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MGT8076 Project-based Change Management

Semester 1, 2020 Online
Short Description: Project-based Change M'ment
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


Examiner: Bronte Van Der Hoorn

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


Some projects are initiated with a primary objective of creating change in an organisation. Others will deliver outputs that will enable an organisation to adapt and evolve. As such, those people managing projects must understand how to assess the impact of their projects on the organisation. Furthermore, they need to be able to plan and implement project management and change management approaches that reflect the nature of the organisational impact, and be able to assess whether their project has achieved the required organisational outcomes.


Project-based methods can be used to enable organisations to adapt. This course examines how change management theory can be incorporated into a project-based methodology to guide the change process, and to ensure achievement of the desired project outcomes (benefits). This includes methods that assist in managing the impact to the organisation and individuals. The course demonstrates why the evaluation of the project outcomes is required to ensure that the intended benefits have been achieved. The course also addresses the management of changes to project baselines.


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

  1. integrate change management principles and tools into project-based management planning and execution;
  2. apply a systematic method for changing project baselines;
  3. measure the achievement of change objectives and the realisation of benefits;
  4. use technical and communication skills to justify professional decisions to appropriate audiences.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Managing change to project baselines 10.00
2. Incorporating change management in project planning 30.00
3. Incorporating change management in project execution 30.00
4. Confirmation of change and benefits realisation 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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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 31 Mar 2020
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 70 05 Jun 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

  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 (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

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

Date printed 19 June 2020