PPMP20008 - Initiating and Planning Projects
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit is designed for project managers to develop their skills in the initiating and planning stages of the project life cycle. The unit considers several different definitions of what is required when planning a project from the perspective of different standards, frameworks and academic works. Additionally, the unit investigates projects according to industry, project domain, and other factors that influence approaches to initiation and planning. The content of inputs and outputs required and the tools and techniques applied are studied throughout the unit. A highlight of the unit is the practical use of project estimates, work breakdown structures and work packets, as well as the development of a project charter, stakeholder registers and plans. This unit will be of interest to students that have a requirement to know more about project justification, project bidding, project contracts, estimating, planning and scheduling. Students will learn how to apply some of the project management procedures and processes in practical situations as well as developing some expertise in the use of project management software.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Distance
  • Mackay
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 20%
2. Practical Assessment 20%
3. Practical Assessment 20%
4. Practical Assessment 20%
5. Presentation and Written Assessment 20%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
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  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Course Content Student evaluations, discussion with students, discussion with teaching team, self reflection. No change required. Student feedback highlighted the practical nature of content. Students who were working in industry noted the expansion of their understanding and how the content assisted them in practice.
Course Website Student evaluations, discussion with students, discussion with teaching team, self reflection. No change required. Students indicated that the course structure was very logical, with supporting documentation and resources attached to the weekly learning sections.
Assessment Student evaluations, discussion with students, discussion with teaching team, self reflection. Students commented on the highly practical nature of the assessment in this course and that it tested understanding of the important concepts. A number of students were concerned with the amount of work required for the assessments in this subject. This was reflected in previous terms with a number of actions implemented in an attempt to address this. It is recommended that assessment five (the presentation) be removed. Further that assessment four, which is large be due in week 12. This will enable students to engage in the assessment they view as being practical and valuable, in greater depth with a continued emphasis on quality.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe and discuss differing perspectives for project management life cycles within the initiating and planning projects life cycle phases.
  2. Explain how organisational forms and stakeholder strategies might impact upon business case development and verification of business cases when the planning of projects is undertaken.
  3. Critically analyse contractual arrangements that are used within project management domains.
  4. Develop a project charter and stakeholder register for supplied case studies.
  5. Develop project time, cost, resources and risk estimates for supplied case studies.
  6. Develop project work breakdown structures, WBS dictionaries and compose work packets for supplied case studies.
  7. Develop a project management plan and project sub-plans for supplied case studies.

This unit will satisfy one of the requirements for Australia Computer Society (ACS) accreditation in the postgraduate ICT course s.

The unit also contributes to the required number of academic study units for students wishing to undertake profession certification with the Project Management Institute's (PMI) professional qualifications, such as CAPM or PMP.

The ACS recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles. ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills codes as defined by SFIA:

  • Business Analysis (BUAN),
  • Project Management (PRMG),
  • Stakeholder Relationship Management (RLMT),
  • Systems Integration (SINT),
  • Change Management (CHMG),
  • Release and Deployment (RELM),
  • IT Operations (ITOP),
  • Problem Management (PBMG).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical Assessment            
2 - Practical Assessment            
3 - Practical Assessment            
4 - Practical Assessment            
5 - Presentation and Written Assessment        

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. Knowledge        
2. Communication        
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4. Research  
5. Self-management  
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility          
7. Leadership              

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical Assessment    
2 - Practical Assessment    
3 - Practical Assessment    
4 - Practical Assessment    
5 - Presentation and Written Assessment

Prescribed Textbooks

A Guide to The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)
Author/s: PMI Year: 2013
Edition: 5th Publisher: PMI
City: Newtown Square State: Pennsylvania
Country: USA
Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2
Author/s: OGC/AXLEOS Year: 2009
Edition: 2009 Publisher: TSO (The Stationery Office)
City: Norwich
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:
  1. An eBook version of A Guide to The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) is available through CQU Library. Please follow the instructions posted on the Moodle web site to set up an account and download the eBook via CQUniversity Library.
  2. An eBook version of Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 is available through the TSO Shop UK. Please follow the link http://www.tsoshop.co.uk/bookstore.asp?FO=1162740#GEMS6473576 to purchase a copy. However, if paper copies are preferred, limited copies will be available at the CQUni Bookshop here.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorNatalie Ewin (n.ewin@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

The application of project management within different project domains.

PMBOK Chapter 1

PRINCE2 Chapters 1 & 2

Tutorial 1.

Lecture 1.

Week 2 17-07-2017

Life Cycles, organisational structures, gates, project boards and stakeholders

PMBOK Chapter 2, 13

PRINCE2 Chapter 3

Tutorial 2.

Lecture 2.

Week 3 24-07-2017

Project processes

PMBOK Chapter 3.1-3.4, 4.1-4.2

PRINCE2 Chapter 5, 12

Tutorial 3.

Lecture 3.

Week 4 31-07-2017

Cost & human resource management

PMBOK Chapter 9.1, 10.1

Prince2 Chapter 14

Tutorial 4.

Lecture 4.

