Examine the role a project manager plays in managing their team, fostering cohesion and managing individual differences. You will explore how different managerial styles determine team structure, and develop your knowledge of how current theoretical frameworks inform team function.

This course will develop your critical understandings of the relation between team management and organisational strategic objectives and vision, and will build your understanding of project team strategies to support positive work-life interaction.


Course coordinator

Dr Michelle Turner, Senior Lecturer - School of Property, Construction and Project Management

Course objectives

  • 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 developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice; and
  • Professionally communicate and justify project scope, design, implementation, strategy and /or outcomes, engaging effectively with diverse stakeholders across a range of industry sectors.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Analyse effective project team management in relation to both your own professional practice or related experience, industry feedback and theoretical academic knowledge;
  • Conduct a literature review of relevant material to support your conception of effective project team management;
  • Undertake a case study analysis of an industry-based project team;
  • Formulate and justify a series of recommendations to improve project team function and performance; and
  • Analyse the relationship between project team management and organisational objectives and success.


Assessment for this course will occur at various times across the seven-week teaching period. In most cases, assessment should follow a similar structure to the below:

  • A short assessment may occur in the first couple of weeks, driven mostly by peer-assessment or objective feedback as is the case of a survey quiz or contribution to discussion.
  • Assessments that occur mid-study period (approximately week 2 to 5) will have a highly formative purpose, like an extended case study or a scenario role play. These are intended to provide an indication of performance and occur at this time to enable positive changes to future performance.
  • Final assessments are usually summative, and generally draw the course's threshold concepts together. Your previous assessments will have directly prepared you for a summative-style assessment.

Rich, online feedback will be provided to you throughout the teaching period on practical exercises and by individual consultation, ideally within five business days.

Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your RMIT Student Enrolment Advisor on 1300 701 171 for more information based on your particular circumstances.