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PMGT5876: Strategic Delivery of Change (2020 - Semester 2 Online)

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Unit: PMGT5876: Strategic Delivery of Change (6 CP)
Mode: On-line
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: Project Management
Unit Coordinator/s: Pollack, Julien
Session options: Semester 2 Online, Semester 2 Block Mode
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: WORK6026.
Brief Handbook Description: Welcome to PMGT5876 Strategic Delivery of Change. This unit is designed to foster and promote critical thinking and the application of good theory to inform good practice in the strategic delivery of organisational change. You will learn quite a bit about these ideas over the duration of the course, and why it is increasingly important to change management. The course develops capabilities that will differentiate you from the average project manager and change agent, and which are in high demand in forward thinking organisations, whether they are they in the private or public sector.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Pollack, Julien
Tutor/s: Conor Finn (
Timetable: PMGT5876 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 E-Learning 4.00 1 12
2 Independent Study 4.00 1 13
3 Project Work - own time 4.00 1 13
T&L Activities: This unit is delivered through online learning modules. For the majority of the semester, you will be led through the theory of strategic delivery of change through videos, readings and online discussion. The online delivery has been designed to allow significant flexibility in how you engage with the material.

The block delivery of this unit mirrors the online delivery. The primary difference is that the block delivery mode includes two two-day workshops. In the workshops, we will go through a series of exercises designed to enhance your ability to deliver organisational change. This will involve industry speakers, time dedicated to work on your group project, and an opportunity to get feedback on your team assignment from leading professionals in the discipline.

In the online delivery, there will be no class time devoted to the group assignment, and opportunity to present to industry professionals and receive feedback on your assignment will be limited to virtual means. Time to work on your team assignment will be negotiated between yourself and your team members. The team assignment will be delivered entirely virtually, increasing flexibility in the ways you can work on this with your team members, but reducing opportunities for interaction and participation.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Project leadership is conceptualised as being different to project management. Leadership emphasizes the transformational, inspirational and intrinsic motivational qualities necessary for implementing and executing change. A major assumption in the course is that leadership is about story telling and ensuring people feel as though they are central actors in that story. Project Leadership (Level 4)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Project Management Learning Progression Table 2019.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Project Leadership (Level 4)
1. Show that you understand the complexity inherent in organizational change
2. Appreciate the links and tensions between strategy, organizational change and project/programme management
3. Understand different types, reasons and levels of organisational change
4. Understand methods for implementing changes in organisations
5. Identify new approaches to change management
Project Communication (Level 4)
6. Be able to confidently communicate on the topic of complex change. This includes verbal, written and symbolic communications.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Introduction - Building Trust* No 10.00 Week 3 5, 6,
2 On-line participation No 15.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 6,
3 Cultural Observation* No 15.00 Week 7 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
4 Change Management Plan* No 40.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
5 Change Management Response Strategy* Yes 20.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: * means this assessment must be repeated or will be replaced with a different assessment if missed due to special consideration

Late submissions will incur a penalty of 10% per day for up to 7 days starting directly after the cut off time. This means 5% will be deducted even if submitted on the due day but after the cut-off time. After one week, assessments will no longer be marked receive a 0 mark.

IMPORTANT: There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes
Assessment Feedback: Online
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content: Please logon to Canvas on the first day of semester.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to strategic planning
Week 2 Strategic planning and the business environment
Week 3 Introduction to Change Management
Assessment Due: Introduction - Building Trust*
Week 4 Change Management Models and Organisational Culture
Week 5 Kotter's Eight Step Process
Week 6 Kotter's Eight Step Process - Case Study
Week 7 Project Management and Change Management
Assessment Due: Cultural Observation*
Week 8 Persuasion and Influence
Week 9 Persuasion and Influence, cont.
Assessment Due: Change Management Plan*
Week 10 Positivity and Feedback
Week 11 Storytelling - Springboard Stories
Week 12 Storytelling - Visions
Week 13 Assessment Due: Change Management Response Strategy*

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Graduate Diploma in Project Leadership 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Project Leadership 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical Engineering / Project Management 2012
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Project Management 2012
Bachelor of Project Management (Hons) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Graduate Certificate in Project Leadership 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Graduate Certificate in Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Graduate Diploma in Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management (till 2014) 2013, 2014
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management (till 2014) 2013, 2014
Master of Information Technology Management (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Master of Project Management 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Master of Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Project and Program Management 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Project Leadership (Level 4) Yes 81.5%
Project Communication (Level 4) No 18.5%

These goals are selected from Project Management Learning Progression Table 2019 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Project Management Learning Progression Table 2019 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.