PMGT5887: Computer Applications in PM (2015 - Semester 2)

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Unit: PMGT5887: Computer Applications in PM (6 CP)
Mode: Block Mode
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: Project Management
Unit Coordinator/s: Bapat, Chandra
Session options: Semester 2, Semester 1 Online
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: Computer-Aided Project Management builds a bridge from the genesis of project management principles through today`s software, developing a postmodern project management systems paradigm for the twenty-first century. Adopting a unique systems perspective that emphasises project coding--an essential skill in project database management--this course demonstrates what fundamental project management principles are, what they do, and how they work in the software environment. Addressing all phases of a project, it illustrates and expands theories through the use of realistic case studies and extensive exercises running on computers.

By the end of this unit of study, students should be able to:

- Understand application-based introduction to effective systems and methods for project planning and control

- Understand essential knowledge to manage successfully and to create, use, and communicate PC-, Server-, Web-, and Internet-based project management information.

- Understand the use of structures such as PDS (Project Definition Structure), WBS (Work Breakdown Structure), OBS (Organizational Breakdown Structure), and Masterformat project coding for areas, functions, elements, phases, stages, packages, purchase orders, contracts, and human resources planning and scheduling by CPM (Critical Path Method) and PERT (Program Evaluation and Review Technique) communicating with Gantt and bar charts and graphics such as S curves relating estimating and cost control from order-of-magnitude numbers to appropriation grade budgets.

- Understand how to apply project concepts from knowledge areas at an operational level using project-based software applications.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Bapat, Chandra
Timetable: PMGT5887 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 13
3 Independent Study 6.00 13

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 3)
1. Understanding the key systems and processes of project management.
2. Understanding the application of appropriate information-communication technology tools available at various stages of the project.
3. Understanding the concepts, framework and structure within which the computer application works in although computer applications change over time.
4. Being able to apply the use of the right technology for the right task in the project phase.
5. Possessing knowledge of common tools used by professionals in the industry.
6. Possessing the skill to learn, use and adapt new technologies effectively and efficiently.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Business Case Presentation Yes 10.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
2 Case Study Part 1 & Estimation Report Yes 15.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
3 Case Study Part 2 & Project Monitoring Yes 15.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
4 Multiple Choice Quiz - Online No 15.00 Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4,
5 Final Exam No 40.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
6 Class and Tutorial Participation No 5.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: Case Study Part 1: In this group assignment, students will either be given a case study or asked to find a sample project from the literature, or industry. Students will then prepare typical business case reports, including the scope statement and financial analyses, and develop a project plan which they will set up in MS Project.

Case Study Presentation: Based on Case Study Part 1, students will have the opportunity to orally present their business case developed to the class. Feedback provided by class and tutor/coordinator serves as immediately learning. In some cases, the feedback can then be taken into account for case study part 2.

Case Study Part 2: The second part of the case study builds on Part 1. Students will be given a particular scenario based on their proposed case study. Using this scenario, they need to implement changes in their project schedule and make assessments to impact to scope, time, cost and quality of their project. In this part of the project, project tracking tools will be used extensively.

Quiz: The on-line quiz will comprise of short answer questions or multiple choice questions (or a combination of both). The quiz will cover topics from lectures, tutorials and textbook materials (i.e. not solely limited to MS Project). The online quiz will be of 1 hour duration.

Final Exam: The final written examination will be drawn from all aspects of the unit of study. It will test the candidates’ ability to discuss concepts and issues critically and to apply the knowledge learnt during the course them to specific contexts. The examination will cover all lectures, tutorial and reading material covered in the entire semester.
Assessment Feedback: Constructive and critical written feedback will be provided for Assignment Part 1, part 2 and the Business case presentation. Change scenario will be provided to the groups based on Part 1 submission.
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 . 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 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 (3rd Edition)

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Course Administration & Orientation, Refresher on PM Concepts
Week 2 Lecture/Tutorial: Spreadsheet Modelling – Part 1 - Introduction to

spreadsheet and modelling using formulae (moving

averages and spreadsheet modelling)
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial: Spreadsheet Modelling – Part 2 - What-if analysis and

Optimisation Modelling
Week 4 Lecture/Tutorial: Tools in Project Integration Management
Week 5 Lecture: Starting with MS Project 2010
Week 6 Lecture/Tutorial: 1. Project Scope management and tools for

constructing WBS 2. Using MS Project
Week 7 Lecture/Tutorial: Project Time management and tools for scheduling

Week 8 Lecture/Tutorial: 1. Project Cost Management and assigning costs in

projects 2. Using MS Project for Cost & Resources allocation.

Prepare for Business case presentations in class
Week 9 Assessment Due: Business Case Presentation
Assessment Due: Case Study Part 1 & Estimation Report
Week 10 Lecture/Tutorial: Using MS Project 2010 for Project Resource Pooling
Week 11 Lecture/Tutorial: Using MS Project 2010 for Project Communications
Week 12 Lecture: Using MS Project 2010 to track project progress. Study

for Quiz
Assessment Due: Multiple Choice Quiz - Online
Week 13 Review & Final Examination Information
Assessment Due: Case Study Part 2 & Project Monitoring
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Graduate Certificate in Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Graduate Diploma in Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Project Management 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Master of Project Management 2015, 2016

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Professional Practice (Level 3) No 0%
Project Communication (Level 3) No 0%
Project Methods (Level 3) No 100%
Project Delivery (Level 3) No 0%
Project Development (Level 3) 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.