CQUniversity Unit Profile
PPMP20010 Executing and Closing Projects
Executing and Closing Projects
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General Information

Overview

Executing and Closing Projects will develop your skills in the executing and closing stages of the project life cycle. You will consider several different definitions of what is required when executing a project from the perspective of different standards, frameworks and academic works. Projects will be investigated according to industry, project domain, and other factors to enable you to describe their influences and approaches to project execution and closing. You will analyse inputs and outputs, and the tools and techniques applied in different project domains. This will enable you to identify the practical application of project monitoring, control systems, and the management of control issues, such as, scope creep, risk, quality, baseline changes in the context of project outsourcing, oversight, and contract closure.

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

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 2 - 2022

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. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

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 Students' comments and emails, discussions during tutorial time

Feedback

While the content of the slides covering the two frameworks PMBok and PRINCE2 and the practical knowledge from Kerzner's brings the benefits of providing different perspectives on project management, it may make the content repetitive and could not fit within the given lecture time. The lecture slides should be designed to be more engaging and attractive.

Recommendation

Provide more short video clips, images, and attractive visualisation in the lecture and tutorial slides.

Feedback from Students' comments and emails, discussions during tutorial time

Feedback

Revision MCQ questions in the tutorial sessions sometimes are not related to the content of the weekly lecture. There should be more activities in the tutorials.

Recommendation

Review and update the revision questions in the tutorials to ensure the content aligns with the weekly lecture. Use Kahoot or Mentimeters or other interactive education technologies to improve students' engagement in lecture and tutorial activities. Introduce more practical case studies for in-depth discussions in class.

Feedback from Assignment 1, 2 submission

Feedback

Many students are confused when completing the requirements in the templates, for example, sections 6, 8 in assignment 1 part 1, and section 4, 5,6 in part 1 assignment 2 (students get confused to differentiate between issues and causes of issues).

Recommendation

Include a specific case study to explain the assignment requirements.

Feedback from Assignment 3 presentation

Feedback

With each presentation lasting 20 minutes, the week 12 tutorial time (90 minutes) would not be enough to accommodate all the student presentations if the class size is big (e.g. 30 students in 10 teams).

Recommendation

With a large class size, the presentation could start in the week 11 tutorial.

Feedback from Feedback from the tutors

Feedback

Lacking a detailed marking rubric could affect the consistency in marking.

Recommendation

Provide a detailed marking rubric that could describe different scenarios for allocating marks. This would help maintain the marking standards crossing different markers.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Examine the knowledge areas and processes applied in the execution and closing stages of the project management life cycle
  2. Critically analyse how the needs of stakeholders might change the priority of outputs from the execution and closing stages of the project management life cycle
  3. Define and justify project event-driven and time-driven controls for a case study project
  4. Define and justify audit, governance and termination reporting for a case study project.

This unit will satisfy one of the requirements for Australia Computer Society (ACS) accreditation in the postgraduate ICT courses.
The unit may 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
1 - Practical Assessment - 30%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%

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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical Assessment - 30%
2 - Practical Assessment - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

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: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Natalie Ewin Unit Coordinator
n.ewin@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 11 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

Introduction to executing and closing projects

Chapter

The following are readings that may assist in understanding the concepts covered. You may also need to do your own research to find materials that may assist your understanding or extend your current knowledge on the weekly topics.

Suggested Readings

  • PMBOK Part 1: Ch. 1, Part 2: Chs. 1 & 2
  • Managing PRINCE2 Chs. 3 & 5
  • Directing PRINCE2 Chs. 3, 4 & 5


Events and Submissions/Topic

Unit overview

Lecture 1

Tutorial 1

Week 2 Begin Date: 18 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

Project performance management

Chapter

The following are readings that may assist in understanding the concepts covered. You may also need to do your own research to find materials that may assist your understanding or extend your current knowledge on the weekly topics.

Suggested Readings

  • PMBOK Part 1: Chs. 4.3, 13.3 & 13.4
  • Managing PRINCE2 Chs. 11 & 12
  • Directing PRINCE2 Ch. 9
  • Kerzner Ch. 15


Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 2

Tutorial 2

Week 3 Begin Date: 25 Jul 2022

Module/Topic

Value management

Chapter

The following are readings that may assist in understanding the concepts covered. You may also need to do your own research to find materials that may assist your understanding or extend your current knowledge on the weekly topics.