Assessment 1

Project Charter Due Friday (04 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 5 07-08-2017

Scope and schedule

PMBOK Chapter 5, 6.1-6.2

Prince 2 A.26

Tutorial 5.

Lecture 5.

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Risk Management

PMBOK Chapter 7

Prince2 Chapter 8

Tutorial 6.

Lecture 6.

Assessment 2

Stakeholders and Requirements Due Friday (25 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 28-08-2017

Quality Management

Process Improvement

PMBOK Chapter 8

PRINCE2 Chapter 6

Tutorial 7.

Lecture 7.

Week 8 04-09-2017 Procurement management

PMBOK Chapter 12.1

PRINCE2 Chapter A.4, A.22

Tutorial 8.

Lecture 8.

Assessment 3

Scope Due Friday (08 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 9 11-09-2017

The Project Management Plan

PMBOK Chapter 4.2

PRINCE2 Chapter A.16

Tutorial 8.

Lecture 9.

Week 10 18-09-2017

Business case

Contracts

Presenting

PMBOK Chapter 12.1

PRINCE2 Chapter 4

Tutorial 10.

Lecture 10.

Assessment 4

Risk and Cost Due Friday (22 Sep 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 11 25-09-2017

Lessons Learnt

Reflection

PMBOK Chapter - sections on 'lessons learned'

Prince2 Chapter 18.4.4

Tutorial 11.

Lecture 11.

Week 12 02-10-2017

Presentations

Assessment 5 - Files to be submitted prior to Monday of week 12. Presentations held during week 12.

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

There is no exam for this subject

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Project Charter
Task Description

Assignment Overview

This assessment item requires you to develop a project charter.

Further information is available on the Moodle site

Purpose

This assessment item is to assist you to develop skills in and understand the contents and compilation of the project charter and component parts.

The assignment will also give you the opportunity to enhance your analysis and written communication skills; particularly in the areas of rigorous structured assignment writing

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Friday (04-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Vacation Week Monday (14-Aug-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on the appropriate application of project management concepts in the development of a project charter for the supplied project. This assessment is worth 20% of your final grade for the subject, with a total of 20 marks, each mark is equivalent to 1% of the final grade.

1. Development of a project charter that is reflective of the supplied case and the concepts as outlined in the PMBOK Guide and Prince2. (18 marks)

2. Clarity of expression, format, grammar, spelling and referencing. (2 marks)

Note:

Further information is available on the Moodle site.

Assessments provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to achieve the required standard. To do this, assessment responses need to be both clear and easy to understand. If not, the University cannot determine that students have demonstrated their knowledge and skills. Assessments will, therefore, be marked accordingly including the potential for 0 (zero) marks where relevant.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

To be submitted as Microsoft Word file.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

4. Develop a project charter and stakeholder register for supplied case studies.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Stakeholders and Requirements
Task Description

Assignment Overview

This assessment item requires you to develop the following

  1. Requirement Management Plan (10 marks)
  2. Stakeholder register (10 marks)

The submission must comply with the requirements outlined in the PMBOK v5 and PRINCE2 (2009). You are to develop and complete the documents as the project manager for the project supplied. Do not simply describe the purpose of the documents.

Further information can be found on the Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (25-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Monday (04-Sep-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Your assignment will be assessed on the extent and quality it meets each of the following criteria.

  1. The project management concepts within the requirements management plan are correctly applied and it is an accurate reflection of the project. (10 marks)
  2. The project management concepts within the stakeholder register are correctly applied and it is an accurate reflection of the project. (10 marks)

Ensure your submissions are submitted in an appropriate format, are concise, demonstrate clarity of expression, correct grammar and spelling.

Assessments provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to achieve the required standard. To do this, assessment responses need to be both clear and easy to understand. If not, the University cannot determine that students have demonstrated their knowledge and skills. Assessments will, therefore, be marked accordingly including the potential for 0 (zero) marks where relevant.

Further information can be found on the Moodle site.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

To be submitted as Microsoft Word and Excel documents

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

6. Develop project work breakdown structures, WBS dictionaries and compose work packets for supplied case studies.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management



3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Scope
Task Description

Assignment Overview

This assessment item requires you to develop :-

  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), and
  • a work package

The submission must comply with the requirements outlined in the PMBOK v5 and PRINCE2 (2009). You are to develop and complete the documents as the project manager for the project supplied. Do not simply describe the purpose of the documents.

Further information can be found on the Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (08-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Monday (18-Sep-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Your assignment will be assessed on the extent and quality to which it meets each of the following criteria.

  1. The project management concepts within the work breakdown structure are applied appropriately and it is an accurate reflection of the project described in the selected tender (5 marks)
  2. The project management concepts within the work package are applied appropriately and the quality management plan is an accurate reflection of the project described in the selected tender (15 marks)

Ensure your submissions are submitted in an appropriate format, are concise, demonstrate clarity of expression, correct grammar and spelling.

Assessments provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to achieve the required standard. To do this, assessment responses need to be both clear and easy to understand. If not, the University cannot determine that students have demonstrated their knowledge and skills. Assessments will, therefore, be marked accordingly including the potential for 0 (zero) marks where relevant.

Further information can be found on the Moodle site.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

To be submitted as Microsoft Word documents

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

5. Develop project time, cost, resources and risk estimates for supplied case studies.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management



4 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Risk and Cost
Task Description

Assignment Overview

This assessment item requires you to develop :-

  • Risk Register (15 marks), and
  • a cost baseline and funding requirements (5 marks).

The submission must comply with the requirements outlined in the PMBOK v5 and PRINCE2 (2009). You are to develop and complete the documents as the project manager for the project supplied. Do not simply describe the purpose of the documents.

Further information can be found on the Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Monday (02-Oct-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed based on the following criteria. It is important that your assessment is submitted in an appropriate format, that it is concise, demonstrates clarity of expression, correct grammar and spelling; these aspects are incorporated into the allocated marks for this assessment.

1. The project management concepts within the risk register are correctly applied and it is an accurate reflection of the supplied project (15 marks).

2. The project management concepts within the cost baseline and funding requirements are applied correctly and it is an accurate reflection of the supplied project (5 marks).

Ensure your submissions are submitted in an appropriate format, are concise, demonstrate clarity of expression, correct grammar and spelling.

Assessments provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to achieve the required standard. To do this, assessment responses need to be both clear and easy to understand. If not, the University cannot determine that students have demonstrated their knowledge and skills. Assessments will, therefore, be marked accordingly including the potential for 0 (zero) marks where relevant.

Further information can be found on the Moodle site.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

7. Develop a project management plan and project sub-plans for supplied case studies.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management



5 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Reflections and lessons learnt presentation
Task Description

Assignment Overview

Completion of PPMP20008 is like a project, there are likely things that went well and things that did not. Reflecting on the experience can be just as meaningful as retaining concepts taught.

This assessment item requires you to reflect on your participation in the course, identify lessons learnt, and consider what actions can be taken to address lessons and improve future study projects. Please note these learnings are based on your role as a student in PPMP20008 and not based on the supplied project used for earlier assessments.

You will need to determine a framework to base your lessons learnt on. In practice lessons learnt discussions are usually framed in certain ways to illicit learnings from participants. Consider what is the most effective way to do this within the context of your group (Flex - if not in a group - for you as an individual), the course and the experience during the term.

You must develop, submit and present a 10 minute presentation (in Microsoft PowerPoint) discussing your reflection and lessons learnt. The PowerPoint document must be submitted in before Monday of week 12 and presentations will occur in week 12. You must be prepared to answer questions from unit participants after your presentation. Please note that depending on class sizes some students may have to present in earlier weeks.

Flex students will not present, however must submit a written set of presentation notes/script. These notes are to be submitted within the notes section of the PowerPoint slides.

You will be graded based on how well you have made your presentation, the lessons learnt framework developed, the lessons shared, and the actions planned to address lessons for future study.

Purpose

This assessment item is to assists you to reflect on your performance in a project, identify lessons learnt, develop strategies to leverage those lessons and develop presentation skills.

Further information can be found on the Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date The presentations files must be submitted before Monday of week 12 and the presentations will be arranged during week 12. Depending on class sizes, some students may have to present in earlier weeks.
Return Date to Students Exam Week Monday (16-Oct-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Your assignment will be assessed on the extent and quality to which it meets each of the following criteria:-

  1. The framework for identifying lessons learnt would enable a meaningful lessons learnt process and address common issues experienced with lessons learnt in projects. (5 marks)
  2. The lessons identified demonstrated deep reflection about the learning process. (5 marks)
  3. SMART process improvement strategies were identified. (SMART - Specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bounded). (5 marks)
  4. A clear flow of thought throughout the presentation with a clear purpose described in the introduction and a comprehensive conclusion. Professional presenting style as if being presented to a project board. For on campus students this will be determined through the presentation, flex via the presentation notes. (5 marks).

Ensure the presentation is appropriately formatted within slide and note/script limit: 10 to 20 slides & notes/script, that there is clarity of expression, correct grammar, spelling and referencing. The presentation should cater for different learning preferences. Try not to read off your notes, this takes practice and confidence in the material being presented.

Note for on campus students - every student in the group must present to be awarded marks in this assessment. If you are unable to attend class during the time you were to present, you must submit a request for extension via Moodle, with supporting documentary evidence such as a doctors certificate. If the extension request is approved, you will then have to arrange another time with your tutor to do the presentation. In such cases, students will need to present the full presentation and will be marked independently of the group.

Assessments provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to achieve the required standard. To do this, assessment responses need to be both clear and easy to understand. If not, the University cannot determine that students have demonstrated their knowledge and skills. Assessments will, therefore, be marked accordingly including the potential for 0 (zero) marks where relevant.

Further information can be found on the Moodle site.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

To be submitted as a PowerPoint document file

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe and discuss differing perspectives for project management life cycles within the initiating and planning projects life cycle phases.

2. Explain how organisational forms and stakeholder strategies might impact upon business case development and verification of business cases when the planning of projects is undertaken.

3. Critically analyse contractual arrangements that are used within project management domains.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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