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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
Semester 2, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Kenneth Chung,
Lecturer(s) Danielle Owen Whitford ,
Catherine Kirk,
Tutor(s) Catherine Graham ,
Claire Kim-chung,
Administrative staff Mayo Siriwarnasinghe
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Individual reflection report
Individual reflection report
10% Formal exam period
Due date: 19 Nov 2021

Closing date: 03 Dec 2021
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO10
Presentation group assignment Team In-Class Group Presentation
In-class team presentation on one topic/module of choice
5% Ongoing
Closing date: 12 Nov 2021
20 - 25 mins
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO10 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation group assignment Team In-Class Group Facilitated Discussion
Group to lead and facilitate one discussion and Q&A amongst the class
5% Ongoing
Closing date: 12 Nov 2021
10 mins
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO10 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Individual in-class presentation
Peer review of any reference material or case study relevant to one module
5% Ongoing
Due date: 05 Nov 2021

Closing date: 19 Nov 2021
2-3 mins
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO10 LO9 LO7 LO5
Assignment Individual Vlog (video blog)
Video blog sharing your learning goals and expectations for this unit
5% Week 03
Due date: 27 Aug 2021

Closing date: 24 Sep 2021
3-5 minutes (max)
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO10 LO9 LO7
Assignment group assignment P&L Symposium paper
Academic paper based on the P&L Symposium theme in the present year.
20% Week 08
Due date: 08 Oct 2021

Closing date: 22 Oct 2021
2300-2500 words (max) academic paper
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Symposium paper peer reviews
Written Peer-reviews (max 500 words each), submitted as a single document
5% Week 09
Due date: 15 Oct 2021

Closing date: 22 Oct 2021
2 peer-reviews, 500 words (max) each
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO10 LO9 LO8 LO7
Presentation group assignment Symposium Presentation
Team presentation to a chaired panel based on the Symposium paper submitted
10% Week 13
Due date: 12 Nov 2021

Closing date: 19 Nov 2021
7-minute team presentation
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9
Presentation group assignment Symposium chair and reviews
Panel Chair, Discuss, Moderate and Keep time during the Symposium
5% Week 13
Due date: 12 Nov 2021

Closing date: 19 Nov 2021
5-7 minutes (max)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Assignment Case Study: Critique a project-based event
Critique a project-based Australian event as a case study
30% Week 13
Due date: 12 Nov 2021

Closing date: 19 Nov 2021
3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO3 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Team In-Class Group Presentation (5%) & Team In-Class Group Facilitated Discussion (5%): Once each, during Weeks 3-12. These team-based assessment tasks are based on pre-class and in-class group work. During the Semester, each group is responsible for preparing and delivering at least 1 x team presentation on a module and leading at least 1 x facilitated class discussion on another module. Groups are encouraged to be creative in their approach to share information and engage the audience. Groups must submit all supporting materials and a credit sheet, clearly outlining the role each group member played and their contribution to this assessment. Marks are based on a combination of your quality contributions in preparation and in class, and the submitted uploads. 

    Teams for in-class group work are pre-assigned.

  • Symposium integrated major team assignment (40%). Teams for Symposium tasks are self-assigned.

    • 1) P&L Symposium papers (20%) – Week 8, 2300-2500 word academic paper based on the theme of the symposium in the present year. The theme will be released no later than Week 3.
    • 2) Symposium paper peer reviews (5%): Week 9, TWO Written Peer-reviews (max 500 words each), compiled and submitted as 1 document
    • 3) Symposium Presentation (10%) – Week 13, 7-minute presentation
    • 4) Symposium chair and reviews (5%): Week 13: 1x Oral Chairperson and 2x Oral Discussants, 1x time-keeper, 2x zoom moderators, 5-7 minutes session chairing, commentary and discussion. A good session will demonstrate a clear synthesis and integration of ideas between papers, presentations, verbal and written reviews.


  • Individual video blog (5%): Week 3 Reflect and record in a personal video blog your baseline understanding of people and leadership, and your individual learning goals and expectations of this unit of study. Each original video should be minimum 3 minutes and maximum 5 minutes. 
  • Individual in-class presentation (5%): during Weeks 3-12. Provide at least 1 x 2-3 minute peer-review presentation of any reference material, case study, or similar that relates and contributes to the module of your choice. The format of the presentation is flexible and students are encouraged to be creative in their approach. Students must also be able to answer any questions from the teaching team or class.
  • Individual case study critique report (30%): Week 13. Analyse and critique a project-based Australian event as a case study in relation to people, teams and leadership. A range of topic areas and criteria will be provided on Canvas. Submit your 3000 word report through Turnitin.
  • Individual reflective essay (10%): Week 14. 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. Reflections should be specific and consistent with the content in this unit of study, your individual video blog assessment from Week 3, and your learning activities and assessment tasks throughout the course. Please submit your reflection report through Turnitin.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas. Special considerations for group work or individuals within groups may be administered differently.


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.

For more information see

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 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 workshops (Week 1-13). 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 Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Week 02 1. Values and beliefs; 2. Personality and behaviour; 3. Communication; 4. Presenting to groups Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10
Week 03 1. Managing stress and interpersonal conflicts; 2. Facilitating groups Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO9 LO10
Week 04 1. Building high performing teams; 2. Multiple Intelligences and EQ Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO7 LO9 LO10
Week 05 Leaders and systems thinking Workshop (2 hr) LO6 LO7 LO9
Week 06 1. Power and politics; 2. Negotiating shared outcomes Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO7 LO9 LO10
Week 07 1. Vision, mission and strategy Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO7 LO8 LO9
Week 08 1. Cultural competencies in leadership; 2. Leading and facilitating for diversity and inclusion Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO7 LO9 LO10
Week 09 1. Dealing with negative workplace behaviours; 2. Resilience and positive thinking Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO9 LO10
Week 10 Managing and leading stakeholders Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO9
Week 11 Leading and facilitating change Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO9
Week 12 Creating value through people and leadership Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO9
Week 13 People & Leadership Symposium (assessed) Workshop (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 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.

Late Penalty:

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:

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.

Text-matching software for Assignment Submission:

As part of the assessment process, text matching software such as Turnitin will be used to identify plagiarism and/or be used for providing feedback.

Confidential Peer Evaluation:

As part of the group contribution assessment process, collaborative & self-peer evaluation tools (e.g. SparkPlus, CATME, etc.) may be used, either on a confidential or non-confidential basis, to understand contributions and interactions amongst group members. Marks may be adjusted for an individual team member, following on from the peer evaluation process.

Mark Moderation:

There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes.


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