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PMGT2822: Reframing Projects

The possibilities inherent in any project are constrained by the assumptions that we, and other stakeholders, bring to it. This Unit of Study focuses on techniques, such as design thinking, for reframing our understanding of what is possible in any given project in order to enhance value. Upon the completion of this course, students will develop skills to think diversely, take action in ambiguity and ensure projects deliver value to all stakeholders.


Academic unit Project Management
Unit code PMGT2822
Unit name Reframing Projects
Session, year
Semester 2, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

ENGG1863 OR PMGT1852
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Karyne Ang,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Take-home extended release) Type E final exam Final Exam
Exam that will cover all of the material for this course.
30% Formal exam period 24 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO10 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Quizzes
Multiple choice quizzes weekly (weeks 2-13).
30% Multiple weeks 6 questions/week (each worth 0.5 points)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Assignment Individual Design Project Presentation
Illustrated and described video presentation.
20% Week 07 10 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO11 LO10 LO7 LO6 LO5
Assignment group assignment Group Presentation
Group response to a challenging situation, applying the relevant frameworks
20% Week 11 To be described in class.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type E final exam = Type E final exam ?
  • Group Project: In response to a challenging situation, groups will apply relevant reframing frameworks discussed during workshops. Examples will be explored and tested in groups throughout the semester.
  • Individual presentation: Students will respond individually to questions about the group project. Questions will be assigned randomly to students a short time prior to the submission. 
  • Reflective essay: Students will be expected to research and find real examples of reframing in practice, from the literature, interviews, and/or media. In relation to a chosen scenario from practice, students will apply and critically evaluate frameworks presented in class.
  • Multiple choice exam: The exam will comprise detailed multiple choice questions based on the weekly readings, workshop discussions, and lecture materials and videos.


  • 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.

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:

5% for each day late.

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

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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 Students are expected to undertake independent study of all preparatory material (8-9 hours per week). Independent study (100 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Week 01 Introduction to Reframing Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 02 The Reframing Model Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Week 03 Immersion Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO6 LO9 LO10 LO11
Week 04 Ideation Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Week 05 Integration Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6 LO7 LO9 LO10
Week 06 Evaluation Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO6 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Week 07 Reframing Risk Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6 LO9 LO10 LO11
Week 08 Project Scenario Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Week 09 Project Practice Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Week 10 Diffusion Techniques Workshop (2 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Week 11 Creative Project Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Week 12 Creative Project Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11

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 is no set text for this course. Weekly readings and other supplementary material will be provided online. 

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. reframe the project to enhance value; critically question information presented
  • LO2. promote and apply creative techniques to find alternative solutions; stimulate and support an open creative environment
  • LO3. explore how different individuals develop and communicate creative solutions
  • LO4. explore and apply techniques for the development of creative solutions in groups, including humour and multiple perspective taking
  • LO5. investigate and evaluate the process of diffusion of innovation within various project contexts
  • LO6. critically question the validity of assumptions and constraints and their impact on the project
  • LO7. facilitate communication of new ideas and approaches to key stakeholder groups
  • LO8. establish and maintain focus on satisficing customer outcomes.
  • LO9. demonstrate a full involvement in a group activity.
  • LO10. demonstrate critical thinking and reflective skills about learning projects.
  • LO11. demonstrate research skills to explore examples from practice

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
Changes were made to several assignments to enhance student learning experience. Learning outcomes 8-10 were added to reflect these changes.


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