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ENGG5812: Project Delivery Approaches

This unit develops skills in critically evaluating different project management methods and tools in relation to the complex systems environments that they are required to manage. Students will work on project case studies and be given the opportunity to consider different contemporary project delivery approaches and the relationship with both benefits and organisational change management. Lean Six Sigma, PRINCE2, PMBoK, agile methods and others will be examined in addition to hybrid models that blend more than one framework or method. The unit targets the higher analytical capabilities required at Practitioner to Manager levels (Levels 3 to 4) on the Project Management Learning Progression Table, addressing the critical thinking and systems thinking dimensions of Project Methods, Project Development, Project Communication and Project Delivery. The distinguishing quality of thinking at this level is its systematic character, working from a broad-based theoretical and practical understanding of the project delivery environment. The unit will go beyond what the approaches are and critically explore how to select the most suitable delivery method for your project. The aim at this level is not only to formulate reasonable and critical responses to a given problem, but also to articulate thorough and conclusive assessments for the development of tailored project delivery approaches that combine elements from different project delivery systems and methodologies. You need to identify key elements of the project and organise them into a coherent and persuasive argument about the recommended project delivery approach, encompassing consideration of the various risks, benefits, costs and processes involved. The unit builds upon the skills of complex problem analysis developed at a more basic level in Critical and Systems Thinking and together with this unit forms a two-part sequence dealing with the analytical abilities required in determining specific project delivery approaches for complex projects with different characteristics. Students enrolling in this unit are expected to have already developed a basic level of ability in forming and communicating critical judgments regarding complex problem situations through completion of the Critical and Systems Thinking unit or equivalent.


Academic unit Civil Engineering
Unit code ENGG5812
Unit name Project Delivery Approaches
Session, year
Semester 2, 2020
Attendance mode Online
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Karyne Ang,
Lecturer(s) Chris Lawler ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Academic sources and critical analysis
Annotated bibliography and analysis. See assessment guideline on Canvas.
25% Week 03
Due date: 11 Sep 2020
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO7 LO9 LO10
Presentation group assignment Showcase
Supported by work undertaken during workshops. See Canvas for more detail.
20% Week 08
Due date: 23 Oct 2020
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO10 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Creative assessments / demonstrations Learning reflection and team review
Questions that reflect on weekly content and group activity.
30% Week 11
Due date: 13 Nov 2020
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO10 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Online task Short answer and multiple choice test
Short answer and multiple choice on Canvas held during normal class time.
25% Week 12 70 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
group assignment = group assignment ?

Academic Sources & Critical Analysis (25%) - This assignment will guide you in reviewing some of the most current research and is a foundation for undertaking critical analysis. You are asked to select from a range of topics and use articles for a set list of journals.

Showcase (20%) - This group task is the culmination of your weekly workshop activities however it is anticipated your group will spend some additional time outside of class to further research and refine key outputs. The Showcase event occurs during normal workshop times in Week 8.

Learning reflection and team review (30%) You will be provided with a set of questions that ask you to reflect on your team and learning activities. These will assist you to connect the online content and the workshop activities at a deeper level of learning. This activity will include video blogging and live interviews with the teaching team. Short Answer and

Multiple Choice Test (25%) The test is comprised of multiple / multi choice questions and challening short answer questions covering the entire unit content. The short answer questions are targeted at the deepest level of learning and require you to demonstrate some sophisticated insight into the unit themes. 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.

For more information see

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.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

For every calendar day up to and including ten calendar days after the due date, a penalty of 5% of the maximum awardable marks will be applied to late work. The penalty will be calculated by first marking the work, and then subtracting 5% of the maximum awardable mark for each calendar day after the due date. Example: Consider an assignment's maximum awardable mark is 10; the assignment is submitted 2 days late; and the assignment is marked as 7/10. After applying the penalty, marks will be: 7 - (0.5 x 2) = 6/10. For work submitted more than ten calendar days after the due date a mark of zero will be awarded. The marker may elect to, but is not required to, provide feedback on such work. Refer to section 7A of Assessment procedures policy available at:

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
Ongoing Independent study guided by the online content & lectures. You are expected to undertake 8 - 10 hours per week of independent study in addition to the workshops. Independent study (100 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Week 01 1. Introduction; 2. Overview of project approaches; 3. Definitions; 4. Working in diverse teams Independent study (2 hr) LO1
Week 02 1. Strategy, benefits and organisational change management; 2. PMBOK, PRINCE2; 3. Standards and bodies of knowledge Independent study (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 03 1. Waterfall, agile, hybrid; 2. Lean and Six Sigma; 3. Constant innovation of practice Independent study (2 hr) LO1 LO5 LO6
Week 04 1. Industry specific project management: construction, IT, government and In House methods; 2. Contracting and procurement models; 3. Crowdsourcing Independent study (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO9 LO10
Week 05 1. Agile: a closer inspection; 2. Methods, tools and principles in action Independent study (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6
Week 06 Benefits management and organsiational change management: a closer inspection Independent study (2 hr) LO3 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 07 1. Project structures and deployment models; 2. Project, program, PMO and portfolios; 3. Deployment models: big bang, rolling wave Independent study (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7 LO10
Week 08 1. Project complexity and complication; 2. Risks and issues of your approach; 3. Project governance Independent study (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7
Week 09 1. Sustainability and project management; 2. Workplace health and safety; 3. Privacy, data security and compliance; 4. Business writing Independent study (2 hr) LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 10 1. Project people and capability; 2. Professionalism, ethics, certifications and qualifications; 3. Professional associations; 4. Integrating, remaining current, emergent and innovating approaches; 5. Lessons learned, knowledge management and closure Independent study (2 hr) LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 11 1. Recap; 2. Preparing for the A4 short answers Independent study (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Week 12 A4 assignment scheduled Independent study (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10

Attendance and class requirements


This unit has for the last few years been delivered using a blend of virtual, online and workshop. Due to travel restrictions we will continue with VIRTUAL and ONLINE.

Some Sydney face to face workshops will be scheduled only if:

  • it is safe to do so under any COVID-19 requirements
  • Sydney based students support it

A substantial part of this unit is based on the experiences and outputs from the weekly workshops. This makes regular attendance of high importance.

Please note there is not always a direct relationship between the week’s workshop activity and the online module. However, these become more unified by the time we reach the culminating Showcase (A2) and Reflection/Review (A3). All content is integrated into the final in class test (A4).


While you will not have timetabled workshops, you will be required to work with peers in small groups to undertake the same activities as the day students.  This forms the substantial basis of A2. You are also always welcome to join the workshop Zoom sessions.


Zoom meetings with either the lecturer or a marker will also be available to support all student groups undertaking the large Group activity and the following interviews.

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.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

Agile Practice Guide (PMI 2017)  is the set text.

Readings and lectures are integrated within the material on Canvas. You are expected to study these as part of your independent study time each week.

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. critically evaluate the different contemporary project delivery frameworks and methodologies including Lean Six Sigma, the PMBoK Project Lifecycle, Agile methods and others
  • LO2. provide due consideration to project characteristics and contexts in selecting and adapting different project delivery frameworks and methodologies
  • LO3. critically evaluate differing project delivery approaches and their impact on benefits, change, strategy implementation, risk, governance and the triple constraint
  • LO4. provide due consideration to stakeholder characteristics and contexts in selecting and adapting different change, benefits, governance and risk management approaches
  • LO5. provide recommendations and provide thorough and convincing rationale for choice of project delivery approaches for different projects
  • LO6. adapt and combine differing project delivery methodologies for application to projects in different contexts in order to deliver specific project outputs and outcomes (benefits)
  • LO7. apply critical thinking skills and complex decision making frameworks within a project management context in order to prepare and deliver presentations to senior stakeholders
  • LO8. provide due consideration to contributing to PM knowledge and promoting PM best practice within the project team
  • LO9. critically evaluate developments in PM knowledge and professional practice across a broad range of sources, and advises on operational implications
  • LO10. critically evaluate project contracting and procurement approaches with due regard for overall project goals, dependencies and business value.

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
Following feedback from students we have more clearly identified the individual and group contribution that are linked to assessments and workshop activity. Some modification is being made to the group task and reflections to enable greater use of the online and virtual environment.

Microphones and webcams will be required for online sessions, especially for group work in Zoom breakout rooms.


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