Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus

Resource Planning and Management

MME80001   12.5 Credit Points
One Semester or equivalent
Contact hours
36 hours lectures, 12 hours tutorials/ computer labs


PG: Nil. 
UG Civil/Engineering: 250 credit points


Aims and learning outcomes

This unit covers specific knowledge areas regarding planning and management of resources in engineering industries, especially in project-based settings.  

Students who successfully complete this unit should be able to:

  1. Describe the concepts and functions of planning and managing resources in project scenarios
  2. Apply relevant principles and theories for planning and managing resources
  3. Use appropriate tools and techniques for resource planning and management
  4. Formulate and/ or specify suitable strategies, methods and tools/ techniques for resource management in the project-based engineering industries.

Unit information in detail

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

Learning and teaching structures

ActivityTotal HoursHours per WeekTeaching Period Weeks
Problem Solving48 hours for lectures, tutorials, and computer labs + 102 hours for group work and independent study  12.5 hoursWeeks 1 to 10


This unit covers essential concepts and techniques for planning and management of resources in project based engineering industries. Topics include: planning concepts; planning/ programming techniques; estimating, allocation and levelling of resources; constrained resource scheduling; introduction location based management in projects; resource planning and management in linear projects; multi-project resource management; metrics based monitoring and control; material resources planning and inventory control; introduction to computer applications for resource planning and management.  


Tasks and DetailsIndividual or GroupWeightingUnit Learning Outcomes that this assessment task relates to the topics
Problem Packages (Worksheets) Individual & Group 30% 1,2,3,4
Problem Packages (Presentation) Individual & Group 20% 1,2,3,4
Problem Packages (Reflection Journal)Individual10% 1,2,3,4

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:

  1. an aggregate mark of 50% or more, and
  2. obtain at least 40% in the final exam

Students who do not successfully achieve hurdle requirement (ii) will receive a maximum of 44% as the total mark for the unit and will not be eligible for a conceded pass. 

General skill outcomes

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

  • A fundamental understanding of resource planning concepts and resource management principles
  • Basic abilities to apply, analyze and participate in planning and resource management responsibilities
  • Advanced knowledge regarding specific modern tools, techniques and best practices for resource planning and management

Study resources

– Resources and reference material.

Reading material

Students are advised to check the unit outline in the relevant teaching period for appropriate textbooks and further reading.