Portfolio and Program Management - 2016

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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 2016: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assessments - Online Activities (35%) , Assignments - Essay or case study (35%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,300.00
International 2,550.00

This unit provides you with an advanced understanding of a body of knowledge in respect to portfolio and program management as applied in professional practice.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced understanding of knowledge that includes recent, global developments within the field of portfolio and program management and its application in professional practice
  2. investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to the portfolio and program management practice
  3. evaluate, justify and interpret portfolio and program management methodologies and theoretical propositions for decision-making in professional practice
  4. apply advanced individual and team skills that entail application of local and international perspectives
  5. reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship in the area of contemporary Portfolio and Program Management.
  • Assessments — Online Activities (35%)
  • Assignments — Essay or case study (35%)
  • Report — Group (1500 words pp) (30%)

Mandatory conditional prerequisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following unit(s) to study prior to this unit:

Please note that your enrolment in this unit is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite unit(s). If you study the prerequisite unit(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this unit, your result for the prerequisite unit(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite unit(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this unit. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite unit(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this unit to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite unit(s).

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Other special requirement — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Inter-relationships between portfolio, program, project, and organisational management
2Program management performance domains
3Program strategy alignment, benefits management and stakeholder engagement
4Program governance, prorgram lifecycle management, portfolio management and organisational strategy
5The role of the portfolio manager
6The role of the PMO in portfolio management

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • The Standard for Portfolio Management 3E


    ISBN: 9781935589693


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • The Standard for Program Management Third Edition

    By:Project Management Institute

    ISBN: 9781935589686


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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