OPM5001 - Project as a social system - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Information Technology

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Gro Bjerknes

Not offered in 2018


At least 12 points of level 4 OPM units.


FIT5057, FIT5178, FIT5194


This unit explores projects as primarily social constructs, where sense-making and adaptive behaviours are required to accommodate local contexts, dynamics, and personal attributes. The perception of projects as primarily a process is critically examined. The concepts of systems thinking and cultural practices are explored to develop an understanding of the interrelationships between various elements of a project, and the environment in which they are executed.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Critique the theory and concepts of systems thinking applied in a project management context.
  • Appraise and evaluate adaptive behaviours between a project and its environment using the theory of sense-making.
  • Interpret the differences between a social construct and a technical process when managing projects.
  • Manage the interaction between a project and its environment.


In-semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Workshop; which comprise lectures and tutorials in block-mode workshops held twice during the semester for two and a half consecutive days, with up to 140 hours of combined face-to-face time attending workshops and off-campus preparation and assessment work.

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