Project and Change Management Essentials

Project and Change Management Essentials is a two-day course that will introduce you to the foundation principles and methodologies that focus on effectively managing critical project elements and any related change. You will work through the project lifecycle from the project initiation to completing the transition of the project to business as usual.

The course combines active class discussions with practical activities to break down concepts. The material is presented in a simplified manner to make it easy to understand. You will have the opportunity throughout the course to utilise the tools and apply to your own role within the public sector.

Topics covered

Project Management Essentials (Day 1)

  • Project management fundamentals and lifecycle
  • Best practice principles of project design and planning
  • Effective stakeholder engagement and communication
  • Project risk management – avoiding the unexpected
  • Measuring and reporting on project performance
  • How project management and change management interrelate

Change Management Essentials (Day 2)

  • Why change fails?
  • Managing change resistance
  • Preparing for project related organisational change
  • Managing and reinforcing different types of change
  • Change leadership

Who should attend?

This course is designed for individuals who aspire to or are responsible for the  planning, managing and executing different project elements. This can include senior and mid-level managers, as well as those in diverse roles who contribute to organisational projects.

This course is aimed at participants new to those roles or those who wish to refresh and extend their knowledge on managing projects and related change.


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

  • Apply principles of sound project management and change management to minimise project failure probability
  • Benchmark best industry practices in change planning for better stakeholder management
  • Integrate project and change management strategies to assist in managing the ’technical’ and ’human’ sides of project processes.

Practical exercises

Participants will work in small teams on practical exercises to apply project and change management principles and techniques they have learned to real-world problems.

Delivery structure

This course is delivered in a format that provides multiple touchpoints and reflective activities to apply the learnings in your work context.

Note: Delivered on non-consecutive days. Refer to calendar for delivery dates.

  • Day 1: Full day, in-person, UQ Brisbane City campus
  • Practice, reflection, through online self-paced learning activity (approximately 3-4 hours)
  • Day 2: Full day, in-person, UQ Brisbane City campus

Commitment to all sessions within this course is essential for an optimised learning experience.

Course facilitator

Alfred Schmidley

Lecturer in Project Management | Senior consultant

Alfred is a lecturer at The University of Queensland, course facilitator, and industry consultant with more than 30 years’ experience in private, public, and non-profit sectors. Alfred has extensive international experience working across Asia and the Pacific Region in areas of with project management, strategy, and business development. He previously served in roles as Chief Representative-China for Briggs & Stratton Corporation and Director for Business Development-Asia. Since leaving the corporate sector, Mr Schmidley has served extensively in international agricultural development and public research sectors in Asia, including projects funded by US-AID, Asia Development Bank, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Annissa Hansen

Academic at The University of Queensland | Director, People and Culture, at PwC

Annissa is an experienced management professional, who specialises in People and Culture. With over 20 years’ experience in management consulting with a global professional services firm and her own consulting practice, Annissa has worked with clients in Australia, the Asia Pacific region, the UK and Europe to drive transformational change through people strategies. She has worked across many industries, but dedicates most of her time to the government, vocational education and aged care sectors.

Upcoming courses

Date Duration Location Cost Register now
9 October 2 days UQ Brisbane City $1500 (25% off at checkout)

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"The hard-earned experiences of the public servant presenters offers the advantage of a learning experience tailored to the unique culture, challenges and practices of work within the public service."

Jared Johnson

A/ Senior Strategy & Risk Officer, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services