Suggested Readings

  • PMBOK Part 1: Chs. 6.6, 7.4, & 10.2
  • Managing PRINCE2 Chs. 13 & 17
  • Directing PRINCE2 Ch. 7
  • Kerzner Ch. 15 & App. E
  • Standards Australia: AS 4817-2006_R2016

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 3

Tutorial 3

Week 4 Begin Date: 01 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Managing communications and risk in a project context

Chapter

The following are readings that may assist in understanding the concepts covered. You may also need to do your own research to find materials that may assist your understanding or extend your current knowledge on the weekly topics.

Suggested Readings

  • PMBOK Part 1: Chs. 10.2, 10.3 & 11.7
  • Managing PRINCE2 Chs. 18 & 19
  • Directing PRINCE2 Ch. 11
  • Kerzner Ch. 17 & App. E
  • Standards Australia: AS 4817-2006_R2016

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 4

Tutorial 4

Week 5 Begin Date: 08 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Project control systems 

Chapter

The following are readings that may assist in understanding the concepts covered. You may also need to do your own research to find materials that may assist your understanding or extend your current knowledge on the weekly topics.

Suggested Readings

  • PMBOK Part 1: Chs. 4.5, 4.6 & 6.6
  • Managing PRINCE2 Chs. 11 & 17, App. E.A
  • Standards Australia: AS/NZS 15288:2015


Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 5

Tutorial 5

Assessment 1 Due


Response to Audit Report Presentation (Group) Due: Week 5 Monday (8 Aug 2022) 8:00 am AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 15 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 22 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Managing and controlling resources and procurement.

Chapter

The following are readings that may assist in understanding the concepts covered. You may also need to do your own research to find materials that may assist your understanding or extend your current knowledge on the weekly topics.

Suggested Readings

  • PMBOK Part 1: Chs. 9 & 12
  • Kerzner Ch. 16


Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 6

Tutorial 6


Week 7 Begin Date: 29 Aug 2022

Module/Topic

Managing and controlling quality. 

Chapter

The following are readings that may assist in understanding the concepts covered. You may also need to do your own research to find materials that may assist your understanding or extend your current knowledge on the weekly topics.

Suggested Readings

  • PMBOK Part 1: Ch. 8.2-8.3
  • Managing PRINCE2 Chs. 8 & 18
  • Kerzner Ch. 20

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 7

Tutorial 7

Assessment 2 Due


Board Report and Video (Individual) Due: Week 7 Monday (29 Aug 2022) 8:00 am AEST
Week 8 Begin Date: 05 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Managing project knowledge, work and delivery

Chapter

The following are readings that may assist in understanding the concepts covered. You may also need to do your own research to find materials that may assist your understanding or extend your current knowledge on the weekly topics.

Suggested Readings

  • PMBOK Part 1: Ch. 4
  • Managing PRINCE2 Chs. 18 & 19

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 8

Tutorial 8

Week 9 Begin Date: 12 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Project governance

Chapter

The following are readings that may assist in understanding the concepts covered. You may also need to do your own research to find materials that may assist your understanding or extend your current knowledge on the weekly topics.

Suggested Readings

  • PMBOK Part 1: Chs. 2 & 13, Part 2: Ch. 1
  • Kerzner Ch. 1 & Appendix E
  • Standards Australia: AS/NZS 8016:2013
  • Standards Australia: AS 8000-2003

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 9

Tutorial 9


Week 10 Begin Date: 19 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Professional responsibilities for project managers

Chapter

The following are readings that may assist in understanding the concepts covered. You may also need to do your own research to find materials that may assist your understanding or extend your current knowledge on the weekly topics.

Suggested Readings

  • PMBOK Part 1: Chs. 2.4, 4.1, 9.3 & 13.2
  • Managing PRINCE2 Ch. 16
  • Directing PRINCE2 Ch. 11
  • Kerzner Ch. 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 10

Tutorial 10


Week 11 Begin Date: 26 Sep 2022

Module/Topic

Integration management

Chapter

The following are readings that may assist in understanding the concepts covered. You may also need to do your own research to find materials that may assist your understanding or extend your current knowledge on the weekly topics.

