AIH’s Master of Project Management is designed to meet the increasing demand for professionals with project management skills across industries. Aligned with the best project management principles and standards, it equips graduates with knowledge and methodologies for managing complex projects. Students develop leadership skills, grasp team dynamics, and learn project lifecycle processes, including cost control, quality management, and stakeholder engagement.
The course integrates business and leadership units to reflect AIH’s Graduate Attributes, while specialised project management units deepen knowledge in tools, contracts, finance, and complexity management. Research activities and project-based units provide practical experience and the chance to apply project management strategies in simulated workplaces. The program also offers nested entry and exit qualifications in the Graduate Diploma of Project Management and Graduate Certificate of Project Management.
Nested Qualification and Exit Awards
CRICOS Code: 111561K
2 years full time
– Melbourne (commencing 2024)
February, May, August, October
Domestic and International
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What you will learn
As a student, you will need to allocate time to attend classes. Generally, if you are studying full-time, you will have 8 hours of classes each week, on campus. In addition, you will need to set aside approximately 7-9 hours per week for each unit in your own time to complete assignments, readings, projects, workshop preparation and to prepare for tests and exams.
Your studies at AIH will encompass practical, professionally focused, and project-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include (the list is not exhaustive):
- Individual and team-based projects
- Case studies and presentations
- Essays, assignments and reports
- Practical assessments
- Discussion forums
- Demonstrate and apply project management principles to theories, practices, and systems in project management contexts.
- Critically analyse and solve a range of risks/issues using project management concepts and systems.
- Examine and critically evaluate the effectiveness of project management processes and practices.
- Integrate applied knowledge of concepts and practices, tools, and skills to manage and implement projects ethically and sustainably.
- Exhibit leadership, management and interpersonal skills required to work effectively independently or in a diverse team within project work.
- Analyse and recommend project management principles and methodologies used to deliver projects, supported by appropriate research, to achieve agreed success criteria.
Graduates at this level will have advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in one or more disciplines or areas of practice.
Graduates at this level will have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills in a body of knowledge or practice to independently:
- analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories
- research and apply established theories to a body of knowledge or practice
- interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences
Graduates at this level will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner or learner.
Units you will study
To complete the degree, you will need to pass sixteen Units (160 credit points). These units are delivered over two years. There are 3 core units, 10 specialisation units, and 3 project-based units. The units and their descriptions are listed below.
Level 4000 (AQF 8)
MBA4002 Communication and Negotiations
Working in a global, cross-cultural role requires effective communication with individuals and groups from different parts of the world. The success of a leader depends on his or her ability to work effectively with people who may understand and react to situations differently. Therefore, the ability to communicate and negotiate effectively is a foundational skill for professionals of every type and industry. Everyone negotiates frequently with internal and external customers, suppliers, employees, department leaders, bosses and more.
This unit will allow students to communicate more effectively, identify negotiation opportunities, address conflicts and gain an understanding of the unique challenges that exist when individuals, groups and organisations face potential or existing conflict through the exploration of a broad spectrum of negotiation strategies, new tactics to solve ongoing differences and models for securing cooperation and agreement in competitive environments.
MBA4004 People, Culture and Agile Leadership
The aim of this unit is to develop a student’s understanding of the influence culture, politics and power have on the behaviour of others in an organisational context. Students will understand the key influences which affect the behaviuour of individuals and teams within organisations, and how these in turn affect them.
This will be achieved through a strong appreciation of working in a team, having a more profound perspective of what makes people and organisations do what they do, and how to adjust one’s own behaviour to reflect the circumstances and situation. Students will be able to undertake the Clifton Strengths Finder Assessment to help them gain security when working as part of a team.
They will be introduced to agile leadership so that they become aware that leading through difficult times requires agility to leverage, not react to, the turbulence around them, and manage their teams, networks, and themselves by cultivating a flexible, responsive and collaborative culture at work.
