Course Title: Leadership in Project Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Leadership in Project Management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Guinevere Gilbert

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3452

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.65

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses

BUSM4168 Project Management Processes

before you commence this course. 


Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.  Further information:;ID=x94or0ccuu7

Course Description

In this course you will develop your conceptual and practical knowledge of leadership as this applies to the field of project management. The objectives of this course are to provide you with the skills, knowledge and expertise required to work effectively as part of a project team, and to develop your capacity to collaborative with your peers in order to successfully meet established project deliverables. You will also build your knowledge of how project success is measured, and of the role diverse stakeholder management and engagement plays in achieving effective project management.

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

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • PLO1: Determine and apply knowledge of complex project management theory to your professional practice and/or further study
  • PLO2: Professionally communicate to a range of audiences, demonstrating in depth knowledge of the discipline and of the needs of diverse project management stakeholders
  • PLO3: 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
  • PLO4: Utilise appropriate methods and techniques to design and /or execute research based or professionally focused project management projects, demonstrating capacity for independent and collaborative learning, addressing real world industry issues
  • PLO5: Collaborate effectively with others and demonstrate intellectual independence and autonomy to solve problems and/or address industry issues and imperatives
  • PLO6: Critically examine and reflect on the profession, in local and/or global contexts, and question accepted interpretations and decision making

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. CLO1: Identify how leadership principles and practices: contribute to project outcomes; and determine project success in both local and global contexts
  2. CLO2: Apply theoretical knowledge of leadership and teamwork,and critical reflective thinking, to project management contexts and scenarios
  3. CLO3: Analyse  the principles of team dynamics and identify the role these principles play in project success
  4. CLO4: Discuss the role leadership plays in shaping organisational cultures
  5. CLO5: Critically reflect on the effectiveness of leadership decision making

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn through series of lectures and workshops. Learning activities in this course will include case study exercises, class discussions and group work. Key concepts and their application will be explained and illustrated in lectures and workshops with opportunities to discuss their use in case studies during workshops. Active and constructive participation in group discussions is expected in addition to wider reading and careful planning for assessment tasks.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

You will be provided with lecture notes, workshop material, reading lists and case study material. You will be expected to utilise library and electronic resources (as well as any other appropriate resources) to engage in professional reading of relevant project management literature, including leadership in project management.

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 outcome.

Assessment consists of:

Task 1: Individual report. 25%. Due Weeks 3 and 5. CLOs 1, 2, 5.   Task 2: Group presentation. 35%. Due Weeks 10 and 13. CLOs  2, 3, 4, 5   Task 3: Individual quizzes. 30%. Weeks 6 and 11. CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5   Task 4: Individual tutorial activities. 10%. Weeks 1 - 12. CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Equitable Learning Services

Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provide support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability. You can contact the ELS if you would like to find out more: You can also contact the course coordinator or the program coordinator if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teaching staff.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc.