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Diploma of Project Management (BSB51415)

Course summary

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply project management skills and knowledge. They may manage projects in a variety of contexts, across a number of industry sectors. They have project leadership and management roles and are responsible for achieving project objectives. They possess a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised, technical and managerial competencies to initiate, plan, execute and evaluate their own work and/or the work of others.

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Course details

Course Type Qualification
Student Availability
  • - Domestic
Application Mode
  • Direct To University
Study Area
  • - Business, Accounting and Law
  • - Engineering and Built Environment
  • - Mining and Energy
Skill Area
  • - Business Services
AQF Level Level 5: Diploma

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course. 

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

Possible job outcomes include:  Project manager, Project Coordinator, Project Administrator, Events manager, events coordinator, events administrator, scheduler, planner, procurement, Stakeholder liaison, Change manager. These possible outcomes can be applied across various industries

Course Structures

Please select a Course Structure from the options below:

Standard Course Structure

Approximately 535 hours of study time will be involved however, the training duration will depend on the electives and study mode selected.

  • Distance
BSBPMG511 Manage project scope
BSBPMG512 Manage project time
BSBPMG513 Manage project quality
BSBPMG514 Manage project cost
BSBPMG515 Manage project human resources
BSBPMG516 Manage project information and communication
BSBPMG517 Manage project risk
BSBPMG521 Manage project integration
BSBPMG518 Manage project procurement
BSBPMG519 Manage project stakeholder engagement
BSBPMG520 Manage project governance
BSBSUS501 Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability
Study Sequence

First enrolment pattern:
BSBPMG511 (43 week duration)
BSBPMG512 (43 week duration)
BSBPMG521 (43 week duration)

Second enrolment pattern:
BSBPMG513 (43 week duration)

Third Enrolment pattern:


Four (4) electives may be taken from any other Diploma qualification. 

Course Availabilities

Distance Education

Enrolment for this course will be consistent with CQUniversity census dates.

Duration and dates
12 - 24 months

Twelve (12) units must be successfully completed - eight (8) core and four (4) elective project management electives or four (4) electives may be taken from any other Diploma level qualification.


This course is available by Distance Education and course material will be available online. Distance Education students require self-motivation and must have 4-6 hours per week available for study for each unit. This is a self-paced course so students will need well developed technology and literacy skills to read and follow text books, basic numeracy skills are also required.

Enrolment Dates

VFH 1 (30 January – 24 November 2017) last date for enrolment is 21 March 2017 (43 week)
VFH 2 (6 March – 28 July 2017) last date for enrolment 4 April 2017 (20 week)
VFH 3 (10 April –  9 February 2018) last date for enrolment 30 May 2017 (43 week)
VFH 4 (15 May – 6 October 2017) last date for enrolment 13 June 2017 (20 week)
VFH 5 (10 July – 11 May 2018) last date for enrolment 29 August 2017 (43 week)
VFH 6 (14 August  2017– 5 January 2018) last date for enrolment 12 September 2017 (20 week)
VFH 7 (18 September 2017 – 20 July 2018) last date for enrolment 7 November 2017 (43 week)
VFH 8 (6 November 2017 – 13 April 2018) last date for enrolment 5 December 2017 (20 week)

Related Courses

Course code Course name Short Course
BSB41515 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice No

Course Requirements

The project management course is an on-line program.  Requires internet access, word processing skills for report writing and excel spreadsheet skills to develop tables, charts.

Contact Us

To apply, or to find out more about this course, contact the Student Advice Team on 13 27 86.

Is what I already know taken into account?

Yes. Your history of study, skills and experience does matter. Consideration is given to your prior life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training. This may be applied using the national standard for Mutual Recognition or through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Documentary evidence will be requested.

Resources Required

Students must have a computer with internet access in order to study online and participate in online tutorials. Students will also require a basic headset and microphone,with optional webcam.

The follow textbooks are required for all core units:

  • PMBOK 5th Edition; Publisher:  Project Management Institute; ISBN: 9781935589679.
  • Project Management in Practice; Author:  N Pearson; Publisher:  McGraw Hill Education; ISBN:  9781743077238.
  • Managing successful projects with PRINCE2, AXELOS, TSO, ISBN 9781118646014.
  • The Communication Skills Handbook, 4th Edition, Jane Summers, Brett Smith, Wiley, ISBN 9781118646014.