Graduate Diploma of Global Project Management

Learn how to manage complex projects from start to finish, on time and on budget with a Graduate Diploma of Global Project Management.

Designed to provide experienced Project Managers with flexible study options to enhance their knowledge, skills, and career prospects, the Graduate Diploma of Global Project Management is a pathway to the Master of Global Project Management for applicants with a completed Graduate Certificate from Torrens University Australia (or recognised equivalent).

This course is also a stand-alone qualification for students with a bachelor degree and relevant work experience, and an exit pathway for Master of Global Project Management students.

This course is available with full-time and part-time options, and available in Sydney, Adelaide and online.


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This course is delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd, ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E.

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Workload and Assessment

No. of timetabled hours per week:

Torrens University Australia operates on a trimester system comprising of 3 study periods per year.

It is expected that each subject, whether studied online or on-campus, will involve a combined total of 120 hours of structured and self-directed learning, which equates to approximately 10 hours a week per subject over a 12-week trimester.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time, i.e. the student must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year.

Contact a Course and Career Advisor for more information on full-time and part-time workloads.

Typical assessment includes:

Subjects have a range of assessment options to suit the students requirements and circumstance.

Subject Information

This subject introduces course participants to the nature and importance of concepts that go beyond the twin imperatives of time and (financial) cost. Specific topics include sustainability in terms of social equity, economic efficiency, and environmental performance; project management life cycles; resource management; and change management. Students learn how to assess and evaluate the performance of multiple projects, and how to apply a range of tools and techniques when managing project portfolios, along with the nature of sustainability in project management in terms of how project management processes align with the three fundamentals of sustainable development: social equity, economic efficiency, and environmental performance.

One role of the project manager is to lead teams in complex and diverse organisational settings while concurrently communicating with all stakeholders. In this subject, students examine how to support and motivate team members to perform to the best of their ability, producing quality results within the required time and cost limits, and how individual and group behaviour impacts organisational effectiveness. Students learn ways to design projects to support organisational goals and how to build and engage organisational capital (intellectual, human, physical, financial, and structural). They also assess communications management as a tool to manage internal and external relationships with stakeholders, partners, vendors, and customers.

Procurement and contracts are integral to successful project management. In this subject, students learn about procurement and contracts in a global setting, and also understand the importance of leadership, governance and organisation to ensure successful outcomes. Discussion will include planning for purchases and acquisitions, requests for proposal, vendor selection, contract administration, and contract closure. Students learn how to approach key issues with regard to short and long-term contracts, and small and large contracts. Topics covered include the examination of procurement strategies, responsiveness, performance-based contracting, ethical relationships and supplier development initiatives. Students will also examine tendering, bidding and order management processes, relevant legal and commercial implications, as well as managing the relationship between buyer and seller, assessing vendor performance, contract change control, and conflict resolution. Discussion will include case studies, emerging trends and best practices.

To be effective, project managers must understand relationships between operational factors and projects. In this subject, students learn about scope, time and cost planning, developing an appropriate work breakdown structure (WBS). Students will also learn about the importance of managing project change, quality and risk, as well as the role of effective stakeholder communications in achieving successful project outcomes. They engage in practical exercises designed to help them develop project management skills. Students also examine planning considerations associated with global projects.

In this subject, students implement a project plan and manage progress by applying performance reporting, analysis, and measurement techniques to ensure that activities are executed as planned. This will include responding to risk events and issues; managing scope changes; communicating with team members and stakeholders; acceptance of deliverables, and administrative and financial closure.

The process of creation, from conception through distribution, is complicated and requires a diverse set of management skills. Students in this subject are introduced to the knowledge, tools, and techniques needed to manage projects successfully throughout a project life cycle, and to the language used by practitioners in conjunction with the terminology recognised by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Students explore the project management knowledge areas and process groups of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) guide. Students also examine the ways these two dimensions of project management interact in initiating (scoping), planning, executing (launching), monitoring and controlling, and closing a project.

In this subject, students learn the integrative nature of project management and develop skills to coordinate the various project management processes and activities. Students formulate appropriate project life cycle and apply the PMBOK project management process groups to their selected case study. They update the project management plan and other artefacts impacted by the change management process. Students evaluate environmental factors influencing project outcomes and develop effective management strategies. They apply a range of communication media to manage stakeholder relationships.

In this subject, students are prepared for the rigours of managing construction projects by allowing them to attain proficiency in managing risk and understanding resource management, health and safety, supply chain logistics and contractual implications. Students examine the process, nature, and market factors that impact contemporary construction projects, and identify the practical and commercial aspects in the project life cycle. Current and recent developments within the sector will be explored and the fundamentals of construction business decisions will be analysed.

In this subject, students explore the interrelationship between technological change and the strategic role that technology plays in sustaining a successful business. Students will analyse professional, technological and organisational challenges – including ethical issues and risks – that impinge on the management of complex technology projects across small, medium and global business environments. They also examine various approaches to planning and delivering IS/IT projects, including Information System Development Methodologies (ISDM), outsourcing, and custom versus off-the-shelf products.

With constant technological advances and shifts toward globalisation, organisations must be able to adapt and function efficiently while working through cultural barriers. Students in this subject focus on the human dimension of business, including individual and group behaviours, and organisational culture. Students explore the basic dimensions of human resource management – issues affecting the organisation, the project and the employee. Taking into account individual styles and leadership traits, they also assess and discuss contemporary thinking about leadership and its importance in today’s business world.

In this subject, students examine how infrastructure projects interact with society and the environment. Complex challenges involved in managing large public infrastructure systems in the 21st century are investigated while subject matters such as financial sustainability, environmental impact factors and management approaches are explored. Students evaluate the role and technical constraints of governmental agencies and other stakeholder groups, and learn how to balance the need for securing vital infrastructure and providing cost effective services for the public.

In this subject, students explore a variety of business process management theories and systems, including quality control, IT and management theories. Promising technologies for next generation e-business and enterprise systems will be particularly discussed and practical tools used in enterprises, eg. SAP, Oracle applications, will be demonstrated. This subject also emphasises the integration of software techniques and relationship to building an interface that business managers can use.

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