ENGG1850: Introduction to Project Management (2014 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ENGG1850: Introduction to Project Management (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: Project Management
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Chung, Kenneth
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
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.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Chung, Kenneth
Timetable: ENGG1850 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 1.00 1 12
3 Independent Study 6.00 1 12
4 Laboratory 1.00 1 12
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)
1. High level overview of fundamental concepts in project management.
2. Understand the application of these concepts in project management practice.
3. Ability to conceptualise and visualise projects in terms of the overall cycle from initiation through to sign off.
4. Basic understanding of the functions and organising structures found in project management software.
Project Development (Level 1)
5. Ability to develop a business case for a given project including business plans, project scope, costings & schedule estimates.
Project Communication (Level 1)
6. Ability to argue a business case for a given project in spoken and written form.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Mid-Semester Quiz No 10.00 Week 9 1, 2,
2 Business Case Report Yes 20.00 Week 13 5, 6,
3 Business Case Presentation Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 5, 6,
4 Tutorial Participation No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4,
5 Final Exam (2 hrs) No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3,
Assessment Description: 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 diary. This diary, as a mechanism for progressive and incremental learning, allows student reflection and synthesis of main points gleaned from lectures, tutorials and own experiences.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
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.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Contemporary Project Management

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Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Aeronautical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Project Management 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Project Management 2012
Mechanical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Project Management (Built Environment) 2012, 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Project Management (Civil Engineering Science) 2012, 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Project Management (Software) 2012, 2013, 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
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.