PROJMGNT 7024 - Complex Project Management
North Terrace Campus - Trimester 2 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code PROJMGNT 7024 Course Complex Project Management 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 As a result of expanding complexity due technological advances, global interconnectedness, rapidly changing dynamic environment, and ever-increasing uncertainty, today's projects often fail and project managers are faced with more complex tasks, requiring advanced and multidisciplinary skills.
This course is intended to help students better prepare for managing complex projects in the current and future business worlds, characterized by emergence and uncertainty. Topics include systems theory and systems thinking; governance; organizational culture; pattern recognition and management; policy management; test and evaluation; advanced visualization; modelling and simulation; adaptability, agility and resilience; stakeholder management; leadership; negotiation and conflict resolutions; systemic risk management; and systemic innovation. A variety of relevant tools are also covered, including the concept of an evolving toolbox for complex project management.
Real-life complex project management case studies are discussed in the context of the various domains, including air, maritime and urban transportation, construction, infrastructure, consulting, disaster recovery, and defence.
Course Coordinator: Tracey Dodd
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn 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)
1-3 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
1-3 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
4-5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-5 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
4-5 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 ResourcesThere is no required textbook.
Recommended ResourcesText 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
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Other resources: Project Management Institute
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Learning & Teaching ModesThis 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 SummaryThis 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
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Assessment SummaryAn 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%
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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?
Case study presentation
The presentation aims to identify and describe distinguishing characteristics of a SoS. Examples of external factors influencing the SoS as well as describing the Feedback process between the SoS and the Governing Body is required.
Reflection on Case Study presentation report
Create a brief report as a reflection of the case study presentation.
Create a case study report for an approved project, implementing the theoretical material you have covered. This assignment is intended to be the practical application of theory.
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