PPMP20014 - Complex Project Management
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit provides an introduction and overview of the field of practice known as complex project management. Complex project management is when a project has three characteristics. Firstly, complex projects are very complicated with lots of parts and interconnections. Secondly, there is a great deal of uncertainty. Finally, they are heavily time-constrained so there is little time to make decisions. In this unit you will explore these characteristics and how to manage them by undertaking assessments for complexity through analysis and systematic inquiry. You will investigate approaches to complexity by forecasting impacts and modelling outcomes. You will analyse the complexities of causes and effects, such as the role played by leaders, setting objectives, environmental and technological limitations and factors, and other constraints that increase complexity. In the unit you will be introduced to a number of examples of complex projects through case studies. You will be able to investigate and discuss the case studies with your peers and lecturers to increase your understanding and proficiency with the management of complex projects.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students must have completed the CQUniversity Graduate Diploma of Project Management or equivalent Project Management qualification from another Institution in order to do this unit.

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
  • 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. Group Discussion 40%
2. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
3. Written Assessment 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
Scope for forum debate Interaction with student The assessment regime will be changed to cater for in class discussion as well as online discussion.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the causes, environments, and properties of complex projects.
  2. Identify different tools and techniques to aid a project manager manage complex projects.
  3. Critically analyse whether different projects cases are complex projects.
  4. Formulate, argue and defend a strategy that a project manager can apply to a complex project case study.
  5. In a team analyse the root causes of failure with a number of sample complex project cases.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 - Group Discussion
2 - Online Quiz(zes)        
3 - Written Assessment    

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

This unit uses material from the Project Management Institute (PMI) web site www.pmi.org. Students should become either student or full members of the PMI to access the material used in this unit.

This unit also makes extensive use of Australian Standards and journal articles. Students will be required to download the required standards from the CQU Library access to the SAI Global web site, or source the standards themselves. Students will also be required to download the journal articles via the CQU Library web site.

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 Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorRichard Egelstaff (r.egelstaff@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

Defining Complex Projects and Complex Project Management

Mandatory Readings

Additional Readings and Activities

You will also be required to read some academic journal papers, visit web sites, or look at YouTube videos that will be identified on the website for this unit.

Unit Introduction

Lecture 1

Tutorial 1

Review Assessments

Week 2 17-07-2017

Managing Projects With High Complexity

  • Aspects of Complexity: Managing Projects in a Complex World (2011)Terry Cooke-Davies, PhD;
    • Chapter 2 by Stephen Hayes and Daniel Bennett

Additional Readings and Activities

You will also be required to read some academic journal papers, visit web sites, or look at YouTube videos that will be identified on the website for this unit.

Lecture 2

Tutorial 2

Weekly discussion forum

Week 3 24-07-2017

Tools for Complex Projects

  • Aspects of Complexity: Managing Projects in a Complex World (2011)Terry Cooke-Davies, PhD;
    • Chapter 3 by Kaye Remington and Julien Pollack

Additional Readings and Activities

You will also be required to read some academic journal papers, visit web sites, or look at YouTube videos that will be identified on the website for this unit.

Lecture 3

Tutorial 3

Weekly discussion forum

Quiz

Week 4 31-07-2017

Strategic Management: Developing Policies and Strategies

  • Aspects of Complexity: Managing Projects in a Complex World (2011)Terry Cooke-Davies, PhD;
    • Chapter 4 by Christoph Loch and Federick Payne

Additional Readings and Activities

You will also be required to read some academic journal papers, visit web sites, or look at YouTube videos that will be identified on the website for this unit.

Lecture 4

Tutorial 4

Weekly discussion forum
Week 5 07-08-2017

Fear of Flying

  • Aspects of Complexity: Managing Projects in a Complex World (2011)Terry Cooke-Davies, PhD;
    • Chapter 5 by Stephen Carver and Harvey Maylor

Additional Readings and Activities

You will also be required to read some academic journal papers, visit web sites, or look at YouTube videos that will be identified on the website for this unit.

Lecture 5

Tutorial 5

Weekly discussion forum
Quiz
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

The Impact of Complexity on Project Cost and Schedule Estimates

  • Aspects of Complexity: Managing Projects in a Complex World (2011)Terry Cooke-Davies, PhD;
    • Chapter 6 by Dale Shermon

Additional Readings and Activities

You will also be required to read some academic journal papers, visit web sites, or look at YouTube videos that will be identified on the website for this unit.

