PPMP20010 - Executing and Closing Projects

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Executing and Closing Projects will develop your skills in the executing and closing stages of the project life cycle. You will consider several different definitions of what is required when executing a project from the perspective of different standards, frameworks and academic works. Projects will be investigated according to industry, project domain, and other factors to enable you to describe their influences and approaches to project execution and closing. You will analyse inputs and outputs, and the tools and techniques applied in different project domains. This will enable you to identify the practical application of project monitoring, control systems, and the management of control issues, such as, scope creep, risk, quality, baseline changes in the context of project outsourcing, oversight, and contract closure.

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 2 - 2021

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Term 3 - 2021 Profile
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Melbourne
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Online
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Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
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. Practical Assessment 30%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 40%

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 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 23.82% 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: Teaching Team and Moodle Student Feedback
Feedback
Week 7 had the Controls report assignment that included Configuration Control. The lecture slides contained this topic in Week 7 itself (rather than a week earlier) and the content to be inserted in Week 5 or Week 6 lecture slides.
Recommendation
The content to be shifted to Week 5 or Week 6 lecture slides.
Action Taken
Project control topics revised and moved to lecture 5 and 6.
Source: Student e-mail, number of unclear answers about time and event driven controls in the assessment submissions.
Feedback
Due date assessment 1 should not be at the start of week 7 as the final project control theory is discussed in week 6. This does not allow students enough time to incorporate new knowledge into the assessment.
Recommendation
Due date assessment 1 be moved to week 8 or 9.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Assessment 3 submissions.
Feedback
Assessment 3 is valuable; however several groups seem to select their study project from a limited list of well documented projects, with their work simply endorsing already formed opinions. This limits their research and critical reflection efforts and therefore the intended learning from this assessment.
Recommendation
Tutors to spend more time and effort with students on project selection. A more comprehensive list of projects that do not qualify for selection needs to be included.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student comments, e-mails and Q&A forum questions
Feedback
Fully online learning has benefits as well as dis-benefits. A benefit is flexibility for students to attend lectures and view recordings afterward in their own time, and obtain different viewpoints on a topic. A dis-benefit is the loss of interpersonal contact with fellow students and tutors, especially in the tutorials doing teamwork, while teamwork is a critical skill in project management.
Recommendation
Learning materials have to be more complete to allow students to self-study with less guidance. Recordings of all lectures and tutorials should be published on Moodle as soon as possible. The topic of virtual teams is to be elaborated in the theory and virtual teamwork exercises to be included in the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Examine the knowledge areas and processes applied in the execution and closing stages of the project management life cycle
  2. Critically analyse how the needs of stakeholders might change the priority of outputs from the execution and closing stages of the project management life cycle
  3. Define and justify project event-driven and time-driven controls for a case study project
  4. Define and justify audit, governance and termination reporting for a case study project.

This unit will satisfy one of the requirements for Australia Computer Society (ACS) accreditation in the postgraduate ICT courses.
The unit may 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 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
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
3 - Written Assessment
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment