PROJMGNT 7038 - Project Leadership and Communication
North Terrace Campus - Trimester 3 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code PROJMGNT 7038 Course Project Leadership and Communication Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School Term Trimester 3 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Intensive: 36 to 40 hours Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description Effective leadership is more than being first or telling people what to do. This course examines the context of leadership in organisations and cultures, considering the different models of leadership, which attempt to explain successful leaders and their characteristics. Students will consider how their own personality style affects the way they work with others and in teams. We explore how people management systems within organisations structure the way leaders can manage and influence staff to achieve project outcomes within legal and ethical requirements. This interactive course combines theory with practical experience
Course Coordinator: Amanda Morriss
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Evaluate current leadership theories and when and how to apply them, with particular reference to project teams within an organisation. 2. Recognise their personal work and interpersonal styles and how they impact on the project team and sponsors: identifying areas for their personal professional development. 3. Develop competence in interpersonal relations to effectively communicatewith and influence their colleagues within formal settings. 4. Synthesise their understanding of relevant theories, governance processes, and ethical responsibilities to address contemporary leadership issues within organisations.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 4 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1, 4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
2,3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
3 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesText book required
Morriss, A, 2020 Project Leadership and Communication Pearsons ebook $65
Robbins,S, Judge, T. Edwards, M. Sandiford, P, Fitzgerald, M. & Hunt, J. 2020 Organisational Behaviour 9th edn Pearson Australia, Available from: VitalSource Bookshelf.
Yukl, G & Gardner, W. 2020 Leadership in Organizations 9th edn Pearson International Content, Ch 1 Leadership Available from: VitalSource Bookshelf.
Thill, J & Bovee, C.L 2017 Excellence in Business Communication, Global Edition, 12th edn Pearson International Content, Ch. 1-3 Available from: VitalSource Bookshelf.
Recommended ResourcesThere is an extensive list of recommended readings available in the Course Readings tab on MyUni. They provide more detailed evidence for the different theories covered in the text. In some cases they cover material not included in the textbook which will add depth to your assignments.
It is expected that students have a fundamental understanding of project management.
The following free online AdelaideX program, developed by ECIC, provides a straightforward introduction to the principles of project management. Students can complete the program at their own pace.
The University of Adelaide’s Barr Smith Library provides a range of learning resources including texts, journals, periodicals, magazines, and access to online databases and information services. It also offers a virtual library which is accessible via the University’s website. Access to the Library's electronic resources.
Other resources: Project Management Institute
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is offered in blended learning mode with the face-to-face component offered as intensives. Students need to attend the whole program as their learning is developed through work in groups within the intensives. Intensives are conducted as a combination of mini lectures which are recorded in Echo360, and group work to build on and extending student's understanding.
Group work for students studying remotely is conducted through Zoom breakout groups but may be scheduled at different times than the Intensives.
Reading the textbook and References will expand the topics introduced in the Intensives and provide the background to support your assignments.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.As a guide, a 3 unit course comprises a total of 156 hours work (this includes face-to-face contact, any online components, and self directed study).
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Session Topic 1 Leadership - your style, and the Theories 2 Team dynamics 3 Project phases and Leadership 4 Change and environmental factors 5 Engaging and Managing People 6 Communicating basics 7 Struggling with problems & making decisions 8 Conflict management
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# Assessment Task Task Type Length Weight Learning Outcomes 1 Developing your leadership path Formative and Summative 1000 words 20% 1,2 2 Leadership Quiz Summative 1 hour 10% 1 3 Team Development Quiz Summative 1 hour 10% 1,2 4 Communication and Influencing Quiz Summative 1 hour 10% 3 5 Assignment 2 Adapting to change Summative 2500 words 40% 1,3,4 6 Class participation Blog 10% 1.3.4 Total 100%
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Assessment DetailDeveloping your leadership path
Self assessment, feedback and guided exploration
Communication and Influencing
Adapting to change
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