Associate Degree of Business (Project Management)

Associate Degree of Business (Project Management)

Course Overview

The Associate Degree of Business (Project Management) is embedded in the Bachelor of Business (Project Management) and has been designed as an exit qualification.

It equips students with the skills needed for paraprofessional in project management roles in any business and further study at the bachelor level.

The course provides students with a broad general education focusing on developing students’ knowledge and skills in project management and business. Students are required to study seven core units which include Academic Skills for Success; Business Communication & Stakeholder Management; Accounting for Managers; Principles of Management and Organisations; Foundations of Information Technology; Business & Corporations Law; Statistics and Principles of Data Analysis for Business.

These core units are enhanced with seven specialised project management units which follow the PMBOK knowledge and methodologies. Students select two electives from a pool of units to complement the core and specialised units.

Nested Qualification and Exit Awards

Key information

CRICOS Code: 112653J


2 years

AQF level:



– Sydney
– Melbourne (commencing 2024)

Course Intakes:

February, May, August, October


Domestic and International

Credit points per unit:


Total Credit Points
required for award:


2023 Fees

Course tuition Fee
Over 2 years


Fee per annum:


Fee per unit:



All fees and charges listed are in Australian dollars. Fees are subject to change without notice. Course fees are to be paid in full before enrolment/selection of subjects in any given semester. AIH ensures that the conditions and processes for international and domestic students to apply for a refund of tuition fees are equitable and comply with government regulations. Refer to Refund Policy for International and Domestic Students.

What you will learn

Study Hours

As a student, you will need to allocate time to attend classes. Generally, if you are studying full-time, you will have between 8 hours of classes each week, on- campus. In addition, you will need to set aside a minimum of 10-12 hours each week in your own time to complete assignments, readings, projects and prepare for quizzes and presentations.


Your studies at AIH will encompass practical, professionally focused, and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • Reports, project documentation, case studies and presentations
  • Essays and assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Practicals and team-based projects
  • Q&A

Learning Outcomes

  1. Discuss processes required to manage the procurement of a project.
  2. Outline a range of approaches and methods to identify problems/risks using project management concepts and systems.
  3. Practice project management principles and methodologies in order to deliver projects successfully to time, budget and scope.
  4. Apply effective written and oral communications using appropriate technologies and strategies suitable to the audience.
  5. Demonstrate ability to work with all stakeholders to help drive project needs forward.
  6. Apply ethical practice and social responsibility in project management environments.


Graduates at this level will have broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of a specific area or a broad field of work and learning.


Graduates at this level will have a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills to select and apply methods and technologies to:

  • Analyse information to complete a range of activities.
  • Interpret and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems.
  • Transmit knowledge, information and skills to others.


Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement and defined responsibility

  • In contexts that are subject to change
  • Within broad parameters to provide specialist advice and functions

Units you will study


To complete the associate degree, you will need to pass 16 Units. These Units are divided into two levels based on contents and level of difficulty. The first level (Level 1000) has 5 core units and 3 specialisation units. The second level (2000) has 2 core units and 4 specialised units. In addition, you will get to select 2 electives.

Level 1000+

BBUS1000 Academic Skills for Success-

Unit Description:

BBUS1000 is a core unit in the Bachelor programs of Australian Institute of Higher Education.

This unit introduces students to academic skills that are required for academic studies. It develops academic communication and study skills including time management and organisational skills, digital skills, referencing, critical thinking, academic writing, research and investigation techniques and presentation skills.

Weekly workshops are used as interactive sessions where students are given practical exercises to enhance their understanding of the topics and materials covered in this unit.

By the end of the unit students will have developed the understanding and skills necessary to help them complete all required assessments and to pass all their units.

BBUS1002 Foundations of Information Technology-

Unit Description:

This unit introduces students to the field of information technology. It provides both theoretical knowledge and practical application of basic aspects of information technology and their relevance to 21st century business operations.

The unit starts on a global scale in the e-world of the Internet before visiting the micro-world of computer hardware, operating systems, and software tools for productivity, creativity, and information processing. The unit explores networking and communication systems before looking at database technology and the design and management of business information systems. The unit concludes with a discussion of current issues and trends in information technology.

