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PPMP20007 - Project Management Concepts

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is aimed at providing postgraduate students with a general introduction to the key features of modern project management practices within organisations. Students that undertake this unit will gain an understanding of the factors required to successfully manage projects by investigating how project success is realised through the application of tools and techniques related to project justification, planning, estimation, scheduling and execution. For students interested in further studies in project management this is the first unit in a series of project management units. Note: If you have completed unit COIS20008, MGMT22166 or PPMP20002 then you cannot take this unit.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Distance
Mackay
Melbourne
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Distance
Mackay
Melbourne
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 3 - 2022 Profile
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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 40%
3. Examination 50%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 49.83% response rate.

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.

Source: Student feedback and feedback from staff teaching the unit.
Feedback
Content: Unit content is relevant and useful.
Recommendation
Continue with the current unit content, updating and improving resources and content as required.
Action Taken
Unit content was reviewed, updated and improved as required. Due to COVID-19 constraints, some workshop content had to be modified in 2020 to cater for student learning.
Source: Student feedback and feedback from staff teaching the unit.
Feedback
Website: The unit website and teaching resources on the website support student learning. The website is organised consistently and is easy to navigate.
Recommendation
Continue with the current website structure.
Action Taken
Continued with the current website structure.
Source: Student feedback and feedback from staff teaching the unit.
Feedback
Assessment: Positive feedback was received about all assessment items.
Recommendation
Continue with the current assessment regime.
Action Taken
Continued with the current assessment regime. However, some assessment items had to be adapted in 2020 due to COVID-19 constraints.
Source: Student evaluations, feedback from the teaching team, feedback from individual students.
Feedback
Content: Unit content is relevant and useful. The content is at an appropriate level for the student cohort.
Recommendation
Continue with the current content, but note that a new edition of the textbook has been published. The unit will move to the new, 8th edition of the textbook in 2021. It will have updated materials including new case studies and examples of current snapshots from industry.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations, individual student feedback and feedback from the teaching team.
Feedback
Website: The unit website is organised consistently and is easy to navigate. The teaching resources on the website support student learning.
Recommendation
Continue with the current organisation and web content, but note that in 2021 all the textbook related resources will be replaced with the resources for the new edition of the textbook.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations, individual student feedback and feedback from 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 in 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 current assessment regime, but with modifications to the assessment item 3 class presentation time due to reduced time in the tutorial/workshop classes.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations, feedback from the teaching team, feedback from individual students.
Feedback
Tutorial classes: Due to COVID-19 constraints and the reduced time now available for the tutorial/workshop classes, Microsoft Project practicals have had to be removed from the classes. Many students expressed disappointment about this.
Recommendation
Alternative mechanisms will be explored to include Microsoft Project practicals in the unit if there is no longer time to include all the practical work in the tutorial classes.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Argue the importance of project management to the success of an organisation.
  2. Recognise the activities typically involved in the lifecycle of a project.
  3. Evaluate potential projects for an organisation.
  4. Describe how to build effective teams.
  5. Apply common project planning, scheduling, budgeting, and resource management tools and procedures in a project.
  6. Evaluate the status of a project and recommend appropriate corrective action where necessary.
  7. Describe the common techniques used for project quality assurance and project risk management.
  8. Assess the impacts of organisational, cultural, and governance issues on project success.
  9. Argue the role of ethics and professional standards in project management, and defend your position.

This unit will satisfy one of the core requirements for ACS accreditation in the postgraduate ICT course s.This unit is also part of an accreditation package granted by the Australia Computer Society (ACS). The unit contributes 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.

Australian Computer Society (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 as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • 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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Examination