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Unit of study_

PMGT6872: Project Leadership and Communications

Effective leadership skills rate among the greatest contributors of project success. In all but the simplest of projects, project managers must demonstrate leadership effectiveness across each phase of the project life cycle. This course considers various leadership theories and styles, and how they apply to real world projects across industries. In addition, assignments and participative activities will help current and future project managers enhance their own leadership and communication skills, by leading themselves, their teams and their organisations more effectively. These concepts are underpinned by thought leadership in diverse topics including motivational psychology, social networks and influence, systems thinking, emotional intelligence, ethics, conflict resolution, negotiation, stress management, performance coaching and leading innovation.


Academic unit Civil Engineering
Unit code PMGT6872
Unit name Project Leadership and Communications
Session, year
Semester 1, 2020
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 Cheng Ang,
Lecturer(s) Juergen Oschadleus ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Participation Participation
Engagement in online discussion and face to face environment
20% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6 LO7 LO9 LO10 LO11 LO12 LO13 LO14 LO15
Assignment Assignment 1 - case analysis
Identification and analysis of a case involving project leadership
20% Week 08 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO6 LO7 LO9 LO11 LO12 LO15
Assignment group assignment Assignment 2 - team project
Shaping and implementation of a project of your choice
30% Week 12 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO15 LO14 LO13 LO12 LO11 LO10 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Assignment 3 - ILDP
Personal development plan and reflective journal
30% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO6 LO7 LO10 LO11 LO12
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment for this Unit is designed to develop and demonstrate your achievement of the learning outcomes and includes:

  • Participation in online discussion and face to face engagement
  • A team project of your choice
  • A project leadership case
  • A personal development plan and reflective journal

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

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 learning activities as guided by Canvas. Independent study (57 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11 LO12 LO13 LO14 LO15
Independent learning activities as guided by Canvas. Independent study (57 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11 LO12 LO13 LO14 LO15
Week 01 1. Introduction to leadership; 2. Leadership in projects; 3. Leading self – self-knowledge; 4. Leading self – self-management Block teaching (7 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11 LO12 LO13 LO14 LO15
Week 06 1. Leading others – stakeholder relationships and communication; 2. Leading others – managing conflict and negotiations; 3. Leading others – building teams; 4. Leading others – fostering collaboration and creativity across boundaries Block teaching (7 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11 LO12 LO13 LO14 LO15
Week 12 1. Leading organisations – power, politics and culture; 2. Leading organisations – systems thinking; 3. Leading organisations – leading change; 4. Leading organisations – building individual and organisational capability Block teaching (7 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11 LO12 LO13 LO14 LO15

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

Readings and other materials are provided in Canvas. 

Intensive block attendance sessions will be held at 133 Castlereagh Street Sydney

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 in a manner that maximises productivity, performance and wellbeing of project personnel
  • LO2. recognise cultural differences and hence be able to communicate effectively across cultures and boundaries
  • LO3. effectively communicate complexity and interdependence in a comprehensible manner to project stakeholders
  • LO4. communicate ideas through an engaging presentation in a succinct, coherent manner to targeted stakeholders
  • LO5. effectively communicate project goals and outcomes with team members through effective communication and listening skills
  • LO6. act professionally with high level of integrity, clear vision and purpose, with increased self, social and systemic awareness
  • LO7. reflect on past experience in order to improve future practice
  • LO8. act professionally and with high level of integrity in a project team
  • LO9. facilitate engagements with project stakeholders
  • LO10. inspire, motivate and influence project personnel based on an in-depth understanding of individual and team needs as well as sound leading practices and research
  • LO11. understand interdependency and the complex system that surrounds a project and the project's stakeholders
  • LO12. manage oneself and other's emotions effectively through development of emotional intelligence
  • LO13. effectively lead a project team and or engage with team members in a group project effectively to promote project success
  • LO14. motivate and inspire team members and keep team members on track
  • LO15. identify causes and effects in order to make and recommend decisions to obtain best long term outcomes for the project.

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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