BBPM1001 Strategy, Structure and Culture-

Unit Description:

Project strategy is framed by a vision statement, business case, project brief, a charter and the like. Sound planning is typically preceded by strategy.

Project Structure is influenced by organisational structure, lines of reporting, governance and stakeholders. In a similar way, project culture is shaped by organisational culture, cultures of organisations that are participating in the project, and attitudes and behaviours of key stakeholders.

This unit provides a framework, underpinned by strategy, structure and culture, that drives project success including processes, practices and decision-making. The unit explores pure project, matrix and mixed organisational structures.

BBMG1002 Principles of Management and Organisations-

Unit Description:

This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of principles of management applied across organisations.

Throughout this unit, students will examine theories of management and evaluate how inquiry-based skills can be applied in the contemporary workplace.

This unit introduces students to key perspectives and discusses a range of fields that inform the theory of leadership and management practices.

This unit will cover theories of management and their application to contemporary practice, strategies of working in a diverse global workplace, teams and teamwork, planning and controlling information flow, organising and leading, motivating and rewarding, and management strategies in both personal and professional contexts.

BBMG1003 Business Communication and Stakeholder Management-

Unit Description:

This unit provides students with the fundamentals of business communication, with an emphasis not only on theoretical knowledge but also on application of relevant concepts in easy-to-understand communication situations within and outside the organisation.

It aims to help students analyse, select, and apply appropriate strategies, in both internal (from top management to junior-level employees, and among colleagues) and external (customers, vendors, suppliers, and other key stakeholders) communication.

The unit employs several teaching methods, including traditional lectures, which provide theoretical and analytical models, class discussions, self- assessments, videos, experiential learning, practical examples and exercises and group work.

BBMG1006 Accounting for Managers-

Unit Description:

It is important for all business professionals to have some understanding of accounting and finance. Whilst the more complex areas are the preserve of qualified accountants and finance experts, it is important for other managers to have some financial literacy so as they can competently contribute to everyday decisions.

This unit is intended for business students who are not following a path specialising in finance or accounting. Generalists, HR specialists, marketers, IT specialists, and others will benefit by acquiring a knowledge of key concepts in the areas of accounting and finance, that they will require to be successful in their chosen fields.

Students will learn accounting fundamentals, accounting for common items, planning, capital investment and the importance of the ‘what, why, so what, what next?’ question sequence. Guidance will also be given on when to seek assistance from an accounting or finance colleague or outside advisor.

BBPM1002 Project Scope and Quality Management-

Unit Description:

Students who complete this unit will have the expertise required to recognise the major issues that need to be addressed in order to detect and solve projects that deviate from their original objectives. For example, projects that lack a well-defined scope and fail to perform in quality.

Students will have the ability to differentiate between the expectations and requirements of various stakeholders, to motivate project teams in order to acquire quality outputs, and to design criteria and processes in order to secure project performance.

Key stakeholders, such as sponsors and/or customers, need to reach a consensus and approve both the scope of the project and its quality. This course will provide students the opportunity to investigate both the theory and practice of quality and scope management, with the goal of avoiding typical traps such as scope creep and unnecessary quality costs.

BBPM1003 Schedule and Resources Management-

Unit Description:

The focus of this unit of study is to examine the core project management knowledge areas of schedule and resources. With regard to schedule management, students learn how to identify and define project activities; estimate the duration required for project activities; and develop, control and optimise a project schedule using Critical Path Method and PERT analysis. The unit also focuses on core competency areas needed to identify, acquire, and manage the resources needed for the successful completion of a project.

Level 2000+

BBPM2002 Leadership and Project Plan-

Unit Description

The project manager develops the project management plan with input from the project team and key stakeholders. Strong leadership is essential for a project manager to achieve a successful project plan.

In this unit, students will understand the powerful outcomes of strong leadership for project plan creation, the principles and concepts of project leadership, the tools, methods, and best practices to create a project management plan step by step. The students will also explore leadership theories in the context of project work.

BBPM2003 Project Team Building, Conflict and Negotiation-

Unit Description

Teamwork forms the basis of practically every successful business. The ideal team will consist of people with complementary abilities and attitudes. However, conflict and negotiation are a natural part of any team’s communication.