MPM4001 Organisational Context and Roles in Project Management
In project management, understanding the importance and relationship between organisational context and projects is paramount.
In this unit, students will learn the internal and external organisational context in which projects are formed, executed, supported and evaluated. Engagement with project stakeholders and the impact organisational context has on defining the roles, responsibilities and level of collaboration required by a project team for successful project delivery will also be discussed.
MPM4003 Project Management Principles
Providing insights and principles of best practices in project management, this unit offers clear methods and an overview of standards associated with successful project management. Essential in today’s project-driven world,
the unit will equip students with the relevant skills to meet the demands of projects and employers from across the globe. Tools, techniques and skills will be explored as well as the language used by practitioners as recognised by
the relevant professional bodies such as the Project Management Institute and the Australian Institute of Project Management.
With a focus on contemporary issues facing organisations, students will explore a range of steps in the project management process and develop the skill set, insight and knowledge to professionally manage a range of projects with ease.
Exit Point: Graduate Certificate of Project Management
MPM4002 Project Management Domains (Tools and Techniques)
Project management domains are a group of related activities that are critical for the effective delivery of project outcomes. As project management can be a complex task consisting of many challenging domains, project tools and techniques assist project managers to successfully plan, monitor and deliver projects within the required timeframes.
In this unit, students will learn the tools and techniques available for project management including an understanding of their purpose, when they can be used and the desired results they provide. As no project is similar, students will also learn how to identify and select the most effective tools and techniques based on the project domains and desired project outcomes.
MBA4005 Organisation Change Management
The aim of this unit is to prepare students to anticipate, plan and deliver organisational change. In addition, students will be able to predetermine appropriate and timely interventions required to maximise the benefits and minimise the risk of organisational change. Through the use of ad-hoc simulations they will: Practice diagnostic, identifying/analysing situations which require organisational change and action-planning skills with regard to leading organisation-wide strategic change. Gain insight into why individuals might resist change and how to overcome that resistance. Develop an appreciation for contextual contingencies when implementing change, such as the power of the change agent and the urgency to produce results. Identify common missteps of change agents and how to avoid them.
MPM4005 Minor Corporate Study - Initiation of a Project
This unit focuses on the aspects of project initiation. Students will go through the actions involved in project initiation such as the selection of the project manager, collection of project historical information, division of large
project into phases, identification of stakeholders their influences and expectations. Determination of initial constraints, assumptions and risks. Collection of agreements. Students will also explore how the organisation does business and what governance, procedures and policies are already in place to use on the project. Through practical exercises created to develop project management skills, students will acquire a greater understanding of successful project initiation and develop a range of specialised competencies.
MPM4004 Contracts Management and Ethics
Contracts and contract management are a critical components in a project manager’s role and ability to deliver on a project successfully. This unit aims to introduce the fundamentals of contract management and ethics as it relates to project management. Students will develop an understanding of the various contracts that are available and the processes to follow to identify and select the right contract for a project. Contract terms and conditions, potential issues, and ethical considerations will be discussed, providing students with the confidence to use contracts and avoid potential risks and conflicts.
Exit Point: Graduate Diploma of Project Management
Level 5000 (AQF 9)
MPM5001 Systems Thinking for Managers - Project Planning
In project management, understanding the importance and relationship between operational factors and projects is paramount. Students will learn essential knowledge on the scope, time and cost planning, as well as how to create a work breakdown structure (WBS), network diagrams, and earned value for your project.
By understanding the importance of good project planning, students will fine-tune their critical thinking and their interconnected perspective to plan complex projects. In this part you will also develop specialist expertise to critically analyse complex problems and to identify adaptive approaches so agreed project outcomes are delivered across multiple boundaries, utilising innovative project practices.
MPM5002 Project Finance Management
Cost management planning begins with the process of developing cost estimates. In this process, a project manager is tasked with considering all types of costs likely to be incurred in the different phases of a project. In addition, the project manager will consider the risks likely to affect costs and any variations these risks may cause.
