OPSMGT 357 : Project Management

Business and Economics

2024 Semester One (1243) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An introduction to the management of projects in organisations, with a particular emphasis placed on the interdisciplinary nature and broad application of projects. Topics covered include people management, organisational planning, and resource issues.

Course Overview

Projects are everywhere, be it in developing software, constructing a bridge, environmental cleanup, course projects, or sending a satellite. Managing projects is important to avoid rework and unnecessary delays and cost overruns. In this course, we will look at general principles of project management and study the skills, practices, and tools required for it.
As management guru J.M. Juran has said “Project is a problem scheduled to be solved”, which emphasises the problem, scheduling, and solving. Accordingly, in this course we will look at how to define a project (the problem/or the scope); then look at various tools for planning projects (the scheduling part), and then cover the execution, control, and monitoring part of a project (the problem solving). Indeed, a project can not be undertaken without a team or adequate leadership, and accordingly, we will look at best practices for managing teams and what characterizes a project manager as a good leader. Overall the course emphasises the interdisciplinary nature of projects and will bring together aspects from operations management, organisational behaviour, strategy, and finance in studying project management.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 2: Sustainability
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Capability 7: Collaboration
Capability 8: Ethics and Professionalism
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Commerce

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and assess the needs of organisations with respect to managing projects (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1 and 4.2)
  2. Apply and assess the inter-disciplinary nature of Project Management concepts, with respect to their wide application and the multiple stakeholders involved (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 3.1, 3.2, 5.1 and 5.2)
  3. Effectively use software and other analytical tools to develop competence in the management of projects across all phases of the project management life cycle (Capability 3.1, 3.2, 5.1 and 5.2)
  4. Develop generic skills in time management, self-directed learning, team-working, reflection, analytical reasoning and decision making, for problem-solving in the context of project management tasks (Capability 4.2, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1, 8.1 and 8.2)
  5. Develop generic skills in effective business communication in the context of project management tasks (Capability 6.1, 6.2 and 7.1)
  6. Critically reflect on contemporary issues in project management, including technological, environmental, and social changes (Capability 2.1, 2.2, 4.1, 4.2 and 8.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Quiz 20% Individual Coursework
Group Project 40% Group & Individual Coursework
Individual Assignment 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Group Project
Individual Assignment

A student must pass the final Individual Assignment to be eligible to pass the course.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect per week a 2 hours lecture workshop class, a 2 hours lab class (every other week), 2 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 4-5 hours of work on assignments and/or assessment preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities, including lectures and labs, to complete components of the course.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable. Labs will take place biweekly. 

Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities, including labs will be available as recordings if appropriate. 

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Recommended books:
1. Fundamentals of Project management, 6th Edition (2022) by Heagney, Joseph.
2. Project Management: The Managerial Process, 8th edition (2020) by Larson and Gray.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.


Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 20/11/2023 04:30 p.m.