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PPMP20009 - Project Management Methodologies

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Project Management Methodologies will develop your skills in core project management theories and principles. You will be required to apply these skills in the context of the project life cycle. You will discover the evolving nature of project management knowledge and explore its influence upon project management by professional bodies, industry and governments. You will be presented with examples that highlight the benefits of project and enterprise methodologies and illustrate the key project outputs and outcomes. Project management industry practice standards and frameworks are used to illustrate how project success criteria is aligned to the scope, time, resource, quality and cost measurement across different project domains.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
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 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Distance
Mackay
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Distance
Mackay
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney
Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
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. Portfolio 40%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 20%

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: PM Discipline committee
Feedback
Unit content needs to better reflect evolution of project management industry best practices (i.e. PMBOK v6).
Recommendation
Revise all unit content to be more pertinent to lean project management processes and revise unit title accordingly.
Action Taken
Completed. The weekly slides have been updated with new knowledge content from textbooks on Six-sigma/Lean Framework, Agile Project Management, journal articles and videos from relevant industry. The unit title was renamed in T2, 2018 from Project Management Methodologies to Leading Lean Projects.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Weekly portfolios to be marked rather than only marking the final consolidated portfolio.
Recommendation
Provide students with a better explanation for the purpose of weekly portfolio submissions.
Action Taken
Weekly portfolios have been deleted from the required assessment tasks and replaced by two case studies and a quiz. All assignments have been thoroughly revised this term to meet requirements of all the learning outcomes.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Enhance PowerPoint slide content.
Recommendation
Reduce overlapping of content with material from other units and increase written content on slides.
Action Taken
Done. There is minimal overlapping in the slide sets used in 2019, T1. Most of the weekly slides have been updated with new knowledge content from journal articles added this term.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Provide more practical examples of processes and procedures.
Recommendation
Use YouTube videos and journal articles to help link unit content to practical examples.
Action Taken
23 highly relevant journal articles and 17 videos from both academic and professional bodies have been added over the last 3~4 terms, in this term with 4 new journal articles and 1 new video added.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Timing of assignments (all due in the latter part of the term).
Recommendation
Revise submission dates to allow students appropriate time to complete tasks.
Action Taken
Based on the need to achieve all the learning outcomes, the opportunity to change the timing of assignments is very limited. Assessment 1 due in Week 9 covers material taught from week 1 to week 7. Assessment 2 due in Week 12 covers material taught from week 8 to week 12. The quiz at the end of week 12 covers all learning materials taught in the unit.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
PMBOK and PRINCE2 are also taught in other units as such there are overlapping topics. Request reduction of overlapping topics and enhancement of contents related to Agile Project Management.
Recommendation
Investigate reduction of overlapping contents among the various PPMP units.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
Assessment workshops during the tutorials were very useful in understanding the task and formulating the appropriate response.
Recommendation
Recommend the practice of workshop mode review of assessment questions be continued.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain reasons why organisations adopt Project Management Methodologies
  2. Critically analyse the impact of Project Management Methodologies upon stakeholders
  3. Compare and contrast how different domains might apply Project Management Methodologies
  4. Explain and justify the major elements of a Project Management Methodology that might meet the needs of an organisation.

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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
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 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)