Lecture 6

Tutorial 6

Weekly discussion forum
Week 7 28-08-2017

Beyond Competence: Developing Managers of Complex Projects

  • Aspects of Complexity: Managing Projects in a Complex World (2011)Terry Cooke-Davies, PhD;
    • Chapter 7 by Lynn Crawford and Ed Hoffman

Additional Readings and Activities

You will also be required to read some academic journal papers, visit web sites, or look at YouTube videos that will be identified on the website for this unit.

Lecture 7

Tutorial 7

Weekly discussion forum
Quiz
Week 8 04-09-2017

Human Behavior and Complexity

  • Aspects of Complexity: Managing Projects in a Complex World (2011)Terry Cooke-Davies, PhD;
    • Chapter 8 by Terry Cooke-Davies

Additional Readings and Activities

You will also be required to read some academic journal papers, visit web sites, or look at YouTube videos that will be identified on the website for this unit.

Lecture 8

Tutorial 8

Weekly discussion forum
Week 9 11-09-2017

Controlling Chaos? The Value and the Challenges of Applying Complexity Theory to Project Management

  • Aspects of Complexity: Managing Projects in a Complex World (2011)Terry Cooke-Davies, PhD;
    • Chapter 9 by Kaye Remington and Roxanne Zolin

Additional Readings and Activities

You will also be required to read some academic journal papers, visit web sites, or look at YouTube videos that will be identified on the website for this unit.

Lecture 9

Tutorial 9

Weekly discussion forum

Quiz

Week 10 18-09-2017

Systems Thinking and the Systems Movement

  • Aspects of Complexity: Managing Projects in a Complex World (2011)Terry Cooke-Davies, PhD;
    • Chapter 10 by Peter Checkland and Terry Williams

Additional Readings and Activities

You will also be required to read some academic journal papers, visit web sites, or look at YouTube videos that will be identified on the website for this unit.

Lecture 10

Tutorial 10

Weekly discussion forum
Week 11 25-09-2017

Systems Engineering and Project Management

  • Aspects of Complexity: Managing Projects in a Complex World (2011)Terry Cooke-Davies, PhD;
    • Chapter 11 by Andrew Daw

Additional Readings and Activities

You will also be required to read some academic journal papers, visit web sites, or look at YouTube videos that will be identified on the website for this unit.

Lecture 11

Tutorial 11

Weekly discussion forum

Quiz

Week 12 02-10-2017

Toward a Coherent Research Agenda and Project Management 2.0

  • Aspects of Complexity: Managing Projects in a Complex World (2011)Terry Cooke-Davies, PhD;
    • Chapter 12 by Terry Williams
    • Chapter 13 by Terry Cooke-Davies

Additional Readings and Activities

You will also be required to read some academic journal papers, visit web sites, or look at YouTube videos that will be identified on the website for this unit.

Lecture 12

Tutorial 12

Weekly discussion forum
Written Assessment Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Group Discussion

Assessment Title Group Discussion
Task Description

Assignment Overview

In this unit you are required to participate in a regular discussion. The discussion will provide evidence of your understanding of Complex Project Management based on your current learning and previous and current experience. The discussion will present a dynamic record of your growth and professional learning over the duration of this unit. Your contribution to the discussion can also provide an account of your learning based on your personal practice and your critical reflection regarding the topics introduced during this unit.

Task

Your task is to participate in a weekly forum reflecting upon your learning and insights from each week. The forum will be initiated by the unit lecturer and you must participate.

In your discussions contributions you will identify:-

  • module/topic of the unit,
  • the learning outcomes,
  • and a description of your thoughts and experiences, including evidence gained by:-
    • reading samples or records,
    • and reflections of any of your learnings from other units.

Purpose

The primary purpose of this assessment item is to help you to develop skills for undertaking research and translating, via your technical and creative skills, underpinning concepts about the important ideas and concepts related to complex project management. The secondary purpose of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to enhance your analysis, critical thinking and written communication skills; particularly in the areas of thinking about and reflecting on different project domains and complex project management.

Your participation, as a result, makes your learning more explicit as you translate your workplace and personal experiences into documented evidence. You can then learn to critically examine the nature of your learning on this unit in relation to specific experiences in your project management practice and demonstrate that you have learned from those experiences and how you have achieved or maintained your professional competence.

