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INFS6071: Project Management in Business

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

This unit introduces students to the foundations of project management in business contexts. It provides an overview and practical understanding of different project management approaches, ranging from structured frameworks such as the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) to light-weight techniques such as Agile or Lean Management. Students learn how to select appropriate projects based on their alignment with an organisation's strategy and then how to manage those projects successfully from initiation through execution to completion. The unit explores both the technical and behavioural aspects of project management and students gain experience in critically analysing the application of techniques in specific business contexts. As organisations increasingly structure their activities on a project basis, the unit is of value to a range of discipline specialisations.

Unit details and rules

Unit code INFS6071
Academic unit Business Information Systems
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Peter Kavalamthara,
Lecturer(s) Peter Kavalamthara,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Individual assignment 2
Written task
35% Formal exam period
Due date: 15 Nov 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 22 Nov 2022
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Individual assignment 1
Written task
30% Week 09
Due date: 07 Oct 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 16 Oct 2022
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Group project assignment
Written task.
30% Week 11
Due date: 21 Oct 2022 at 23:59

Closing date: 30 Oct 2022
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Online task Class quizzes
In-class online weekly quizzes
5% Weekly 5 minutes each week
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO5 LO4 LO3
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Class quizzes: In-class online weekly quizzes will be assessed based on student participation in quizzes conducted in tutorials commencing Week 3.

Individual assignment 1: Based on analysis of a case, discuss key lessons that can be learnt from a project with regard to PMBOK knowledge areas and discuss how/if a systematic approach may have helped.

Group project assignment: Design and develop detailed project documentation – and supporting rationale – for a business project. 

Individual assignment 2: Students will research project management concepts and practices and prepare an analytical report. 

Detailed instructions will be available on Canvas for assessments.

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

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


0 - 49

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

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For more information see guide to grades.

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.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity 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 integrity breaches seriously.  

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

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Context and practice of project management Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO4
Week 02 PMBOK Project baselines - Scope, schedule, cost Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Week 03 Project scheduling - Lab Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Week 04 Managing project team Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO6
Week 05 Managing project risk Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Week 06 Managing project procurement and quality Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Week 07 Managing stakeholders and controlling project execution Online class (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6
Week 08 PRINCE2 methodology Online class (3 hr) LO2 LO4 LO6
Week 09 Assignment workshop Online class (3 hr)  
Week 10 Project initiation document, business case Online class (3 hr) LO2 LO4 LO6
Week 11 Adaptive project management Online class (3 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 12 Project strategy and evaluation of alternative project management methodologies Online class (3 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 13 Project management maturity; course overview. Online class (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO6

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

There are no assigned textbooks. Readings and online resources will be made available on Canvas.

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. Apply the PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) knowledge areas for project management planning
  • LO2. Create a project plan applying relevant project management techniques
  • LO3. Conceptualise factors affecting the team processes in projects and critically analyse your assumptions for managing projects
  • LO4. Recognise the key strengths and weaknesses of alternative project management methodologies
  • LO5. Recognise the differences between formal and adaptive project management
  • LO6. Engage in active learning and team collaboration of case studies to identify and critically assess project challenges, success factors and the applicability of formal Project management frameworks

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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The assessment of the unit has been updated by introducing a quiz component in the tutorials.


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