PPMP20013 - Project Management for Operators of Large Assets

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with an introduction and overview of the functions and processes of project management that are used by owners and operators of large assets. Large assets may be fixed items such as mines, manufacturing and process plants, or may be linear assets such as railways, roads, power and telephone networks. These assets may be owned by governments, such as schools, universities and hospitals or they may be owned privately, such as office buildings, sugar mills and aircraft. Large assets may also be tangible such as a hospital or a mine, but they can also be less tangible, such as software or managed services. By aspiring to work for organisations with these kinds of assets, you will investigate, study and describe key project process related to the identification, justification and selection of projects for defining, designing, building and maintaining large assets. In addition, you will explore different project and program contracts for operational and non-operational work undertaken in-house and through external sub-contractors. You will learn the means by which asset rich organisations estimate, finance and budget projects, then how they manage and organise bids, project teams, safety, quality, claims and undertake governance processes throughout their projects. Your study concludes by looking at the closure or project phases of the project, hand-over and warranty arrangements.


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

Anti-Requisite PPMP20005

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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Term 2 - 2024 Profile

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 35%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
4. Online Test 25%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 58.82% 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: Moodle feedback
Clash between assessment timing and other units causing students to have too great a workload in crucial ending weeks.
The timing and grading of assessments will be changed to enable better time management by students.
Action Taken
Change of assessment timing has not been an easy task considering the types of assessments for this unit. Efforts are made to guide students on their assignment work through the Moodle page, lectures and tutorials, making their job easier to handle their assignment work for the unit.
Source: Students' evaluation
The weekly portfolios are great ways of reflecting on the learning and knowledge gained throughout the unit.
Weekly portfolios as examples of reflective practice greatly contribute to students' learning and achievement of unit learning outcomes. It is recommended to further refine the content and required workload of 'consolidated portfolio' assessment.
Action Taken
Source: Students' evaluation
The written assessment provides a holistic view of project work in a large asset environment. However, more instructions and guidelines on how to put forward the assessment work would reduce the time spent in preparing it.
Review the content and marking criteria to bring further clarity to the assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify Australian Standards recommended for projects in asset rich organisations
  2. Evaluate project, programme and portfolio management practices used by asset rich organisations
  3. Justify project selection and execution processes in a sample case study
  4. Critically analyse cost effective project management approaches for safety, quality and change in asset rich organisations.

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.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Online Test
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 8
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Online Test