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PPMP20014 Complex Project Management
Complex Project Management
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General Information

Overview

This unit provides an introduction and overview of the field of practice known as complex project management. Complex project management is when a project has three characteristics. Firstly, complex projects are very complicated with lots of parts and interconnections. Secondly, there is a great deal of uncertainty. Finally, they are heavily time-constrained so there is little time to make decisions. In this unit you will explore these characteristics and how to manage them by undertaking assessments for complexity through analysis and systematic inquiry. You will investigate approaches to complexity by forecasting impacts and modelling outcomes. You will analyse the complexities of causes and effects, such as the role played by leaders, setting objectives, environmental and technological limitations and factors, and other constraints that increase complexity. In the unit you will be introduced to a number of examples of complex projects through case studies. You will be able to investigate and discuss the case studies with your peers and lecturers to increase your understanding and proficiency with the management of complex projects.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students must have completed the CQUniversity Graduate Diploma of Project Management or equivalent Project Management qualification from another Institution in order to do this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 3 - 2021

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Group Discussion
Weighting: 40%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%
3. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 10%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Students' evaluation

Feedback

The unit offered real-life case studies and there is a wealth of good examples and complexity aspects being discussed over the unit

Recommendation

Keep the good practice and use real-life examples and cases in explaining the unit content. Assessment tasks are designed to investigate real complex cases.

Feedback from Students' evaluation Teaching team

Feedback

The teaching team was very supportive and the additional drop-in session were highly appreciated in explaining the content, assignment tasks, and the informal discussion.

Recommendation

Due to the online transition, there were a few issues with student adaptation to online mode and there was a need to further support the students learning. Extra informal drop-in sessions were scheduled to further explain the assessment tasks and the unit content. Moving forward feedback and discussion of assessments will continue to be provided within the weekly tutorials

Feedback from SUTE data

Feedback

Moodle maintenance was very clumsy. It should improve, and even the feedback for the assignments was given very late.

Recommendation

The Moodle site is to be updated to ensure easy access. Assessment tasks should be all placed in one section. There was some delay in sending back the assessment feedback where a new teaching staff asked for more time to build a learning curve in one campus.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the causes, environments, and properties of complex projects.
  2. Identify different tools and techniques to aid a project manager manage complex projects.
  3. Critically analyse whether different projects cases are complex projects.
  4. Formulate, argue and defend a strategy that a project manager can apply to a complex project case study.
  5. In a team analyse the root causes of failure with a number of sample complex project cases.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Group Discussion - 40%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
3 - Written Assessment - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Group Discussion - 40%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
3 - Written Assessment - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

ASPECTS OF COMPLEXITY: MANAGING PROJECTS IN A COMPLEX WORLD 1st Ed. (2011)

Authors: Cooke-Davies, T (Chief Editor)
Project Management Institute
Newtown Square Newtown Square , PA , USA
ISBN: 9781935589303
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Access to PMI resorces online through PMI membership
  • Students are requested to join the Project Management Institute (PMI) and be a member of the PMI so they can download the text book. It is the students' responsibility to get a copy of the text book.
  • Online database Emerald and Science direct for journal articles
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Ghulam Chaudhry Unit Coordinator
g.chaudhry@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 - Defining Complex Projects and Complex Project Management Begin Date: 08 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Defining Complex Projects and Complex Project Management

Chapter

  • Chapter 1 by Terry Cooke-Davies
  • Note: A complimentary PDF download of this book is available for PMI members
  • Additional readings and activities on the unit Moodle website

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 1

Tutorial 1: Introduction to complex management:

Unit overview and assessment details  



Week 2 - Managing Projects With High Complexity Begin Date: 15 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Managing Projects With High Complexity

Chapter

  • Chapter 2 by Stephen Hayes and Daniel Bennett
  • Additional readings and activities on the unit Moodle website

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Lecture 2
  • Tutorial 2. Forming the groups for the group assessment
Week 3 -Tools for Complex Projects Begin Date: 22 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Tools for Complex Projects:

