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

Course Coordinator: Malik Khalfan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3905

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities



You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course 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. 

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience.

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 how industry and organisational strategy shapes the development of a portfolio of projects
  • 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
  • Analyse and apply portfolio selection and evaluation techniques and principles to formulate and evaluate a portfolio of projects
  • Adopt a strategic approach to project management through the conceptualisation and evaluation of a project portfolio
  • 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.

Your learning in this course will be supported through critical readings of peer reviewed journal papers, lecture materials, relevant professional standards and project management texts.

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 in this course may include, but is not limited to, project report writing and portfolio development and analysis.

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.

 An assessment charter ( ) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

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