Leading Complex Projects (Previously INF80002 'Portfolio and Project Management') - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Availability for 2018: SP2
  • Assessment: Case Study - Individual 1 (20-30%) , Project - Individual 2 (30-40%) - Learn more

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Domestic 3,233.00
Domestic continuing 2,663.00
International 3,483.00
International continuing 2,913.00

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Most projects are complicated, some are defined as complex, often they span international boundaries, commonly have a virtual team component. They usually run in a politically charged environment, where factions compete for power and resources. They are often driving organisational change. Moreover, there are usually multiple projects running simultaneously. This unit enables students to learn how to lead and manage effectively in this very difficult environment. It examines approaches to managing large collaborative projects including global and international initiatives, portfolio management and program management. Students will develop an understanding of leadership roles in in complex environments and demonstrate the ability to implement portfolio management frameworks and evaluate the realisation of project benefits. On completion of this unit students should be able to apply systems thinking in the development of creative approaches to project management including the application of collaborative communication tools to support complex project environment.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding of advanced knowledge, theory and practice in the leadership and management of complex project environments
  2. Critically evaluate and develop approaches for managing projects in international and global contexts
  3. Analyse business scenarios and implement the most appropriate project, program and portfolio solutions
  4. Critically evaluate and develop innovative responses to the management of virtual projects and virtual project teams
  5. Establish and communicate knowledge of meaningful measures and standards for the evaluation of successful complex project
  6. Communicate effectively as a professional and function as an effective leader or member of a diverse team.
  • Case Study — Individual 1 (20-30%)
  • Project — Individual 2 (30-40%)
  • Research Paper — Group (30-40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • INF80002 — IT Portfolio and Program Management

Mandatory prerequisites

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1The Impact of Complexity on the Business Environment
2Leading Projects through Complexity
3Complexity and Project Management Tools
4Portfolio Management
5Program Management
6Global Project Management Part 1
7Global Project Management Part 2
8Complexity and Human Resource Management
9Complexity and Project Governance
10Complexity and Procurement
11Complexity, Uncertainty and Risk

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