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Unit Overview


This MBA elective unit is concerned with project management, and for managers and strategic leaders of individual projects, as programs for realising strategic change objectives and outcomes, and as a portfolio for executing strategy. It covers life cycles of project, program and portfolio management, from idea, business case, program and portfolio development, through to delivery and realisation of strategic benefits and value for stakeholders. Projects and strategic initiatives are increasingly bridging the gap between strategy to execution, complementary to strategic management and organisational change and transformation. The unit addresses challenges of accelerating change, globalisation, competition, and complexity; digital disruption and transformation; the emergence of artificial intelligence and machine learning; the future of projectised work; and the agility sought by organisations seeking to thrive and contribute to sustainable development. Topics covered may include: project, program and portfolio standards, practices and tools; agile projects and programs, at scale; their frameworks, life cycles, governance, assurance, practice maturity, ethics, sustainability, and benefits realisation; and the combination of project management, leadership, and strategy and business acumen that project managers and strategic leaders must cultivate to succeed and deliver value for their organisations and society.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Trimester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) explain how contemporary project management knowledge, standards, and developments can be applied to benefit work, organisations and society; (2) apply a range of project management skills, tools and practices, appropriate to real world examples and contexts; (3) execute strategy through portfolio and program management; (4) demonstrate stakeholder engagement and communication approaches appropriate to their work or context; (5) explain how stakeholder engagement and management influence the success and value of projects and strategic initiatives; and (6) assess approaches to improving the value of project management and strategic initiatives for organisations and society.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual assessment; (2) group assessment project; and (3) case study report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Stephen Byers
Unit rules
ACCT5602 Accounting
or MGMT5501 Organisational Behaviour.
and enrolment in
the Master of Business Administration (coursework)
or the Master of Business Administration (coursework and dissertation).
or approval from The Business School only, which will be determined with regard to relevant documented professional work experience.
MGMT5660 Applied Project Management
Contact hours
trimester teaching periods—lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
intensive teaching period—lectures/seminars/workshops: 7–8 hours per week over 5 weeks
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