BLCN14041 - Project Planning
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit, you will learn about construction planning and scheduling, the role of the construction planning consultant, developing an initial job using labour, materials, plant and time units from design documentation, estimates and/or Bills of Quantities, using construction planning methodologies and tools including bar charts, critical path methods, line of balance, cash flow projections, least cost optimisation and flagging approval . Detail schedules for sub-contract activity including analysis of assembly and production, bar charts and critical pattern analysis, line of balances, least cost optimisation, multiple activity chart planning and control, expediting contracts. Selected scheduling and network analysis computer software will be examined. Students who have successfully completed BLCN12037 should not enrol in this unit.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: BLAR11049 Built Environment Communications and Skills or COMM11003 Professional and Technical Communication.

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
  • Distance

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 Undergraduate 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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 35%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
4. Presentation and Written Assessment 35%

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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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Outline the role of the construction planning consultant and develop an initial job using labour, materials, plant and time units.
  2. Develop an initial job using labour, materials, plant and time units based on design documentation, estimates and/or Bills of Quantities.
  3. Explain construction planning methodologies and tools.
  4. Prepare detailed schedules for sub-contract activity and perform cash flow projection.
  5. Use scheduling and network analysis computer software.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Presentation and Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking          
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence          
8. Ethical practice          

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Online Quiz(zes)        
4 - Presentation and Written Assessment        

Prescribed Textbooks

Modern Construction Management
Author/s: Frank Harris, Ronald McCaffer with Francis Edum-Fotwe Year: 2013
Edition: 7 Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
City: West Sussex
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

eBook is available via CQUniversity library. However, if you prefer a paper version, there are copies available at the CQUni Bookshop here.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Webcam
  • Microphone and headset
  • MS Office or equivalent software
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorPeter Lawrence - lawrenp1 (p.lawrence1@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

Introduction to construction planning

Refer to Moodle for additional information.

Week 2 17-07-2017

Preliminary project appreciation

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Week 3 24-07-2017

Critical Path Method (CPM)

Refer to Moodle for additional information.

Week 4 31-07-2017

Bar (Gantt) charts

Refer to Moodle for additional information.

Assessment 1 Due Thursday (03 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 5 07-08-2017

Project evaluation - PERT and project crashing

Refer to Moodle for additional information.

Vacation Week 14-08-2017

No class

Week 6 21-08-2017

Repetitive works, flow and linear methods

Refer to Moodle for additional information.

Week 7 28-08-2017

Planning repetitive works and Line of Balance (LoB)

Refer to Moodle for additional information.

Week 8 04-09-2017

Planning philosophies, methodologies and tools

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Assessment 2 Due Thursday (07 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 9 11-09-2017

Planning techniques in decision making

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Week 10 18-09-2017

Cash flow monitoring and working capital

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Week 11 25-09-2017

Construction contracts and development procedures

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Week 12 02-10-2017

Revision

Refer to Moodle for additional information.

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017

Review period

Assessment 3 (Quiz) Due Monday (09 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Assessment 4 (Written and presentation) Due Wednesday (11 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017

Relax - there is no examination.

Please post unit content questions on the Q&A forum in Moodle so everyone can benefit from the raised enquiry and the resultant reply.

For an individual issue, please initially email the lecturer who will try to respond within 48 hours or so. A telephone discussion may be subsequently arranged.

Success criteria

To pass this unit, you must achieve a passing result for assessment 3 and assessment 4, and an aggregate score of 50% or better from the assessments.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 1
Task Description

Assessment 1 will require you to research and answer a number of questions that explore general project planning and network analysis.

As with all assessments, formatting and presentation is really important, technical accuracy and referencing where required is paramount with an overarching requirement for demonstrating your answer / submission / design with clarity.

Your submission must be done, via the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file, following the on-screen instructions.

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Thursday (03-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Thursday (24-Aug-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment will be assessed on the following basis:
Clarity of expression and comprehensive coverage of issues
Use of quality supporting documentation as appropriate
Use of original thought and content
Overall presentation and ability to communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation and the use of appropriate diagrams and other visual communication.
Demonstration of core knowledge and demonstration of appropriate application of knowledge.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit a single PDF file.

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

1. Outline the role of the construction planning consultant and develop an initial job using labour, materials, plant and time units.

2. Develop an initial job using labour, materials, plant and time units based on design documentation, estimates and/or Bills of Quantities.

3. Explain construction planning methodologies and tools.

5. Use scheduling and network analysis computer software.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 2
Task Description

Assessment 2 will require you to research and answer a number of questions that explore Program Evaluation and Review Techniques (PERT) analysis, critical path method, and Line of Balance (LoB) method.

As with all assessments, formatting and presentation is really important, technical accuracy and referencing where required is paramount with an overarching requirement for demonstrating your answer / submission / design with clarity.

Your submission must be done, via the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file, following the on-screen instructions.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Thursday (07-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Thursday (21-Sep-2017)
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment will be assessed on the following basis:
Clarity of expression and comprehensive coverage of issues
Use of quality supporting documentation as appropriate
Use of original thought and content
Overall presentation and ability to communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation and the use of appropriate diagrams and other visual communication.
Demonstration of core knowledge and demonstration of appropriate application of knowledge.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit a single PDF file.

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

1. Outline the role of the construction planning consultant and develop an initial job using labour, materials, plant and time units.

2. Develop an initial job using labour, materials, plant and time units based on design documentation, estimates and/or Bills of Quantities.

3. Explain construction planning methodologies and tools.

4. Prepare detailed schedules for sub-contract activity and perform cash flow projection.

5. Use scheduling and network analysis computer software.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Assessment 3 (Quiz)
Task Description

Assessment 3 is a quiz which will require you to answer 20 multiple choice questions based on the study content presented during the term.

Number of Quizzes 1
Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (09-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students After the quiz is closed
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Successful completion of the online quiz from a single attempt.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 5/10
Submission Online

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

1. Outline the role of the construction planning consultant and develop an initial job using labour, materials, plant and time units.

2. Develop an initial job using labour, materials, plant and time units based on design documentation, estimates and/or Bills of Quantities.

3. Explain construction planning methodologies and tools.

4. Prepare detailed schedules for sub-contract activity and perform cash flow projection.

5. Use scheduling and network analysis computer software.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



4 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment 4 (Written and presentation)
Task Description

Assessment 4 will require you to research and answer a number of questions that explore key project planning methods, monitoring financial resources and the use of budget to control a project, and develop a project feasibility study presentation.

As with all assessments, formatting and presentation is really important, technical accuracy and referencing where required is paramount with an overarching requirement for demonstrating your answer / submission / design with clarity.

Your submission must be done, via the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file, following the on-screen instructions.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Wednesday (11-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Friday 27/10/17
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment will be assessed on the following basis:
Clarity of expression and comprehensive coverage of issues
Use of quality supporting documentation as appropriate
Use of original thought and content
Overall presentation and ability to communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation and the use of appropriate diagrams and other visual communication.
Demonstration of core knowledge and demonstration of appropriate application of knowledge.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 17.5/35
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit a single PDF file.

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

3. Explain construction planning methodologies and tools.

4. Prepare detailed schedules for sub-contract activity and perform cash flow projection.

5. Use scheduling and network analysis computer software.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence




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