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PMGT2822: Reframing Projects

Semester 2, 2023 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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.

Unit details and rules

Unit code PMGT2822
Academic unit Project Management
Credit points 6
ENGG1863 OR PMGT1852
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Kate Anichenko,
Lecturer(s) Kate Anichenko,
Kaye Remington,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Supervised exam
Final Exam
Exam that will cover all of the material for this course.
30% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO10
Assignment group assignment Design projects
5 group design projects starting from Week 4. Due in Weeks 4, 6, 8, 10, 12.
20% Multiple weeks 5 small group design projects.
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO11 LO10 LO7 LO6 LO5
Small test Quizzes
Multiple choice quizzes weekly (weeks 2-13).
30% Multiple weeks 20-30 minutes to complete the test.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11
Presentation group assignment Group Presentation
Group response to a challenging situation, applying the relevant frameworks
20% Week 11
Due date: 22 Oct 2023 at 23:59
To be described in class.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • 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.
  • Design Projects: In small groups of 3-4, students will submit design projects that will be marked throughout the semester (4 of the 5 small design projects will count towards the final mark).
  • Weekly Multiple Choice Quizzes: The quizzes will comprise detailed multiple choice questions based on the weekly readings, workshop discussions, and lecture materials and videos. 10 out of 12 quizzess will be considered towards the student’s final mark. These should be submitted each Tuesday, 23:59 pm from Week 2.
  • Final exam: The exam will be scenario-based. 
  • 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.

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
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

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

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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