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PPMP20014 Complex Project Management
Complex Project Management
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General Information


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.


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 - 2022


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

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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


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


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


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.


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


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


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

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Textbooks and Resources

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