Course Title: Strategic Project Delivery

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Strategic Project Delivery

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Professor Derek Walker

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3908

Course Coordinator Email: derek.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities



Course Description

This course will further develop your understanding of projects within the wider context of programs of projects and portfolios of programs. In doing so, you will critically examine leading edge theory and professional project management (PM) practice. This course is intended deepen your understanding of the function of projects as more holistically embedded in programs and portfolios and your developed knowledge will be framed within a global and complex interdependent context of an integrated project product and service delivery.

The course examines the distinction between project, program and portfolio in a PM context, and the role of strategy and governance. You will also develop the advanced skills and knowledge required to conceptualise and validate a project aim and evaluate a project through its development, creating a project rationale and stage-gate governance process at the front-end of projects. The course will also deepen your understanding of effective project program and portfolio governance and develop your ability to evaluate the effectiveness of how PM offices (PMOs) function. You will also enhance your expert knowledge of processes used to manage the strategic imperative from the initial development of a project concept through to its approval to proceed to delivery. Further you will deepen your understanding of the role and functioning of PMOs and governance of projects, programs and portfolios.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Analyse the role and efficacy of business strategy and strategic approaches to programs of projects and portfolios
• Independently and creatively conceptualise the needs and strategic benefits that drive a program and portfolio of projects.
• Critique and manage a project front-end process, adapting and adopting governance frameworks for projects, programs and portfolios
• Critically reflect on your practice and the development of your professional capabilities, and discipline knowledge, integrating and building on your project experience
• Creatively integrate new learning, drawing on scholarly research literature, to independently propose and communicate leading edge solutions to the strategic delivery of projects within a program and portfolio context

1. Determine and apply knowledge of complex project management theory, principles and best practice to applied projects to contribute to the profession and discipline of project management
2. Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on project management theory and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice
3. Professionally communicate and justify project scope, design, implementation, strategy and/or outcomes, engaging effectively with diverse stakeholders across a range of industry sectors
4. Apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively address the diverse needs of project stakeholders, formulating innovative solutions and demonstrating independent and sound decision making related to your professional practice and the discipline
5. Utilise specific research and technical skills to strategically develop and implement project management strategies and solutions that are responsive to complex sustainable and economic theories and enhance project value, delivery and governance

Overview of Learning Activities

This course places projects within the broader context of organisational strategy, governance, programs and project portfolios via the following three (3) main topics:

Topic 1 Strategic Thinking, Strategic Action: The role of strategy and strategic approaches
Topic 2 �Governance of Projects: The role of governance and governance options
Topic 3 �Program and Portfolio Management: Distinguishing between project, program and project portfolio management 

Overview of Learning Resources

  • RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You will be required to purchase or access library copies of the course text.
  • The courses will be undertaken using reading resources identified for the course that are all available electronically from Blackboard, or from the library.

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. 

Feedback will be provided on all assessment tasks.

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.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document which can be found here.