PROJMGNT 2003 - Leadership in Stakeholder Management

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

This course studies the nexus between project leadership and stakeholder management. It introduces students to leadership concepts, behaviours and traits in the project context. It also looks at stakeholder theory and concepts, defines internal/external stakeholders and highlights the importance of effective communications. It brings these areas together in respect to leading teams, project culture, problem solving, decision making, negotiation and conflict resolution in the project environment. The course also covers the concept of emotional intelligence in respect to leadership and stakeholders.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROJMGNT 2003
    Course Leadership in Stakeholder Management
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Restrictions Available only to B.Project Management & Project Management Minor students
    Course Description This course studies the nexus between project leadership and stakeholder management. It introduces students to leadership concepts, behaviours and traits in the project context. It also looks at stakeholder theory and concepts, defines internal/external stakeholders and highlights the importance of effective communications. It brings these areas together in respect to leading teams, project culture, problem solving, decision making, negotiation and conflict resolution in the project environment. The course also covers the concept of emotional intelligence in respect to leadership and stakeholders.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Steven Milner

    Program Director Contact Details: Project Management
    Name: Dr Sam Baroudi
    Teaching staff:

    Course Coordinator
    Dr Steve Milner

    Mr Sami Abou Hamden
    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. Describe concepts of leadership in project management;
    2. Evaluate the various ways to lead project teams;
    3. Describe concepts within stakeholder management;
    4. Outline stakeholder types and appropriate communication techniques;
    5. Explain engagement, governance and competencies in the delivery of projects.
    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
    No Textbook required
    Recommended Resources

    Recommended References

    Project Management Institute (2017) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide), 6th Edition, Newtown Square, Pa, Project Management Institute.

    Burke, R. and Barron, S. (2014) Project Management Leadership: Building Creative Teams 2nd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, West Sussex.

    Parker, D. and Craig, M. (2008) Managing Projects, Managing People, Macmillan Education, South Yarra, Victoria.

    It is also useful to read relevant project management journal articles. In particular:

    • International Journal of Project Management
    • Project Management Journal
    • International Journal of Project Organisation and Management

    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.

    Online Learning
    MyUni is the University of Adelaide's online learning environment. It is used to support traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and workshops at the University. MyUni provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments for each online course of study.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course will be taught via on-campus face to face lectures and tutorials. This course will deliver useful knowledge as a foundation for students to become effective future project leaders. Students who complete this courses will have an understanding on what it takes to be a good leader and how to manage the various project stakeholders so as to deliver on project objectives. As with all other courses the learning materials will be accessible to students via the online MyUni platform. This will allow students to refer to lecture presentations, assessments and other learning resources in their own time.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students are expected to attend lectures and tutorials as scheduled. Furthermore, students should prepare for lectures and revise post lecture to improve understanding of each week’s course module. Students will be directed to work on three different assessment pieces and submit for grading. As a general guide, a 3 unit course requires

    Total workload hours: 12 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 156 Hrs
    Total contact hours: 3 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 36 Hrs
    Total self-guided study: 156 Hrs – 36 Hrs = 120 Hrs

    Learning Activities Summary

    The course will cover concepts in an in-depth and meaningful way. This will allow students to appreciate the practical application of relevant knowledge and skills. The lectures, tutorials and assessments are designed to reflect the requirements for a project manager within these areas. Personal study outside of lectures and tutorials will be needed to assist student learning.

    The weekly lecture schedule is structured as follows
    Week Topic
    1 Introduction to Leadership and Stakeholders
    2 Project Leadership Concepts
    3 Leading the Project Team
    4 Perspectives for Effective Leadership
    5 Project Stakeholder Concepts
    6 Stakeholders and Organisations
    7 Managing Stakeholders and Communication
    8 Project Management Engagement Strategies
    9 Project Governance and Performance
    10 Competencies in Leadership and Stakeholder Management
    11 Excellence in the Delivery of Projects
    12 Course Review and Discussion
  • 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
    #Assessment TaskTask TypeLengthWeightLearning Outcomes
    1 Project Leadership Essay Individual 1500 words 30% 1,2
    2 Managing Stakeholders Report Individual 2000 words 40% 3,4
    3 Group Project Report Group 1500 words per student 30% 1-5
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students should be aware that considerable knowledge and skills will be taught at lectures and tutorials. Hence, students should attend all classes in order to pass the course.

    Course results may be subject to moderation by the Assessment Review Committee.
    Assessment Detail
    Project Leadership Essay: this is an individual assessment that asks each student to investigate leadership concepts and approaches and submit a paper that is supported by leadership theory literature. It should also provide some insight into how to lead project teams. The assessment will display the learning outcomes in respect to student understanding of leadership knowledge in the project management context.
    Managing Stakeholders Report: this assessment will require each student to prepare a report on how they would manage stakeholders on a given project case study. The report will need to be supported by adequate stakeholder management literature. Furthermore, the report will need to apply relevant concepts to identify stakeholders and suggest best practices within management and communications. The learning outcomes for this assignment will require students to illustrate their understanding of stakeholder concepts and how they are applied to projects.
    Group Project Report: this assignment is a collaborative group experience that simulates how a project team would lead a project to success. This will draw on concepts from leadership, stakeholder management, engagement, governance and competencies in project management. The output will be a comprehensive report that sets out to apply relevant course concepts to a specific industry project that is either given or chosen by students to investigate. It can also have an aspect of student reflection on how they would lead the selected project to success. The learning outcomes will be delivered via each student contributing to a report that shows an ability to take conceptual material and apply it to a real life project.

    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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