This unit will enable students to make more reliable and usable cost estimates and ensure that any project budget variation due to unforeseen circumstances is mitigated as much as possible. Students will learn to apply appropriate project cost management planning techniques. Students will also be able to determine project budgets and consider the steps to take throughout the project to ensure that the actual expenditure is kept within the budget specified.
MPM5003 Quality and Risk Management for Projects
Risk is inherent in project management and so is the need to control it to make sure a project comes in on time, within budget and of quality. Risk management processes enable project managers to predict uncertainties in a project and minimise the occurrence or impact of these uncertainties improving the overall quality and successful completion of the project and its objectives leading to reduced rework costs.
In this unit, students will be introduced to the process of identifying, analysing and responding to any risk that arises over the life cycle of a project ensuring the project quality remains on track and meets its goal. Risk management tools and techniques that project managers use to manage projects against risks, quality issues and changes will also be discussed.
MPM5004 Major Corporate Study - Project Execution
Designed to facilitate project-integrated learning in the student’s workplace, this unit involves the undertaking of an original project to demonstrate a complete project execution. Created as an opportunity for theory in practice in project management, this project prepares students for the real world and allows for practical experience. By using skills learned within a range of units over their learning, students have the opportunity to experience project management in a real setting and work to further enhance their theory into practice.
MPM5005 Managing Project Complexity - Monitoring and Controlling
This unit is a co-requisite with MPM5004. Examining the specific methods and tools that can improve key performance targets, this unit focuses on the context and principles of performance management issues in projects. The successful management and delivery of projects requires a firm understanding of the monitoring and controlling process. You will learn conceptually about benefit management, measure project performance, baseline, control changes request, validate defect repair and improve quality. Through practical exercises, the student will experience project management in a real setting to further enhance their theory into practice.
This unit will explore the bases of complexity in projects, the environmental and technological constraints that increase complexity, how complexity can impact on a project’s financial and governance risks and what tools and capabilities are needed to make informed decisions to manage project complexity.
MPM5006 Managing Project Complexity - Finalising Projects or Phase
This unit is a co-requisite with MPM5003 and will provide a practical understanding of key actions of the closing process in project management. Students will verify and document the project lessons learned, and check if the project meets their competition or if any exit criteria were started. Negotiate settlements, and update corporative processes, procedures and templates will be developed during the workshop. Confirm all contracts have been formally closed and celebrated.
MPM5007 Errors and Pitfalls in Project Management
Projects can fall victim to costly errors and pitfalls that can derail and significantly impact a project’s outcome. Potential errors can include increased costs, missed deadlines and non-compliance with project requirements. These errors impact on a project manager’s ability to satisfy stakeholders and can also lead to reputational damage and loss of income through payment of additional fees and charges.
In this unit, students will be introduced to the common errors made whilst managing a project and the practical tips and best practice models that can be used to mitigate these errors and reduce their impact on the stakeholder relationship and project outcome.
MPM5008 Major Project - Capstone
The Major Project Capstone unit is the culmination of students’ learnings from initiating and executing a workplace project (via units MPM4005 Minor Corporate Study ‘ Initiation of a Project and MPM5004 Major Corporate Study ‘ Project Execution). It is designed to facilitate project-integrated practice to real world scenarios.
This unit enables students to demonstrate their ability to think critically and strategically in order to apply contemporary project management methodologies within your chosen project. Students will apply investigative and advanced concepts, theories and knowledge of project management practice to the planning or exploration of a project that will imitate real-world consequences; one that will make an impact on the profession in their chosen field or industry of interest. The project can either be practical, an extension of the executed project from MPM5004.
Exit Point: Graduate with a Masters of Project Management
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.
Potential career paths
- Project Manager
- Digital Project Manager
- IT Project Manager
- Client-Side Project Manager
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