OPM5000 - Organising the project function - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Robert Moehler

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


At least 12 points of level 4 OPM units.


FIT5057, FIT5178, FIT5194


The unit appraises and explores the relationship between projects, programs, and portfolios within an organisational context. It includes governance of the project function, alignment with strategic objectives, and the creation of value for the organisation. Leadership theories and the competencies of project leadership, which are required to support effective governance when managing projects, are reviewed.


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

  1. Critique the application of developing theories of leadership competence and their application to the leadership of projects, programs and portfolios.
  2. Design and communicate suitable advanced governance structures that support the development of a program framework and culture to critically manage risk and uncertainty.
  3. Analyse and evaluate how project-based organisations develop policy and strategy, and formulate structures, including program and portfolio management, to link projects to corporate strategy.
  4. Assess alignment with organisational objectives and strategic goals, and develop, document and prepare a program management business case for an organisation.


In-semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Project management