CQUniversity Unit Profile
PPMP20007 Project Management Concepts
Project Management Concepts
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General Information

Overview

This unit is aimed at providing you with a general introduction to the key features of modern project management practices within organisations. In undertaking this unit you will gain an understanding of the factors required to successfully manage projects by investigating how project success is related to the concept of value held by key stakeholders, alignment with organizational strategy, and benefit realization through the application of project management specific knowledge, skills, tools and techniques.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 8
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Anti-requisites: COIS20008, MGMT22166, or PPMP20002 then they cannot take this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2022

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

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

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%
3. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%

Assessment Grading

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

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 from Student feedback. New edition of PMBOK.

Feedback

Unit content: The current content is relevant and useful. It is at an appropriate level for the student cohort. However, there is now a new edition of PMBOK that needs to be incorporated into the unit.

Recommendation

Where relevant, update the materials to reflect the new edition of PMBOK.

Feedback from Student evaluations, feedback from the students and the teaching team.

Feedback

Assessment items: Positive feedback was received about assessment items. Students enjoyed researching and learning more about a topic of their choice in project management (assessment item 3). They also appreciated the practical aspects of the assessment items where they were able to apply the theory they were learning in class.

Recommendation

Continue with the same assessment regime.

Feedback from Student evaluations, feedback from the students and the teaching team.

Feedback

Tutorial classes: Due to COVID-19 constraints and the reduced time now available for the tutorial/workshop classes, there is less time to complete all the exercises and Microsoft Practicals in the class. There was also much less time for case studies that illustrate the theory and provide an excellent learning experience. Students indicated they would like longer tutorial classes to have more time for practical work and case study discussions. Although offshore students appreciate the opportunity to have zoom tutorial classes, feedback indicated that students would still prefer face-to-face classes.

Recommendation

The tutorial/workshop activities will be redesigned to incorporate the new edition of PMBOK and to accommodate within the allocated tutorial time.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss the importance of project management to create value in the context of various organisational cultures and strategies.
  2. Explain how internal and external project settings influence the selection of adaptive, predictive or hybrid project delivery methods.
  3. Apply and critique scheduling, budgeting, risk management, and other project management techniques for achieving project success.
  4. Critically analyse how project management principles and ethics guide people’s behaviour on the project.

This unit will satisfy one of the core requirements for the Australian Computer Society (ACS) accreditation in the postgraduate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) courses. This unit is also part of an accreditation package granted by the ACS. The unit contributes to the required number of academic study units for students wishing to undertake professional certification with the Project Management Institute's (PMI) professional qualifications, such as CAPM or PMP.

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is adopted by organisations, governments and individuals in many 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.

This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA 8 (the SFIA code is included)

  • Project Management (PRMG)
  • Change Control (CHMG)
  • Requirements definition and management (REQM)
  • Stakeholder relationship management (RLMT)
  • Risk management (BURM)
  • Systems development management (DLMG)

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical Assessment - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 50%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Project Management: The Managerial Process

Edition: 8E (2021)
Authors: Larson, EW, Gray, CF
McGraw-Hill Education
New York New York , NY , USA
ISBN: 978-1-260-57043-4
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

Both paper and eBook copies can now be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code).

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Power Point
  • Microsoft Teams - camera and microphone
  • Access to Microsoft Project 2019 (available on campus and for download)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing styles below:

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Luc Bauwmans Unit Coordinator
l.bauwmans@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 11 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

Modern project management. Organisation strategy and project selection.

Projects, programmes and portfolios as strategy implementation tools.

Chapter

Chapters 1 & 2 plus additional online material.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 1

Tutorial 1


Week 2 Begin Date: 18 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

Organisation: Structure and culture

Chapter

Chapter 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 2

Tutorial 2


Week 3 Begin Date: 25 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

Defining the project and project stakeholders. Identifying communication and documentation needs

Chapter

Chapter 4 plus recommended reading on Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 3

Tutorial 3

Assessment 1: Part 1 due in week 3 workshop.


