PPMP20008 - Initiating and Planning Projects

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The Initiating and Planning Project unit will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to effectively initiate and plan projects in challenging environments. You will study different standards, frameworks and practices with the opportunity to apply these by utilising relevant tools and techniques to enhance project initiation and planning. On successful completion, you will have prepared a range of project management artifacts that underpin effective initiation and planning of projects.

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

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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

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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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 62.9% 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 Evaluation
Feedback
Online learning can be overwhelming and non-engaging at times. It would be great if more practical and engaging activities can be added to lectures and tutorials.
Recommendation
Review unit lecture material and suitability of tutorials for online delivery. In addition, introduce further practical and engaging activities in classes.
Action Taken
The unit material was renewed and streamlined toward the unit learning outcomes. Also, major improvements were made to the lectures and tutorial slides, making them more interactive for face-to-face and online learning. New learning material, including new activities, case studies, articles and videos, were added to the lectures, tutorials and the unit Moodle page. Tutorial activities were set to be more practical and engaging while assisting students in performing better in their assessment tasks.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
The lecturer and tutors were always well prepared. They made the unit interesting for us and easy to follow.
Recommendation
This unit is considered as one of the foundation units for project management courses and therefore it is recommended to further equip the teaching team with online engagement tools.
Action Taken
The lecturers and tutors are equipped with online engagement tools such as Mentimeter. The lecturers use preset Mentimeter presentations to engage students in answering short quizzes and playing games with a focus on deepening the student's learning at the end of the lecture session.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
The assessments in the unit (especially the group assignment) was authentic and practical. It helped me to test myself in a real project scenario. It would be more beneficial if assessments' content and marking criteria more clearly communicated to students.
Recommendation
Content, cases and marking criteria for Assessments 2 and 3 to be reviewed to improve clarity and ensure alignment with the unit learning outcomes.
Action Taken
Assessments 2 and 3 were restructured making them aligned to the unit learning outcomes. For both assessments, clear instructions, guidelines and assessment criteria were developed. All assessments use authentic and real case scenarios to enhance students' learning and practical knowledge.
Source: SUTE survey
Feedback
This unit really provides critical aspects of project initiation and planning. The assessments are designed in a way that helps students in obtaining practical knowledge and skills in project management.
Recommendation
Continue to create authentic and practical case studies and scenarios for assessments. Review unit material and check the suitability of its content to the new revision of the textbook (PMBOK) that has been released in mid-2021.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE survey
Feedback
The Mentimeter quizzes and games being conducted at the end of lectures provide a better understanding of the subjects.
Recommendation
Mentimeter quizzes and presentations run at the end of lectures weeks 3, 4, 9 and 11. Work with the teaching team to expand its use across more lectures and perhaps tutorials.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE survey
Feedback
The assignments are designed and were based on real-time project scenarios, which is a good aspect of the unit. It would have been great to receive more guidance for Assessment 2.
Recommendation
Review the assignments instructions and provide more clarity to the students' tasks. Run weekly drop-in sessions so students can ask and clarify their questions about assignment tasks.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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