Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus

Engineering Project Management

CSM80006 12.5 Credit Points
One Semester or equivalent
Contact hours
48 Hours


PG Civil, Construction Management: Nil.
UG Civil/Engineering: 250 credit points 


Aims and learning outcomes

This unit of study aims to provide engineering students with an understanding of how organisations function in engineering projects. It specifically focusses on introducing relevant theories, principles and techniques for effective leadership and management in engineering projects. 

Students who successfully complete this unit should be able to:

  1. Describe and appreciate the fundamentals of management and how they relate to project based activities (K5, K6, S1, S2, S4, A1, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7)
  2. Describe the principles of effective leadership and ensure responsible team-work in the project environment (K5, K6, S1, S2, S4, A1, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7)
  3. Analyse an organisation’s strengths and weaknesses (particularly in the project setting) and evaluate and implement appropriate changes for the delivery of effective project management. (K5, K6, S1, S2, S4, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7)
  4. Identify stakeholder requirements and understand and establish relevant organisational culture and behaviour for the delivery of successful projects (K5, K6, S1, S2, S4, A1, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7)
  5. Describe and undertake project definition, project planning and project implementation using some key tools and techniques for effective project management (K2, K5, K6, S1, S2, S4, A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7)

Unit information in detail

– Learning and teaching structures, content, assessment and general skill outcomes.

Learning and teaching structures

Activity Total Hours Hours per Week Teaching Period Weeks
Lectures, Tutorials and Independent study 48 contact hours for Lectures and Tutorials + 102 hours independent study 12.5 hours Weeks 1 to 12


  • Organisational structure, culture, teamwork, mission and objectives, business strategies and planning, particularly as it relates to project management.
  • Leadership and leadership qualities, differences between management and leadership, project management attributes
  • Different management and leadership environments that determine competitive strategies and advantages, organisation culture and capability, responses to external and internal
  • Change, individual effectiveness and bottom line performance.
  • Project control mechanisms – performance standards, developing outputs and performance measures, setting targets and assessing performance feedback.
  • Project Management including definition phases, planning phases and implementation phases. Applications of project management for a construction project including the interactions, roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders.


Tasks and Details Individual or Group Weighting Assesses attainment
of these ULOs
(10 x Worksheets)
Individual  50%  1,2,3,4,5 
(10 x Presentations)
Individual & Group 40%  1,2,3,4,5 
(10 x Reflection Journals)
Individual 10%  1,2,3,4,5 

Minimum requirements to pass this Unit

As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all Unit Learning Outcomes to a minimum standard, a student must achieve:

  • an overall mark for the unit of 50% or more

General skill outcomes

During this unit, students will receive feedback on the following key generic skills:

  • Teamwork skills
  • Analysis skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to tackle unfamiliar problems
  • Ability to work independently

Study resources

– Resources and reference material.

Resources and reference material

Basic learning material will be uploaded in the Blackboard. Further information will be announced in the Blackboard and/ or conveyed by the concerned teaching staff.