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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 Project Management
Unit code PMGT5872
Unit name People and Leadership
Session, year
Intensive February, 2021
Attendance mode Block mode
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 ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Team Workshop Group Submissions
Teams to submit daily workshop groupwork tasks via Canvas online platform
10% Multiple weeks
Due date: 02 Feb 2021 at 23:59

Closing date: 03 Feb 2021
As per workshop task allocated each day
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Individual Weekly Video blogs
Submit your personal video blog every Friday based on learnings
10% Multiple weeks
Due date: 05 Feb 2021 at 23:59

Closing date: 07 Feb 2021
5 minutes per video x 3 submissions
Outcomes assessed: LO10
Presentation group assignment Team presentation
Presentation in your class session will be based on pre-appointed topics.
10% Week 02
Due date: 27 Jan 2021 at 23:59

Closing date: 29 Jan 2021
6-7 minutes per team
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Assignment Individual case study report
Project-based case analysis and report
30% Week 02
Due date: 29 Jan 2021 at 23:59

Closing date: 10 Feb 2021
3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO2
Assignment group assignment Group Facilitation task
Groups are required to lead and facilitate a short topic with the class.
20% Week 03
Due date: 02 Feb 2021 at 23:59

Closing date: 02 Feb 2021
10 minutes per group
Outcomes assessed: LO7 LO8 LO9 LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment group assignment Facilitation report
Write a report on your team's in-class facilitation session
10% Week 03
Due date: 07 Feb 2021 at 23:59

Closing date: 10 Feb 2021
1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO7 LO9 LO10
Assignment Individual reflection report
You are required to submit a personal reflection report.
10% Week 03
Due date: 10 Feb 2021 at 23:59

Closing date: 14 Feb 2021
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO10
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Team Class Groupwork submissions (10%): DAILY, This team-based assessment task is based on groupwork completed during your daily workshop sessions, submitted at the end of each workshop day, across multiple weeks. Team members not contributing/not in attendance will not receive a mark. Marks are based on a combination of your quality contributions in class and the submitted uploads.

Team presentations (10%): DAY 3-4, Team-based Live presentation task based on pre-allocated topics relevant to the Workshop Days 3 & 4. Each presentation comprises 15 slides x 20 seconds per slide. All members must present in the session. Slide transitions must be automated in powerpoint. No pre-recorded videos will be accepted for the Block mode sessions. Upload your slides by 9AM on the day of your presentation.

Team in-class facilitation sessions (20%): DAY 5-6, Team based facilitation task where your team will lead and facilitate a class activity/discussion for 10 minutes on Day 5 & 6. Topics and rubrics will be provided ahead of time. Upload any slides by 9AM on the day of your session.

Team Facilitation report (10%): Teams to document and submit a 1000 words team report based on the activities, discussion outcomes and reflections of your team’s facilitated session. Submit your MS Word report through Turnitin.

Individual video blog (10%): WEEKLY. Reflect and record your individual weekly learnings drawn from this unit of study and the workshops, via individual/personal video blogs. Each weekly original video should be minimum 3 minutes and maximum 5 minutes. You are to verbally and visually communicate your specific personal, professional and academic learnings relevant to People, Teams and Leadership, in a project management context, for the week in a video format. Submit 3 personal videos in total. Upload each Friday by 11:59PM.

Individual reflective essay (10%): Submit a 1500 word reflection essay relevant to this unit of study and its learning activities, based on specific criteria provided in the Canvas Assignments page. Please submit your reflection report through Turnitin.

Individual case study report (30%): Analyse and report on specific project-based events in relation to people (range of topic areas and criteria provided on Canvas), teams and leadership. Submit your 3000 word report through Turnitin.

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% per day for written submissions; no mark for no-shows for in-class assessments.

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
Multiple weeks Independent study guided by the online content and workshops (Day 1-6). You are expected to intensively undertake 20-30 hours per week of independent study in addition to the workshops and assessment tasks, as equivalent of a total of 130-150 hours for a 6cp unit. Independent study (60 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Week 01 Days 1-2: Understanding Yourself and relating to others Workshop (12 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 02 Days 3-4: Teamwork and Leadership in projects Workshop (12 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Week 03 Days 5-6: Leading in the workplace and organisations Workshop (12 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO9

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 using project-based events as case studies. Assessment tasks are varied to instil interest, authenticity and originality of authorship.


Normally 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 face to face and Online environments. Discussions and collaborative sessions can be conducted in both online and face to face modes. We strongly urge 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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