Chapter

  • Chapter 3 by Kaye Remington and Julien Pollack
  • Additional readings and activities on the unit Moodle website

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Lecture 3
  • Tutorial 3
  • The goal of the group discussion is to create a formative assessment for learning, through active discussion and learning. Students are expected to actively engage in this assessment and play a key role within the group.
Week 4 -Strategic Management: Developing Policies and Strategies Begin Date: 29 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Strategic Management: Developing Policies and Strategies


Chapter

  • Chapter 4 by Christopher Loch and Federick Payne
  • Additional readings and activities on the unit Moodle website

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Lecture 4
  • Tutorial 4
  • Group discussions: Kahoot Quiz
  • Kahoot Quiz 1: Non-graded quiz but you must attend
Vacation Week Begin Date: 06 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Vacation Week

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 5 - Project complexity assessment and management tools Begin Date: 13 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Project complexity assessment and management tools

Chapter

  • Chapter 5 by Stephen Carver and Harvey Maylor
  • Additional readings and activities on the unit Moodle website

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Lecture 5
  • Tutorial 5
Week 6 -The Impact of Complexity on Project Cost and Schedule Estimates Begin Date: 20 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

The Impact of Complexity on Project Cost and Schedule Estimates


Chapter

  • Chapter 6 by Dale Shermon
  • Additional readings and activities on the unit Moodle website

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Lecture 6
  • Tutorial 6
  • Students are expected to present the progress and development of their final written assignment
Vacation Week Begin Date: 27 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Vacation Week

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 7 - Beyond Competence: Developing Managers of Complex Projects Begin Date: 03 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Beyond Competence: Developing Managers of Complex Projects

Chapter

  • Chapter 7 by Lynn Crawford and Ed Hoffman
  • Additional readings and activities on the unit Moodle website

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Lecture 7
  • Tutorial 7
  • All groups are expected to brief the tutors on their progress and present what has been achieved, and the way forward.
  • Assessment 1 Part A - Due Friday Week 7

Written Report & Peer Evaluation Due: Week 7 Friday (7 Jan 2022) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 8 - Human Behavior and Complexity Begin Date: 10 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Human Behavior and Complexity:

Chapter

  • Chapter 8 by Terry Cook-Davies
  • Additional readings and activities on the unit Moodle website

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Lecture 8
  • Tutorial 8
Week 9 - Controlling Chaos? The Value and the Challenges of Applying Complexity Theory to Project Management Begin Date: 17 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Controlling Chaos? The Value and the Challenges of Applying Complexity Theory to Project Management

Chapter

  • Chapter 9 by Kaye Remington and Roxanne Zolin
  • Additional readings and activities on the unit Moodle website

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Lecture 9
  • Tutorial 9
  • Final written assessment: follow up discussion
  • Assessment 1 Part B - Due Monday Week 9
Week 10 - Systems Thinking and the Systems Movement Begin Date: 24 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Systems Thinking and the Systems Movement

Chapter

  • Chapter 10 by Peter Checkland and Terry Williams
  • Additional readings and activities on the unit Moodle website

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Lecture 10
  • Tutorial 10
  • Kahoot Quiz 2: Non-graded quiz but you must attend
Week 11 - Systems Engineering and Project Management Begin Date: 31 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Systems Engineering and Project Management

Chapter

  • Chapter 11 by Andrew Daw
  • Additional readings and activities on the unit Moodle website

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Lecture 11
  • Tutorial 11
  • Discussion regarding the final written assessment
  • Assessment 2 - Due Friday Week 11

Critical Review Report & Presentation Due: Week 11 Friday (4 Feb 2022) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 12 - Unit Review and Discussion Week Begin Date: 07 Feb 2022

Module/Topic

Unit Review and Discussion

Chapter

  • Chapter 12 by Terry Williams
  • Additional readings and activities on the unit Moodle website

