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    An introduction to basic project management, including the four phases of projects (initiation/feasibility, planning, implementation and completion) and consideration of resources involved (i.e. people, money, equipment, time, machines, and materials). Contract law and contract management. Project management techniques. Methods of project delivery.

    As a professional's career develops there is an expectation by employers that they will move from being part of a team that completes a project to being the person in charge of the whole project; that is, they will become project managers. PMAN 401 provides students with the tools, techniques, knowledge and understanding to enable them to manage projects - from project concept through to completion. Particular emphasis is given to surveying/construction-related examples, but the skill and knowledge can be applied generically to many different occupations.

    About this paper

    Paper title Project Management
    Subject Project Management
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,356.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    270 points
    PMAN 501, SURV 403
    Schedule C
    For further information contact the Dean of the School of Surveying.
    PMAN 401 is a core paper of the Bachelor of Surveying degree, but is suitable for all undergraduates, graduates and professionals who are interested in gaining an understanding of project management that may assist them as they progress along their chosen career path. Anyone may enrol in this paper as long as they can meet the prerequisite.

    Teaching staff
    Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Fraser Jopson
    Paper Structure
    The coursework for PMAN 401 is based on introducing students to basic project management, including the four phases of a project (initiation/feasibility, planning, implementation, and completion) and consideration of resources involved (i.e people, money, equipment, time, machines, and materials). Project management techniques and methods of project delivery leads onto contract law and contract management and quality management. The final topic to be covered is financial evaluation.
    Teaching Arrangements

    PMAN 401 is taught as a semester course with 13 weeks of lectures scheduled. During the 13 weeks students will be exposed to a wide range of material through lectures and tutorials. Key issues will be reinforced through the use of a wide range of media, including videos, current newspaper and media articles and a guest lecture.

    • Lectures will introduce the course content and specific themes and explain the important issues
    • Reading of lecture material and handouts will be required to reinforce content and themes being introduced
    • Tutorials will be used to highlight key areas of learning and understanding and to reinforce important aspects of project management that students need to be able to undertake
    • A guest lecture and video material will be used to offer different perspectives on project management and reinforce and support key issues identified in lectures
    • Handouts will be provided as another source of information on project management issues or to inform students on current issues/thinking

    Blackboard: All lecture notes will be available on Blackboard.


    • 50% internal (one assignment, two tests)
    • 50% external (final exam)

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper should:

    • Have knowledge and understanding of the four phases of projects (i.e. concept/initiation/feasibility, planning, implementation and completion)
    • Have been introduced to the methods of project delivery, including in-house and by contract (including contract law and contract management)
    • Have been introduced to risk management in the context of projects
    • Have knowledge and understanding of people as a resource
    • Have examined the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992
    • Have been introduced to project meetings and their requirements
    • Have been introduced to project management techniques, including method study and critical path method
    • Have been introduced to financial evaluation and be able to undertake basic financial assessments of proposed projects
    • Have been introduced to quality management issues
    • Have had the above objectives and aims reinforced by examining case studies where suitable


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 06:00-06:50 17
    Monday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
    Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
    Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
    Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
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