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PMGT3611: Projects in Controlled Environments

Intensive June, 2021 [Block mode] - Remote

PRINCE2, developed by the UK Government initially for use in IT projects is now adapted for and widely used across many project types. It provides a robust framework for managing project governance and risk escalation. PRINCE2 is one of the most prevalent professional certifications in demand by employers. In this Unit students will develop a thorough understanding of the PRINCE2 methodology leading to the opportunity to gain certification.

Unit details and rules

Unit code PMGT3611
Academic unit Project Management
Credit points 6
[30cp 1000 level of any UoS] and WAM >= 75
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Julien Pollack,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Participation group assignment Workshop participation
Continuous workshop participation.
5% Ongoing Ongoing.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Assignment Pre-Workshop Quiz
The quiz will cover the pre-reading material, available in Canvas.
10% Week 02
Due date: 19 Jun 2021 at 23:00
Undertaken in own time
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Presentation group assignment Workshop Group Assignment
This assessment includes presentations of group work in the workshop
5% Week 03 During the 5-day workshop.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Skills-based evaluation PRINCE2 Foundation Exam
This is the exam for PRINCE2 Foundation Certification
15% Week 03 One hour.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Skills-based evaluation PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam
This is an exam similar to the PRINCE2 Practitioner Certification
25% Week 03
Due date: 02 Jul 2021 at 15:00
1 hour 40 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Final assessment
An assignment covering all the PRINCE2 elements.
40% Week 06
Due date: 19 Jul 2021 at 17:00
As required.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Assessments in this unit prepare students for the PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Certifications. Certification is provided by an external provider. It is possible to pass this unit, but not achieve certification. It is possible to fail this unit and gain certification. Neither guarantee’s the other.

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

Work demonstrates initiative and ingenuity in research and reading, pointed and critical analysis of material, innovative interpretation of evidence, makes an insightful contribution to relevant debates, engages in the values, assumptions and contested meanings contained within sources, develops abstract or theoretical arguments on the strength of detailed research and interpretation. Properly documented; writing characterised by creativity, style, and precision.


75 - 84

Work demonstrates initiative in research and reading, complex understanding and original analysis of subject matter and its context, both empirical and theoretical; makes good attempt to ‘get behind’ the issues and evidence and engage with its underlying assumptions, takes a critical, interrogative stance in relation to argument and interpretation, shows critical understanding of the concepts and practices covered in the unit of study. Properly documented; writing characterised by style, clarity, and some creativity.


65 - 74

Evidence of extensive reading and initiative in research, sound grasp of subject matter and appreciation of key issues and context. Engages critically and creatively with the topic or question, and attempts an analytical evaluation of material. Makes a good attempt to critique various interpretations, and offers a pointed and thoughtful contribution to relevant debates. Evidence of ability to think theoretically as well as empirically, to conceptualise and problematise issues.


50 - 64

Work demonstrates a reasonable understanding of subject matter, shows a genuine effort to avoid paraphrasing, has a logical structure and acceptable documentation, and attempts to mount a credible argument. May have weaknesses of clarity or structure.


0 - 49

Work may fail for any or all of the following reasons: irrelevance of content; inadequate level of research; poor presentation or grammar, structure so loose that it cannot be understood; unacceptable levels of paraphrasing; plagiarism or other acts of academic dishonesty; inadequate or misleading acknowledgement of information sources.

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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.

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:

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 03 This unit introduces students to the PRINCE2 approach to project management. 1. Overview, Principles, Themes, Processes 2. Organization 3. Starting up a Project 4. Business Case 5. Directing a Project 6. Initiating a Project Lecture and tutorial (8 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
1. Quality 2. Risk 3. Plans - Product-Based Planning 4. Progress 5. Managing Stage Boundaries Lecture and tutorial (8 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
1. Change 2. Controlling a Stage 3. Managing Product Delivery 4. Closing a Project 5. Quality Review Technique 6. Tailoring the Method 7. Exam 1 Preparation Lecture and tutorial (8 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Application of all the Principles, Themes, Processes and Techniques. Workshop (8 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Application of all the Principles, Processes, Themes and Techniques, together with exam preparation for Exam 2. Workshop (8 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3

Attendance and class requirements

This unit runs over a five-day block. It is expected that all students will be available between the hours of 9am – 5pm on all five days. The majority of assessments will be conducted in class.

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

Details of the primary text will be provided in 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 PRINCE2 principles in context
  • LO2. Apply and tailor relevant aspects of PRINCE2 themes in context
  • LO3. Apply (and tailor) relevant aspects of PRINCE2 processes in context

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.

Based on feedback from the previous offering the weighting of scores has changed.

More information can be found on Canvas.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this unit.

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Work, health and safety

There are no specific WHS requirements for this unit.


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