Table R - Higher Degree By Research

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Table R - Project Management

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ENGG5205 Professional Practice in Project Management

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the assessment table in the unit outline. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study teaches the fundamental knowledge on the importance, organisational context and professional practice in project management. It serves as an introduction to project management practices for non-PM students. For PM students, this unit 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.
Specifically, the unit aims to: Introduce students to the institutional, organisational and professional environment for today's project management practitioners as well as typical challenges and issues facing them; Demonstrate the importance of project management to engineering and organisations; Demonstrate the progression from strategy formulation to execution of the project; Provide a set of tools and techniques at different stages of a project's lifecycle with emphasis on scope, time, cost and integration related issues; Highlight examples of project success/failures in project management and to take lessons from these; Consider the roles of project manager in the organization and management of people; Provide a path for students seeking improvements in their project management expertise.
PMGT5875 Project Innovation Management

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the assessment table in the unit outline. Mode of delivery: Block mode
Innovation is widely-recognised as a major driver of economic growth. Yet innovation projects can be difficult to manage: they typically involve a high level of uncertainty, and many organisations are unsatisfied with the level of innovation they achieve. In this unit of study, we focus on issues in the management of innovation projects at the individual project level, organisational level and across networks of organisations. Since a systematic approach can and does improve our effectiveness in managing innovation, we begin by exploring several different process models of the stages through which innovation projects are managed. We discuss context and challenges which impact such projects, as well as the concepts of creativity and intellectual property management. Using focused case studies, we analyse best practice in the structures and processes that organisations can provide to enable innovation, as well as to support the search, selection, implementation, dissemination, feedback and evaluation stages of their innovative projects. We also examine the impact of networks on innovation (e.g. collaboration networks), national innovation policies and systems, and trends towards open innovation.
PMGT5876 Strategic Delivery of Change

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prohibitions: WORK6026 Assessment: Refer to the assessment table in the unit outline. Mode of delivery: Block mode
Welcome to PMGT5876 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.
PMGT5879 Strategic Portfolio and Program Management

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the assessment table in the unit outline. Mode of delivery: Block mode
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.
PMGT5896 Sustainability and Intelligence in PM

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the assessment table in the unit outline. Mode of delivery: Block mode
Sustainability and intelligence are two of the major themes facing us as individuals and organisations in today¿s knowledge economy. The first of these themes is the challenge of ensuring economic, social and environmental sustainability in every aspect of our personal, working and organisational lives. This requires us to factor sustainability into our plans, actions and decisions at every level. To do this we need intelligence which, like sustainability, has many potential meanings and applications. At one level it is the ability to apply knowledge, skills and abstract reasoning; to adapt to new and unfamiliar situations; to observe and empathise; and to learn from experience. Traditionally it has been assumed that intelligence was a capability of sentient beings (humans and other animals), but artificial intelligence (AI) is emerging as a significant support or alternative. At another level, intelligence can be considered as the knowledge, information and data that enable us to learn, take action and make decisions. Associated with this, at a project or organisational level are knowledge management (the systematic development and management of knowledge assets) and business intelligence (the use and transformation of raw data into meaningful information and insights) to support strategy, value creation and sustainability.
This Unit of Study will focus on aspects of sustainability and intelligence relevant to project leadership. It will begin with an overview of economic, social and environmental sustainability and an examination of how corporate and societal global sustainability goals can be achieved through decision and action in projects, programs and portfolios. With this context, we will then look at how project teams, organisations, and societies build knowledge capabilities to sustain excellence and performance. Project and knowledge management are interconnected through the measures of project outcomes and the use of knowledge assets such as expertise, collaboration, decision-making, policies and procedures. Ultimately, project success is dependent on effective exchange and access to critical knowledge. Such critical knowledge is increasingly being supported by development of business intelligence capability and drawn from effective use and analysis of data including big data to reveal patterns, trends and connections. The Unit will conclude with an overview of business intelligence and data analysis and how it is being used to support projects and organisations.
PMGT5897 Disaster Project Management

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive July Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Assessment: Refer to the assessment table in the unit outline. Mode of delivery: Block mode
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. Student outcomes from this unit include: Developing and implementing an Emergency Response Plan; Specific recommendations for the health and safety of emergency response personnel and provides concise information on learning objectives and a review of important concepts.
PMGT5898 Complex Project Leadership

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prohibitions: WORK6130 Assessment: Refer to the assessment table in the unit outline. Mode of delivery: Block mode
This unit offers students an innovative way of looking at projects and programs and treating them as complex adaptive systems. Applying the principles of complexity and systems thinking assists project and program managers and leadership teams in formulating approaches to leadership of challenging and large-scale initiatives. The expected outcomes of this unit include development of: ability to diagnose complexity on a wide range of projects types; understanding of how systems thinking and complexity theories can be used to find new, creative ways to think about and lead complex projects and programs; ability to select and apply a range of systems thinking and management modelling tools and techniques to understanding, management and leadership of complex business problems; ability to reflect upon your own practice and develop self awareness as a key to leadership in the face of complexity.
PMGT6871 Project Planning and Governance

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prohibitions: PMGT5871 Assessment: Refer to the assessment table in the unit outline. Mode of delivery: Block mode
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 recognised 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.
PMGT6872 Project Leadership and Communications

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prohibitions: PMGT5872 Assessment: Refer to the assessment table in the unit outline. Mode of delivery: Block mode
Effective leadership skills rate among the greatest contributors of project success. In all but the simplest of projects, project managers must demonstrate leadership effectiveness across each phase of the project life cycle. This course considers various leadership theories and styles, and how they apply to real world projects across industries. In addition, assignments and participative activities will help current and future project managers enhance their own leadership and communication skills, by leading themselves, their teams and their organisations more effectively.
These concepts are underpinned by thought leadership in diverse topics including motivational psychology, social networks and influence, systems thinking, emotional intelligence, ethics, conflict resolution, negotiation, stress management, performance coaching and leading innovation.
PMGT6873 Project Economics and Investment

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prohibitions: PMGT5873 Assessment: Refer to the assessment table in the unit outline. Mode of delivery: Block mode
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, prioritisation, 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.
PMGT6891 Risk Dynamics and Resilience

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prohibitions: PMGT5891 Assessment: Refer to the assessment table in the unit outline. Mode of delivery: Block mode
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 organisational 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 organisational strategy and risk appetite. Integrated qualitative and quantitative approaches for identification, analysis, prioritisation, mitigation, monitoring and response to risk will be covered. Assessment will include opportunities to draw upon work based examples.