Week 4 Begin Date: 01 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Developing a project plan

Chapter

Chapter 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 4

Tutorial 4

Assessment 1: Part 2 due in week 4 workshop.

Assessment 2: Teams, topics and schedule finalised by Census date (2 August 2022)

Week 5 Begin Date: 08 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Estimating project time and Cost

Chapter

Chapter 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 5

Tutorial 5

Assessment 1: Part 3 due in week 5 workshop.

Vacation Week Begin Date: 15 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Possible make-up classes as notified


Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation week allows students to take a break and also to catch up on work, especially for assessment 2.
Week 6 Begin Date: 22 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Project budgeting: Time-phased resourcing and costing

Chapter

Chapter 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 6

Tutorial 6

Assessment 1: Part 4 due in week 6 workshop.

Week 7 Begin Date: 29 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Managing risk. Change control. Quality management.

Chapter

Chapter 7 plus Kerzner's Chapter 20 (available in eReading list)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 7

Tutorial 7

Assessment 1: Part 5 due in week 7 workshop.

Assessment 2A: Due Friday of week 7

Week 8 Begin Date: 05 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Reducing project duration through schedule optimisation

Chapter

Chapter 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 8

Tutorial 8

Assessment 1: Part 6 due in week 8 workshop.

Assessment 2B: Due Friday of week 8

Assessment 2 presentation schedules finalised by tutors. Online presentation schedule is published in MS Teams for population by offshore and DST students.

Week 9 Begin Date: 12 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Progress and performance measurement, evaluation and reporting

Chapter

Chapter 13

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 9

Tutorial 9

Assessment 1: Part 7 due in week 9 workshop.

Assessment 2: Presentations

Week 10 Begin Date: 19 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Closing a project: Planned and premature closure

Chapter

Chapter 14

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 10

Tutorial 10

Assessment 1: Part 8 due in week 10 workshop.

Assessment 2: Presentations 

Week 11 Begin Date: 26 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Being an effective project manager. Managing project teams

Chapter

Chapters 10 & 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 11

Tutorial 11

Assessment 1: Part 9 due in week 11 workshop.

Assessment 2: Presentations 

Week 12 Begin Date: 03 Oct 2022

Module/Topic

Introduction to Agile project management. Course conclusion, lessons learned.

Chapter

Chapter 15

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 12

Tutorial 12

Assessment 1: Part 10 due in week 12 workshop.

Assessment 2: Presentations 

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 10 Oct 2022

Module/Topic

Review and preparation for final test

Chapter

All materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 17 Oct 2022

Module/Topic

Review and preparation for final test

Chapter

All materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online test open 19-20 October.

Term Specific Information

Unit Coordinator: Luc Bauwmans, Sydney campus.

Lecturers and tutors as per Moodle/information/unit contacts.

Assessment Tasks

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Project scheduling practical

Task Description

This formative assessment is progressively completed and submitted weekly from week 3 to week 12. Its aim is to assess the development of schedule application skills through several progressive steps using Microsoft Project (MSP) software, and an understanding of the value proposition embedded in a well-conceived and optimised project schedule, resource plan and budget.

Submissions are to be made as stated in the weekly worksheets and templates are provided for consistency. Templates may comprise additional exercises supporting the learning of the weekly topics.

Onshore students are required to complete and submit the assessments in class under supervision of the tutor. Offshore and DST students attending the online tutorials do not complete the work in the tutorial session but must submit their work by the due date stated in Moodle. Late submissions will not be accepted unless a formal extension request has been submitted and approved.


Assessment Due Date

Submissions are due weekly


Return Date to Students

Feedback return period as per CQU policy.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Each weekly assessment submission can earn up to 3 % of the total term marks. The total assessment mark available is 30%.

Marks are awarded for correctness and completeness of the results presented as per the practical instruction sheet and answers provided in the textbook.

