Units of Study Descriptions



Portfolio and Concurrency Management
PMGT5875 Project Innovation Management
PMGT5879 Strategic Portfolio and Program Management
PMGT5895 Contracts Management
PMGT5898 Complex Project Leadership

Quantitative Methods: Project Management


Methods studied in this unit are used in a wide range of project management tasks and problems. The unit explains why and where particular methods are used and provides examples and opportunities to apply these methods in practice. This UoS will also facilitate the understanding of the mechanics of these methods and their underlying theory.

Critical & Systems Thinking


Critical & Systems Thinking is the first of a two unit sequence dealing with the analytical abilities required in deciding and communicating management strategy for complex large-scale projects.

The unit develops skills in making basic critical judgments on complex problem situations involving uncertainty, incomplete information and dynamically interacting technical and non- technical systems and contexts. There is a particular focus on the ability to articulate a critical, reflected and well- reasoned response at a level that contributes usefully to project strategy discussions.

Applied Project Management


This UoS provides students with the opportunity to gain hands on, practical experience managing all aspects of a live project. It complements ENGG5205 Professional practice in Project Management which introduces students to standard project management processes and key knowledge areas. Working in teams, students will be given the opportunity to apply this knowledge to the execution of a project under the guidance of a senior project management professional. The primary focus is on the execution, monitoring and control and closing process groups.

Professional Practice in Project Management


This UoS teaches the fundamental knowledge on the importance, organizational context and professional practice in project management. It serves as an introduction to project management practices for non-PM students. For PM students, this UoS lays the foundation to progress to advanced PM subjects. Although serving as a general introduction unit, the focus has been placed on scope, time, cost, and integration related issues.

Project Process Planning and Control


Project Management processes are what moves the project from initiation through all its phases to a successful conclusion. This course takes the project manager from a detailed understanding of process modelling through to the development and implementation of management processes applicable to various project types and industries and covers approaches to reviewing, monitoring and improving these processes.

People and Leadership


This is a core program unit with a focus on enhancing leadership and people management capability. It covers diverse traditional and innovative theories, models and tools. It complements traditional views based on PMBoK, applying diverse approaches to contemporary project environments. Many of the unit tasks are framed in uncertain and potentially ambiguous terms as is common in many project environments.

Project Economics and Finance


This course equips members of project management teams with information and tools to do financial appraisal and optimise decision making. It imparts basic knowledge and competencies required in project appraisal and financial management applicable to all sectors of industry and business. These include services, business investment, R&D, capital projects, local, state and national government departments and agencies.

Project Risk Management


The aims of this course are to develop students; understanding and ability in applying project risk management skills in project environments. The course enables the students to apply best practice techniques and methods commonly used by industry in project risk management.

The competencies developed through this unit cover and go beyond the competencies in Risk areas as outlined in the competency standards by the Australian Institute of Project Management and Project Management Institute in the USA, respectively. The UoS aims to develop students ability to understand and conceptualise risk management issues, and analyse and apply risk management techniques using concepts and frameworks from the underpinning literature.

Critical Project Capability Assessment


This unit introduces students to the various project delivery, organisational change management and sustainability frameworks that can be used to successfully deliver projects. Students will investigate different methodologies, standards, tools and techniques and consider how these can be integrated into tailored project delivery approaches that will address the specific requirements and context of each project

Project Management Capstone


The capstone project aims to provide students with the opportunity to carry out a defined piece of independent workplace related research and assessment in a way that fosters the development of practical research skills relevant to project management. Students will work individually or in small groups on an assigned project for the semester. The concepts covered depend on the nature of the project.

The capstone project will be undertaken in conjunction with ENGG5812 Project Capability Assessment, building on the skills of complex problem analysis developed in the preceding unit.

Project Management Thesis A & B

PMGT5883 & PMGT5884

Project Management Thesis A & B provide an opportunity for students to undertake a major project in a specialised area relevant to Project Management. Students will work individually to plan and write reports

Project Management Thesis can be spread over a whole year, in two successive Units of Study of 6 credits points each, Project Management Thesis A (PMGT5883) and Project Management Thesis B (PMGT5884). This particular unit of study, which must precede PMGT5884 Project Management Thesis B, should cover the first half of the work required for a complete thesis project. In particular, it should include almost all project planning, a major proportion of the necessary background research, and a significant proportion of the investigative or design work required of the project.

Project Management Dissertation A & B

PMGT5851 & PMGT5852

The dissertation is available to students who have a strong research interest and who are deemed capable of completing an extensive research project. The aim of the dissertation is to complete a substantial research project and successfully analyse a problem, devise appropriate research methods, analyse the results and produce a well-argued, in-depth thesis. It is expected that the dissertation will be conducted over two consecutive semesters although the two 12 credit point units PMGT5880 & PMGT5881 may, with permission, be undertaken concurrently.
This unit of study, which must precede PMGT5881 Project Management Dissertation B, should cover the first half of the work required for a complete dissertation project. In particular, it should include almost all project planning, a major proportion of the necessary background research, and a significant proportion of the investigative or design work required of the project.

Project Innovation Management


This course focus on the impact of innovation into the project management practice. Important trends in innovation in project organisation, management and delivery are identified and their implications for project management explored. Major topics include: trends, such as ``open source``model rather than protected intellectual property innovation structure; impact of the open innovation structure on organisational project management; improved understanding of the client requirements and achievement of quality goals through tools and methodologies based on an user driven approach; distribution of innovation over many independent but collaborating actors; and the importance of diverse thinking toolkits(for example: design thinking, systems thinking, integrative thinking, and hybrid thinking) that empower users to innovate for themselves.

Strategic Delivery of Change


This course is designed to foster and promote critical thinking and the application of good theory to inform good practice in the strategic delivery of organisational change. The philosophy underpinning this course is design thinking and storytelling. You will learn quite a bit about these ideas over the duration of the course, and why it is increasingly important to change management. The course develops capabilities that will differentiate you from the average project manager and change agent, and which are in high demand in forward thinking organisations: be they in private, public or third sector.

Management of Project Based Organisations


This course examines the challenges and approaches of managing project-oriented organisations. These could be independent business units or divisions within a larger corporation. Examples are construction contractors, ICT services, R&D units and many internal business units that concurrently undertake multiple projects. Today, more organisations are adopting project management as a management strategy to provide effective and timely solutions to clients. They are adapting organisational architectures to support both `business as usual` and the multiple projects that are increasingly important to the organisation. Focus is on the relationship between project management and the following: organisational culture, structure, processes, cross-functional teams, project governance, performance management, organisational learning, change and knowledge management.

Strategic Portfolio and Program Management


This unit specifically addresses the selection and prioritisation of multiple programmes and projects which have been grouped to support an organisation's strategic portfolio. The allocation of programmes of work within a multi-project environment, governing, controlling and supporting the organisation's strategy, are considered. The aim is to formulate and manage the delivery of the portfolio of strategies using programme management. Students will learn and practice the issues to be considered in selecting an effective organisation portfolio and how to implement a Portfolio Management Framework. Also they will encounter the many conflicting issues facing Program Managers as they seek to implement organisation strategy through programs and learn how to balance these to obtain desired outcomes.

System Dynamics Modelling for PM


Students should achieve an understanding of the roles of mapping and modelling complex, unpredictable dynamical systems. Systems Thinking is a more natural and better way to think, learn, act, and achieve desired results. Effectively implemented, it can dramatically improve a manager's effectiveness in today`s complex and interconnected business world. This course provides managers with many practical new Systems Thinking tools and the main concepts of Systems Thinking to enhance individual, team, project, and organizational learning, and also how to better understand the impact of changes on performance.

