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Unit of study_

ENGG1863: Effective Project Communication

Project management is a rapidly growing profession applied across all industries. This subject provides an overview of project management and its relationship to program and portfolio management and the broader business context. The Unit introduces students to variations in project management as interpreted and applied in different industries. It will cover the nature of the project management profession, project career paths and the graduate qualities sought by employers. It introduces the primary professional standards and project management terminology. Projects are constructed and progressed through communication. Effective communication can save a poor project just as much as poor communication can undermine previously successful implementation. This Unit of Study covers the essential skills of effective project communication and sets students up to exercise influence through interpersonal skills and construct patterns of communication suitable to the demands of different projects. This unit will help students develop critical thinking and source and use information in their decision making. Students will focus on personal integrity and reliability as well as self awareness.


Academic unit Project Management
Unit code ENGG1863
Unit name Effective Project Communication
Session, year
Semester 1, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Kenneth Chung,
Lecturer(s) Kate Anichenko ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Tutorial quiz Online quizzes
15% Multiple weeks -
Outcomes assessed:
Assignment Individual essay
25% Week 07 -
Outcomes assessed:
Presentation Individual video presentation
25% Week 11 -
Outcomes assessed:
Assignment group assignment Group assignment
35% Week 13 -
Outcomes assessed:
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Individual essay: Students will use the guide provided in the lecture/workshop to write a comprehensive essay on a topic related to communication and/or project management.
  • Individual participation: Students will be assessed on their participation in lectures/workshops.
  • Group assignment: Student groups (5-6 members in each group) will develop a communication plan for a project of their choice.
  • Online quizzes: Students will be quizzed on preliminary readings for lectures/workshops from week 3 to week 10. All quizzes will be in a multiple choice format, delivered in-class.
  • Individual video presentation: Students will create, record and edit a video presentation of themselves in front of a small group (eight or more people). The presentations will be assessed based on the student’s ability to use the material taught in lectures/workshops.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to communication in projects Workshop (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO8
Week 02 Communication theory and project management Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO8
Week 03 The fundamentals of written communication Workshop (2 hr) LO3 LO4
Week 04 Influencing others Workshop (2 hr) LO4 LO8
Week 05 Nonverbal communication & presentation skills Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO4 LO6 LO8
Week 06 Creating a project communication plan Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO9
Week 07 The importance of empathy and active listening Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO8
Week 08 Facilitating open communication & leadership skills Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO4 LO6 LO8
Week 09 Building a personal brand Workshop (2 hr) LO7 LO8
Week 10 Informal and formal communication in projects (social network analysis) Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 11 Effective communication in project teams (virtual, cross-functional, and multicultural) Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO5 LO6 LO8
Week 12 Communication barriers: managing internal and external conflict Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO8
Week 13 Your communication style Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO5 LO7 LO8 LO9

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. develop a communication plan including emphasis on risk and quality, adapting communication to the needs of the audience
  • LO2. construct and nurture networks and alliances
  • LO3. provide clear and structured information to others and verify their understanding
  • LO4. facilitate and promote open communication, demonstrate empathy and listen effectively
  • LO5. promote project vision and goals to gain engagement and commitment
  • LO6. communicate effectively with virtual teams
  • LO7. consciously develop a personal brand
  • LO8. exercise influence through personal skills
  • LO9. analyse infrastructure, processes and systems for document management and information flow - introduce configuration management.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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