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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 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 - 2018

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

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 23.89% 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
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
The unit content was developed and the overlap with other units was significantly reduced. A two-hour overview of PMBOK and PRINCE2 was retained at the end of the unit as a refresher. Topics such as PM methodologies, six-sigma quality management, leadership, team competencies and risk management for lean projects were expanded through wider research.
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
The tutorial sessions are used to explain the assessment tasks and follow up the progressive work by the students. Tutorial slides were created to improve the consistency of delivery by the various tutors. Assessment criteria were updated for improved student guidance.
Source: Student evaluation (SUTE)
Feedback
Tutorials need to be at least an hour and a half or 2 hours, it is too short if it's an hour as the tutor has to rush off to the next class.
Recommendation
As teaching migrated to online from week 3 in Term 1, 2020 tutorial durations were retained as 1 hour. However, the improved tutorial structure and tutor guidance and the use of ZOOM breakout rooms are believed to have improved the effectiveness of the learning experience.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation (SUTE)
Feedback
The content covered throughout the unit is well structured, organised and full of additional resources. All the resources including the additional readings and the recorded lectures are very useful.
Recommendation
Keep the extra resources provided to the students and update these resources every term.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Students evaluation
Feedback
Moodle site is easy to navigate and well organised.
Recommendation
Maintain the easy access of the Moodle site and enrich the moodle site with extra supporting resources
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)