Computer Applications in PM


Computer-Aided Project Management builds a bridge from the genesis of project management principles through today`s software, developing a postmodern project management systems paradigm for the twenty-first century. Adopting a unique systems perspective that emphasises project coding–an essential skill in project database management–this course demonstrates what fundamental project management principles are, what they do, and how they work in the software environment. Addressing all phases of a project, it illustrates and expands theories through the use of realistic case studies and extensive exercises running on computers.

Global Project Management


This course has been designed to suggest the development of best practices in communication, collaboration and management across international borders. The objectives are to: Understand the challenges faced by a global program and project teams; and, Improve the overall skills and practices of global project managers that will lead international companies to achieve maturity in global project management. Topics include: Introduction to traditional, distributed, and virtual project work; Global projects and requirements; Organisational change and organisational theory; Cross-cultural collaboration; Global project leadership; Trust building and conflict resolution; Coaching over distance; Global communication and channels; Leading a global organisation; Implementing collaborative tools; and, Implementing a Global Project Management Framework.

Integrated Cost and Scheduling Control


This unit of study focuses on the integrated management of project scope, time and cost for effective control and delivery of projects. The scope of the subject matter includes delivering comprehensive theoretical knowledge and application skills in integrated management and control of cost and schedule in complex projects. By successful completion of this unit of study, students should achieve a clear understanding of the time and cost management and appropriate control measures in project development environments.

Contracts Management


The aim of this unit is the understanding of fundamental contracts as it relates to project management. The aim is that students are able to understand various contracts that are available and have the ability to select the right contract for a project. The unit aims to give an understanding of contract terms and conditions that may give rise to potential issues and methods to mitigate this. Given contracts are pivotal in a project manager’s role the overall aim is for students to understand contracts better and have the confidence to use contracts in their day to day activities to avoid potential risks and conflicts. In addition it will assist students to have the ability to solve complex issues by being able to think critically and analyze issues.

Sustainability and Intelligence PM


In order to run projects successfully, project managers need to master more than the requisite technical knowledge. The more complex the project, the more significant interpersonal skills become to achieving a successful outcome. Without the people skills necessary to lead effectively, even the most carefully orchestrated project can quickly fall apart. Also, the concepts of sustainability and corporate responsibility are also gaining importance in our globalised economy and are having and increasing influence business and project objectives and it is becoming imperative that they are incorporated into the practice of project management.

This unit of study embraces this new reality by providing students with an expanded understanding of value creation and how this is delivered through projects. The emphasis is on using projects to deliver value in terms of economic capital whilst also developing social capital and preserving natural capital via the incorporation of sustainability principles into the practice of project management.

Students will be introduced to the sophisticated concepts of emotional intelligence, sustainability and knowledge management and apply these concepts via developing diagnostic frameworks; the preparation of recommendation reports; developing tailored project management deliverables; conducting research and analysis; and presenting on related topics.

Disaster Project Management


This unit identifies the causes of some well-known disasters (natural, man-made and projects) and reveals what can be learned by being able to think critically and analyse the issues. The aim of this unit is to outline traditional and contemporary theories in emergency response planning; to provide an overall scope of comprehensive emergency planning and the major elements that must be addressed in an Emergency Response Plan.

Complex Project Leadership


This unit will offer students an innovative way of looking at projects and treating them as complex adaptive systems. Applying the principles of systems thinking will assist project managers and leadership teams in formulating approaches to management and leadership of challenging and large-scale initiatives. The expected outcomes of this unit include: Exploring how systems thinking and complexity theories can be used to find new, creative ways to think about and manage projects; Diagnose complexity on a wide range of projects; Understand and manage the complexity of the business problem and use a range of systems thinking approaches and management modelling techniques to determine the most effective approach to managing all aspects of a project based on the level of complexity involved.

