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Module 5: Financial, Resource and Risk Management


As a researcher, you will need to exercise financial control over your projects. To do this you will need to be financially literate and have a clear understanding of the financial processes associated with research projects. Specifically, you will need to understand how to accurately cost research bids as part of the grant application process, how to prepare and monitor budgets, how to assess and manage risk, and how to interpret financial reports. You also need to understand the importance of financial control and the audit requirements associated with research projects.
This module comprises independent-study online learning material that needs to be reviewed prior to an end-of-module workshop. The total time commitment (including the workshop) is in the order of 10 hours.


The aim of this module is to equip you with the financial skills to properly cost, manage, and report on research projects for which you are responsible.

Learning outcomes

After completing this module you should be able to:

  • Prepare a realistic funding request for a project;
  • Prepare a budget for your project;
  • Correctly interpret a project budget statement;
  • Identify and manage risks and other issues that may arise during your project; and
  • Prepare a financial report relating to your project.

Content overview

The module comprises the following topics:

Module facilitator at you University

You will be advised of the module and workshop facilitator and the timing of the workshop by email.


Workshop details

There will be a 4-hour workshop associated with this module.


The first version of this module was developed for Monash University by Birch Consulting Group, Melbourne. 

The module was revised in 2011/2 by The University of Western Australia.

Principal writers
Cherry Birch, Birch Consulting Group (Version 1)
Geoff Wright, Birch Consulting Group (Version 1)
Professor Shelda Debowski (Revised Version, 2012)
Ms Kathy Kok (Revised Version, 2012)

Educational developers
Bill Potter, Monash University
Associate Professor Len Webster, Monash University

Web developer
Rob Andrew, Monash University
Jane Liang, Go8

Project management
Group of Eight Future Research Leaders Program

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