Suggested Readings

  • PMBOK Part 1: Ch. 4
  • Managing PRINCE2 Ch. 17


Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 11

Tutorial 11



Week 12 Begin Date: 03 Oct 2022

Module/Topic

Project closure, termination & lessons learnt

Chapter

The following are readings that may assist in understanding the concepts covered. You may also need to do your own research to find materials that may assist your understanding or extend your current knowledge on the weekly topics.

Suggested Readings

  • PMBOK Part 1: Chs. 4.7 & 12.3
  • Managing PRINCE2 Chs. 19 & 20
  • Directing PRINCE2 Ch. 9
  • Kerzner Chs. 9 & 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Lecture 12

Assessment 3 Due




Critical Analysis Report (Group Work) Due: Week 12 Friday (7 Oct 2022) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 10 Oct 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 17 Oct 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Response to Audit Report Presentation (Group)

Task Description

You will form a group of 3-4 students. As a group, you will be provided with an Assessment Scenario and audit report findings and recommendations. Following the assessment guideline, you will consider a number of audit report recommendations and present your responses as if you were presenting to an Audit Committee. Recommendations relate to governance, stakeholders, and performance metrics. The Assessment Scenario includes the recommendations and information that you should consider in preparing your response and presentation file.

The Assessment Scenario and presentation preparation guidelines will be provided on the unit Moodle page.


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Monday (8 Aug 2022) 8:00 am AEST

This assessment will be conducted in the week 5 tutorial. All PowerPoint slides must be submitted by Week 5 - Monday 8:00 AM AEST.


Return Date to Students

Assignments will be returned to students with comments and awarded marks.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on the following criteria:

  1. Professional preparation and consistency of presentation slides (2.5 marks)
  2. Presentation content and responding to questions (15 marks)
  3. Presentation timing and flow (2.5 marks)
  4. Individual presentation skills (5 marks)
  5. Peer review and asking questions for other presentations (5 marks)

NOTE: Criteria 1-3 will be group marks and criteria 4-5 are individual. All students must present. The students who are absent or do not present would not be eligible to receive group marks.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Define and justify project event-driven and time-driven controls for a case study project


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

2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Board Report and Video (Individual)

Task Description

This is an individual assessment.

You will need to draft a one-page board report and create a short video that accompanies the report. You provide the board with information about the scenario for the assessment. Your report will provide several options seeking board approval.

The Assessment Scenario and assessment preparation guidelines will be provided on the unit Moodle page.


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Monday (29 Aug 2022) 8:00 am AEST

You must submit a one page report and a short video following the assessment instructions.


Return Date to Students

Assignments will be returned to students with comments and awarded marks.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

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

  • Overview  (5 marks)
  • Option 1 (5 marks)
  • Option 2 (5 marks)
  • Option 3 including video (10 marks)
  • Report presentation and formatting  (5 marks)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Define and justify audit, governance and termination reporting for a case study project.


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

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Critical Analysis Report (Group Work)

Task Description

This is a group assessment *(Note - there is also a question that is individual that is each member must attempt it individually and it will be marked individually)

As a group you will consider a number of Audit recommendations including those relating to stakeholders. You will then draft a Board Report, proposing additional work packages in response to the Audit recommendations. In your response you will propose two new work packages to address the audit recommendations and with specific consideration to stakeholder feedback provided in the scenario. 

There is also an individual reflective practice component to this assessment. 


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (7 Oct 2022) 11:45 pm AEST

You must submit the critical appraisal report following the assessment instructions.


Return Date to Students

Assignment will be returned to students on the day of confirmation of grades.


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Assessment 3: Stakeholder impacts to scope - Board Report

Your assessment will be based on the following criteria

    1. Work package descriptions (8 marks)
    2. Activities, resources, schedule and budget (8 marks)
    3. Measuring the success post implementation (4 marks)
    4. Professionalism including but not limited to presentation and formatting, (10 marks)
    5. Personal Reflection (Individual - 10 marks)

Note: Questions 1-4 are group questions, whereas question 5 is an individual question. 



Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Submission Instructions
Written report must be submitted into Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Examine the knowledge areas and processes applied in the execution and closing stages of the project management life cycle
  • Critically analyse how the needs of stakeholders might change the priority of outputs from the execution and closing stages of the project management life cycle


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • 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.

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