Project Planning, Scheduling and Resource Management

This course introduces attendees to the underlying principles and practice of managing project schedule and resource management. 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.

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.

This is a Module of Project Schedule and Budget Control that is a 3 days course



Dr Alireza Abbasi

Dr Alireza Abbasi is Coordinator of Project Management programs at UNSW Canberra.  He also holds a graduate certificate in University Learning and Teaching from UNSW. 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 80 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
  • Project Planning and 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.
  • Project Management Exercise 3
    • 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.

Course Outcomes

  • 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

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.