PROJMGNT 7038 - Project Leadership and Communication

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2024

Effective project leadership involves more than having a good project plan and telling people what to do. It involves effectively engaging with your team to provide them with the resources and the environment to care about and deliver the project?s results. You will analyse different models of leadership, which attempt to explain how some leaders are successful, and their characteristics. Students will consider how their own personality style affects the way they work with others and in teams. Interpersonal awareness, skillful communication and relationship building are key skills to building and guiding a high performing team. Good leaders are aware of the context of their project leadership in their organisation, cultural differences and internal organisational dynamics which can affect performance. 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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROJMGNT 7038
    Course Project Leadership and Communication
    Coordinating Unit Management
    Term Winter
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive in Trimester; up to 3 hours per week in Semester
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Assignments, quizzes, blog, classroom interactions, presentations
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Leonie Hallo

    Program Director Contact Details: Project Management
    Name: Associate Professor Indra Gunawan

    Teaching Staff:
    Name: Christian Hoyer

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On 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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1, 5

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Text book required
    Morriss, A, 2020 Project Leadership and Communication  Pearsons 
    ebook $65

    Compiled from

    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 Resources
    There 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.

    Library Resources

    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
    If you are a member of the PMI you will “gain exclusive access to PMI publications and our global standards*, networking options with our chapters and online communities of practice, and leadership and volunteer opportunities. You’ll also receive discounts on certification exams and renewals, as well as our professional development offerings.” Student membership details

    * Log in to access complimentary read-only PDFs of all of PMI's published standards or take advantage of discounts on paperback editions.

    Online Learning
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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    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

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  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    #Assessment TaskTask TypeLengthWeightLearning Outcomes
    1 Assignment 1 Developing your leadership path Formative and Summative 1500 words 30% 1-6
    2 Leadership Quiz Summative 1 hour 10% 1,2
    3 Team Development Quiz Summative 1 hour 10% 4
    4 Communication and Influencing Quiz Summative 1 hour 10% 5
    5 Assignment 2 Adapting to change Summative 2500 words 40% 1,2,3,4,6
    Total 100%
    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

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    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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