PPMP20018 - Project Management Practicum

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides you with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing contemporary work environment. You will identify, formulate and solve problems while being provided with industry focused learning opportunities during your final year of study. You will actively engage in characteristics of an authentic project management practice. These will include: time and resource constraints, capability gaps, cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams addressing complex problems and differing leadership and team member working styles. This unit provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate a deep understanding and practical application of the knowledge and skills gained in the early stages of the Master of Project Management, as well as demonstrating the attributes required of a CQUniversity Graduate. You will undertake a project related to your domain of choice and participate in tasks associated with project management within a contemporary work environment. Assessment includes the opportunity to plan and execute a project, analyse your project performance and self-reflect on your experience and lessons learnt.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: PPMP20015 Project Management Project Proposal

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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Term 2 - 2019 Profile
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Term 1 - 2020 Profile
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Mackay
Melbourne
Online
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Term 2 - 2020 Profile
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Melbourne
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Sydney
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
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Melbourne
Online
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Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
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Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
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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 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Report 15%
2. Practical Assessment 35%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 50%

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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 53.7% 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 and staff feedback.
Feedback
Many students do not have much experience with reflective practice. This is an important capability for project management, both as an individually as it is for many professions and within the project management context e.g. through lessons learnt and retrospectives.
Recommendation
Reflective Practice is first introduced to Master of Project Management Students in PPMP20008 which is a first term unit and it is possible that the capability is embedded in other units. It is recommended that the unit coordinator/developer liaise with unit coordinators/developers of earlier units in the Master of Project Management and collaborate on strengthening the scaffolding of student's reflective practice capability, not only in the practicum but throughout the student's journey through the Master of Project Management.
Action Taken
Staff continue to collaborate on the curriculum and the outcomes of the PMI accreditation process will also inform the embedding of reflective practice into the curriculum.
Source: Student Satisfaction Survey
Feedback
Student feedback continues to highlight the value in the practical nature of the unit, suggesting the unit increases student confidence and industry readiness.
Recommendation
The practical aspects of the unit will be maintained to ensure the benefits students have reported remain sustainable.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student comments. Teaching staff reflection. Student satisfaction ratings.
Feedback
Approximately 5% of the student satisfaction survey respondents raised the challenges of online learning. Where others noted the benefits of online delivery, such as greater flexibility and experience working in virtual project teams, etc. Students valued these experiential learnings which are essential to improving capabilities, resilience and industry readiness.
Recommendation
It is recommended that consideration be given to continuing to deliver the Project Management Practicum with extra support in an online environment.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply project management knowledge and skills
  2. Plan and execute a project based on a project proposal
  3. Critically analyse and reflect on strengths and weaknesses in knowledge and skills related to project management
  4. Apply enabling processes used in certain project contexts.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Report
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
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
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 - Report
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment