Enrolments: 562,122

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 8,865

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 553,257

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a taster of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Free Short Course: Recovering Troubled Projects


The list of things that can seriously derail a project is endless, and the challenges to overcome them can be immense. These are the times when the standard methodologies fail to provide all the answers.

This short course helps fill that gap. It provides principles and concepts that are derived from practical experience and converted into a framework that can be universally applied to any failing project. We’ll introduce the tools and knowledge to effectively recover a failing project and bring it back to a successful baseline and conclusion.

As part of this short course, students will have the opportunity to participate in a custom-built online simulation. This uses the Perdoco platform – a scenario-based learning technology that combines elements of learning, scenario simulation and game theory in an online app.

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Moderate-level short course where some prior knowledge or concepts may be assumed. Content may be aimed at late-undergraduate or early-Masters students
Duration4 Weeks
Enrolled2,906 students

Course Schedule

Module 1:

Introduction to Project Recovery

  • Project recovery vs project management
  • Project recovery & project management theories

Module 2:

Signs of a Failing Project

  • Bad news or disaster?
  • When to intervene
  • When to change methodology

Module 3:

Recovery Strategies and Activities

  • Recovery strategies and actions
  • Identifying acceptable management threshold
  • Tactics vs Strategies

Module 4:

Project Termination and Normalisation

  • Flogging a dead horse?
  • Job done?
  • How to transition out of project recovery mode



  • Exam pass mark: 50%
  • Time limit: 1 hour
  • Attempts allowed: 1
  • Format: 40 multiple choice questions

Course Information Q&A

Who will present the webinars?

These webinars are presented by our senior project management lecturer and subject designer, Brenton Burchmore.

During his 20+ years in corporate management, Brenton has overhauled and implemented systems, processes, procedures and software utilising an array of project management techniques and methods. He now brings his practical experience to another free online short course.

Why a project recovery short course?

In addition to providing a road map to recovering troubled projects, this course is designed to give a taste of a new elective subject in Charles Sturt’s Master of Project Management degree. You will cover topics and content taken directly from the full university subject MGI531. The topics selected here are intended to give students in the short course a useful range of knowledge and skills from their four-week participation.

How will the scenario based learning work?

Students will participate in a simulated project scenario that will prompt them to make decisions on a long list of challenges that arise during that project. Things will go wrong constantly, and students will be able to do limited investigation on each problem before choosing a response that best helps their project based on its current scores. The simulator will be played in a standard web browser with each student having their own login and scores.

How long are the webinars?

1 hour

Is there a final exam?

Yes – the short course exam will be a timed open book exam only available online.

Do I get a completion certificate if I complete the course?

Yes — provided you receive a pass mark (50% or over) for course assessment, which comprises the exam and any available participation marks.

Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Yes — successful completion of three or more of our short courses will qualify you for one credit for an industry elective subject in our postgraduate courses. Click here for further details.

Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?

No — all essential materials will be supplied.

 Will the webinars be recorded?

Yes — all webinars are recorded and you will be able to access them, and all other free course materials, by registering for the course.