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PMGT3858: Adapting to Project Context (2020 - Semester 1)

Unit: PMGT3858: Adapting to Project Context (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: Project Management
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Chung, Kenneth
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: PMGT2854 OR ENGG2852.
Brief Handbook Description: There is more than one way to manage a project. However, many organisations become entrenched in standardisation that may no longer meet their needs, including consideration of change required for the project to be successful. This Unit of Study introduces students to a range of different approaches to project management, building the ability to critically question current practice and improve organisational outcomes.

This unit develops skills in critically evaluating different project management approaches and frameworks in relation to the context and environment in which they exist. Students will work on realistic organisational scenarios and be given the opportunity to consider different contemporary project delivery approaches and the relationship with both benefits and organisational change management. Lean Six Sigma agile methods and others will be examined and compared with more traditional predictive or linear, approaches to understand how the situation or context may influence choices and decision making through to delivery and value extraction.

The unit targets the higher analytical capabilities required at Practitioner to Manager levels (Levels 3 to 4) on the Project Management Learning Progression Table, addressing the critical thinking and systems thinking dimensions of Project Methods, Project Development, Project Communication and Project Delivery. The distinguishing quality of thinking at this level is its systematic character, working from a broad-based theoretical and practical understanding of the project delivery environment.

The unit will go beyond what the approaches are and critically explore how to select the most suitable delivery method for your context and the organisational governance factors that need to be encompassed. The aim at this level is not only to formulate reasonable and critical responses to a given problem but also to articulate thorough and conclusive assessments for the development of tailored project delivery approaches and frameworks that combine elements from different project delivery systems. You need to identify key elements of the organisation and culture encompassing the project, program or portfolio and organise them into a coherent and persuasive argument about the recommended project delivery approach, encompassing consideration of the various risks, benefits, costs and contextual factors involved.

The unit builds upon the skills of complex problem analysis developed within all of the Year 1 and Year 2 units. Students enrolling in this unit are expected to have already developed a basic level of ability in forming and communicating critical judgments regarding complex problem situations through completion of the earlier units.
Assumed Knowledge: None.