Course Title: Managing Complex Projects

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Managing Complex Projects

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Koorosh Gharehbaghi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5019

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.61

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course BUSM 4168 Project Management Processes before you commence this course.

Course Description

This course defines and explores the nature of complexity theory, complex adaptive systems and complexity science. And develops your ability to apply this theoretical knowledge to projects. You will learn how to manage project complexity and develop your ability to analyse and contrast how different project management approaches are applicable to complex and conventional projects. This course will focus on complex projects including the management of: post disaster reconstruction projects, aid and relief projects, energy projects and large scale projects

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Determine and apply knowledge of complex project management theory to your professional practice and/or further study
  • Professionally communicate to a range of audiences, demonstrating in depth knowledge of the discipline and of the needs of diverse project management stakeholders
  • Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to analyse, synthesise and apply theoretical knowledge, and technical skills, to formulate evidenced based solutions to industry problems or issues
  • Collaborate effectively with others and demonstrate intellectual independence and autonomy to solve problems and/or address industry issues and imperatives
  • Critically examine and reflect on the profession, in local and/or global contexts, and question accepted interpretations and decision making




Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
• Analyse and apply project management theory to assess and justify project complexity
• Apply complexity theory, adaptive systems and complexity science to the management of a simulated project
• Analyse and compare project management approaches for complex and conventional projects
• Develop a project management plan and report for a complex project

*Critically examine and relfect on the environmental, social and economic impact of project decision making

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will engage in a range of activities including class discussions, debates, presentations from industry guest speakers and case study analysis.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Your learning in this course will also be supported by the provision of readings, journal articles, relevant media and other relevant readings.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include, but is not limited to, assignments and reports.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
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