In this unit, the students will understand the steps involved in project team building, how to prevent conflicts by application of psychology, negotiation techniques, and project management tools to help avoid conflicts. The students will be able to understand the best market practices related to project team building, conflict, and negotiation. In addition to ability to manage conflict and negotiate it, students will explore several approaches for bargaining with both internal and external stakeholders, such as (team members, project leaders, project managers, company leadership, suppliers, vendors and clients). Students will complete this unit with a comprehensive understanding of the value of personal strengths, strategies for building and supporting a cohesive team, and collaborative motivational techniques.

BACC2003 Business and Corporations Law-

Unit Description

This unit introduces students to the legal framework and legal principles applying to commercial activity within the context of the Australian legal system. In particular, legal problems commonly encountered in business situations such as torts, contracts and consumer law.

This unit also introduces students to the legal framework and legal principles applying to companies primarily, but some introductory discussion is done in partnerships, trusts and associations as well. Some of the key topics include types of companies, process of incorporating, effects of incorporation, internal rules, appointment and removal of directors, duties of directors, shareholders’ remedies, share capital transactions and insolvency procedures.

In this regard, students develop the ability to interpret legislation and case law and apply them to given scenarios. The workshops will be used as interactive sessions where students are given the opportunity to test their problem-solving skills as well as ability to relate the relevance of the Corporations Act to various aspects of running a company.

BBMG2005 Statistical Data Analysis for Business-

Unit Description

Statistics are data that have been gathered, analysed, and interpreted. The ability to use and apply relevant statistics in business-related decision-making is increasingly important for all business functions.

This unit facilitates foundational understanding of statistical tools and techniques that support efficient decision-making in finance, marketing, production planning, scheduling, inventory management etc. It develops deep knowledge and skills to identify and implement appropriate statistical procedures that can support managers in making business decisions.

The students will gain hands-on experience with Excel Solver using descriptive and inferential statistics to analyse business decisions, hypothesise data and measure relationships.

BBPM2004 Risk Management in Project Management-

Unit Description

Project management has several different components, one of which is a well-defined risk management strategy. You will be able to identify possible problems before they occur and monitor those risks throughout the entire project lifecycle. Students will be able to understand the best practices and procedures that are typically used by industry in project risk management.

Students will also learn how to be proactive by developing risk contingencies and mitigation plans as well as risk policies and identify potential risk sources. Students will be able to define project uncertainty and design a system to reduce negative risk and exploit positive ones.

BBPM2005 Managing Project Changes and Gold Plating-

Unit Description

Project management is challenging because things do not always go as planned. Changes to your project scope or deliverables can happen more frequently than expected.

In this unit, students will understand the Change Management Process, including the mechanism used to initiate, approve and resolve project changes, the impacts that a change can cause in the scope, time, and cost of one or more previously approved project deliverables. Important project team approaches for dealing with gold plating and scope creep will also be explored.

Electives (Select any 2 from the list) +

BBPM2006 Preventing Project Underperformance-

Unit Description

Causes of project under performance, also referred to as project failure, include people, systems, processes. Organisations, project sponsors and project managers have an onus to create an environment for project success. For some practitioners, this necessitates changing mindsets and even paradigms given that it to challenge common assumptions.

This unit aims to create a positive environment to avoid most problems encountered in ‘typical projects’. Much of the problem prevention commences at project start-up.

BBPM2007 Negotiate Project Agreements-

Unit Description

This unit develops analytical skills and a practical understanding of negotiation techniques in projects, effective management and conflict resolution through the application of research and academic literature. It does so by evaluating the influence of culture, personality, perceptions and communication, and using these insights to develop plans for conflict resolution in various project situations to reach agreements.

What you will achieve

  • Create effective organisational strategies to lay the foundation for achieving success.
  • Examine both local and global business trends to consistently maintain a competitive edge.
  • Acquire essential skills in critical thinking and strategic planning within a corporate environment.
  • Recognise intelligent business prospects and comprehend how to capitalize on them.

Career Opportunities

Potential career paths

  • Project Coordinator/Assistant
  • Junior Project Manager
  • Administrative Officer
  • Business Analyst
  • Operations Analyst
  • Team Leader

Entry Requirements

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How to Apply

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Further Study

Completion of this qualification provides direct entry and advanced standing into:

Related Courses

Bachelor of Business (Management)

CRICOS Code: 112652K

Bachelor of Business (Project Management)

CRICOS Code: 112654H