PPMP20007 - Project Management Concepts
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit is aimed at providing postgraduate students with a general introduction to the key features of modern project management practices within organisations. Students that undertake this unit will gain an understanding of the factors required to successfully manage projects by investigating how project success is realised through the application of tools and techniques related to project justification, planning, estimation, scheduling and execution. For students interested in further studies in project management this is the first unit in a series of project management units. Note: If you have completed unit COIS20008, MGMT22166 or PPMP20002 then you cannot take this unit.

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 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Distance
  • Mackay
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Rockhampton
  • 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. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 40%
3. Examination 50%

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

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 indicated that the course materials complemented each other very well. The material covered in the tutorial/practical sessions helped their learning and applied what had been covered in the lectures.The questions and case studies reinforced and tested their understanding of the course content covered in lectures. Students also indicated that they enjoyed the practical exercises, case study discussions, the Microsoft Project practicals and the assessment item 2 case study which allowed them to apply their new knowledge and skills.
Assessment Student evaluations, discussion with students, discussion with teaching team, self reflection. No change required. Positive feedback was received about all assessment items. Students indicated that the case study in the second assignment provided them with the opportunity to apply their project management knowledge and skills to a concrete practical example which clearly helped them to understand the concepts more. Students also appreciated being able to discuss and compare answers within their groups so that the learning experience was enhanced. This was also facilitated by having sub-deliverables scheduled for the group meetings.
Course website Student evaluations, discussion with students, discussion with teaching team, self reflection. No change required. Students indicated that the course content is relevant and that the website is well organised and easy to navigate. Students also indicated that the content on the website is at an appropriate level and supported the study of this course.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Argue the importance of project management to the success of an organisation.
  2. Recognise the activities typically involved in the lifecycle of a project.
  3. Evaluate potential projects for an organisation.
  4. Describe how to build effective teams.
  5. Apply common project planning, scheduling, budgeting, and resource management tools and procedures in a project.
  6. Evaluate the status of a project and recommend appropriate corrective action where necessary.
  7. Describe the common techniques used for project quality assurance and project risk management.
  8. Assess the impacts of organisational, cultural, and governance issues on project success.
  9. Argue the role of ethics and professional standards in project management, and defend your position.

This unit will satisfy one of the core requirements for ACS accreditation in the postgraduate ICT course s.This unit is also part of an accreditation package granted by the Australia Computer Society (ACS). The unit 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.

Australian Computer Society (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 as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • 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 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes)              
2 - Practical and Written Assessment          
3 - Examination

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
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 - Online Quiz(zes)            
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination  

Prescribed Textbooks

Project management: the managerial process
Author/s: Larson, EW, Honig, B, Gray, CF, Dantin, U & Baccarini, D Year: 2013
Edition: 1st edn Publisher: McGraw Hill
City: Sydney State: NSW
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note: An ebook version of this text will also be available for purchase. Details will be placed on the Moodle site closer to the beginning of term.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Access to Microsoft Project 2013 and Microsoft Word
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 CoordinatorJacqueline Jarvis (j.jarvis@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 06-03-2017

Modern Project Management. Organisation Strategy and Project Selection

Chapters 1 and 2 plus additional online material.

Form assessment item 2 groups

Week 2 13-03-2017

Organisation: Structure and Culture

Chapter 3

Form assessment item 2 groups

Week 3 20-03-2017

Defining the Project. Communication and Documentation

Chapter 4 and Gido & Clements Chapter 12 Unit Resources Online(CRO).

Finalise assessment item 2 groups
Week 4 27-03-2017 Developing a Project Plan

Chapter 6

Week 5 03-04-2017

Estimating Project Times and Costs

Chapter 5

Practice Online quiz 1

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Scheduling Resources and Costs

Chapter 8

Assessment item 1: Online quiz 2 (10%)

Individual Assessment item 2 - sub-deliverable 1

Online Quiz Due AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017 Managing Risk. Change Control. Quality Management.

Chapter 7 and Kerzner chapter 20 (CRO) plus additional online material.

