Project Schedule and Budget Control

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In-house delivery

UNSW Canberra Professional Education Courses may be available for in-house delivery at your organisation's premises. In-house courses allow maximum attendance without the additional travel costs. Courses can be developed to suit the specific staff development and training needs of your organisation. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.

The success of projects and the project management team is often measured through achieving the targeted projects’ time, cost and scope which have been set or estimated during the initiation of the projects. Therefore, it is critical to know the basic knowledge, tools and techniques for developing a proper project scope, scheduling and budgeting that scope, and finally control that schedule and budget over time.

This course introduces attendees to the underlying principles and practice of managing project schedule and budget. It covers the body of knowledge needed for effective management of projects addressing techniques for project planning; project scheduling including critical path method, variations, and mitigation techniques; project budgeting including financial analysis; managing resources; project progress reporting and project control such as earned value management (EVM). 

The course includes a number of practical exercises to reinforce attendees’ understanding of the relevant concepts and techniques and to allow application of the gained knowledge to real-life projects. The exercises are conducted as a combination of tutorials and activities that step through the various activities, focusing on schedule, resources and budgeting management for instance identifying and tracking critical path issues.  The course is ideally suited to those who are new to project scheduling, budgeting and control methods; no prior knowledge or experience is assumed. 

At the completion of this course, participants shall be able to:

  • Know various techniques for project planning
  • Develop project schedule and analyse the critical activities
  • Manage and optimise required resources
  • Analyse the financial aspects of projects and develop a time-phased project budget.
  • Analyse and control the progress of the project over time

Presenter

Dr Alireza Abbasi

Dr Alireza Abbasi is Director of Postgraduate Studies and Coordinator of Project Management programs in the University of New South Wales (UNSW) at Canberra. He obtained his PhD in Project Management from the University of Sydney in 2012 before joining the School of Engineering and Information Technology (SEIT) at UNSW Canberra. He also holds a graduate certificate in University Learning and Teaching from UNSW Sydney. His research and teaching interests include project management, management science, information systems management and network science. He has written a book, three book chapters and over 60 technical journal and conference papers.  

Dr Abbasi has had several appointments and been involved in different projects in IT/Software, Oil, Education and R&D sectors. He is an active member of several professional bodies including Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), Project Management Institute (PMI), and Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM).

 

Course Information

Introduction to Project Management 

  • Reviewing project management concepts and frameworks 

Scope Management 

  • Initiation | Scope planning | Scope definition | Scope verification | Scope change control 

Time Management  

  • Activity definition | Activity duration estimating | Activity sequencing | Schedule development | Schedule control 

Critical Path Method  

  • Schedule Network Analysis | Activity of Node | Activity on Arrow 

Project Scheduling Exercise 1 

  • An exercise with a simple scope to reinforce schedule management and CPM. 

Resource Management  

  • Resource Optimisation Techniques | Resource levelling | Resource smoothing | Schedule Compression Techniques (e.g., Crashing) 

Project Resource Management Exercise 2 

  • An exercise with a simple scope to reinforce resource management and resource levelling and smoothing techniques. 

Cost Management  

  • Financial Analysis | Cost Benefit Analysis | Cost estimating | Cost baseline | Budgeting | Cost control 

Project Budgeting Exercise 3 

  • An exercise focussed on project cost management, development of cost baseline and project budget. 

Project Control  

  • Earned value management (EVM) | Earned Schedule (ES) 

Project Control Exercise 4 

  • An exercise to reinforce project control techniques such as EVM and ES. 

Project Management Exercise 5 

  • An integrated exercise to reinforce all the concepts and techniques in a logical and sequential manner by applying them to manage a real simple project. 

Courses will be held subject to sufficient registrations. UNSW Canberra reserves the right to cancel a course up to five working days prior to commencement of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will have the opportunity to transfer your registration or be issued a full refund. If registrant cancels within 10 days of course commencement, a 50% registration fee will apply. UNSW Canberra is a registered ACT provider under ESOS Act 2000-CRICOS provider Code 00098G.