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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 2, 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 Cheng Ang ,
Tutor(s) Catherine Graham ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Team Abstract & Elevator Pitch
Submit a 200 word Abstract; present a 2 min elevator pitch related to the S
10% Week 06
Due date: 29 Sep 2020

Closing date: 04 Oct 2020
200 word Abstract; 2 min elevator pitch
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Assignment Online Discussion Board
Critique 3 project-based Australian events; comment on another's post
10% Week 11
Due date: 20 Nov 2020

Closing date: 20 Nov 2020
200 words each
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Presentation group assignment P&L Summit and Canvas page
Lead a Summit session as a 'seller'; create a Canvas page as your website
40% Week 12
Due date: 17 Nov 2020

Closing date: 27 Nov 2020
90 min Summit, Canvas in multiple weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Assignment Individual written assignment
Evaluation report of Summit 'sellers' with recommendations as a 'buyer'
30% Week 13
Due date: 24 Nov 2020

Closing date: 27 Nov 2020
3000 word evaluation report
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Assignment Individual relflection report
Individual reflection report
10% Week 13
Due date: 29 Nov 2020

Closing date: 06 Dec 2020
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO10
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Individual written assignment: 3000 word report where you will evaluate the models and offerings of at least 3 Summit 'sellers/consultants' from the perspective of a ‘buyer/organisation’, provide and justify recommendations of your selected ‘seller/consultant’ and their offerings to your organisation. A structured template that is provided must be used for this report. This task is linked to other assessment tasks.
  • Individual reflection report: this will be a personal reflections report of 1500 words. A structured template that is provided must be used for this report.
  • Online Discussion Boards: Students to submit 3 written critiques of Australian project-based events from the news media. Your critique must be supported by at least 2 references each, and you will need to also comment on at least one other student’s posts. Each entry should be approximately 200 words.
  • Team P&L Summit and Canvas page: Teams are to lead a Summit session in Week 12 as a 'seller or consultant' over a 90 minute Zoom session explaining your models and offerings to prospective ‘buyers’. During the Summit sessions, all teams are required to lead and engage active peer-group discussions based on your selected P&L models/frameworks. Teams also need to create a Canvas page as your website from Weeks 10-12. The Canvas page may include elements of short videos of your team, presentations, Q&As, the P&L framework or model with an explanation of what you are offering. Additionally, the site could be enriched with supporting resources like white papers,  flyers, posters, podcasts, videos, or panel discussions.
  • Team Abstract & Elevator Pitch​: Teams to submit a 200 word Abstract; present a 2 min elevator pitch in class about your ideas/frameworks and offerings related to the Summit.

Detailed information for each assessment will be provided 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 honesty, academic dishonesty, 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 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 lectures (Week 1-12). You are expected to undertake 8-10 hours per week of independent study in addition to the workshops Independent study (96 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
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. Multiple Intelligences and EQ Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO9 LO10
Week 05 Leaders and systems thinking Online class (2 hr) LO6 LO7 LO9
Week 06 1. Power and politics; 2. Negotiating shared outcomes Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO7 LO9 LO10
Week 07 Vision, mission and strategy Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 08 1. Cultural competencies for leadership 2. Leading and facilitating for diversity and inclusion Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO7 LO9 LO10
Week 09 1. Dealing with negative workplace behaviours; 2. Resilience and positive thinking Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO9 LO10
Week 10 1. Leading and facilitating change 2. Managing and leading stakeholders Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Week 11 Creating value through people and leadership Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Week 12 People & Leadership Forum (assessed) Online class (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 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
Feedback from the USS survey about increasing the challenge in the tasks and having increased teamwork opportunities have been considered. The new assessment tasks are intended to facilitate student ownership and empowerment for their own learning, and for students to exercise more critical thinking in how they view people and leadership in project management in relation to this unit of study. This is through the development of opportunities to further link theory with real-life practice (in Online discussions of project-events from the media and the simulation of a Leadership Summit as a team project, with inter-related tasks and activities).


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