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PMGT5877: Management of Project Organisations

This course examines the challenges and approaches of managing project-oriented organisations. These could be independent business units or divisions within a larger corporation. Examples are construction contractors, ICT services, RandD units and many internal business units that concurrently undertake multiple projects. Today, more organisations are adopting project management as a management strategy to provide effective and timely solutions to clients. They are adapting organisational architectures to support both 'business as usual' and the multiple projects that are increasingly important to the organisation. Focus is on the relationship between project management and the following: organisational culture, structure, processes, cross-functional teams, project governance, performance management, organisational learning, change and knowledge management. The assessment comprises of a case study team assignment, quizzes and online discussions.


Academic unit Civil Engineering
Unit code PMGT5877
Unit name Management of Project Organisations
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,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Weekly Group Pecha Kucha presentations
Pecha Kucha presentations for weekly topics 20 slides x 20 secs/slide
10% Multiple weeks 6:40 mins
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment group assignment Part 2B - Team case study or research presentation
Teams will present a case or research that they have analysed.
20% Multiple weeks 10 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Online Discussion board contributions
To contribute to weekly online discussions, respond to 1 other contributor.
10% Multiple weeks 50-300 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Part 2A - Team Case study or research summary
Summary of the case study or research to be conducted
10% Week 08
Due date: 20 Apr 2020

Closing date: 31 May 2020
1000-1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Perspectives of project organisations
Report on observations of PO theories in practice (via interviews, news)
10% Week 10
Due date: 04 May 2020

Closing date: 31 May 2020
Min 1000 words, max 2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Thematic analysis of the literature
Thematic analysis with links to practice, viva voce at random.
40% Week 12
Due date: 18 May 2020

Closing date: 31 May 2020
3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Online Discussion Board contributions: Contribute 50-200 words to online discussions and respond to 1 other contributor weekly.
  • Perspectives of project organisations: Short 1000-2000 word report on observations of PO theories in practice (via interviews, news)
  • Thematic Analysis of the literature: Thematic analysis 3000 word essay with links to practice, a viva voce at random.
  • Weekly Online Group Pecha Kucha presentations: 20 slides x 20 secs/slide recorded and submitted online
  • Part 2A: Team Case study or research summary: A short 1000-1500 word summary of the case study or research to be conducted.
  • Part 2B: Team case study/research online presentation: Teams will record a presentation a case or research that they have analysed and submit the presentation recording online.

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

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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
Week 01 Overview of a project-oriented organisation Workshop (2 hr) LO2
Week 02 Organisational strategy Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 03 Organizational structure and design Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 04 Theories of organisations and dynamic capabilities Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 05 Translating strategy into action Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 06 Benefits realisation and value creation Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 Organisational culture Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 08 People, power and politics Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 09 Project governance and organisational control Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 10 Organisational project management (OPM) and organisational learning Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 11 Change management Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO6
Week 12 Project manager development Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Week 13 Trends in managing project organisations; Final presentations submitted Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

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. communicate complex ideas and concepts in a succinct, coherent and comprehensible manner to multiple stakeholders
  • LO2. explain the basic forms of organisational structures and the schools of thought in organisational design
  • LO3. identify the challenges of managing projects within a complex organisation and apply organisational theory to analysing project organisations
  • LO4. discuss the use of projects as vehicles for implementing strategy; the importance and challenges of realising business benefits and creating value in project organisations
  • LO5. describe the functions of various forms of project governance systems, and the development of project managers in project organisations
  • LO6. evaluate the challenges and approaches to managing organisational change and plan the implementation of change to a project oriented organisation.

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
Modification to assessments to include an individual assignment with applications of theory to practice via student observations and research (interviews or desk-based research on current events). This ensures a clearer linkage of the unit to practice. This replaces the student quizzes. Added a 'Trends in managing project organisations' to keep students up to date with latest academic studies and industry practices.


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