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PPMP20013 - Project Management for Operators of Large Assets

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides 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 such as railways, roads, power and telephone networks. They 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. Students aspiring to work for organisations with these kinds of assets will in this unit investigate, study and describe key project process related to the identification, justification and selection of projects for defining, designing, building and maintaining large assets. They will explore different project and program contracts for operational and non-operational work undertaken in-house and through external sub-contractors. The unit explores the means by which asset rich organisations estimate, finance and budget projects. How they manage and organise bids, project teams, safety, quality, claims and undertake governance processes throughout their projects. The unit concludes by looking at the closure or project phases of the project, hand-over and warranty arrangements. If you have successfully completed unit PPMP20005 you cannot take this unit.

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 3 - 2018

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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 35%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
4. Online Test 35%

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
Feedback
Clash between assessment timing and other units causing students to have too great a workload in crucial ending weeks.
Recommendation
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
Feedback
The weekly portfolios are great ways of reflecting on the learning and knowledge gained throughout the unit.
Recommendation
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
Nil.
Source: Students' evaluation
Feedback
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.
Recommendation
Review the content and marking criteria to bring further clarity to the assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Review using clear terminology the key areas and processes of project, program and portfolio management practices as applies to asset rich organisations.
  2. Discuss the relevance of tools and techniques for investigating and describing project process related to developing new workings, facilities, equipment, plant and processes for justifying, designing, developing, or maintaining existing facilities and equipment within the context of their technological and asset lifecycle status.
  3. Present and interpret major processes that are based on sound policy, information, and research that enable project justification, tenders, contracts, and selection criteria to occur in an asset rich organisation.
  4. Critically analyse management strategies and operational activities from a broad perspective to ensure safety and quality, to avoid overruns or rework, to manage variations and claims, and to make decisions to discontinue or close projects.
  5. Demonstrate an effective, professional level of teamwork and communication and support collaborative peer group learning.

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 5
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 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
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)
4 - Online Test