PROJMGNT 7024 - Complex Project Management

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 3 - 2022

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. A variety of relevant theories and tools are covered, including systems theory and systems thinking, 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. Topics include, governance, organisational 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. 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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROJMGNT 7024
    Course Complex Project Management
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Trimester 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge PROJMGNT 5021
    Course Description 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. A variety of relevant theories and tools are covered, including systems theory and systems thinking, 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. Topics include, governance, organisational 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.
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Indra Gunawan

    Program Director Contact Details:Project Management
    Name: Associate Professor Indra Gunawan
    email: indra.gunawan@adelaide.edu.au
    Teaching Staff
    Trimester 2
    Name:
    Assoc. Prof. Indra Gunawan
    email:
    indra.gunawan@adelaide.edu.au

    Trimester 3
    Name:
    Prof Alex Gorod
    Email:
    alex.gorod@adelaide.edu.au
    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:

    1
    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)

    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.

    1-3

    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.

    1-3

    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.

    4-5

    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.

    1-5

    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.

    4-5

    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.

    1-5
  • 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
    Wiley

    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.


    References

    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.
    Workload

    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

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    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 during classes that build your knowledge and thus enable you to be successful in this course.

    Course results may be subject to moderation by the Assessment Review Committee.

    Appropriate use of the sources 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, review the resources at the University’s Writing Centre to assist in appropriate referencing and avoiding plagiarism.

    Or complete the Academic Integrity module found within any MyUni course, under the Assignment Help tab. It is important you do not breach the University’s Academic Integrity Policy as penalties will be applied to your grade.

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    Assessment Detail
    Essay/report
    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.

    Final Report
    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.

    Class contribution
    A class participation mark will be based on attendance and participation.
    Submission

    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni:

    • Assignment Submission: Assignments should not be emailed to the instructor; they must be lodged via the MyUni Course site (unless specified to do both).
    • Cover Sheet: Please include in the assignment a completed University of Adelaide Assessment Cover Sheet (found in MyUni, under Modules) providing details of yourself and your team members (if applicable), your assignment, the course, date submitted, etc. as well as the declaration signed by you that this is your (your team’s) work. Note that the declaration on any electronically submitted assignment will be deemed to have the same authority as a signed declaration.
    • Backup Copy of Assignments: You are advised to keep a copy of your assignments in case the submitted copy goes missing. Please ensure that all assignment pages are numbered. If your assignment contains confidential information, you should discuss any concerns with the Course Lecturer prior to submission.
    • Assessment extensions request: An application for Assessment Extension should be made before the due date of the assignment to the Course Lecturer. Normally, extensions will only be granted for a maximum of two weeks from the original assignment submission date. Extensions will only be granted in cases of genuine medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances. See sections 3 and 7a) i. in particular on assessment extensions in the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment (MACA) Policy.
    • Failure to submit: Failure to submit an assignment on time or by the agreed extension deadline may result in penalties and may incur a fail grade. Note that a late penalty of 5% of the total available marks for that assessment item will be incurred each day an assignment is handed in late (Unless otherwise stated in 'Assessment Related Requirements' or 'Assessment Detail' above). Assignments handed in after 14 days from the due submission date will fail even if a 100% mark is granted for the work.
    • Resubmission: of an assignment after reworking it to obtain a better mark will not normally be accepted. Approval for resubmission will only be granted on medical or compassionate grounds.
    • Appealing a mark or grade: If you are dissatisfied with your mark or grade, you may request a review or re-mark. There must be academic or procedural reasons for your request, so you can’t simply request a re-mark because you are disappointed with your result. For more information on the process see Assessment Grievance: Appealing a mark or grade
    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.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

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

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