PROJMGNT 7040 - Portfolios and Programs Management

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 3 - 2018

This unit specifically addresses how organisations deliver strategic goals and objectives through the selection of a balanced Portfolio and Programs of multiple Projects. This selection balances the needs of Business As Usual with the need to be disruptive or face disruption in a rapidly changing market. This unit outlines how participants can gain competence in managing this balance of today's requirements with tomorrow's needs. Specifically, this unit will address how an organisation strategically applies management techniques to select, initiate, prioritise, executes and controls initiatives through Portfolio Alignment, Monitoring and Control. The course will also consider how an organisation can benefit from delivering multiple projects in a Program environment including governing, controlling and supporting the organisation's strategy through Program Management. The course objective is to build participants competence in managing portfolios and programs.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROJMGNT 7040
    Course Portfolios and Programs Management
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    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
    Prerequisites PROJMGNT 5021
    Assessment Tests, workshops and assignments
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Indra Gunawan

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

    Teaching staff

    Trimester 1
    Name: Tracey Dodd

    Trimester 3
    Name: John Woodward

    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 Use best practice principles of portfolios management when balancing investment initiatives (portfolio components) required to align with an organisation’s strategic and business objectives and discuss the latest research and development of the principles for portfolio and programs management;
    2 Evaluate portfolio needs with organisational constraints to select the right projects by using critical analysis techniques, creating models to prioritise portfolio initiatives;
    3 Explain the nature of program management, its focus on benefits realisation, and the inter-relationship between program components;
    4 Establish the appropriate governance, including risk management, for successful achievement of portfolio and program outcomes through understanding of stakeholders needs and influence;
    5 Establish the portfolio and program performance reporting requirements for stakeholders and ensure strategic alignment of portfolios and their components;
    6 Work effectively in a team, to have a positive influence and focus on strategic outcomes.
    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Project Management Institute, (2013) The Standard for Portfolio Management, 3nd Edition, ISBN13: 978-1935589693

    Project Management Institute, (2013) The Standard for Program Management, 3nd Edition, ISBN13: 978-1935589686

    *note: students can use either the 2013 or 2014 editions of the two textbooks listed above
    Recommended Resources
    Strategic Project Portfolio Management: Enabling a Productive Organization (Microsoft Executive Leadership Series) by Simon Moore.

    Optimizing Corporate Portfolio Management: Aligning Investment Proposals with Organizational Strategy, by Anand Sanwal.

    Project Portfolio Management, Leading the Corporate Vision (2007) by Shan Rajegopal, Phili McGuin and James Waller.

    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.

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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is offered in blended learning mode with the face-to-face component offered as intensives.

    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
    Module Content Readings
    • Organisational Context
    • Problem Definition
    Portfolio Management Standard (PMI)
    • Problem Solving skills
    • The portfolio prioritisation process
    Portfolio Management Standard (PMI)
    • Recap
    • Select an organisation and a challenge
    • Assignment 1
    Portfolio Management Standard (PMI)
    • Program Context
    • Program management processes
    Program Management Standard (PMI)
    • Explain the 11 program management processes
    Project / Program Management Standards (PMI)
    • Select an organisation program
    • Start Assignment 2
    Project / Program Management Standards (PMI)
  • 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 Task Task Type Length Weighting Learning Outcomes
    1 Proposal for a Portfolio Management Framework Group 4000 word report
    15-20 slides
    30% 1,2,4,5,6
    2 Program Charter, Plan & Control Individual 5000 words Assignment 30%
    Presentation 10%
    3 Research Paper Individual 3000 words 30% 1-5
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students should attend all classes in order to pass the course. There is considerable experiential learning in workshops during the intensive classes that build your knowledge and thus enable you to be successful in this course.  

    Course results are subject to moderation by the ECIC Board of Examiners

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    Assessment Detail
    Assignment 1: Proposal for a Portfolio Management Framework Overview Group Assignment
    Weight:  30%

    Details: Prepare a proposal to an organisation of your choice for implementing a Portfolio Management Framework. You will also need to include how you would facilitate an Alignment Workshop with initial recommendations as to how the organisation can balance their Project Portfolio to achieve the strategic directions of the organisation.

    Note Groups should be no more than 4 people

    Content: 4000 words (max) to include any Appendices but not references
    Presentation: 15-20 slide presentation covering the prioritisation model selected

    Assignment 2: Program Charter, Plan and Control
    Weight: 30%
    Presentation Weight: 10%

    Details: Building from the Group Assignment.
    Develop a Program Charter, Management Plan and Control and Closure Plan for initiating and executing a series of projects towards one of the organisation's strategic objectives. In addition to these deliverables, you will also need to prepare a presentation to the Portfolio Management Board to gain their comfort in granting you approval to proceed with the executon
    Content: 5000 words (max) to include any Appendices but not references

    Assignment 3: Research Paper
    Weight: 30%

    Details: Research media and academic reports and present a research paper that describes how an organisation or group of organisations have identified the challenges that they are facing. Develop a transformation plan that will assist them in addressing these challenges.

    Content: 3000 words (max) to include any Appendices but not references
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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

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