledge for your discipline. You will present your project in a dissertation.

PPMP20017 Project Management Internship – In this unit you will undertake an internship, which will provide you with real project management experience while working with an employer (work-integrated learning). You will integrate knowledge and skills gained while studying your discipline units with their application in the workplace to further develop your project management competencies. You will document and reflect on your learning experiences and on their contribution to your professional development.

To qualify for the internship, you need to undertake and have successfully completed all core and elective stream units prior to the internship term. You must also be in good academic standing, successfully pass the CQUniversity English Language Placement test and complete an interview with the internship host.

PPMP20018 Project Management Practicum – In this unit you will undertake a project and participate in tasks associated with project management within a contemporary work environment. Assessment includes the opportunity to plan and execute a project, analyse your project performance and self-reflect on your experience and lessons learnt.

Further Information

For further information on these units, please contact the Unit Coordinator for each unit. Details of Unit Coordinators can be found on the unit profiles.

Additional information on the Internship is provided during an information session given by Australian Internships. Students who elect to take the internship option should refer to the study schedule posted on the Moodle site: School of Engineering and Technology Internships (SET Internships).

Students studying full time will undertake their first elective unit in Year 1 Term 2.
A second elective is undertaken in Year 2 Term 1.
The remaining two elective units will be undertaken in Year 2 Term 2.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PPMP20007 Project Management Concepts
PPMP20008 Initiating and Planning Projects
PPMP20009 Leading Lean Projects
PPMP20010 Executing and Closing Projects
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PPMP20011 Contract and Procurement Management
PPMP20012 Program and Portfolio Management Information Systems
PPMP20013 Project Management for Operators of Large Assets
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
BUSN20016 Research in Business
PPMP20014 Complex Project Management
PPMP20015 Research in Project Management
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete 1 from the following units:
PPMP20016 Research Project 2
PPMP20017 Project Management Internship
PPMP20018 Project Management Practicum
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives
More Details

At the completion of the first year of studies, students must select ONE of the following streams:


Project Management Research Stream

This stream consists of a final year research project for the Master of Project Management. The stream includes two research project units, 12 credit points each. The research project builds upon PPMP20015 in which eligible students completed a comprehensive research proposal for execution. The execution of the research project is undertaken in two stages. the two units are designed so that you can complete an investigative study through the analysis of, reflection on, and critique of, an area of your professional practice. By completing this project, you will contribute to the body of knowledge for your discipline. To qualify and remain eligible to continue with the research stream, you must: 


1. have successfully completed PPMP20015 with a minimum score of 75% or Distinction;

2. have an overall GPA by the end of Year 1 of not less than 5.75;

3. pass the first phase of the research project by successfully completing the Research Project 1 unit.


Students failing to pass this phase will be diverted to the Practicum stream unless they have had compelling circumstances leading to an unsatisfactory result in the first phase.


Project Management Internship Stream

This stream consists of three units. In the Internship unit (12 credit points), you will undertake an internship, which will provide you with real project management experience while working with an employer (work-integrated learning). You will integrate knowledge and skills gained while studying your discipline units with their application in the workplace to further develop your project management competencies. You will document and reflect on your learning experiences and on their contribution to your professional development. Students wishing to take the Internship stream can fast track their studies and complete the course within two years by taking the two prerequisite units within the stream in Term 3, Year 1. Course advisors should be consulted on the possible options of fast tracking. To qualify for the Internship, you need to:


1. undertake and have successfully completed all core, optional stream units and electives prior to the internship term;

2. have a good academic standing which means you should have not failed any unit in CV84;

3. apply for internship by the deadline which is published each term via an email from Student Communication;

4. successfully complete an interview with the internship management organisation and the internship hose.


Project Management Practicum Stream

This stream consists of three units. In the Practicum unit, you will undertake a project and participate in tasks associated with the project management within a contemporary work environment. Assessment includes the opportunity to plan and execute a project, analyse your project performance and self-reflect on your experience and lessons learnt. Students who are ineligible to enrol in the research stream or internship stream will need to complete all units within the practicum stream as an alternative pathway towards the degree. To qualify for the Practicum stream, you need to:


1. undertake and have successfully completed all core units;

2. take the two optional units specified within the stream.


For further information please seek advice from a Course Advisor if necessary.

Additional information on the Internship is provided during an information session given by Australian Internships. Students who elect to take the internship option should refer to the study schedule posted on the Moodle site: School of Engineering and Technology INternships (SET Internships).


Interim Awards

As part of the CV84 Master of Project Management course, students may be eligible to receive an additional Graduate Certificate Interim Award as part of their studies. Upon successful completion of the relevant units (please refer to the course planner information), students may be eligible to graduate with one of the below Interim Awards:


CC29 Graduate Certificate in Information Systems

CC28 Graduate Certificate in Information Technology

CH76 Graduate Certificate in Management

CH77 Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Tourism Management

CH80 Graduate Certificate in Hospital and Health Services Management

CV88 Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation


Please note that if you choose to undertake one of the Interim Graduate Certificates listed,you must contact a Student Advisor as soon as you complete the course. Interim awards are not conferred automatically. Also please note that if you have received your Masters award, you cannot apply for the Interim Graduate Certificate retrospectively.