PROJMGNT 5021OL - Applied Project Management 1
Online - Quadmester 2 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code PROJMGNT 5021OL Course Applied Project Management 1 Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre Term Quadmester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Online Units 3 Contact Approximately 4 hours per week over 10 weeks (interaction & preparation) Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description This course introduces the context, rationale, strategy and tactics of project management from the perspectives of key stakeholders. The main model followed it is the international Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK - US Based PMI), however comparisons are made with PRINCE2. Participants will be expected to relate the application of PMBOK directly to projects from their experience, and as a course assignment will be able to apply what they have learnt to an actual work place project. The context and learning of the course will prepare participants with competencies to operate in a range of industries and apply the project management skills to projects in a variety of industries, including engineering, information technology, consulting, production, procurement, maintenance, logistics and supply chain, defence, construction, and manufacturing. The focus on providing competence in core areas of stakeholder, scope, time, cost and quality management, and facilitating areas of risk, procurement, HR, integration, and communication management is to provide competence in participants to confidentially deal with the ever growing challenges of modern day project management. PMBOK will be applied in developing competence suitable for a range of industries.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Course Dates: Monday 9 April - Sunday 17 June 2018
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Know and understand the basic content and techniques of the discipline of project management such that stakeholder needs, scope, time, cost, quality, risk, procurement, human resources, communications, and the integration of these are appropriately addresses; 2 Competently plan and control medium-sized linear projects appropriate to satisfying PMI’s Project Management Professional standards and assessing stakeholders’ needs and satisfy these; 3 Choose and use the models for project management and best practice in the choice of an appropriate project delivery system; 4 Competently work in teams and communicating the output to stakeholders and the community and provide leadership in the community and support of community involvement in projects; 5 Demonstrate continued learning and personal development; 6 Recognise ethical, social and cultural issues and their importance for project managers.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-3 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 5, 6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
5, 6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesTextbook 1
Project Management Institute (available in ebook) (2017), A Guide To The Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide), 6th edition, Project Management Institute, ISBN-10 1628251840, ISBN-13 9781628251845
Andy Crowe (2017), The PMP Exam: How To Pass on Your First Try, 6th edition, Velociteach, ISBN-10-0990907473, ISBN-13 9780990907473
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is offered in online mode.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.As a guide, a 3 unit course comprises a total of 156 hours
Learning Activities SummaryThis is a draft schedule and session dates are a guide only. The timetable may be changed during the course delivery if necessary.
Week Content Readings Activities 1
- Understand the structure of PMBOK® Guide
- Understand Project Integration Management
- Understand a Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge chapter on Project Integration Management
- Pass the online test on Project Integration Management.
Crowe, A. (2013)
PMBOK® Guide Quiz 1—IntegrationStart work on Major Project
- Understand Project Scope Management
- Understand a Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge chapter on Project Scope Management
- Pass the online test on Project Scope Management.
Chapter 5 PMI, (2013)Chapter 5 Crowe, A. (2013)
PMBOK® Guide Quiz 2—Scope
Workshop 1—IntegrationContinue on Major Project
- Understand Project Time Management
- Understand a Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge chapter on Project Time Management
- Pass the online test on Time Management
- Complete the workshop on Project Scope Management.
Chapter 6 PMI, (2013)Chapter 6 Crowe, A. (2013)
PMBOK® Guide Quiz 3—Time Management
Workshop 2—ScopeWork on Major Project
- Understand Project Cost Management
- Understand a Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge chapter on Project Cost Management
- Pass the online test on Cost Management
- Complete the workshop on Project Time Management.
Chapter 7 PMI, (2013)Chapter 7 Crowe, A. (2013)
PMBOK® Guide Quiz 4—Cost Management
Workshop 3—Time ManagementWork on Major Project
- Understand Project Quality Management
- Understand a Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge chapter on Project Quality Management
- Pass the online test on Quality Management
- Complete the workshop on Cost Management.
Chapter 8 PMI, (2013)Chapter 8 Crowe, A. (2013)
PMBOK® Guide Quiz 5—Quality Management
Workshop 4—CostWork on Major Project
- Understand choice of a project delivery system
- Understand Project Risk Management
- Understand a Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge chapter on Project Risk Management
- Pass the online test on Risk Management
- Complete the workshop on Quality Management.
Chapter 11 PMI, (2013)Chapter 11 Crowe, A. (2013)
PMBOK® Guide Quiz 6—Risk Management
Workshop 5—Quality ManagementWork on Major Project
- Understand Project Human Resources and Communications Management
- Understand a Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge chapters on Project Human Resources and Communications Management
- Pass the online tests on Human Resources Management and Communications Management
- Complete the workshop on Managing Risk.
Chapters 9 & 10 PMI, (2013)Chapters 9 & 10 Crowe, A. (2013)
PMBOK® Guide Quizzes 7 & 8—HR and Communications
Workshop 6—Managing RiskWork on Major Project
- Understand Project Procurement Management
- Understand a Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowldege chapter on Project Procurement Management
- Pass the online test on Procurement
- Complete the workshop on Human Resources Management and Communication.
Chapter 12 PMI, (2013)Chapter 12 Crowe, A. (2013)
PMBOK® Guide Quiz 9—Procurement Management
Workshop 7—HR and CommunicationsWork on Major Project
- Understand Project Stakeholder Management
- Understand a Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge chapter on Project Stakeholder Management
- Pass the online test on Project Stakeholder Management
- Complete the workshop on Procurement.
