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MGT8074 Project Team Leadership

Semester 2, 2020 Online
Short Description: Project Team Leadership
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Management and Enterprise
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 080315 - Project Management
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Bronte Van Der Hoorn

Requisites

Enrolment is not permitted in MGT8074 if MGT8027 has been previously completed.

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

Rationale

Today the project manager is very much a front-line person who has to deal with a wide range of people in the project world such as team members, stakeholders, and sponsors. These people are also positioned in junior, middle, and senior management inside and outside the host organisation. As well as successful teamwork, it is becoming apparent that the role of stakeholders is crucial to the successful delivery of projects, as is the importance of developing a sponsor culture within the organisation to support collaborative practices. The project manager therefore needs to know and understand the structure and function of the project organisations; how capabilities are harnessed and delivered through people, teamwork, and relationship management; how information systems and communication channels, policies and processes, and authority and power can facilitate the delivery of needs and satisfaction across those in the project world.

Synopsis

This course examines the role of the project manager and her/his emerging role as a leader and advisor within the project organisation setting. The course covers common practices underlying the structure and design of the modern project focused organisation to harness the power of individuals and teams to build organisational ability around project work. It requires students to undertake part of their learning activities in a team-based environment to highlight the challenges of team membership and team leadership. It examines the role of the project manager as leader of project teams and relationship builder. It also addresses the role of projects in corporate society and examines the socio-cultural challenges that arise.

Objectives

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

  1. examine and critically reflect on stakeholder, teamwork and leadership principles, theories and concepts;
  2. analyse, evaluate and synthesise research about the significance of stakeholder, teamwork and leadership for the management of diverse projects;
  3. apply knowledge and skills to investigate, resolve and make decisions about stakeholder management and leadership of project teams;
  4. plan and execute the preferred method for the management of stakeholders and project teams;
  5. use technical and communication skills to justify professional decisions to appropriate audiences.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. The creative and productive project organisation and team 30.00
2. Building and managing project teams 20.00
3. Stakeholder relationships and management 30.00
4. Multiculturalism and diversity in the project environment 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2020&sem=02&subject1=MGT8074)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Summers, J & Smith, B 2014, Communication skills handbook, 4th edn, John Wiley & Sons, Brisbane, Queensland.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 50.00
Independent Study 115.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 30 18 Aug 2020
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 70 23 Oct 2020

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Courses delivered at Springfield campus are run in block intensive mode as two 2-day workshops during the semester, and NOT as weekly lectures. Teaching blocks will include weekdays and weekend days. Check timetables for workshop dates at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/organise-enrolment/timetables/class.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course..

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments:
    Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.

Date printed 6 November 2020