PROJMGNT 7057 - Project Controls Method
North Terrace Campus - Trimester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code PROJMGNT 7057 Course Project Controls Method Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre Term Trimester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Intensive: 36 to 40 hours Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites PROJMGNT 5021 Course Description This course develops the competencies for managing linear and non-complex projects which were first addressed in PROJMGNT 5021 Project Management Fundamentals. It covers the key project management control techniques and tools deemed necessary to ensure project success. Particular focus is provided in the early phases of the project lifecycle in each of the areas of stakeholders, scope, time, cost and quality control: however, attention is also paid to risk, procurement, human resources, communication, procurement and integration of these. Cost and time management skills and contract management are also addressed.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Indra Gunawan
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Know and understand the project management control tools and techniques as applied to linear projects 2 Competently develop a project brief that can convince stakeholders of the benefits of developing the project 3 Choose and use a project management control framework and be competent to initiate value assurance reviews throughout the project lifecycle 4 Competently plan the controls required for a medium-sized linear project appropriate to satisfying PMI’s Project Management Professional standards 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
2, 3, & 4 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
2 & 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, 3 & 4 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
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
Kerzner, H. R., (2013) Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling, 11th Edition, Wiley
PMBOK: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 2013, Project Management Institute, USA. 5th Ed. ISBN 978-1935589679
Gray, Clifford & Larson, Erik, 2000, Project Management, McGraw-Hill.
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Other resources: Project Management Institute
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is offered in blended learning mode with the face-to-face component offered as intensives.
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 work (this includes face-to-face contact, any online components, and self directed study).
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. Students are encouraged to read as much of the Kerzner chapters as possible prior to the intensive sessions - essentially structured as follows:
Session Topics Chapters 1 Overview, concepts and definitions 1 & 2 2 Organisational structures 3 3 Management functions 5 4 Conflicts & special topics 7 & 8 5 Planning 11 6 Pricing & Estimating 14 7 Cost control 15 8 Risk management 17 9 Quality management 20 10 Contract management 19
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An overview of the course assessment appears in the following Table. Specific details for each assessment item appear in the following section:
# Assessment Length Weighting Learning Outcomes 1 Classroom participation (intensive sessions) N/A 10% 1 - 6 2 Fundamentals of Project Controls 1500 words 20% 1, 3, 4 3 Scheduling and Cost Controlling Methods See Assessment Detail 25% 1, 3, 4, 5 4 Capstone Project Management Control Case study
- Part A - Group component
- Part B - Individual component
2000 words per student
1- 6 Total 100%
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents should attend all classes in order to pass the course. There is considerable experiential learning in workshops during the intensive classes that build your knowledge and thus enable you to be successful in this course.
Course results are subject to moderation by the ECIC Board of Examiners
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Assessment DetailAssessment 1: Intensive sessions - classroom discussion & participation
Task: You are expected to attend and participate in the discussions during the intensive sessions. Your lecturer will provide you with opportunities to participate and contribute to the learnings during each of the intensive sessions.
Scope: Discussion topics will be taken primarily from the assigned readings and course material. You are encouraged to actively participate during the classroom sessions and to contribute positively to the learning environment.
Length and Presentation: You will be graded on your attendance and quality of your participation in class and subsequent discussions to the key topic areas being covered. It is expected that students will practice their PM skills by being punctual to the sessions as well as substantially participate in all assigned discussions (e.g. a short response like - yes, I agree with you - will not really add value). Discussions and sharing of learnings from your own PM experiences/context and actions in applying the techniques will enhance the classroom discussion and learning.
Assessment 2: Fundamentals of Project Controls
Task: The design of a project control system is crucial to project success. Project managers are keenly aware of the need to establish a project control baseline as well as to identify various performance indicators in the project management control process.
Assessment 3: Scheduling and Cost Controlling Methods
Task: Answer a set of questions based on the assignment description that has been uploaded on MyUni.
Length and Presentation: Network Diagram, Gantt Chart, and Earned Value Analysis for a small project with 9 activities.
Assessment 4: Applications of Various Project Controlling Tools and Techniques
Part A is a group assignment (2 members per group) - 30%
Part B is an individual assignment - 15%
Task: The aim of this assignment is to apply various project controlling tools to a suitable project example. The project can be either a real-world project or completely hypothetical. You should decompose the project scope (based on reasonable assumptions for a hypothetical project or drawing on what you know about a real-world project) into a set of definable and measurable activities and tasks that are associated to the project deliverables.
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