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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Evaluation of the complex project management processes including: integration, portfolio management, systems mapping, flexibility and adaptability. Students undertake structured and problem-based learning converting the theoretical and practical application of managing portfolios of complex projects.

Unit content

1. Linking Organisational Strategy to Project Strategy

2. Aligning Project to Corporate Strategy

3. Portfolio Management

4. Program Management

5. Value Realisation

6. The Project-Oriented Organisation

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Integrate projects into programs allowing for a controllable and manageable level of systems complexity
2 Critically analyse and critique simple and complex theories underpinning project management
3 Skilfully negotiate complex environments to ensure overall project and program success
4 Map and design systems and evaluate complexity within the context of project and program management

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Integrate projects into programs allowing for a controllable and manageable level of systems complexity
    • GA1:
  2. Critically analyse and critique simple and complex theories underpinning project management
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. Skilfully negotiate complex environments to ensure overall project and program success
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. Map and design systems and evaluate complexity within the context of project and program management
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • Hard and soft-copies of the text are available from the John Wiley & Sons website and local and international book sellers. Weekly readings associated with this unit will be sourced primarily from the Wiley Guide to Project, Program, and Portfolio Management. Therefore, full access to this text is mandatory for the duration of this unit: Morris, P & Pinto, JK, 2007, The Wiley Guide to Project, Program, and Portfolio Management, John Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 978-0-470-22685-8.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.