Course Title: Public Sector Project Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Public Sector Project Management

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Farshid Rahmani

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3434

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B008 L08 R060

Course Coordinator Availability: Tuesday 10am 12pm

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to project management in the public sector. It explores ways government agencies use project management across layers of government in order to streamline and deliver services. You will develop specific skills in managing and delivering public projects. Furthermore, you will develop the skills and understanding to plan and scope projects, manage risk, budget, and learn about project life cycle, project procurement, ethics and social responsibility, and project closure in the public sector projects. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • 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 
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on project management theory and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice
  • Professionally communicate and justify project scope, design, implementation, strategy and/or outcomes, engaging effectively with diverse stakeholders across a range of industry sectors
  • 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

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse and discuss the need for effective project management in the public sector
  2. Identify and critically analyse project management issues in the public sector and their impact on project delivery
  3. Critically reflect on and examine project management practices across diverse industries in the public sectors
  4. Integrate and apply theoretical and professional project management knowledge for effective decision making in the public sector

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

It is expected that you will regularly attend classes and collaborative group meetings where you will report and reflect upon individual and group progress on a regular basis, provide and receive constructive evaluation and engage in discussions of project based and related multidisciplinary issues. 

Overview of Learning Resources

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

You will be working on a range of projects and access resources specific to that project from grey and white literature. You may also investigate other disciplinary perspectives and may need to use those resources such as AV equipment and facilities, general and specialised computer labs. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the RMIT student website.

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 Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Developing project management plan for a public sector project (Group), 40%, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

Assessment Task 2: Critical Case Study Analysis (Individual), 40%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO4

Assessment Task 3: Case discussion contribution, 20% (10% group presentation, 10% individual contribution in discussions), CLO1, CLO2, CLO3

Feedback will be given 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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.