CQUniversity Unit Profile
PPMP20009 Leading Lean Projects
Leading Lean Projects
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General Information

Overview

Leading Lean Projects will develop your hard and soft skills in project management methodologies and core principles of the lean approach in project management. You will discover the evolving nature of lean principles and explore how project management concepts can be embedded in a continuous improvement initiative. You will learn about leadership competencies that are crucial for delivering successful projects. You will be presented with case studies that highlight the methodologies and lean principles and how they can affect project outputs and outcomes. You will familiarise yourself with the use of common management control systems to illustrate how to successfully lead and deliver lean transformations for projects.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for 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 3 - 2020

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
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. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
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 evaluation (SUTE)

Feedback

Tutorials need to be at least an hour and a half or 2 hours, it is too short if it's an hour as the tutor has to rush off to the next class.

Recommendation

As teaching migrated to online from week 3 in Term 1, 2020 tutorial durations were retained as 1 hour. However, the improved tutorial structure and tutor guidance and the use of ZOOM breakout rooms are believed to have improved the effectiveness of the learning experience.

Feedback from Student evaluation (SUTE)

Feedback

The content covered throughout the unit is well structured, organised and full of additional resources. All the resources including the additional readings and the recorded lectures are very useful.

Recommendation

Keep the extra resources provided to the students and update these resources every term.

Feedback from Students evaluation

Feedback

Moodle site is easy to navigate and well organised.

Recommendation

Maintain the easy access of the Moodle site and enrich the moodle site with extra supporting resources

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Review lean transformation framework by explaining lean approaches, project lifecycle and change management
  2. Compare and contrast project management methodologies
  3. Examine leadership competencies for successful delivery of projects
  4. Determine management control systems for lean process capabilities
  5. Explain the processes and techniques to acquire, develop and manage project teams.

This unit will satisfy one of the requirements for Australia Computer Society (ACS) accreditation in the postgraduate ICT courses.
The unit might also contribute 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.
The 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 codes as defined by SFIA:
  • 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 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 5
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

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

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

Additional Textbook Information

All books are provided as ebook from CQU library.Thanks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Bijan Jamshid-Nejad Unit Coordinator
b.jamshid-nejad@cqu.edu.au
Ziyad Abunada Unit Coordinator
z.abunada@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
WEEK 1 - INTRODUCTION TO LEAN MANAGEMENT, HISTORY OF LEAN Begin Date: 09 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

INTRODUCTION TO LEAN MANAGEMENT, HISTORY OF LEAN

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Ice breaking and Unit details
  • Expectations and overview
  • Lecture 1
  • Tutorial 1
WEEK 2 - LEAN FRAMEWORK IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT Begin Date: 16 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

LEAN FRAMEWORK IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT


Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Lecture 2
  • Tutorial 2: process mapping exercise
WEEK 3 - LEAN AND VALUE MANAGEMENT Begin Date: 23 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

LEAN AND VALUE MANAGEMENT

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Lecture 3
  • Tutorial 3: value stream mapping 
WEEK 4 - LEAN THINKING AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT METHODOLOGIES Begin Date: 30 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

LEAN THINKING AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT METHODOLOGIES

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Lecture 4
  • Tutorial 4: discussion of case study 1
  • Issue assessment 1 a) and b)
WEEK 5 - AGILE PM AND LEAN METHODOLOGIES Begin Date: 14 Dec 2020
WEEK 6 - LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES FOR LEAN PROJECT MANAGEMENT Begin Date: 21 Dec 2020

Module/Topic

LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES FOR LEAN PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Lecture 6
  • Tutorial 6: Discussion case study 2
  • Issue assessment 2
Vacation Week Begin Date: 28 Dec 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

WEEK 7 - TEAM COMPETENCIES FOR AGILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT Begin Date: 04 Jan 2021
WEEK 8 - PROJECT QUALITY MANAGEMENT TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES Begin Date: 11 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

PROJECT QUALITY MANAGEMENT TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Lecture 8
  • Tutorial 8: The Deming funnel experiment
WEEK 10 - ORGANISATIONAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT (OPM) Begin Date: 25 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

ORGANISATIONAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT (OPM)

Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Lecture 10
  • Tutorial 10: course review for assessment 3

WEEK 11 - RISK MANGEMENT FOR LEAN PROJECTS Begin Date: 01 Feb 2021
WEEK 12 - REVIEW OF PMBOK® GUIDE AND PRINCE2® Begin Date: 08 Feb 2021

Module/Topic

REVIEW OF PMBOK® GUIDE AND PRINCE2®

Chapter

Mandatory Readings (Journal / Article):

Review of all Unit materials




Events and Submissions/Topic

  • Lecture 12
  • Tutorial 12: Assessment 3 specification
  • Some practice questions about PMBOK® and PRINCE2®
INDIVIDUAL ONLINE QUIZ Begin Date: 25 Feb 2021

Module/Topic

ONLINE QUIZ

Chapter

Review of all Unit materials

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 3 - Individual Online Quiz (20%)

Duration: 50 mins, 40 questions

⚬ Available 0900 hrs AEST Thursday, 25 February 2021 - 1700 hrs AEST

Friday 26 February 2021 ONLY.

MUST BE completed latest by

1700 hrs AEST Friday 26 February 2021

ONE ATTEMPT ONLY.

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
A study of Lean principles in project management

Task Description

This assessment is to be completed and submitted INDIVIDUALLY.

You will be given a case study scenario in which you are required to identify, analyse and explain lean project management concepts and project management practices that were taught through Week 1 -7. You are expected to write a reply to a number of questions explaining in detail various project management best practices that were used to achieve the outcome described in the case scenario. Your understanding of the application of LEAN concepts and AGILE best practices will be tested in this assessment.

