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Unit of study_

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.

Details

Academic unit Project Management
Unit code PMGT5877
Unit name Management of Project Organisations
Session, year
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Semester 1, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Karyne Cheng Ang, karyne.ang@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Catherine Graham , catherine.graham@sydney.edu.au
Kerry Young, kerry.young@sydney.edu.au
Administrative staff Enrolment and SoPM administration: projectmanagement@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Thematic Video Discussion 1
Thematic analysis and video discussion linked to practice.
10% Week 07
Due date: 24 Apr 2020

Closing date: 16 May 2020
4-5 minutes maximum
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Perspectives of project organisations
Research and report on PO theories in practice based on interviews.
30% Week 10
Due date: 04 May 2020

Closing date: 31 May 2020
2700-3000 words maximum
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Thematic Video Discussion 2
Thematic analysis and video discussion linked to practice
10% Week 11
Due date: 21 May 2021

Closing date: 06 Jun 2021
4-5 minutes maximum
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Team Case study or research report
A short report about the case study.
20% Week 12
Due date: 28 May 2021

Closing date: 31 May 2020
1300-1500 words maximum
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO3
Presentation group assignment Team case study/research presentation
Teams will present a case or research that they have analysed.
10% Week 13
Due date: 02 Jul 2021

Closing date: 15 Jun 2021
8-10 minutes maximum
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO3
Participation group assignment Weekly Group presentation & Q&A participation
Group Presentations with other teams evaluating with Q&A
10% Weekly 15x20 secs=5 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Participation group assignment Weekly group activity submissions
Weekly in-class group-work uploaded onto Canvas (Presentation & Q&As)
10% Weekly Weekly in-class group-work
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Perspectives of project organisations (Individual): 3000 word report worth 30% on researching and analysing PO theories in practice (minimum 2 in-depth interviews with project professionals/practitioners)
  • Thematic Video Discussion 1 (Individual): Worth 10%, 5 minutes maximum, observations and discussions link theory to practice
  • Thematic Video Discussion 2 (Individual):  : Worth 10%, 5 minutes maximum, observations and discussions link theory to practice
  • Weekly Group presentation and Q&A participation: Worth 10% overall, Presenters allowed 15 slides x 20 secs/slide; Teams present on alternate weeks, other alternate teams to prepare questions and the discussion session. Points allocated to all teams based on presentation and participation (comments and contributions).
  • Weekly Group activity submissions: Worth 10% overall, In-class group-work to be uploaded onto Canvas (presentations and/or Q&A outcomes)
  • Team Case study or research report: Worth 20%, 1500 word (maximum), summary of the case study.
  • Team Case study or research presentation: Worth 10%, 10 minutes (max). Teams will present a case or research that they have analysed.

Detailed information for each assessment task 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

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

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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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 Students are expected to complete 120-150 hours of study in total for a 6 cp unit. (100 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 01 Overview of a project-oriented organisation (2 hr) LO2
Week 02 Organisational strategy (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 03 Organizational structure and design (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 04 Theories of organisations and dynamic capabilities (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 05 Translating strategy into action (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 06 Benefits realisation and value creation (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 Organisational culture (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 08 Organisational power and politics (2 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 09 Project governance and organisational control (2 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 10 Organisational project management (OPM) and organisational learning (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 11 Change management (2 hr) LO1 LO6
Week 12 Project manager development (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Week 13 Trends in managing project organisations; final presentations (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
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9
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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