Individual Assessment item 2 - sub-deliverable 2

Week 8 01-05-2017

Reducing Project Duration

Chapter 9

Individual Assessment item 2 - sub-deliverable 3

Week 9 08-05-2017

Progress Performance Measurement and Evaluation

Chapter 13

Individual Assessment item 2 - sub-deliverable 4

Week 10 15-05-2017

Project Closure

Chapter 14

Individual Assessment item 2 - sub-deliverable 5

Week 11 22-05-2017

Leadership: Being an Effective Project Manager. Managing Project Teams

Chapters 10 and 11

Assessment Item 2 Final Group Submission

Assessment item 2: Group Practical and Written Assessment Due Friday (26 May 17) 04:00 PM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

An introduction to Agile Project Management. Project Management Career Paths.

Chapters 17 and 18

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz
Task Description

This assessment item involves an online quiz. The quiz will be available on Monday in week 6 and will be open for approximately one week. It covers the content from weeks 1,2, 3, 4 and 5. It is worth 10% of your overall mark for the unit. The quiz consists of multiple choice and true/false questions. The online quiz allows one attempt and has a time limit. More details can be found on the unit website.

Note that in addition to the week 6 quiz described above, there is a practice quiz which will be open in week 5. It helps to prepare you for the week 6 quiz. It is shorter than the week 6 quiz and only covers content from weeks 1, 2 and 3. However, it will give you experience sitting the quiz and although it is not compulsory, you are strongly advised to attempt the practice quiz.

Number of Quizzes 1
Assessment Due Date This quiz closes on Sunday, 23rd April, 11:59 PM.
Return Date to Students The results will be available on the Monday the week after the quiz. You will be able to see feedback about your answers at that time.
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Criteria

The quiz has 30 questions. Each question is of equal weighting.

Submission Online

This is an online quiz.

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

2. Recognise the activities typically involved in the lifecycle of a project.

8. Assess the impacts of organisational, cultural, and governance issues on project success.

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

1. Knowledge



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment item 2: Group Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

Group Case Study

This case study simulates a project management scenario where the student takes on the role of project manager. Students are required to use Microsoft project management software as part of this assessment task.

This is a group assignment (maximum of four members per group) supported by individual sub-deliverables. Note that although this is a group assignment, each group member is to attempt all parts of the assignment individually in assessment item sub-deliverables 1- 5. Members of the group are required to submit their own individual attempt for each of the sub-deliverables in Moodle before the group meets to consolidate answers to produce the "group solution". There are separate submission areas and due dates for the individual submissions and the final group solution. Sub-deliverables are due in weeks 6-10. The final group submission is to be submitted by only one member of the group. The names and student ids of all members of the group must appear clearly on the coversheet of the final assessment submission.

Peer assessment and your individual submissions will also be used to assess group member contributions. If any member of a team is not contributing satisfactorily to the group then he/she may have marks adjusted and/or be asked to leave the group and be required to work on the assignment as an individual.

Instructions on how to complete the peer assessment will be given in the assignment specification.

Remember that it is your responsibility to keep backups of your work and of your current version of the final group assignment.

To assist students in their assessment, the following information is provided:
  • Product development case description.
  • Specific assessment questions that must be answered.
  • Information regarding the submission of the assessment.
  • Marking criteria.

This information can be found in the assignment specification document via the "Assessment item 2 - Final Group Submission" link on the Moodle unit website.

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017) 04:00 PM AEST
Note: there are also 5 specific due dates for the 5 individual submissions of sub-deliverables due at the end of week 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. See the course website for more details.
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria
Description Marks Available
5 individual submissions of sub-deliverables + peer assessment 5
Initial project schedule development in Microsoft Project. (Part of final group submission) 7
Analysis of initial schedule, updates to schedule, analysis after changes. (Group submission) 28
Total 40
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

See the assignment specification document on the unit website for submission instructions.

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

5. Apply common project planning, scheduling, budgeting, and resource management tools and procedures in a project.

6. Evaluate the status of a project and recommend appropriate corrective action where necessary.

7. Describe the common techniques used for project quality assurance and project risk management.

8. Assess the impacts of organisational, cultural, and governance issues on project success.

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



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Argue the importance of project management to the success of an organisation.

2. Recognise the activities typically involved in the lifecycle of a project.

3. Evaluate potential projects for an organisation.

4. Describe how to build effective teams.

5. Apply common project planning, scheduling, budgeting, and resource management tools and procedures in a project.

6. Evaluate the status of a project and recommend appropriate corrective action where necessary.

7. Describe the common techniques used for project quality assurance and project risk management.

8. Assess the impacts of organisational, cultural, and governance issues on project success.

9. Argue the role of ethics and professional standards in project management, and defend your position.

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

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership


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