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PPMP14001 - Contemporary project management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The business environment is constantly shifting and although the key principles of project management remain, how these are applied can vary greatly depending on the current environment and context. In this unit, you will learn contemporary project concepts including benefits management, Agile project management, virtual teams, and sustainability. You will develop a deeper understanding of Agile, and while you work in and around real case studies and projects, you will then identify the very best methods, tools and techniques that would add value to the management of your projects. You will also learn the components of predictive management through applying Hybrid project management. Sustainability is another key consideration for contemporary projects, with a growing need to ensure the balance between profit, society and the environment and you will explore these concepts through multiple lenses including social innovation, ethics, and Indigenous perspectives.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Practical Assessment 40%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 40%

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%).

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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe principles and practices used when managing projects within contemporary contexts
  2. Apply the principles and techniques of Agile Project Management and benefits management to ensure successful management approaches for specific project contexts
  3. Apply the principles, techniques and technologies for effective and inclusive management of virtual projects, including engaging diverse project stakeholders, within and external to the project team
  4. Critically analyse the concept of sustainability within a project management context, including the role of ethics, adopting sustainable practices, the importance of considering Indigenous perspectives and the relationship to social innovation
  5. Apply reflective practice techniques to examine your practical experience of contemporary issues and concepts in project management, including the analysis of the implications gained to your future professional practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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