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PMGT5872: People and Leadership

This is a core program unit with a focus on enhancing leadership and people management capability. It covers diverse traditional and innovative theories, models and tools. It complements traditional views based on PMBoK, applying diverse approaches to contemporary project environments. Many of the unit tasks are framed in uncertain and potentially ambiguous terms as is common in many project environments. Topic areas covered: Project context; Personal Competence; Interpersonal Competence; Team Competence. The unit references a range of Australian and global Project Management, Management and Consulting Standards. It integrates theory and practice to optimise results.


Academic unit Civil Engineering
Unit code PMGT5872
Unit name People and Leadership
Session, year
Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Online
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Karyne Ang,
Lecturer(s) Karyne Ang ,
Tutor(s) Peter Major ,
Catherine Graham,
Ben Irons,
Kerry Young,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Team presentation and facilitation
Your team is required to present and facilitate an online activity.
30% Multiple weeks Up to 20 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Assignment Online test 1
Mini quiz requiring short answer responses.
5% Week 06
Due date: 04 Apr 2020 at 23:00

Closing date: 05 Apr 2020
60 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Assignment group assignment Team video or poster
Teams have the option of submitting a poster or a team video.
10% Week 11
Due date: 05 Jun 2020 at 23:59

Closing date: 03 Jul 2020
One page A3 poster, or max 5 mins video.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO9 LO10
Assignment Individual written assignment
Thematic analysis report & viva voce (random)
40% Week 11
Due date: 13 May 2020 at 23:00

Closing date: 30 Jun 2020
3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO5 LO10
Assignment Online test 2
Short essay to quiz questions
5% Week 13
Due date: 30 May 2020 at 23:00

Closing date: 31 May 2020
60 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Assignment Individual reflection report
Individual reflection report
10% Week 13
Due date: 27 May 2020 at 23:00

Closing date: 30 Jun 2020
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO10
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Individual written assignment: Thematic analysis of related literature and essay. The word count excludes references and appendices. A viva voce may be required (selected at random).
  • Individual reflection report: this will be a personal reflections report. A viva voce may be required (selected at random).
  • Online mini tests x 2: held in Weeks 6 and 13. Students will be required to write short essays in response to quiz questions.
  • Team presentation and facilitation session: Online teams will be required to present (Pecha Kucha style), lead and facilitate a 20-30 minute Zoom online session, across multiple weeks (weeks 7-12), based on allocated topics.
    • This is a unique assessment task in an online mode. Please ensure that you reconfirm your dates and topics with your Unit Coordinator prior to your session. Provide your UC with the team’s zoom invitation link as this will be shared via the Announcements with other students to invite them to join your presentation and facilitation session as audience/participants.
    • The virtual presentation and facilitation session must be recorded for assessment purposes.
    • The allocated session time and date will be scheduled by Week 6.
    • Attendance by other teams (from the online and workshop cohorts) are encouraged.
    • *Two teams will be required per virtual session (at least), with each taking turns to present & facilitate online discussions and online activities with each other on specific topics.
    • Excellent team project coordination, scheduling and team/stakeholder management is vital to ensure that both virtual teams are able to attend the assessed session for a win-win outcome.
    • A teaching staff may also be present.
  • Team video/poster: Teams have the option to either submit a team video or poster.

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% deduction per day.

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

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.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 1. Introduction to leadership in complex and challenging project environments; 2. Knowing oneself and others; 3. Models of leadership; 4. The reflective practitioner Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Week 02 1. Values and beliefs; 2. Personality and behaviour; 3. Communication; 4. Presenting to groups Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Week 03 1. Managing stress and interpersonal conflicts; 2. Facilitating groups Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO9 LO10
Week 04 1. Building high performing teams; 2. Your team charter Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO9 LO10
Week 05 1. Multiple intelligences, EQ and teamwork; 2. Leaders as critical and creative thinkers Online class (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO9 LO10
Week 06 Leaders and systems thinking Online class (2 hr) LO6 LO7 LO9
Week 07 1. Power and politics; 2. Negotiating shared outcomes Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO7 LO9 LO10
Week 08 Vision, mission, strategy and culture Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 09 Leading and facilitating for diversity and inclusion Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO7 LO9 LO10
Week 10 1. Dealing with negative workplace behaviours; 2. Resilience and positive thinking Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO9 LO10
Week 11 Managing and leading stakeholders Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Week 12 Leading and facilitating change; Transformative and disruptive leadership Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Week 13 Creating value through people and leadership Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6 LO9 LO10

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. recognise leadership competences (to inspire, motivate and influence) in order to manage the group, and also understand stakeholder behaviours, assumptions and expectations.
  • LO2. understand the differences in leadership styles, situations and context.
  • LO3. manage oneself and other's emotions effectively through development of emotional intelligence
  • LO4. effectively and collaboratively work in a team and solve complex problems through engaging with team members and utilising the strengths of other team members
  • LO5. recognise cultural differences and hence be able to communicate effectively across cultures and boundaries
  • LO6. understand interdependencies and the complex system that surrounds a project and the project's stakeholders
  • LO7. build the bridge between leadership and project management.
  • LO8. analyse the impact of different leadership theories through time under different lenses such as: psycohistory, psychology, genetics, social sciences, economy, and so on.
  • LO9. map the leader skills needed in a project team and identify possible gaps.
  • LO10. gather and reflect on lessons learnt at the end of the group and individual assignments, reflect on past experience in order to improve future 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
In response to student feedback since the unit was last offered, the unit assessments (e.g. quizzes) have been amended, and readings are more focussed this round. For further intellectual stimulation, the individual essay now comprises of a thematic analysis and essay of related academic literature. Students expressed enjoying the presentation and facilitation sessions and hence, this will be continued with minor modifications. Videos (and posters) in the previous 2 rounds were of good quality and this has been continued with slight modifications.


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