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

Assessment Due Date Weekly: A weekly forums post must be made by each student.
Return Date to Students Weekly: Communication between lecturers and students will occur on a weekly basis.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

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

  1. Evidence in regular weekly participation that meets the unit graduate attributes? (20%)
  2. Qualitative reflections of each of the unit learning outcomes? (40%)
  3. Quantitative achievement of the unit topics? (20%)
  4. Clarity of expression, grammar and spelling? (5%)
  5. Strict conformity to CQUniversity Australia Harvard Referencing Guide (author-date)? (5%)
  6. Clarity of presentation format? (10%)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online
Group submission

Submission will be via the weekly forum

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

1. Explain the causes, environments, and properties of complex projects.

2. Identify different tools and techniques to aid a project manager manage complex projects.

4. Formulate, argue and defend a strategy that a project manager can apply to a complex project case study.

5. In a team analyse the root causes of failure with a number of sample complex project cases.

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



2 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz(zes)
Task Description

Assignment

You will be required to complete a series of multiple choice quiz questions related to the objectives above.

Purpose

The primary purpose of this assessment item is to help you to identify factors associated with complex project management.

The secondary purpose of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to enhance your analysis and critical thinking skills.

Notes

The quiz will be discussed during the tutorials before each week.

In order for you to complete the quiz it is necessary for you to complete all learning activities prescribed in the prior weeks.

Number of Quizzes 1
Frequency of Quizzes Fortnightly
Assessment Due Date Each fortnight
Return Date to Students This assignment will be marked by the Moodle computer program upon submission.
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

The following criteria will be used to grade your assignments:

  • The percentage of correct answers
  • The time taken to complete the quiz.

You are encouraged to read the program materials to complete the assignment.

Submission Online

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

1. Explain the causes, environments, and properties of complex projects.

2. Identify different tools and techniques to aid a project manager manage complex projects.

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

1. Knowledge

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Task

Your task is to consider:-

  • the causes, environments, and properties of complex projects;
  • different tools and techniques to aid a project manager manage complex projects;
  • the degree and nature of the projects cases discussed in the unit in the context of the theories and ideas related to complex projects.

Then you must write an essay describing how you consider the points above are related to:-

  • projects with lots of parts and interconnections;
  • projects that contain a great deal of uncertainty;
  • project that are heavily time-constrained.

You should illustrate your points by identifying what are the causes, theories, tools and techniques, that might be relevant to complex projects. You should use examples taken from case studies and examples discussed during the unit.

Purpose

The primary purpose of this assessment item is to help you to be able to define your thinking and allow you to classify the tools and techniques related complex project management. The secondary purpose of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to enhance your analysis, critical thinking and written communication skills; particularly in the areas of argument development and essay writing.

Structure

Your essay should be a properly constructed academic essay of 5,000 words.

It should contain an effective introduction, body and conclusion. The introduction should introduce the essay and include your argument. The body should present the evidence you have collected to support your argument, and the conclusion should restate your argument, summarise the evidence and make a conclusion regarding your argument. The essay should contain a coherent, but necessarily restricted review of the academic literature on the topics in question. The literature review should be integrated into the essay, not a separate section. Do not include an executive summary or an abstract. A reference list formatted in the prescribed Harvard style is compulsory. Do not include a bibliography.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria
Your assignment will be assessed on the extent and quality to which it meets each of the following criteria.
  1. A description of the theories and ideas specific to complex project management? (15%)
  2. An explanation of the causes, environments, and properties of complex projects? (15%)
  3. A discussion of the tools and techniques to aid a project manager manage complex projects? (15%)
  4. Incorporation of project cases as illustration and arguments? (10%)
  5. Appropriate and well structured, concise and clear expression in response to the assessment task? (10%)
  6. A clear flow of thought throughout the paper with a clear purpose described in the introduction and a comprehensive conclusion? (10%)
  7. A critical review and integration of relevant academic and professional literature (cited at least twenty (20) times from six (6) separate reference sources)? (10%)
  8. Clarity of expression, grammar and spelling? (5%)
  9. Strict conformity to CQUniversity Australia Harvard Referencing Guide? (5%)
  10. Appropriate presentation format and presented within (±10%) of the word limit: 5,000 words? (5%)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Explain the causes, environments, and properties of complex projects.

2. Identify different tools and techniques to aid a project manager manage complex projects.

3. Critically analyse whether different projects cases are complex projects.

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




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