Where only MSP practical or template exercises are required, they will represent the full 3 marks. Where both MSP and template submissions are required the weekly marks will be evenly distributed between them.

Submissions after the due date will incur a 0 mark unless an extension has been granted. There will be no exceptions to this rule.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Discuss the importance of project management to create value in the context of various organisational cultures and strategies.
  • Apply and critique scheduling, budgeting, risk management, and other project management techniques for achieving project success.

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written assessment and team presentation

Task Description

Strong evidence is presented in the literature on project management of a positive correlation between well-functioning teams and project success. Teams may be collocated or virtual, and the recent pandemic has certainly accelerated a prevalence of the latter. This assessment item therefore aims at not only evidencing learning on a given topic but also of the students’ ability to function well in a team.

This assessment is performed in teams of 3 to 4 students. Teams are formed in the early weeks of term and topics are chosen from areas of project management listed in the assessment specification. Teams and topics must be confirmed to the respective tutors by census date of each term. In-class students must form teams with students from the same tutorial and form a collocated team. Students who are offshore by census date will form virtual teams with other offshore students and keep their virtual team status, irrespective of whether they are coming onshore later in the term. DST students are encouraged to work in teams but may apply to work alone should circumstances prohibit effective team formation.

Assessment deliverables:

Part A:

· A 1500-word essay on the chosen topic, complying with academic conference paper standards.

Part B:

· A PowerPoint presentation of not more than 15 content slides summarizing the key findings.
· A classroom or virtual presentation of the topic by all members of the team, as scheduled by the respective tutors.
· A written critical reflection of min 600 words on the team experience, using the Tuckman model of forming, storming, norming and performing.


Assessment Due Date

Part A is due on the Friday of week 7; Part B is due on the Friday of week 8.


Return Date to Students

Feedback return period as per CQU policy.


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria and mark allocation:

Part A:

· A 1500-word essay on the chosen topic, complying with academic conference paper standards. (20 marks)

Part B:

· A PowerPoint presentation as per the assessment specification of not more than 15 content slides summarizing the key findings. (10 marks)
· A classroom or virtual presentation of the topic by all members of the team, as scheduled by the respective tutors. (10 marks, allocated individually to each team member)
· A written critical reflection of min 600 words on the team experience, using the Tuckman model of forming, storming, norming and performing. (10 marks)

A further detailed breakdown of the marks is provided in the marking rubric.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Submission Instructions
The only offline part of the submission is the classroom presentation (part 3) by onshore students.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Discuss the importance of project management to create value in the context of various organisational cultures and strategies.
  • Explain how internal and external project settings influence the selection of adaptive, predictive or hybrid project delivery methods.
  • Apply and critique scheduling, budgeting, risk management, and other project management techniques for achieving project success.
  • Critically analyse how project management principles and ethics guide people’s behaviour on the project.

3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Summative knowledge assessment

Task Description

This final assessment is held in week 14 (exam week) of the term to evaluate students’ acquisition of knowledge, comprehension, and application of the unit content. Questions are formulated to assess critical reflection on topics like project management principles, performance domains, adaptive, predictive or hybrid project delivery models, and how ethics influence people’s behaviour on the project.

The assessment takes the form of an on-line quiz which is accessible for 48 hours to allow for offshore and full-time employed students, with a limited duration once the quiz has started. The quiz consists of around 40 questions in multiple choice or true/false format, with a few questions requiring some calculations to be performed. Only one attempt is allowed.


Number of Quizzes


Frequency of Quizzes


Assessment Due Date

Return Date to Students

Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Standard questions will earn 0.5 marks while calculation questions earn 1 mark. The total assessment mark available is 20% of the term grade.

There will be no negative marking for incorrect answers.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain how internal and external project settings influence the selection of adaptive, predictive or hybrid project delivery methods.
  • Critically analyse how project management principles and ethics guide people’s behaviour on the project.

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?