PROJMGNT 7012 - Project Governance and Contracts

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

Despite the application of the key project management elements, evidence indicates that there still exists a high proportion of project problems experienced during the 'delivery' phase of a project (resulting in schedule delays, cost overruns and/or quality concerns). Clearly developing a project management plan does not necessarily guarantee project success for the project manager. Project governance and contracting decision making need to be aligned with the organisation's governance model across the entire project lifecycle and therefore is a critical element of any project. This course develops the competencies for establishing and maintaining an effective project governance framework that enables and informs effective project decision making. It covers the key project governance and contract principles, in support of the 'prudency' and 'efficiency' of the capital spend for all linear type projects.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROJMGNT 7012
    Course Project Governance and Contracts
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Semester 1
    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 Despite the application of the key project management elements, evidence indicates that there still exists a high proportion of project problems experienced during the 'delivery' phase of a project (resulting in schedule delays, cost overruns and/or quality concerns). Clearly developing a project management plan does not necessarily guarantee project success for the project manager. Project governance and contracting decision making need to be aligned with the organisation's governance model across the entire project lifecycle and therefore is a critical element of any project. This course develops the competencies for establishing and maintaining an effective project governance framework that enables and informs effective project decision making. It covers the key project governance and contract principles, in support of the 'prudency' and 'efficiency' of the capital spend for all linear type projects.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Carmen Reaiche

    Program Director Contact Details: Project Management
    Dr Tracey Dodd 

    Teaching Staff:
    Dr John Sing
    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 Identify and analyse effective project governance & contracting in different organisational contexts
    2 Examine and implement an effective project governance and contract management framework
    3 Apply effective project governance and contracting to a wide range of industries, including Information technology, defence, construction, public sector, social, finance, medical, research and commercialization.
    4 Apply appropriate policies and procedures to strengthen and support the project management governance process
    5 Illustrate continued learning and personal development
    6 Recognise ethical, social and cultural issues and their importance for project managers
    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
    A guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, 2013.
    Recommended Resources
    • Harold R Kerzner, Project Management: A systems approach to planning, scheduling and controlling, Eleventh Edition, Wiley. 2013
    • Supplementary readings list and suggested books

    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.

    Days Content Readings/Activities
    1&2 Course Notes
    Why project governance – what is it and what are the key drivers?
    What are the key project governance principles?
      Terminology, what is ‘project governance’ and why is it important?
      Establishing a framework
    Effective project decision making
    Establishing the ‘prudency’ of the capital spend
      Needs and options analysis: Drivers of business needs and developing viable options
      Strategic intent and risk management and the role of risk management
      Methods of project evaluation concepts - NPV, IRR and assumptions
      Financial analysis: discounting cash flows, selecting the discount rate
      Business case example review and analysis
    Identification & analysis of the ‘hot spots’
    Examination of the main project governance tools
      Policies, procedures, templates
    Establishing the ‘efficiency’ of the capital spend
    Contracting & procurement
      What is a ‘contract’?
      Why ‘contracting and procurement’?
    Summary and key take-aways
    3&4 Course Notes
    Brief recap from intensive 1
    Developing a contracting strategy
    Contracting tactics
    Sourcing & award
    Contract management
    Claims & variations
    Summary and key take-aways
    Specific Course Requirements
    Prior to attending the formal lectures, students are advised to read carefully the lecture notes provided and the corresponding chapters in the textbook.
  • 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 TypeLengthWeightingLearning Outcomes
    1 Class participation Individual N/A 10% All
    2 Written assignment  Individual 3,000 words 30% 1, 2, 3, & 4
    3 Report Group 3,000 words 20% 1, 2, 3, & 4
    3 Presentation Group 1,000 words 10% 4, 5 & 6
    4 Final written assignment  Individual 4,000 words 30% 3, 4, 5, & 6
    Total 100%

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
    In terms of the assessment items for this course there has been no substantial change from the previous intensive mode of delivery. The only minor change has been to the class participation mark of 10% – which now switches to an ‘on-line class’ participation mark. The other 90% remains as assignment based.
    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.

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    Assessment Detail
    Classroom discussion & participation
    You are expected to attend and participate in the discussions during the intensive sessions. Your lecturer will provide you with opportunities to participate and contribute to the learnings during each of the intensive sessions.

    Written Assignment
    Develop a ‘business case’ template that can then be used by the organization. Give consideration as to the key components that you believe are important to be included (and why you believe them to be important).

    A case study / role playing scenario is provided to the students to  develop a Project Governance framework report. The report should provide the necessary information to assist the case study organization in establishing an effective project governance framework for the very first time. It therefore needs to provide advice as to the proposed project governance structure (why) and roles and responsibilities (who). This would include the project lifecycle (stage gates), as well as the ‘terms of reference’ for the Project Steering committee and other necessary policies and procedures required as to how the PSC is to operate.

    Based on your group’s Report, your group will develop and make a formal presentation of your report. Prepare your presentation on the assumption that you are presenting your key findings and recommendations to the Board of Directors and Senior Management team.

    Final written report
    Answer a set of questions based on the project governance and contracts case study. The objective of the case study questions is for you to consider the contracting and procurement material supplied and attempt to apply it to a real project governance case.

    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni:

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    • 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.
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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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