PPMP20007 - Project Management Concepts

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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 realised through the application of tools and techniques related to project justification, planning, estimation, scheduling and execution. This is the first unit in a series of project management units.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Anti-requisites:

If students have completed unit 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

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Term 3 - 2019 Profile
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Melbourne
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney
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Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 3 - 2020 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) 15%
2. Practical Assessment 15%
3. Presentation 20%
4. 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

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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 evaluations, self reflection and feedback from other members of the teaching staff.
Feedback
Content: Unit content is relevant and useful. The content provided is at an appropriate level for the student cohort.
Recommendation
Continue with the current unit content, updating and improving resources and content as required.
Action Taken
Changes have been made to the slides and to the workshop resources and requirements.
Source: Student evaluations and feedback from the teaching team.
Feedback
Website: The unit website and teaching resources on the website support student learning. The unit website is well organised and easy to navigate although some students were confused by having both formative and summative submission blocks.
Recommendation
Continue with the same website structure and resources. Given the changes to the assessment from Term 2, 2018, the formative submission block is no longer required and has been removed.
Action Taken
The same website structure has been maintained. The formative submission block was removed.
Source: Student evaluations, self reflection and feedback from teaching team.
Feedback
Assessment: Positive feedback was received about all assessment items. Students particularly enjoyed using Microsoft Project. They reported that using the software helped them to understand the concepts being covered in class. It also gave them good, practical experience. As the 'case study assessment item' was also developed in class, students felt that not enough time was spent on theory and exercises in the workshops. It was also felt that more emphasis should be placed on soft skills in this unit.
Recommendation
Based on feedback from students and staff, there have been some further changes to the assessment regime. Students will continue to work through the Microsoft Project practicals in the workshops and in addition, time will also be allocated to the theory, exercises and soft skills. The 'case study assessment item' will be replaced with a new assessment item that requires the preparation and presentation of an appropriate topic in Project Management. This will be a group assignment requiring teamwork as well as focusing on the soft skills required to research, prepare and give a class presentation.
Action Taken
The changes were made to the assessment regime. As a result changes were made to the associated assessment resources.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the activities typically involved in both traditional and agile project management
  2. Interpret data and make appropriate recommendations within a project management context
  3. Apply scheduling, budgeting, risk management and other project management tools and procedures to a project
  4. Explain the impact of organisational structure and culture on project success
  5. Research a project management topic and prepare a presentation to effectively communicate the findings.

This unit will satisfy one of the core requirements for ACS accreditation in the postgraduate ICT courses.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
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Presentation
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
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
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 Assessment
3 - Presentation
4 - Examination