ENGGEN 733 : Strategy, Portfolios, Programmes and Projects


2022 Semester One (1223) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

The practical application of strategic management principles to enable the successful delivery of portfolios, programmes and projects in demand and supply side organisations in the public and private sectors. Examination of international examples from different industry sectors illustrates how theoretical concepts and practical applications can relate to the success or failure of portfolios of resources, programmes of work, and individual projects, sometimes in conditions of uncertainty and ambiguity.

Course Overview

This course is designed for students who wish to take an organisational and strategic view of the subject and learn how to apply good practice portfolio and programme management disciplines as a vehicle for realising an organisation’s overarching strategic objectives.
This course is delivered via a combination of lectures and tutorials spaced out over a semester with a final group assignment. Students are expected to attend all modules, which will be facilitated by the course lecturer, other key staff and industry experts.

The course will have four Focus Areas with assignment support provided in between. The topics covered in each of the Focus Areas are as follows:

Focus Area 1 Overall Organisation Strategy
• FA1/1 Introduction and definitions, learning resources, and the basic framework
• FA1/2 Organisation Strategy, success factors and governance
• FA1/3 Support Activities, the functional standard, probability and outcome

Focus Area 2 Portfolio and Programme Organisation; and Delivery
• FA2/1 Portfolio and Programme organisation in different industry sectors
• FA2/2 Portfolio and Programme delivery in different industry sectors
• FA2/3 Responsibilities and introduction to the control framework

Focus Area 3 The Business Case, Gateway Reviews, and Risk
• FA3/1 Business Cases and stakeholder engagement
• FA3/2 Options and benefits, multiple criteria decision analysis, and Māori rights
• FA3/3 Risks analysis, options mapping and the simulation of risk
• FA3/4 Gateway Reviews, Maturity Models, Non-Market Effects, and summary

Focus Area 4 Portfolio and Programme Development and Analysis; and Assignment and Presentation
• FA4/1 Final Assignment Preparation
• FA4/2 Final Assignment Presentation

Course Requirements

Restriction: ENGGEN 741

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. to understand the theoretical background and practical application of the principles of the strategic management of portfolios, programmes and projects (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  2. to understand the distinction between the organisation and delivery of portfolios, programmes and projects in different industry sectors (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  3. to understand how to establish effective governance arrangements (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
  4. to understnad the application of benefits and risk analysis, options mapping, business cases and matters related to this subject area (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Essay 25% Individual Coursework
Assignment (Individual) 30% Individual Coursework
Assignment (Team) 45% Group Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Assignment (Individual)
Assignment (Team)

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect approximately 12 hours of lectures, 5 hours of tutorials, 103 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 30 hours of work on assignments; this depends on your progress.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including tutorials to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials will be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Prescribed texts in the conventional sense do not exist for this course. The course lecturer will provide most of the text references from time to time during the course. In addition, students may find a number of texts that cover the course material well, and should refer to several where possible. The course is based loosely on the following texts:
• Office of Government Commerce, Management of Portfolios (2011)
• Office of Government Commerce, Portfolio, programme and project offices (2013);
• Office of Government Commerce. Managing Successful Programmes (2011)

Health & Safety

Students are expected to adhere to the guidelines outlined in the Health and Safety section of the Engineering Undergraduate Handbook.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Other Information

The team assignment requires that students work in small teams on a major assignment. Participation in the team assignment is required (there is no alternative assignment option for students who prefer not to work in teams). The expectation is that each team will be a self-managing autonomous unit, emulating a project team within the workplace.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 22/12/2021 03:22 p.m.