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ENGG1865: Project Time, Cost and Resources (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ENGG1865: Project Time, Cost and Resources (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: Project Management
Unit Coordinator/s: Afzal, Fatima
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: CIVL3805.
Brief Handbook Description: Project management requires complex planning decisions with regards to schedules, budgets and resources in both traditional and agile environments. This unit of study introduces students to tools, methods and approaches such as the work breakdown structure, milestone planning, precedence diagram, Gantt charts and critical pathways. These tools and techniques help project managers balance time, cost and resources; and understand the impact on the schedule, budget and resource allocation associated with potential risks.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Afzal, Fatima
Timetable: ENGG1865 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Workshop 2.00 1 13
2 E-Learning 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 6.00 13
T&L Activities: This unit of study is comprised of online learning and workshops. The workshops participation forms a significant component of the course and will demonstrate specific techniques discussed at a theoretical level in online learning.

Workshop participation will include case study reviews, discussions and some problem-solving exercises carried out individually or in groups within the workshops. These sessions will also introduce students to the team based nature of projects, and provide opportunities for small group problem solving and discussion, based around case studies and model problems arising from realistic technical and business scenarios.

Note. The online videos and workshops will occasionally refer to features of planning tools such as Microsoft Project. However, students are NOT expected to buy or use such software as part of the Unit of Study, nor will they be taught how to use such products. The material covered in the course however assists collection of data to drive these tools.

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
Understands and applies, as directed, the formal requirements of an initial project proposal, under well-defined practice scenarios. Including scope, time, scheduling, budget, resources, roles and responsibilities, procurement, quality and risk. Technical Expertise (Level 1)
Develops basic interpersonal skills and practices including attentiveness and engagement, empathy, clear expression and group facilitation and team leadership. Documents and reports on processes, practices and systems related to team development and stakeholder relations as directed. People, Roles and Relationships (Level 1)
Develops basic business context knowledge and analytical concepts under well-defined practice scenarios. Defines and explains key concepts including strategic outcomes, project objectives, benefits and success criteria. Documents and reports elements of project strategy and business context as directed. 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. Explore and explain how existing organisational functions and processes may influence planning decisions about schedule, budget and resources
Technical Expertise (Level 1)
2. Compare implications associated with planning time, cost and resources in different contexts (contrasting traditional and agile environments)
3. Compare and contrast alternative formats of schedule, including milestone plan, precedence diagram, and Gantt chart.
4. Develop a precedence network from a given Work Breakdown Structure, including durations and determine critical path
5. Determine the work effort of activities; develop strategic resource plan to deliver the project; and balance resources using schedule
6. Estimate project costs and calculate a project budget
7. Develop a risk analysis and management plan focusing on effect of risks on time, cost and resources; calculate impact on the schedule, budget and resource allocation associated with potential risks
8. Relate time cost and evaluation to selection of suppliers and partners
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Class/Online Participation Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
2 Individual Assignment No 30.00 Week 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
3 Group Assignment No 30.00 Week 12 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
4 Quizzes No 30.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
Assessment Description: This unit of study has 4 assessment tasks.

1- Class/ Online Participation(10%): Class participation include regular attendance in classes and regular participation in the problem-solving sessions scheduled within the workshop (6 % ) and contribution in online discussions on canvas (4%).

2- Individual assignment(30%): Students will write short easy on a on a given topic based on academic research.

3- Group assignment (30%): Students will work in groups of 5 to plan various activities of a case study project and submit a written report.

4- Class Quizzes (30%): Students will be given 3 in class quizzes. (week 5, week 9 and week 13)

Late submissions will incur a penalty of 10% per day for up to 7 days starting directly after the cut off time. This means 5% will be deducted even if submitted on the due day but after the cut-off time. After one week, assessments will no longer be marked and receive a 0 mark.
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.
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.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction
Week 2 Planning and scheduling tools
Week 3 Network diagrams and CPM
Week 4 Overlapping network models
Week 5 Class Quiz
Assessment Due: Individual Assignment
Week 6 Resource planning
Week 7 Procurement planning
Week 8 PERT
Week 9 Class Quiz
Week 10 Estimating project cost
Week 11 Planning for quality outcomes
Week 12 Earned value management
Assessment Due: Group Assignment
Week 13 Class Quiz

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Aeronautical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Biomedical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Civil/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Electrical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechanical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechatronic/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Software/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Bachelor of Project Management- Built Environment Major (Table A) 2019, 2020
Bachelor of Project Management- Construction Major (Table A) 2019, 2020
Bachelor of Project Management- Table S Major 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Strategic Perspective (Level 1) Yes 11%
People, Roles and Relationships (Level 1) Yes 0%
Technical Expertise (Level 1) Yes 89%

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.