Chapter 13 PMI, (2013)
Chapter 13 Crowe, A. (2013)
PMBOK® Guide Quiz 10—Stakeholder ManagementWork on Major Project
10 Submit Major Project
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# Assessment Length Weighting Due Date Learning Outcomes 1 10 competence tests of the PMBOK knowledge areas 20 minute quizzes 25% Day 7 of Weeks 1 - 9 1,3,5 2 Eight workshops on PMBOK knowledge areas 1-4 ppt slides 25% Day 7 of Weeks 2-9 1-6 3 Major Project Plan Assignment Min 5000 words 50% Day 7 of Week 10 for the final project plan 1-6 Total 100%
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Assessment 1: 10 quizzes commencing from Week 1. Online test of PMBOK® Guide knowledge areas
Due Date: Day 7 of each week
Submission Details: 20 minute quizzes due by Day 7 of Weeks 1 – 9.
Hitting the “Submit all and Finish" button will complete your attempt and submit your quiz.
You will have 20 minutes to take the quiz once it’s opened, so plan your time so you can start and complete the quiz in one sitting.
This assignment will assess your understanding of the course topics.
Length and Presentation:
A 20 minute timeframe is allowed for each attempt at the quiz. Please read the full set of instructions before attempting the quiz.
Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
Expresses understanding of the PMBOK® Guide knowledge areas and individual Modules.
Assessment 2: Eight weekly group workshops commencing from Week 2 on PMBOK® Guide knowledge areas
Due Date: Day 7 of the week of the workshop
Submission Details: Via Drop Box in LEARN
Workshop response to questions on PMBOK® Guide knowledge areas. The key activities for the workshop group are:
a) Complete the eight workshops – one on each knowledge area of the nominated PMBOK® Guide element.
b) To complete a knowledge area one person must act as chair of the group and coordinate activities; another person must submit the group's response to the assignment question; roles must rotate each week; the submitted assignment must note the people taking each role.
This assignment will assess your knowledge of the PMBOK® Guide knowledge areas as well as your effectiveness in working with a project team.
Length and Presentation:
1-4 PowerPoint slides with explanatory notes or as otherwise specified in LEARN.
Criteria by which the group assignment will be marked:
Expresses understanding of PMBOK® Guide and application to the topics considered.
Assessment 3: Development of a project plan
Due Date: Day 7 of Week 10
Submission Details: Via Drop Box in LEARN
You will select a project for which you will complete a project plan using the 10 PMBOK® Guide areas. Almost any project is fine for this exercise however you will receive more benefit if it satisfies three objectives:
- You are very interested in the outcome
- Successfully completing the assignment will help you to improve an aspect of your own job
- Successfully completing the assignment will lead to future benefit, such as a promotion or another job.
1. Up to 10 word description of what the project is.
2. Where is the project located?
3. Who is the owner and sponsor (they may be the same organisation)?
4. The name of the project manager.
5. Your picture, vision or dream of the project’s outcome.
6. The phase of the project.
7. Who is the client’s representative?
8. Who are the stakeholders?
9. Purpose of the project:
- a description where relevant
- the context of the project
- the project’s history and background
- implementation concept
- market place.
12. The roles and responsibilities of people.
13. The benefits:
- what we are trying to achieve
- why we should implement the project?
15. Constraints and assumptions.
16. The implementation strategy including Critical Success Factors (Targets, KPIs and Tolerances).
17. Risks and treatment.
18. How phases can facilitate delivery of future phases (particularly design or constructability).
19. Work Breakdown Structure.
20. The impact of the project on stakeholders.
21. Milestones and an activity schedule.
23. Are there Enterprise Environmental Factors or Organisational Process Assets which can be used?
24. Plans for managing (planning, monitoring and controlling IF AREAS NOT ALREADY COVERED):
- human resources
- integration of these.
This assignment will assess your understanding, integration and application of the 10 PMBOK® Guide knowledge areas.
Length and Presentation: minimum 5000 words; appendices in addition. Note - material developed by others may be included (eg schedule or estimate) provided it is referenced as such.
How complex? The project selected for this assignment must be substantial. If participants cannot find a worthy task relevant to their current employment, or a business they may want to establish, or a new direction for their life, they may choose a substantial project such as leading a group to the South Pole, or to climb a high mountain.
Harvard referencing system is necessary in assignments, especially material copied from the internet. A correct referencing method is ‘Smith (1995:14) said…), where Smith said ‘xx xx’ appears in the text, and where Smith is referenced at the end of the assignment; 1995 is the year of the publication of Smith’s paper and 14 is the page number.
Referencing at the end should be as follows:
Browne, P., 2003, Project management is winning (title of article), The Management of projects, (title of book), Month of article, publisher, pages on which article occurred.Smith, W., 1995, The management of projects (title of book), Publisher, city (optional with large publishers).
Font 10 point except headings
Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
Expresses understanding and comprehensiveness of PMBOK® Guide knowledge areas, application and relevance to the project plan area being developed.
Project plan briefing (i.e proposal) – recommended - due Day 7 of Week 3
It is recommended that you prepare and submit a short brief on your proposed major project plan by Day 7 of Week 3. The purpose of this is to ensure that you have identified a particular project early in the course and for you to also share your ideas with the course instructor well in advance of developing the final major assignment. This will also enable the course instructor to review your proposed project plan and provide any guidance or feedback necessary. In terms of guidance as to the structure and content of the short project plan brief, consideration should be given to areas 1-9 as listed above (and be no more than three (3) A4 pages in length).
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