ENGG1850: Introduction to Project Management (2019 - 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.
Brief Handbook Description: Project management is a rapidly growing profession applied across all industries. This subject provides an overview of project management and its relationship to program and portfolio management and the broader business context. The Unit introduces students to variations in project management as interpreted and applied in different industries. It will cover the nature of the project management profession, project career paths and the graduate qualities sought by employers. It introduces the primary professional standards and project management terminology.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Chung, Kenneth
Tutor/s: Niccolò de Briganti
Timetable: ENGG1850 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Workshop 2.00 1 13
2 Independent Study 8.00 1 12
T&L Activities: The teaching activity for this unit of study uses blended learning. This means that there will be a combination of online learning activity in addition to the facilitated workshops that occur face-to-face. Online learning is undertaken at your own pace and convenience, although there will be a learning schedule provided by the instructor each week. Involvement and participation in the learning activities in the workshops are crucial for ensuring that you gain most value out of your learning experience in this unit of study.

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
Workshops activities consisting of mini-lectures, discussions, case studies and role-plays, together with group and individual assignments provide

1. Depth of disciplinary expertise: the basic overview of project management tools and techniques for project selection, planning, scheduling, resourcing, costing and monitoring.

2. Critical thinking and problem-solving: where student practise identifying and analysing business problems that require project-based solutions.
Technical Expertise (Level 1)
Teamwork: By working in group settings to discuss, analyse, debate and present findings based on project management concepts and findings relating to graduate qualities suited to the PM profession. This is important as the deliverables may be treated as an output desired by the key stakeholder (i.e. the lecturer). People, Roles and Relationships (Level 1)
Depth of disciplinary expertise: Through assessments of learning such as a formal quiz, group assignments such as project grant application, written essay and presentations on project management concepts across various industries, standards and tools, students can develop basic PM knowledge and analytical concepts related to project strategy, business context, project objectives,. Strategic Perspective (Level 1)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Project Management Learning Progression Table 2019.

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.

Strategic Perspective (Level 1)
1. Describe the basic principles of program and portfolio management and their relationship to projects
2. Describe the entire degree in overview and how this subject fits into the degree as a whole
3. Explain the principles of project management, including formal PM concepts, terminology and nomenclature and how they are applied in different industry contexts.
People, Roles and Relationships (Level 1)
4. Determine and compare Graduate Qualities sought by employers from a range of PM industry contexts
Technical Expertise (Level 1)
5. Describe commonly used PM tools.
6. Conduct research to compare and contrast PM literature and PM standards
7. Apply a selected reflective practice model to the learning gained in this unit.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Mid-Semester Exam* No 30.00 Week 8 (Thursday, 12 pm) 1, 3, 5, 6,
2 Participation No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
3 Reflection No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
4 Essay No 20.00 Week 12 (Sunday) 1, 3, 4, 5, 6,
5 Group Assignment Yes 30.00 Multiple Weeks (During your timetabled class) 3, 4, 5, 6,
Assessment Description: * indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration.

Mid-semester Exam* (30%). This will take the form of a quiz which can be composed of either of or a combination of short answer-type questions, short-exercises, case studies, multiple choice questions. Further details will be furnished in the lectures. The exam will be held in week 8, 18th April 2019, 12-2pm in ABS Lecture Theatre 1110.

Participation (10%). The mark is based on quality of contributions to workshop discussions and activities. Please note that attendance does not constitute participation. Incentives for participating may include taking part in activities such as 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) where you can contribute to class learning either by facilitating or micro-teach for three minutes.

Reflection (10%). Reflection exercises allow you to assess and evaluate your own experience, beliefs, pre-concepts and attitudes against the learnings you have read or experienced in class. The exercises, although short, help you develop critical reflection skills which is paramount for the project professional. There will be three reflections due in each quarter of the semester (i.e. weeks 3, 6 and 12). The first one (worth 2.5%) will consist of reflection for the weeks 1-3 inclusive, the second one (worth 2.5%) consists of weeks 4-6 inclusive and the final one (worth 5%) consists of weeks 7-12 inclusive.

Essay (20%). The essay targets learning outcomes (LO) related to learning about PM nomenclature and concepts in various industry settings (LO1); exploration of PM tools and PM standards (LO2); and qualities that a BPM graduate would acquire for employment in the PM profession (L03). This essay is individual work and requires research and critical assessment of literature from academic and professional sources. Note that the numbering does not correspond to the numbering in section 2 above.

Group Assignment (30%). The first 15% of the group assignment is based on presentations of LO1, LO2 and LO3 -- to be presented in groups (worth 5% each) in weeks 5, 9 & 11. These are designed to help you with your essay. The remaining 15% of group work will focus on a funding application for a project that harnesses all learning aspects from this unit of study and is due in week 13.

Important notes:

1. As part of the assessment process, text matching software such as Turnitin will 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. All written assessments will be submitted online via the Turnitin link available in eLearning.

2. Mark moderation: There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes.

3. Late submission of assessments will incur a penalty of 5% per day for up to 10 days starting directly after the cut-off time. E.g. An assignment that gets 9/10, and is 2 days late, loses 10% of the full 10 marks, i.e. new mark = 8.1/10. An assignment that gets 5/10, and that is 5 days late, loses 25% of the full 10 marks, i.e. new mark = 2.5/10. Assignments more than 10 days late get 0.

4. All assessment submissions are due on Sunday 11:59pm of the specified semester week, unless otherwise advised.
Assessment Feedback: Feedback will be provided on all assessment components where possible in a timely manner either in oral or written form that feeds forward to your other assessment. For example, feedback from reflection exercise in week 3 will help you improve your critical reflection skills for the forthcoming weeks (6, and so on); oral feedback will be provided for all presentations of the group assignment (LO1-3) so that you may incorporate the feedback into your essay assignment.
Grading:
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.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
  • 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
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Aeronautical (Space) / Project Management 2015
Biomedical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Biomedical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Civil/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Civil / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Electrical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Electrical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020
Electrical (Computer) / Project Management 2015
Electrical (Power) / Project Management 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Project Management 2015
Mechanical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechanical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechanical (Space) / Project Management 2015
Mechatronic/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechatronic / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechatronic (Space) / Project Management 2015
Software/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Software / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
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
Software Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Project Management/Bachelor of Arts 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Project Management (Built Environment) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Bachelor of Project Management- Built Environment Major (Table A) 2019, 2020
Bachelor of Project Management (Built Environment) Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Bachelor of Project Management- Construction Major (Table A) 2019, 2020
Bachelor of Project Management (Civil Engineering Science) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Bachelor of Project Management (Civil Engineering Science) Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Bachelor of Project Management (Software) Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Bachelor of Project Management (Software) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Bachelor of Project Management- Table S Major 2019, 2020
Flexible First Year 2016+ / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Flexible First Year 2019+ /Project Management 2019, 2020
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Project Management 2015
Flexible First Year (Stream B) / Project Management 2015

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Strategic Perspective (Level 1) Yes 33.98%
People, Roles and Relationships (Level 1) Yes 15.5%
Technical Expertise (Level 1) Yes 50.49%

These goals are selected from Project Management Learning Progression Table 2019 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Project Management Learning Progression Table 2019 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.