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Project Control Methods


Project Control Methods, MSc Project Management, University of South Australia



The course aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge in respect to methods and tools associated with the monitoring and controlling of projects from their inception to completion. Students study a broad set of inter-related theoretical concepts and practical processes across the project lifecycle, including: project schedules and management; project costing and tracking; project quality plans and compliance; scope control; stakeholder relationship management; risk control; project communications; performance management; project monitoring, auditing and reporting; and process improvement.


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Exhibit advanced understandings on project monitoring and control processes as required during typical project lifecycles.
  • Think critically and use project control principles to analyse complex problems.
  • Work effectively in teams producing the required knowledge and skills outputs.

Suggested bibliography


Gray, C & Larson, E 2011, Project management: the managerial process, 5th edn, McGraw-Hill, NY.


Kerzner, H 2013, Project management: a systems approach to planning, scheduling, and controlling, 11th edn, John Wiley & Sons, N.J.

PMI 2013, A guide to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK guide), 5th edn, Project Management Institute, Newtown Square, Pa.

Shtub, A, Bard, JF & Globerson, S 2005, Project management: processes, methodologies, and economics, 2nd edn, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Turner, JR 2009, The handbook of project-based management: leading strategic change in organizations, 3rd edn, McGraw-Hill, New York.