PROJMGNT 7012 - Project Governance and Contracts

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 2 - 2023

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 Management
    Term Trimester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive in Trimester; up to 3 hours per week in Semester
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Individual and group assignments
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Paresh Kinra

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

    Teaching Staff:
    Paresh Kinra
    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)

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) – Seventh Edition, Project Management Institute, 2021.
    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
  • 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%
    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.

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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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