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Unit of study_

PMGT5896: Sustainability and Intelligence in PM

Sustainability and intelligence are two of the major themes facing us as individuals and organisations in today¿s knowledge economy. The first of these themes is the challenge of ensuring economic, social and environmental sustainability in every aspect of our personal, working and organisational lives. This requires us to factor sustainability into our plans, actions and decisions at every level. To do this we need intelligence which, like sustainability, has many potential meanings and applications. At one level it is the ability to apply knowledge, skills and abstract reasoning; to adapt to new and unfamiliar situations; to observe and empathise; and to learn from experience. Traditionally it has been assumed that intelligence was a capability of sentient beings (humans and other animals), but artificial intelligence (AI) is emerging as a significant support or alternative. At another level, intelligence can be considered as the knowledge, information and data that enable us to learn, take action and make decisions. Associated with this, at a project or organisational level are knowledge management (the systematic development and management of knowledge assets) and business intelligence (the use and transformation of raw data into meaningful information and insights) to support strategy, value creation and sustainability. This Unit of Study will focus on aspects of sustainability and intelligence relevant to project leadership. It will begin with an overview of economic, social and environmental sustainability and an examination of how corporate and societal global sustainability goals can be achieved through decision and action in projects, programs and portfolios. With this context, we will then look at how project teams, organisations, and societies build knowledge capabilities to sustain excellence and performance. Project and knowledge management are interconnected through the measures of project outcomes and the use of knowledge assets such as expertise, collaboration, decision-making, policies and procedures. Ultimately, project success is dependent on effective exchange and access to critical knowledge. Such critical knowledge is increasingly being supported by development of business intelligence capability and drawn from effective use and analysis of data including big data to reveal patterns, trends and connections. The Unit will conclude with an overview of business intelligence and data analysis and how it is being used to support projects and organisations.


Academic unit Project Management
Unit code PMGT5896
Unit name Sustainability and Intelligence in PM
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 Lynn Heather Crawford,
Lecturer(s) Lynn Heather Crawford ,
Administrative staff Natalie Chan
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Activity Portfolio
A number of assessed small team activities
15% Multiple weeks Various
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation Presentation portfolio
A number of prepared presentations
25% Multiple weeks Various
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Online task Discussion forums
10% Multiple weeks Appx 500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Case study analysis
Analysis of a provided case
20% Week 07 Max 1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Assignment group assignment Business case
Professional report
20% Week 11 10-20 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation group assignment Business Case: Team Presentation
Team presentation
10% Week 12 10 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?


Discussion forums: students will participate in Canvas discussions. Contributions will be evaluated based on quality and quantity of the post(s). 
Activity Portfolio: activities, requiring preparatory work and carried out in pairs or teams in workshops or by alternate submission.
Presentation Portfolio: individual presentations, requiring preparatory work, delivered in workshops or by alternate submission.
Case Study: individual analysis of a provided case study.
Business case: a business case, developed in a team, aimed at gaining support for a sustainability and knowledge initiative for an organisation or project of your choice.
Business case – Team presentation: intended as a presentation of the sustainability and knowledge initiative business case to the board or senior management of the organisation. It should be a fully professional presentation that takes into consideration the nature of the audience, their level of understanding and interest in the business case and conveys the key ideas clearly and convincingly. It should conclude with a clear recommendation and/or call to action.

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.

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 Directed online learning and assignment work Independent study (100 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 01 Sustainability: beyond being green Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 02 Sustainability: frameworks, CSR and social sustainability Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Week 03 Sustainability in the supply chain Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 04 Sustainabiity, knowledge and the future of work Workshop (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 05 Knowledge in a project based world Workshop (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7
Week 06 Knowledge strategies and frameworks Workshop (3 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 07 Data and business intelligence Workshop (3 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 08 Data and business intelligence Workshop (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 09 Data and business intelligence Workshop (3 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 Governance and leadership Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 12 Business case presentations Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

Attendance and class requirements

Workshops held on Fridays throughout Semester from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm in Zoom.   Links provided in Canvas.  

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.

Prescribed readings


  • Designing a successful KM strategy: A guide for the knowledge management professional.   Available as an eBook in the University Library.

Links to other readings are provided in Canvas. 

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. define sustainability and Identify ways in which projects can contribute to achievement of Sustainable Development Goals
  • LO2. evaluate the systemic impact of decisions and actions on society, the environment and the process and end product of an endeavour
  • LO3. describe the societal shifts and strategic imperatives that dictate the critical importance of knowledge
  • LO4. draw upon proven and emerging knowledge services and methods to facilitate collaborative knowledge transfer within and without an endeavour
  • LO5. propose ways in which data can be leveraged to drive decision making and support sustainability
  • LO6. demonstrate ability to apply ethical reasoning to plans, decisions and actions
  • LO7. communicate ideas, utilising a range of media, in a logical, clear and compelling manner that is tailored to specific audiences and purposes

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
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