MGI518 Program and Portfolio Management (8)

Program management encompasses the coordinated management of multiple projects designed to implement strategies and deliver specific benefits. Portfolio management encompasses those programs and projects needed to achieve strategic business objectives. This subject gives students the skills and understanding required for coordinated management of multiple projects directed toward strategic business and organisational objectives. Students will learn the Project Management Institute (PMIŽ) processes for both program and portfolio management and will be able to apply them in the correct context and situation.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MGI518. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Management and Marketing

Enrolment Restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in IT Masters relevant courses.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to understand and apply the principles of program and portfolio management to the realisation of benefits for an organisation;
  • be able to differentiate and compare program, portfolio and project management concepts and principles;
  • be able to design portfolio and program plans to bring about strategic business change;
  • be able to implement and justify the PMIŽ processes and methods for program and portfolio management;
  • be able to justify how risk and communication management relates to strategic business goals; and
  • be able to explain and defend the value of program and portfolio management for large organisations.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction and definitions of project, programs and portfolios
  • Integrating projects into programs or portfolios
  • Defining Program Scope and its boundaries
  • Time, cost, quality, and resources for programs
  • Communication between PMO, projects and stakeholders
  • Risk Management between programs and projects
  • Program/Portfolio integration
  • Managing Stakeholders at the program level
  • Governance of Programs and Portfolios
  • Using portfolios for strategic change

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MGI518 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online test
An article critique
Open book exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.