Design complex projects

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver PSPPM501B, 'Design complex projects'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Design complex projects' on This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to for every purchase, so go nuts :)

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Identify project opportunities and undertake scoping

1.1 A critical analysis of the need for a project is conducted in accordance with organisational policy and procedures.

1.2 A project definition study is undertaken, where necessary, to determine the scope of the project.

1.3 Project scoping is completed in accordance with organisational policy and procedures and identifies a rationale for the project that includes the purpose, outcomes/expected benefits.

1.4 Stakeholders are identified and canvassed to ensure that their requirements are addressed in project planning.

2. Analyse project feasibility

2.1 Research and analysis is undertaken to identify impacts and risks, constraining factors and alternate options.

2.2 Technical feasibility, supportability and cost effectiveness of the project are analysed and the outcome is reported to key stakeholders.

2.3 Alternatives for project design are assessed and a preferred option that fits the strategic direction of the organisation/work unit is identified and reported.

2.4 Relevant specialists are consulted to determine the extent of financial, technical, security, scheduling, whole-of-life support and probity, and other risks.

2.5 A business case is prepared and approvals to proceed with project development are obtained in accordance with organisational policy, procedures and guidelines.

3. Develop project plans

3.1 Project aims, objectives and impacts are defined in the project plan, and timeframes and resources to complete quality deliverables on time and within budget are identified.

3.2 Projected outcomes are recorded in measurable and achievable forms and indicators to monitor the performance of the project are developed and agreed by relevant parties.

3.3 Potential risks are investigated and identified in the project plan and a risk management process is established to analyse information and options to manage risks.

3.4 Skills, roles and responsibilities of team members and stakeholders are clarified and agreed, and reporting requirements are identified.

3.5 Management of project parameters is addressed in the project plan and evaluation criteria are designed in accordance with organisational policy and practice.

3.6 Project management tools are utilised for planning in accordance with project requirements and the project is designed and documented in consultation with specialists to meet user requirements.

4. Manage establishment of project

4.1 If required, stakeholders are lobbied in accordance with organisational policy and procedures, to negotiate endorsement for the project.

4.2 Terms of reference are written and agreed to by stakeholders and resources are obtained in accordance with organisational procedures to establish the project.

4.3 Project scope and objectives are reviewed and analysed, and a strategy is developed to establish work breakdown structures to implement the project.

4.4 Project infrastructure is identified and established in accordance with organisational policy and procedures.

4.5 Specialist and technical support relevant to the project is obtained in accordance with the project plan.

4.6 Project governance structure and processes are established as detailed in the project plan.

Qualifications and Skillsets

PSPPM501B appears in the following qualifications:

  • PUA60110 - Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management)
  • PUA52210 - Diploma of Public Safety (Compliance)
  • PUA51709 - Diploma of Public Safety (Test and Evaluation)
  • PUA51410 - Diploma of Public Safety (Explosive Ordnance Proof and Experimental)
  • CHC52310 - Diploma of Community Services (Development and/or Humanitarian Assistance)
  • ICA50205 - Diploma of Information Technology (Project Management)
  • CSC50107 - Diploma of Correctional Administration
  • PSP51304 - Diploma of Government (Project Management)