Your ability to provide coherent and relevant answers to the questions as per the the marking criteria will be evaluated. These criteria support the achievement of the Unit Learning Outcomes stated in the assessment specification document. It is crucial that you demonstrate critical reflection in linking theory to the case study.

All work must be properly referenced (APA Referencing style).

Word count is between 1000 and 1500 words for each part submission a) and b). 

Please refer to the Assessment 1 document available in your Moodle Assessment 1 tab for complete instructions and requirements of this assessment. Assessment 1 will be released in Week 4.


Assessment Due Date

Return Date to Students

Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Marking Criteria:

Your assignment will be assessed on the extent and quality to which it meets each of the marking criteria given to you.

  • Introdcution - 10 marks
  • Question 1 - 20 marks
  • Question 2 - 16 marks
  • Question 3 - 20 marks
  • Question 4 - 16 marks
  • Summary - 8 marks
  • Clarity of expression, grammar, spelling and correct APA style referencing - 10 marks

Each of the above will be clearly explained in the assessment document which will be given to you in Week 4.



Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
As per assessment specification

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Review lean transformation framework by explaining lean approaches, project lifecycle and change management
  • Compare and contrast project management methodologies


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Leadership competencies and management control systems for Lean process capabilities

Task Description

This assessment is to be done in GROUPS of 3-4 members. Groups have to be formed by Week 5 in discussion with your tutor and all groups will be issued a unique group identifier. Individual submissions will not be marked unless with prior approval by the Unit Coordinator.

Distance mode (DST) students will also have to form into similar groups. Individual submission can be allowed to DST students by applying in writing to the Unit Coordinator by Week 6.

You will be given a case scenario and you are required to analyse the case and apply all your knowledge gained from Lectures 1 - 10 to structure your answers for each of the questions.This assessment will test your ability to propose and discuss solutions in a cohesive manner that will resolve the issues that are highlighted in the case scenario. .It is crucial that you demonstrate critical reflection in linking theory to the case study.

All work must be properly referenced (APA Referencing style)

Word count between 2500 and 3000 words

Please refer to the Assessment 2 specification document available in your Moodle Assessment 2 tab for complete instructions and requirements of this assessment. Assessment 2 will be released in Week 6 and is due in week 11.



Assessment Due Date

Return Date to Students

After grade certification date


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Marking Criteria:

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

- Introduction: 8 marks

- Question 2: 12 marks

- Question 3: 18 marks

- Question 4: 18 marks

- Question 5: 20 marks

- Conclusion: 8 marks

- Question 7: 6 marks

- Clarity of expression, grammar, spelling and correct APA style referencing - 10 marks

Each of the above Aspects will be clearly explained in the assessment criteria document which will be given to you.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Submission Instructions
Only one student from each group is to upload and submit the completed assessment task on behalf of the entire group. You decide which group member will upload. Please make sure the team member names and student ID's are clearly stated in the submission document.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Examine leadership competencies for successful delivery of projects
  • Determine management control systems for lean process capabilities


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENT ONLINE QUIZ

Task Description

You will be required to complete a set of multiple-choice quiz questions related to all learning outcomes of this unit.

Purpose

The primary purpose of this assessment item is to help you to identify factors associated with leading lean projects. 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 based on the learning from lectures Week 1 - 12

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

Important Information:

1. The quiz will ONLY be available during the following time period:

Start: 0900 hrs Thursday, 25 February 2021

End: 1700 hrs Friday, 26 February 2021

2. ONE ATTEMPT ONLY. MUST BE completed latest by 1700 hrs Friday, 26 Feb 2021.

3. The quiz is an OPEN BOOK test. You may refer to the unit materials (lectures slides, your own notes etc).

4. Questions will be drawn from a pool of 450 questions. When you attempt the quiz, 40 questions will be selected and displayed in RANDOM ORDER. It is very unlikely that two students will see the same questions.

5. The link for the quiz is now added to your PPMP20009 Moodle assessment tab and will become active on 0900hrs Thursday, 25 Feb 2021. Please plan to complete the quiz within the given timeframe.

6. There will be 40 questions to be answered in 50 minutes. Questions will be:

  • Multiple choice
  • True / False

Some sample questions are given below to give you an idea of what to expect on the Quiz.

Example 1

Which one of the following is not a PMBoK process group:

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Measuring and Controlling
  • Closing

Example 2

Choose one statement which does not reflect the attribute of a competent Project Manager:

  • Good people and technical management skills
  • Effective communicator
  • Extremely meticulous to the minute detail and a control freak
  • Believes in honesty and integrity

Example 3

Determine if the following statement is true or false.

Kerzner has identified barriers to effective project management and these include:

  • Cultural barriers
  • Status and political barriers
  • Project management barriers

TRUE FALSE

Example 4

Determine if the following statement is true or false.

In order to formulate an Organisational Project Management framework, aspects that must be considered are:

  • Project Management Practices,
  • Business Management Practices, and
  • Organisational Strategy

TRUE FALSE


Number of Quizzes

1


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Quiz must be completed by Friday 23 October 2020 1700hrs AEST of Exam Week


Return Date to Students

This assignment will be marked by the Moodle computer program upon submission. Marks will only be released AFTER THE QUIZ IS CLOSED.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

  • The mark given will be the percentage of correct answers (e.g. 1 correct answer = 2.5 %)
  • No negative marking applies for wrong answers


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Review lean transformation framework by explaining lean approaches, project lifecycle and change management
  • Compare and contrast project management methodologies
  • Examine leadership competencies for successful delivery of projects
  • Determine management control systems for lean process capabilities
  • Explain the processes and techniques to acquire, develop and manage project teams.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

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?