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Lecture 12
  • Tutorial 12
  • Assessment 2 Presentations - Week 12
Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Feb 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Quiz Due: Exam Week Friday (18 Feb 2022) 11:00 pm AEST
Assessment Tasks

1 Group Discussion

Assessment Title
Written Report & Peer Evaluation

Task Description

This assessment item includes a group submission followed by an individual peer evaluation, with an overall weighting of 40% comprising:

  • Part A: Written report (25%) - Group Work
  • Part B: Peer assessment report (15%) - Individual

Purpose

  • The primary purpose of this assessment item is to create an active learning environment so you can develop skills for undertaking research and translating, underpinning concepts about the important aspects of complex project management.
  • The secondary purpose of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to enhance your analysis, communication, critical thinking particularly in the areas of thinking about and reflecting on different project domains and complex project management.
  • You are expected to apply the tools you learned to manage complex projects, estimating the level of complexity as well as forming a proper scope of the context. Your participation, as a result, makes your learning more explicit as you translate your educational and personal experiences and share them with colleagues.
  • You can then learn to critically examine the nature of your learning in this unit, in relation to specific experiences in your project management practice. It will also demonstrate that you have learned from those experiences, together with how you have achieved or maintained your professional competence.

Task

Your task is to attend the lectures and tutorials, understand the case study, actively contribute to your group submission. The assessment has two components (Part A, Part B) and you need to contribute and respond to each as detailed in the assessment tasks. Part A requires students to work in groups, whilst Part B(peer assessment report) requires students to individually assess others' work. Detailed assessment criteria to be provided on Moodle website.

Groups

  • Groups comprise 3-4 students. Groups will be randomly allocated by the Unit Coordinator.
  • You are expected to actively participate, respond, and engage in this group discussion to maximize active learning.
  • The discussion requires students to reflect on the complex aspects within a given case study(ies). This includes discussing the complexity types, environment, scale, and characteristics – which will provide evidence of your understanding of complex project management.
  • You will need to understand the case(s), apply the knowledge developed, and respond to the points, as requested. Tutorials will offer a platform to discuss the progress of your work.
  • Your contribution to the group discussion should also provide an account of your learning based on your personal practice and your critical reflection regarding the topics introduced during this unit.
  • Failing to actively contribute to the tutorial sessions and group discussions may result in zero marks.
  • Flex (online) students may elect to work individually, or in groups. Assessment tasks may need to be modified accordingly.
  • Only one member needs to submit the written report on behalf of the group.


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Friday (7 Jan 2022) 11:45 pm AEST

Assessment 1 Part A - Due Friday Week 7 and Assessment 1 Part B - Due Monday Week 9


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Friday (21 Jan 2022)


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Assessments will be marked based on the extent and quality to which it meets each of the following criteria:

Part A

  • Part A will involve groups completing a written report, based on a case study involving a complex project.
  • The written report should be 1500-2000 words excluding the title page and references.
  • The written report needs to provide a detailed understanding of the case study.
  • All arguments should be supported using insights and relevant examples, drawn from the case study.
  • In terms of the complexity factors and ICCPM outcomes, the report needs to address the minimum requirements.
  • The report should be relevant and accurately reflect the external varieties, supported by examples drawn from the case study.
  • Finally, in terms of complexity types, the report needs to graph their relative weight and be supported by a coherent argument and discussion.

Part B

  • Part B involves a peer assessment report, which will test an individual student’s ability to constructively access the work of their colleagues.
  • The evaluation of your peer assessment will mainly depend on the quality of your written feedback and the validity of assessing the group work of others.
  • Assessment of other groups is expected to be in the form of constructive, relevant, and appropriate feedback.
  • Tutorials will offer a platform to discuss and assess the peer assessment report feedback.
  • Your evaluation will be checked and moderated to ensure the quality of the feedback and the peer assessment.
  • Failing to submit the peer assessment report will lead to zero (0) marks for this part.

