Diploma in Project Management (DIPM)


Credit Points Required

Each unit has a value of 10 credit points per Unit. Students are required to gain 80 credit points to qualify for graduation.

Duration of Study

The Diploma in Project Management program is comprised of EIGHT units of study. Usually students take two units each semester taking four semesters or two years to complete the program.

Study Mode and Location/Structure

Students are required to attend an intensive two- week residential component in Madang during each semester. Directed and practical assignments relating to workplace applications must then be completed in the student’s own time. The program is conducted through a distance-learning mode using well-established principles of adult learning applied to our Papua New Guinea context. Christian principles underpin all programs offered by DWU.

Admission Requirements

The entry requirement is for people to be in employment. This is necessary as assignment tasks require workplace application.
• Grade 10, 11 or 12 graduates with a minimum of 5 years of industry work experience
• Work experience with managing projects


Program Units

Semester One

FL161     Ethics and Productivity   
FL162     Introductions to Project Management   

Semester Two

FL163     Project Planning & Project Design   
FL164     Financial Performance, Efficiency and Spreadsheets  

Semester Three

FL165     Managing Projects 
FL166     Project Management Case Studies   

Semester Four

FL167     Accountability and Effective Workplace Relationships    
FL168     Project Management Reports    

Unit Descriptions


FL161 Ethics and Productivity - 10 Credit Points

The Ethics topic of this unit covers the ethical conduct of managers and supervisors, and the responsibility to encourage ethical conduct in others, colleagues, and supervised staff. This professional conduct includes respecting human rights. It includes contributing to an ethical workplace and participating in ethical decision making. In practice, ethical conduct is demonstrated in the context of generalist or specialist work activities such as applying processes, delivering and monitoring services to clients, using resources, conducting interviews, giving evidence, and awarding contracts. Professional ethical conduct and recognition of human rights are explained using Christian values and practices.

In the area of productivity, this unit guides participants to analyze the impacts of inputs and process involved in production of goods and services whilst managing costs. Factors that enhance performance and those that impede work performance are discussed. Formal work place arrangements and agreements between employees and employers are also discussed. The government’s role in the formation and regulation of workplace practice and its implication on performance and goal achievement of all stakeholders are studied.


FL162 Introductions to Project Management - 10 Credit Points

This unit outlines what a project is and the issues underpinning project management practices, and how Project Management differs from normal working operations. It is an introductory unit to project management program and focuses on terms and concepts used in project management. It gives students an overall view of the structure of the program as given in the text book.


FL163 Project Planning & Project Design - 10 Credit Points

This unit is designed to give students a clear picture of what takes place in planning and designing a successful project, and equips students with relevant skills and knowledge necessary to plan and design successful projects. It also provides the knowledge required to understand the processes involved in the planning of a project, and the interactions between processes.


FL164 Financial Performance, Efficiency and Spreadsheets - 10 Credit Points

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to determine cost behaviour and to analyse costs within a business using financial formulas to ascertain its financial performance. The unit is a key management skill required by organizations responding to a rapidly changing business environment. It also covers Spreadsheet fundamentals to develop skills in the use of a spreadsheet application program. Microsoft Excel will be used to create worksheets, arrange data, create charts, and apply formulas to typical business orientated problems. It provides students of project management with the relevant competency to develop and manage project budget and monitor costs.


FL165 Managing Projects - 10 Credit Points

This Unit is designed to provide students practical skills for managing successful projects. It provides students with practical skills of planning project requirements, for successful implementation. It develops students’ competencies in project definition, analysis, planning, decision-making, programming and scheduling, resources, personnel, risk management, monitoring and evaluation. Related issues to project management include use of life cycle costing, asset management, cost benefit and sensitivity analyses; use of Gantt charts, pricing and charging. Leadership issues include team dynamics, management of professionals, and managing upwards . FL166 Project Management Case Studies

This unit is designed to provide comprehensive project management examples and assists students to gain knowledge from the successes and failures of projects. It will also enhance your knowledge and skills to undertake every activity within the project life cycle.


FL167 Accountability and Effective Workplace Relationships - 10 Credit Points

This unit covers the ability of managers to manage the performance of the staff that report to them directly. Development of key result areas and key performance indicators and standards, coupled with regular and timely coaching and feedback, provide the basis for performance management. This unit is for managers and prospective business.


FL168 Project Management Reports - 10 Credit Points

This unit is designed to provide students with skills and knowledge on producing good technical writing for a project report. It focuses on the importance of writing project reports, how much detail to include in the report, and the format of reports. It introduces students to the project management software.