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MGT8022 Project-Based Management

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Barrie Todhunter


Organisations of all sizes, from small businesses to multi-national conglomerates, are expected to continually adapt to their environment to remain resilient and competitive. This adaptation is commonly achieved through project work and there is a growing interest in the use of project management and the related topics of programme and portfolio management. Managers need an ability to understand the nature of project work and appreciate the implications for their management. Given the growing number of methodologies and prescriptions regarding the management of projects it is also increasingly important for managers to be able to discern which frameworks, processes, and tools are most suited to their organisational context.

The course examines what differentiates project work from operational work and the implications for management. It explores the concepts and relationships between project, programme and portfolio management and the use of waterfall versus agile project management approaches. Project governance, managing executive stakeholders and leading teams, and project management maturity frameworks are also examined.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. critically evaluate the differences and discuss the implications between operational and project work for an organisation;
  2. assess the suitability and provide recommendations on the use of projects, programmes and portfolios for managing project work in an organisation or situation;
  3. critically compare the various methods for managing project work and critically justify the most suitable method for a particular situation;
  4. appraise the components of organisational systems that direct and control project work and critically select the systems that are effective for a specified situation;
  5. judge models of organisational project management maturity; critically discriminate and justify where they are useful;
  6. create professional communication and engagement artefacts suited to managing projects.


Description Weighting(%)
1. The nature of projects, programmes and portfolios and their management 20.00
2. Waterfall and agile project management approaches 30.00
3. Governance, PMOs and project management maturity frameworks 30.00
4. Engaging with stakeholders and teams 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 10 1
Assignments Written Problem Solving No 40 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assignments Written Case Study No 50 1,2,3,4,5,6
Date printed 10 February 2023