Course Title: Program and Portfolio Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Program and Portfolio Management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Guinevere Gilbert

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3452

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 08.08.65

Course Coordinator Availability: TBA

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses:

  •  BUSM3134 Advanced Project Management

before you commence this course.

Course Description

This course will develop your knowledge about how groups of projects (programs) are undertaken, and how these projects are developed within a portfolio. You will learn how to distinguish between the contexts of a project, a program and a portfolio, and develop and apply your knowledge of the role of strategic planning and management in project management. You will also further develop and apply your knowledge of the role of governance in the management of projects, programs and portfolios. This course will develop your ability to formulate a project rationale and to analyse and apply governance processes and principles to the conceptualisation and evaluation of a portfolio of projects. You will also build your knowledge of the role Project Management Offices (PMO’s) play in the management and governance of programs and portfolios. You will also examine and critically reflect on accredited international program and portfolio professional standards and the impact of these on program and portfolio management  practice. Further, you will also develop your research skills through your investigation,  analysis and critique of the literature relating to program and portfolio 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 stakeholder.

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

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:

CLO1: Analyse how industry and organisational strategy shapes the development of a portfolio of projects

CLO2: Evaluate and reflect on the role and function of Project Management Offices (PMO’s) and accreditated international standards in  the governance of programs and portfolios

CLO3: Analyse and apply portfolio selection and evaluation techniques and principles to formulate and evaluate a portfolio of projects

CLO4: Adopt a strategic approach to project management through the conceptualisation and evaluation of a project portfolio

CLO5: Source and critically analyse published  program and portfolio management literature to determine effective management of programs and portfolios

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will be developed through lectures and tutorials. You will engage in a range of learning activities including class discussions, critical case study analysis and analysis and discussion of readings.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

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. 

THREE assessment tasks will be undertaken during the semester as described below.

Task 1 – Two In-Class Tests (2 x 10%):

Three multiple-choice-question (MCQ) closed-book tests designed to examine your understanding of and ability to apply the course contents.  


Task 2 – Group assessment (50% including peer review assessment due week 8 and 12 - group assignment due week 12):

Group assessment to help you examine the recent literature and the practical application of program management or portfolio management principles in organizations. Assessment will be introduced during week 1. Students will advise on the group formation.


Task 3 – Individual assessment (30% due week 4, 7 and 11):

Reflective Diary will help students critically analyse the content covered during the class sessions including regular lectures, workshops, case studies, industry talks, and site visits.


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.