Part A: Written Report (25%)

  • Introduction (5%)
  • Introduce causes of complexity aspects (10%)
  • Analyse complexity factors (10%)
  • Discuss ICCPM outcomes and complexity factors (10%)
  • Identify main external varieties (10%)
  • Identify and explain which complexity type(s) dominate (30%)
  • Identifying required skills and competencies (10%)
  • Tabulating skills/competencies (10%)
  • Conclusion & reference list (5%)

Part B: Peer Assessment Report (15%)

  • Review of the identified complexity factors (10%)
  • Review of the ICCPM outcomes and complexity factors (10%)
  • Review of the identified external varieties as per Ashby Law (20%)
  • Review of the complexity types and characteristics (20%)
  • Review of the relevant skills matching the complexity types (20%)
  • General comments on the report (most liked part/s) (10%)
  • General comments on the report (possible improvements) (10%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
You will need to upload a group submission report followed by the peer assessment report to Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the causes, environments, and properties of complex projects.
  • Identify different tools and techniques to aid a project manager manage complex projects.
  • Formulate, argue and defend a strategy that a project manager can apply to a complex project case study.
  • In a team analyse the root causes of failure with a number of sample complex project cases.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Critical Review Report & Presentation

Task Description

This assessment item includes a group submission followed by an individual presentation, with an overall weighting of 50% comprising:

  • Part A: Critical Review Report (35%) - Group Work
  • Part B: Presentation (15%) - Individual

Purpose

  • The primary purpose of this assessment item is to help you to define your thinking and to classify the tools and techniques related to the complex project management field.
  • The secondary purpose of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to enhance your teamwork skills, analysis, critical thinking, and written communication skills; particularly in the areas of argument development and academic writing.

Tasks

  • The complexity aspects of the case study, the uncertainties involved, the interconnectivity, and the wickedness of the problem;
  • The stakeholders involved and their roles in magnifying the complexity level;
  • The evaluation of the complexity level together with the size and the scale of the complexity;
  • The four complexity types (structural, temporal, directional, and technical complexity);
  • The assessment/ evaluation of the complexity types and estimate the relative weight of each complexity type using the various assessment tools; and
  • The various tools and techniques that might be useful to manage this complex project.

You should compile your discussion into a report while responding to the above points. You need to thoroughly study and understand the case study in order to create a clear and succinct summary of the case.

You need to illustrate the theories, tools, and techniques that might be relevant to manage such a complex case. You also need to use real evidence/examples from the case to support your discussion. Finally, you then must propose a management framework on how to address and reduce the complexity using the knowledge gained throughout the unit.

Groups

  • Groups comprise 3-4 students. Groups will be randomly allocated by the Unit Coordinator who may vary the group size and composition.
  • Students are expected to actively participate, respond and engage in this group assessment to maximise active learning.
  • Students will be called for an oral examination (as part of group assessment) and present their work individually. Failing to satisfy the presentation requirements may lead to failing the assessment regardless.
  • Only one member needs to submit the critical analysis report on behalf of the group but each member needs to submit the presentation slides.

Structure

  • Your submission should follow the standard academic writing of a review report.
  • The report should be a maximum of 4,000 words (including references).
  • The report exceeding the maximum word limit (i.e. 4,000 words) by more than 5% will be penalised.
  • The report should be structured as a review report with clear and coherent abstract, introduction, thorough literature review, methodology, results, and discussion.
  • The abstract should summarise your findings in no more than 250 words.
  • The introduction should introduce the report and include brief relevant information about the case study as well as the objectives.
  • The literature should present the evidence you have collected to support your argument, detailing information about the case and relevant previous literature. It should highlight the complexity aspects, the uncertainties, and any other relevant information. The literature review should be integrated into the article.
  • The methodology should show what has been done to analyse this case and how you undertook the research/analysis.
  • The results should present the findings and may include critical discussion. A conclusion section should also be included.
  • Each member's contribution must be attached as a separate sheet in the Appendix section of the report.
  • Flex (online) students may be allowed to work individually with the approval of the unit coordinator.


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Friday (4 Feb 2022) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Assessment marks will be released to the students on the day of confirmation of grades.


