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Unit of study_

PMGT3857: International Project Management

This unit provides specific guidelines for achieving greater international project success. It addresses the need for modern techniques in project management geared and suited to international projects. It provides opportunity to students to have orientation towards lessons learned from failures and problems in international projects, and suggest alternative solutions for project issues. The critical success factors for managing international projects together with management issues related to vendors and outsourcing across national boundaries are also discussed. It further deals with managing businesses effectively address cross- cultural, social, and political issues.


Academic unit Project Management
Unit code PMGT3857
Unit name International Project Management
Session, year
Semester 2, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

30cp of 1000 level units of study
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Nader Naderpajouh,
Lecturer(s) Cory James Steinhauer ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Online task Discussion forum. Screencast presentation.
1. IPM advantages & disadvantages, or 2. Defining emerging markets.
10% Week 04
Due date: 02 Sep 2021
5 minutes.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO3 LO2
Tutorial quiz Quiz 1
Multiple choice questions to quiz participants on materials from weeks 1-5.
10% Week 05
Due date: 10 Sep 2021
20 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO2
Assignment group assignment Response to video essay.
View assigned webinar videos and respond with a written analysis.
25% Week 06
Due date: 16 Sep 2021
2,000 words (+/-10%)
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO6 LO1 LO4
Online task Discussion forum. Mini case study blog post.
Multi-national and an emerging market strategy.
5% Week 08
Due date: 07 Oct 2021
500 words (+/- 10%)
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO5 LO4 LO3
Tutorial quiz Quiz 2
Multiple choice questions. Quiz participants on materials from weeks 6-10.
10% Week 10
Due date: 22 Oct 2021
20 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO2 LO3 LO5
Assignment Case study exploration.
Analyse a real-time international project.
35% Week 12
Due date: 04 Nov 2021
3,000 (+/-10%)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Online task Discussion forum. Twitter summaries.
Distil main UOS points to central themes.
5% Week 13
Due date: 11 Nov 2021
12 tweets (140 characters each).
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?

A. Case Study Exploration: Analyse a real-time international project.

B. Response to Video: View assigned webinar videos and respond with a written analysis.

C1. Screencast Presentation: Recorded presentation on 1. IPM advantages & disadvantages, or 2. Defining emerging markets.

C2. Mini Case Study Blog: Multi-national and an emerging market strategy.

C3. Twitter Summaries: Distil main UOS points to central themes.

D1. & D2. Quizzes: Multiple choice questions. Quiz participants on UOS materials.

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.

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
Multiple weeks Independent study guided by the online content and workshops (Week 1-13). You are expected to undertake 8-10 hours per week of independent study in addition to the workshops. (96 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 01 UOS introduction: Orientation, set up, structure, and assessments (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 02 Defining international projects: Requirements, and stakeholders; including advantages & disadvantages, and successes & failures. (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 03 Global project work: Traditional, distributed, and virtual, organisational change and organisational theory, and management principles in a globalised world. (2 hr) LO1 LO4 LO6
Week 04 Global Project Management Framework: Overview and application. (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 05 Global drivers, emerging trends, and a changing global ecosystem: Globalization, international trading system, and emerging markets. (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 06 International project environment: Political, legal, and bureaucratic limitations, SDGs, and technology. (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Week 07 Cross-cultural collaboration: Cultural dimensions and the impact of culture on multiple project aspects. (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 08 Managing global teams: Leadership, building trust and conflict resolution, and discrimination. (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 09 Contextualising communication: Techniques & tools, and negotiation. (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 Managing outsourcing and vendors: Integrations, across cultures, time zones, and technological settings. (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 Global finance: International finance, currency, and wealth distribution & inequality. (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 12 Risk management in international projects: Identification, probability, and impact. (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 13 New impacts under an IPM lens: Labour market, emerging technology, and climate action. (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance is encouraged for all workshop sessions. Absenteeism may affect in class, individual, and team performance and assessments. Special considerations applications must be made in advance for approvals. Any absenteeism and appeals must be supported by a valid reason evidenced through official documents e.g. medical certificate or company documentation.

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.

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. Understand the international project ecosystem
  • LO2. Assess potential reasons for international project success or failure
  • LO3. Develop individual cross-cultural integrity and professionalism
  • LO4. Interact with a team and stakeholders in a professional, respectful, and culturally aware manner
  • LO5. Consider cultural factors when managing an international project
  • LO6. Work effectively in virtual and remote settings

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
Unit of Study reflects acceleration and deceleration of global mega trends such as public health, globalization, emerging technology, labour market changes, and inequality where applicable. Assessment tasks are intended to facilitate student ownership and empowerment for their own learning, and for students to exercise critical thinking in how they view international project management. This is through the development of opportunities to link theory with real-life practice using global project-based case studies. Assessment tasks are varied to instill interest, authenticity, and originality of authorship.

Students are expected to undertake 8-10 hours per week of independent study per 2-hour workshop session. Preparation before class is key to the successful peer-to-peer engagement and learning in this unit. This unit of study has an interactive and participative hands-on workshop approach based on the concepts of flipped (preparing beforehand, self-directed learning) and blended learning (using online resources, technology, and live learning in class). The principles of flipped learning and online interactions and online resources would apply to students in both in-person and online environments. Discussions and collaborative sessions can be conducted in both online and in-person modes. The International Project Management team urges students to take leadership and ownership of their own learnings, come prepared to discuss, engage, and learn in an interactive environment.


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