PROJMGNT 7024 - Complex Project Management 1

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 2 - 2018

Understanding of complex systems and development of competence to manage the investigation, feasibility, requirements definition, planning and delivery of complex projects, which include autonomous and independent systems. Consideration of different management styles for complicated (linear projects) and complex projects, including use of various techniques addressed in Systems Fundamentals. The course follows system fundamentals and includes a number of aspects of managing complex projects. These are: the modern history of system of systems engineering (SOSE); SoSE case studies; types of uncertainty and emergence; key aspects of complex systems; risk management of complex systems; systems thinking including soft systems methodology; modelling and simulation of SoS; sense making and tiny initiating events.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROJMGNT 7024
    Course Complex Project Management 1
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Trimester 2
    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 Understanding of complex systems and development of competence to manage the investigation, feasibility, requirements definition, planning and delivery of complex projects, which include autonomous and independent systems. Consideration of different management styles for complicated (linear projects) and complex projects, including use of various techniques addressed in Systems Fundamentals. The course follows system fundamentals and includes a number of aspects of managing complex projects. These are: the modern history of system of systems engineering (SOSE); SoSE case studies; types of uncertainty and emergence; key aspects of complex systems; risk management of complex systems; systems thinking including soft systems methodology; modelling and simulation of SoS; sense making and tiny initiating events.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Indra Gunawan

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

    Teaching Staff
    Associate Professor Indra Gunawan
    email: Profile:
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    Identify different types of projects in project management and explain how management styles can vary depending on the type of a project employed.
    2 Analyze real life complex project management case studies from multiple domains and illustrate practical application of research methods and toolsets.
    3 Examine the latest interdisciplinary research in complex project management and apply lessons learned and best practices to the development of potential solutions to contemporary global challenges. 
    4 Compare and employ different levels of interpersonal skills as appropriate for effective teamwork and leadership in complex project management.
    5 Demonstrate the importance of developing broader awareness and maintaining high ethical and socio-cultural standards to successful complex project management.
    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
    There is no required textbook.
    Recommended Resources
    Text books:
    Mo Jamshidi, (2009) System of Systems – Innovations for the 21st Century, Hoboken, John

    Gorod, A., B. White, V. Ireland, J. Gandhi, and B. Sauser. (eds.) (2014) “Case Studies in System of Systems, Enterprises, and Complex Systems Engineering” New York, NY: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis.


    Please see list in Course Notes

    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

    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
    This is a draft schedule and session dates are a guide only. The timetable may be changed during the course delivery if necessary.
    Session Content
    1 Introduction to Complex Project Management
    2 Modern History of Systems of Systems Engineering (SoSE)
    3 SoSE Case Studies
    4 Introduction to Systems Thinking
    5 Types of Uncertainty and Emergence
    6 Risk Management of Complex Systems
    7 Key Aspects of Complex Systems
    8 Modeling and Simulation of SoS
    9 Evolving Toolbox
  • 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
    An overview of the course assessment appears in the following Table. Details appear in the following section:
    # Assessment Task Task Type Length
    Weighting Learning outcomes
    1 Essay/report Individual 1500 words maximum (each) 30% 1-3
    2 Case study presentation Individual 10 minutes 20% 1-3, 5
    3 Reflection on case study presentation report Individual 500 words 10% 1-3, 5
    4 Final report Group Minimum length:
    5 people – 15,000 words
    30% 1-5
    Class contribution Individual 10% 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

    Appropriate use of the Internet in assignments
    Avoiding Plagiarism is not just referencing sources used within an assignment. It is taking the source information and critically evaluating it against other sources, your own views and original research on the matter, and how that fits the hypothesis of your assignment topic. It is Plagiarism when there is little or no original content in the assignment, regardless of citing sources. For more information, read the extensive resources on Avoiding Plagiarism at the University’s Writing Centre.

    The University’s Writing Centre provide excellent guides to assist in appropriate referencing and avoiding plagiarism

    Due to an increasing number of students infringing the University’s Academic Honesty Policy, Turnitin is used to check assignments.

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    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1: Essay/report (Individual)
    Weighting: 30%

    Task: Why are some projects complex? How do they differ from complicated projects? Provide some examples of complex projects.  Why have traditional project management models failed to provide adequate structural support for complex projects?

    Scope: The objective of these questions is for the participant to consider the theoretical material supplied and attempt to apply it to a real life example, if possible. Therefore evidence of having read and understood the material is important. Arguments and assertions should be based on the research articles listed, the important ones of which are encompassed in the notes. This assignment will assess your understanding of the course topics.

    Length and Presentation:
    1500 words (max)

    Assessment 2:  Case study presentation (Individual)
    Weighting:    20%

    Task: Individual presentation covering the following:
    * Identity a SoS;
    * Use five distinguishing characteristics to describe it;
    * Identify examples of and describe External Factors, which could influence the SoS;
    * Identify the Governing Body;
    * Describe the Feedback process between the SoS and the Governing Body;
    * Identify examples of and describe Constraints affecting the Governing body’s decision making process.

    Scope: The objective of this 10 minute presentation is to demonstrate your analysis of an identified System of Systems case utilizing principal theories presented in class.

    Length and Presentation: 10 minutes. Please be advised that references are mandatory to show your understanding of the subject matter. No more than 10 power point slides are permitted.  Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

    Assessment 3: Reflection on Case Study presentation (Individual) report
    Weighting: 10%
    Task: Create a brief report of 500 words as a reflection of the case study presentation as described in Assessment 2.
    Scope: The objective of this report is to show what you have learned as a result of your individual case study presentation.
    Length and Presentation: 500 words.

    Assessment 4: Final report (Group)
    Weighting: 30%

    Task: Create a case study report for an approved project as instructed below, implementing the theoretical material you have covered. Groups should be of five people. To add additional team members, you need to seek special approval stating reasons. This assignment is intended to be the practical application of theory. As you may be using material in this report which was developed by others, it is important to note what was your contribution and what was the contribution of others.

    Scope: The Case Study Paper is expected to reflect the following:
    1. Describe a complex system;
    2. Present a real life process, situation or problem;
    3. Offer adequate and detailed informatino to assess the process, situation or problem by the case reader;
    4. Present an objective view of the process, situation or problem;
    5. Offer relevant questions for further discussion;
    6. Be cogent;
    7. Satisfactorily explain the basis for its conclusions.

    Length and Presentation:
    Minimum length:
    5 people - 15,000 words

    The paper should follow the style guide of the IEEE (see Template for Transactions Section at:

    Assessment 5: Class contribution
    Weighting: 10%
    Task: A class participation mark will be based on attendance and participation.
    Scope: Class attendance and active participation are expected throughout the course.
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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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