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It’s an easy decision to pursue a career in project management. After all, the sector can be an enriching experience for keen minds. Between the competitive salary and significant skills boost, what’s not to like?

The Project Initiation Management course offered by RMIT University aims to equip students with the requisite industry knowledge and experience, to produce competitive employees ready to tackle the market. Here’s just a sample of the concepts covered, and how they’re applicable to your new venture.


Dr Allen McLey from RMIT’s School of Engineering.

Figure out front-end planning

Known by several names, including pre-planning, conceptual planning and early project planning, front-end planning refers to the analysis and decisions that occur in the earliest stages of development. Often overlooked, it can play a key role in mitigating risk and addressing issues before they become extreme.

RMIT aims to empower students to analyse front-end planning theories from a critical standpoint. Moving beyond the theory, the application of ideas about best practice are applied to a range of contexts, from the local to the global.

An in-depth awareness of the importance of front-end planning can be crucial to industry success.

The United States National Research Council cites that an inability to deal with issues in this phase of planning can lead to numerous project setbacks or even failure. Managers who not only have the theoretical expertise, but have the skills to apply that knowledge to the workforce will quickly become assets.

Successful stakeholder management

Communication skills are vital in almost every industry, and project management is no different. The Hayes Higgins Partnership notes the importance of successful communication between managers and stakeholders, as this can lead to expedited approval, increased resources and valuable input from experienced industry leaders. Therefore, the Project Initiation Management course enables students to take their learning on front end planning and develop effective strategies to communicate plans and challenges to key stakeholders.

Not only does this cultivate a valuable strength, it also encourages students to approach communication critically, learning from both success and failure to gain valuable experience in assessing management relationships. Those who engage deeply with the stakeholder management aspects of the course will find themselves flourishing in work projects.

Putting it into practice

A key focus of this course is the case study methodology. To assist students in gaining that sought-after experience, RMIT encourages a deep analysis of several projects, as well as the creation of your own.

As Dr Allen McLay notes, the unit enables students to “understand how companies operate”. It is this workplace learning that empowers students to collate their knowledge and develop experience immersing themselves in the practices of a specific company. Graduates ultimately emerge with competitive skills and enviable experiences, assisting in their journey to becoming the leaders of tomorrow.

If the idea of project management excites you, learn more about our online Graduate Diploma in Project Management or call 1300 701 171 to speak with an Enrolment Advisor.