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PMAN501 Advanced Project Management

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 501 provides Honours and postgraduate 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 skills and knowledge can be applied generically to many different occupations.

Paper title Advanced Project Management
Paper code PMAN501
Subject Project Management
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,466.29
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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PMAN 401, SURV 403
PMAN 501 is a core paper of the Honours Programme within the Bachelor of Surveying degree, but is suitable for all Honours students, postgraduates and professionals who are interested in gaining an understanding of project management that may assist them as they progress along their chosen career path.
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Fraser Jopson
Paper Structure

The coursework for PMAN 501 is based on introducing honours and postgraduate 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 lead onto contract law and contract management and quality management. The final topic to be covered is financial evaluation.

Teaching Arrangements

PMAN 501 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 guest lectures. Additional contact time between the lecturer and the PMAN 501 students occurs due to the additional work that must be completed. This is divided between group time and one-on-one time with the lecturer to ensure that the activity is moving in the correct direction and progress is being made.

  • 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.


  • 60% internal (two assignments, two tests)
  • 40% 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, Teamwork.
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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

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 18-22
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-14, 16, 18-22
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 17-22
Thursday 11:00-11:50 9-14, 17-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Friday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 16-22