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment comprises two parts:

  • Part A: Critical review report - worth 35%, and
  • Part B: Individual presentation - worth 15%.

You will be assessed based on the extent and quality to which it meets each of the following criteria:

  • A clear and coherent introduction that covers the rationale (the why) and a brief overview of the content;
  • A clear understanding of the case study based on a thorough review of the case including its complexity aspects;
  • An explanation of the causes, environment, and properties leading to complexity in this case study. A detailed description/ analysis of the complexity types need to be provided;
  • Assessment of the level of complexity, providing relevant complexity radar diagram(s). This includes assigning relative weights, and justifications of the various complexity types;
  • Analyzing the full list of potential stakeholders involved, their roles, interest, and importance together with including a stakeholder matrix (for relevant stakeholders);
  • A discussion of the tools and techniques to support the project manager managing the complexities involved within the case study. Justifications should be provided as to why and how these tools could be useful;
  • The submission should be structured in a correctly formatted academic report including Abstract, Introduction, Literature Review, Methodology, Results/Discussion, and Key Findings/Recommendations;
  • A clear and concise conclusion including a summary of the main points and a reference list, with a minimum of 15 scholarly references;
  • Individual presentation and oral examination - Students' performance will be evaluated individually and students may receive varying marks depending on their level of involvement, understanding, and contribution during this session. Marks will be allocated according to a marking rubric.
  • Students will be accessed on their oral presentation together with the accompanying presentation slides and notes.
  • Presentations will be held via Zoom during the tutorial class in Week 12.

Part A: Critical Analysis Report (35%) - Group Submission

  • Introduction (5%)
  • Literature review (5%)
  • Complexity factors (7%)
  • Stakeholder matrix (8%)
  • External varieties (10%)
  • Complexity level (10%)
  • Complexity characteristics histogram (10%)
  • Structural/dynamic complexity matrix (10%)
  • Dreyfuss model (10%)
  • Butterfly effect (10%)
  • Conceptual hurdles (10%)
  • Report structure, grammar, referencing, etc. (5%)

Part B: Individual Presentation (15%) - Individual Submission

  • Preparation and consistency of presentation (30%)
  • Evidence of understanding and relevance of the presentation content (30%)
  • Response to questions during the presentation (30%)
  • Timing including questions and answers (5%)
  • Presentation manners (5%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Your document should be uploaded for TurnItIn score before submitting via Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the causes, environments, and properties of complex projects.
  • Identify different tools and techniques to aid a project manager manage complex projects.
  • Critically analyse whether different projects cases are complex projects.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management

3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Quiz

Task Description

Purpose

  • The primary purpose of this assessment item is to help you to identify factors associated with complex project management.
  • The secondary purpose of this assessment is to give you the opportunity to enhance your analysis and critical thinking skills.

Task

This assessment item involves an online quiz which is worth 10% of the unit marks.

  • The quiz is an open-book test.
  • The quiz will be available for 36 hours on the Moodle website.
  • Only one attempt is allowed within the timeframe whilst the quiz is available.
  • There will be 10 questions (a combination of multiple-choice and true/false questions).
  • The questions will be randomly selected from a pool of questions from the related topics.
  • The questions will be reflecting and testing your knowledge and understanding of lecture materials.
  • There will be a time limit of 30 minutes to complete the quiz (open attempts will be submitted automatically).
  • You can attempt the quiz at any location provided you have access to Moodle website.
  • It is your responsibility to use a reliable internet connection to attempt the quiz.


Number of Quizzes

1


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Exam Week Friday (18 Feb 2022) 11:00 pm AEST

The quiz must be completed within its allocated timeframe


Return Date to Students

The online quiz will be marked by the Moodle computer program upon submission. Marks will be released after the quiz has been closed.


Weighting
10%

Assessment Criteria

  • Each question carries equal marks.
  • No penalty for the wrong answers.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the causes, environments, and properties of complex projects.
  • Identify different tools and techniques to aid a project manager manage complex projects.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

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