ENGG1850: Introduction to Project Management (2015 - Semester 1)
|Unit:||ENGG1850: Introduction to Project Management (6 CP)|
Dr Chung, Kenneth
|Session options:||Semester 1|
|Versions for this Unit:|
|Prohibitions:||CIVL3805 OR QBUS2350.|
|Brief Handbook Description:||Organisations today are heavily reliant on projects as part of their daily operations. A project is a temporary endeavour undertaken with limited resources to achieve organisational goals that are linked to broader organisational strategies and missions. Project management is therefore the process of planning, scheduling, resourcing, budgeting and monitoring the various phases of a project.
"Introduction to Project Management" is an introductory course that teaches students essential principles and concepts of project management, its application and related technologies. Students will learn about the project organisation, its structure, and role of the project manager, project sponsor and project committee. In addition, students will also learn how to identify business problems that require project-based solutions, how to select and evaluate projects, develop a business case, and manage the project at a basic level.
At completion of the course, students will have a high-level understanding of project management concepts, which equips them with basic technical and managerial skills required for project-based organisations.
Dr Chung, Kenneth
|T&L Activities:||Tutorial and laboratory sessions are conducted together as a single two hour block.
Tutorial activities would focus on development of the skills, tools & techniques for different aspects of project management. In particular tutorial exercises would focus on workshops and group work covering project initiation, planning and execution, monitoring and closing.
Laboratory work would involve use of computer tools to develop and monitor project schedule, develop work breakdown structure, software applications in cost management, tools for introductory risk analysis and monitoring.
Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.
|Attribute Development Method||Attribute Developed|
|Tutorial and assessment practice in identifying and analysing business problems that require project-based solutions.||Project Development (Level 1)|
|Tutorial and assessment practice in using quantitative and qualitative techniques for project selection, and in using tools for project planning, scheduling, resourcing, costing and monitoring.||Project Methods (Level 1)|
|Familiarisation with project management language through lectures and tutorials. Practice in presenting a project business case both as written report and spoken presentation.||Project Communication (Level 1)|
For explanation of attributes and levels see Project Management Learning Progression Table.
Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.Project Methods (Level 1)
Business Case Report (20%). Students will be asked to develop a business case for a particular project, working from a set of real-life case materials (company documents, media reports). This is a team assignment. Students will be expected manage their group processes through a written team contract specifying roles, responsibilities and risk management provisions.
Business Case Presentation (10%). Group presentations will be based on the case prepared for the Business Case Report assignment. The presentations will take place in weeks 11 and 12, prior to Report due date. The presentation is primarily a test of communication skills. It also provides chance to see how other groups have approached the business case and to get feedback in turn. Please note that students are expected to set a professional tone, appropriate for a business audience, in the manner of their presentation.
Participation mark (10%). The mark is based on quality of contributions to tutorial discussions. Part of the discussions also includes a weekly submission of a reflective report. This exercise, as a mechanism for progressive and incremental learning, allows student reflection and synthesis of main points gleaned from lectures, tutorials and own experiences.
Important note: As part of the assessment process, text matching software may be used to identify plagiarism and/or be used for providing feedback. As part of the group participation assessment process, collaborative & self-peer evaluation tools (e.g. wikis, CATME) may be used to understand contributions and interactions amongst group members.
|Assessment Feedback:||Feedback will be provided on all assessment components (except for the final examination) where possible in a timely manner either in oral or written form. For example, oral feedback will be provided in Presentations and Tutorial discussions (e.g. during reflection exercises & tutorial discussions) and written and/or feedback will be provided for submitted assignments.|
|Policies & Procedures:||See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.|
Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp
|Week 1||Tutorial: PM Concepts and Discussion|
|Lecture: Introduction to PM|
|Reading: Chapter 1|
|Week 2||Lecture: Project Initiation & Selection|
|Reading: Chapter 2|
|Tutorial: Project Selection and lab exercises|
|Week 3||Tutorial: Organisational Capability Discussion & Case studies|
|Lecture: Organisational Capability|
|Reading: Chapter 3|
|Week 4||Tutorial: Conceptualising WBS and Discussion|
|Lecture: Project Scope & Planning|
|Reading: Chapter 6|
|Lab: Introduction to MS Project|
|Week 5||Tutorial: Project Scheduling Exercises|
|Lecture: Project Scheduling|
|Reading: Chapter 7|
|Lab: WBS - Task creation and management in MS Project|
|Week 6||Lab: Resourcing and Leveling in MS Project|
|Lecture: Resourcing in Projects|
|Reading: Chapter 8|
|Tutorial: Project Resourcing Exercises/Case Studies|
|Week 7||Lecture: Project Budgeting|
|Lab: Budgeting and Costing in MS Project|
|Tutorial: Project Budgeting Exercises|
|Reading: Chapter 9|
|Week 8||Tutorial: Project Monitoring & Tracking Exercises|
|Lecture: Project Monitoring & Tracking|
|Reading: Chapter 14|
|Lab: Project Tracking & Monitoring in MS Project|
|Assessment Due: Mid-Semester Quiz|
|Week 9||Reading: Chapter 11|
|Lecture: Project Quality Planning|
|Tutorial: Project Quality Management Exercises/Case Studies|
|Week 10||Reading: Chapter 10|
|Lecture: Project Risk Planning|
|Tutorial: Project Risk Management Exercises/Case Studies|
|Week 11||Tutorial: Communication & Leadership Exercises/Case Studies|
|Lecture: Communication, Leading & Managing Project Teams|
|Reading: Chapters 5 & 13|
|Assessment Due: Business Case Presentations|
|Week 12||Assessment Due: Business Case Presentations|
|Lecture: Project Supply Chain Management|
|Reading: Chapters 12|
|Tutorial: Project Supply Chain Management Exercises/Case Studies|
|Week 13||Lecture: Project Closure, Course Review & Final Exam Discussion|
|Assessment Due: Business Case Report|
|Exam Period||Assessment Due: Final Exam (2 hrs)|
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|Project Methods (Level 1)||Yes||70%|
|Project Development (Level 1)||Yes||15%|
|Project Communication (Level 1)||Yes||15%|
|Professional Practice (Level 1)||No||0%|
|Project Leadership (Level 1)||No||0%|
These goals are selected from Project Management Learning Progression Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Project Management Learning Progression Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.