Integrated Project Delivery Approaches


This unit draws on the past experience and critical thinking skills of advanced students in the evaluation of various project delivery, organisational change management and sustainability frameworks that can be used to successfully deliver projects. Students will critically examine different methodologies, standards, tools and techniques and consider how these can be integrated into tailored project delivery approaches that will address the specific requirements and context of each project.
Contemporary project delivery frameworks and methodologies are covered in the unit - including Lean Six Sigma, the PMBoK Project Lifecycle and Process Groups, PRiNCE2, Rolling Wave Planning, Concurrent Engineering, Organisational Change Management, Stakeholder Management, Agile methods and others.

Project Planning and Governance


Drawing upon prior experience in the planning and control of projects this unit of study provides practitioners from a wide range of project application areas with the opportunity to review, develop and critique their understanding, skills and practice relative to a range of recognized standards and approaches for the governance, planning and control of projects. While providing an overview of the breadth of responsibility for the management of an individual project the focus in this unit of study will be on planning, monitoring and control of scope, time, and cost, with some coverage of quality management and procurement. Structures and requirements for governance of projects, including accounting and reporting lines, and the need for alignment to the business case are addressed. Reference is made to trends in the management of projects and to the need for variation in approach relative to project type and context.

Project Leadership and Communications


Drawing on personal experience and self-awareness, this advanced unit focuses on developing the ability to work in and lead high-performance teams.
The unit acknowledges the centrality of communicative action in the conduct of projects, addressing project communications, both internal and external, strategic and routine. Coverage will include theoretical concepts and practical application:

  • Self-leadership
  • Effective Project Teams
  • Leadership in Project Contexts
  • Internal and External Project Communications
  • Conflict Management
  • Relationship Management and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Facilitation and Empowerment

These concepts are underpinned by thought leadership in diverse topics including motivational psychology, social networks and influence, systems thinking, emotional intelligence and ethics.

Project Economics and Investment


Building on the student's pre-existing knowledge base and team skills this course is designed to develop understanding and core competencies relating to project economics and investment. It includes coverage of portfolio decisions, project selection, prioritization, justification, appraisal and financing using pragmatic case studies similar to those likely to have been encountered in professional work. These case studies are then used to build up detailed financial appraisal and decision-support models that can be extended to any project valuation exercise and incorporate practical economic data in order to better understand the corporate, regional and global positioning of a project in terms of factors both internal and external to the project. This is clearly and concisely built into the examples and excel workbooks that are used as the work tools for this course.

Risk Dynamics and Resilience


Projects are inherently uncertain as they require planning in the present for action to be taken in the future. Such uncertainty gives rise to both risk and opportunity. This unit of study provides a broad and contemporary coverage of the dynamic nature of risk and the need for project and organizational resilience to deal with risk and benefit from opportunity. Against a background of risk management theory, industry standards and practice, students will be provided with opportunities to reflect upon and share their experiences as a basis for developing their skills in identifying and dealing with project risk and making informed decisions aligned with organizational strategy and risk appetite. Integrated qualitative and quantitative approaches for identification, analysis, prioritization, mitigation, monitoring and response to risk will be covered. Assessment will include opportunities to draw upon work based examples.

International Project Study Tour


The aim of this elective unit of study is to provide students with an opportunity to learn from and compare international approaches to the management of projects, to develop their networks and connections and broaden their view of the field. It will take the form of a study trip to one or more countries where seminars will be arranged with universities allowing collaborative work with local students, academics and researchers and industry and project visits will facilitate enhancement of experience and forge new connections. Individually, students will be required to undertake reading in the field to extend their critical and theoretical perspectives. They will be required to keep a reflective journal throughout the trip documenting their experiences and relationship to their reading. As a group, students will maintain a blog, sharing and reflecting on their learning and experiences with a wider audience. Prior to commencement of the trip, students will submit a proposal for an individual report on a theme aligned with the proposed activities for the trip. This report will require research in terms of a literature review, fact finding and interviews conducted during the trip and will be submitted at the end of the semester. On return to Australia, participating students will host a seminar for fellow students, alumni and industry at which they will share their insights.