Diploma of Business (Project Management)

Diploma of Business (Project Management)

Course Overview

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

The overall aim of the Diploma of Business (Project Management) is to provide a flexible, student-centred and academically rigorous course of study, which seeks to further develop students’ project administration and management skills and competencies and give them a solid foundation for further study in the undergraduate level.

This course provides students with undergraduate level of knowledge, competencies and values necessary for a fulfilling career in various areas of project administration and management. For this reason, students are required to undertake five core units which includes Academic Skills for Success; Business Communication and Stakeholder Management; Accounting for Managers; Principles of Management and Organisations; and Foundations of Information Technology. These core units are enhanced by three specialised project management units of Strategy, Structure and Culture; Project Scope and Quality Management; and Schedule and Resources Management.

Key information

CRICOS Code: 112654H


1 year full time

AQF Level
AQF level:



– Sydney
– Melbourne (commencing 2024)

Course Intakes
Course Intakes:

February, May, August, October

Higher Education

Domestic and International

Credit points per unit:


Total Credit Points
required for award:


2024 Fees

Course tuition Fee
Over 1 year


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


Graduates at this level will have broad and coherent theoretical and skills for professional work and/or further learning.


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

  • Analyse information to complete a range of activities.
  • Transmit information and skills to others.


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

  • Known or changing contexts.
  • Within broad but established parameters.

Units you will study


To complete the associate degree, you will need to pass 8 Units. This consists of 6 core units and 3 specialisation units.

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 importIt 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.

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 manager
  • Project team leader
  • Project management coordinator
  • Project contract manager

Entry Requirements

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How to Apply

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Further Study

Completion of this qualification provides advanced standing into:

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