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ENGG2855: Project Acceptance (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ENGG2855: Project Acceptance (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: Project Management
Unit Coordinator/s: Kolar, Duro
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: PMGT1852.
Brief Handbook Description: Projects are initiated to deliver specific objectives and outcomes. This unit of study builds on material introduced in Project Initiation and Scope focusing on fitness for purpose organisational benefits. It is concerned with the practices required to ensure that specific project objectives are met, the project is successfully delivered and is accepted by key stakeholders.

Specifically, the unit aims to introduce students to the management of projects ethos, implementing strategy through projects, collective leadership, institutional project work, decision-making and cognitive biases, innovation, technology, governance, early project warning signs, value optimization, and stakeholder dynamics. It also comprises what management does in the front-end. Fundamentally, it gives students the crucial knowledge for understanding better, and for improving, the success of projects using real and hypothetical case studies.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Cameron, Ken
Timetable: ENGG2855 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Workgroup 2.00 1 13
2 Independent Study 6.00 13
3 Group Assignment 2.00 11
4 Other 2.00 9

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
Students will be responsible for developing key project deliverables, including objectives, outcomes, success criteria, and project phases. Project Development (Level 2)
Students will be responsible for developing key project deliverables, including success criteria, close and evaluate project phases. Project Delivery (Level 2)
Students are required to apply all of their skills necessary for the management of projects. Project Methods (Level 3)
Students will be responsible for contributing to weekly online discussion forums, group participation, and group assignment. Project Leadership (Level 2)
Students will be responsible for report writing, presentations and participation in weekly online discussion forums. Project Communication (Level 3)
Under the guidance of their academic supervisor, students will be given direct feedback and techniques to increase efficiency and effectiveness. Professional Practice (Level 3)

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.

Project Development (Level 2)
1. Construct a feasibility study for a project to determine acceptance of the project by the Board/Sponsor.
2. Define, prioritise and review success criteria (measurement).
3. Define, prioritise and determine benefits, requirements and acceptance criteria.
4. Develop a benefits realisation strategy.
5. Assess and develop conditions necessary for achievement of project objective.
Project Delivery (Level 2)
6. Initiate, manage, close and evaluate project phases.
Project Leadership (Level 2)
7. Plan, organise and validate the achievement of project outcomes.
Project Communication (Level 3)
8. Deliver results and gain and document acceptance.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Team Presentation Yes 10.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
2 Pre-workshop Quiz No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
3 In-Class Participation Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
4 Online Discussion No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
5 Group Assignment Yes 30.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
6 Exam No 30.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
Assessment Description: Team Presentation: Individuals are required to actively participate in a team presentation towards the end of the semester. Participation refers to the contribution made by individuals and the level of team collaboration in presenting their project.

Pre-workshop Quiz: Individuals are required to complete the weekly readings and attempt an on-line quiz prior to the weekly workshop. The quiz is designed to review your understanding of the weekly reading material prior to attending the workshop.

In-Class Participation: In-class assessment refers to the time and effort each individual contributes to shared learning activities in class. For example, individual contributions made during simulation-based learning activities. The more your constructively contribute to in-class activities the better your mark, thus, the better your learning.

Online Discussion: Participation refers to the contribution made by individual students to the online discussion forums. The purpose is to encourage shared learning amongst students. You will be assessed on the frequency and quality of your contributions to the discussions in Canvas. Contribution to the discussion forum accounts for 10% of the overall mark. The discussion topic for each week will be the tutorial questions or case studies listed in the online discussion forums. At the least, you will be expected to contribute substantively to the discussions in nine out of the twelve weeks. Each contribution should address the following: (i) Your individual (independent) response to the questions, as stated above, followed by, (ii) your response to at least one of your student colleagues’ response as described in (i). The more you constructively collaborate via online discussions, the better your mark, thus the better your learning.

An online discussion coordinator will be available to assist with managing the online discussion board, provide input from time to time, as well as assess and mark your contributions. You will be given feedback and a preliminary working mark in week 6.

Group Assignment: Students are required to submit a draft of their group assignment in week 8 to enable feedback. You will be given a preliminary working mark. This will give you the opportunity to revise and improve your assignment prior to final submission. In Week 12 you will be required to present your Executive Summary, prior to the Group Presentation in Week 13. The final assignment is to be submitted at the end of Week 13.

At the end of the team assignment, students are required to evaluate the level of contribution of their team members. This will be done using Sparkplus or a similar instrument. You will be receiving an email invitation about this exercise after the census date with details about how to use the website for peer evaluation, if applicable. The Peer Evaluation score for each team member is determined by the Sparkplus system based on well-developed evaluation instruments and algorithm, if applicable.

Each team will be required to maintain Weekly Meeting Minutes, which will be based on a template provided at each workshop. This should include a log of contributions (similar to a reflective journal, to the team’s work by individuals. The minutes are to be handed in with the final assignment, and will form part of the basis for determining team members’ contribution factor. Thus, it is in the best interest of every student to pull their weight and support their team while ensuring they work in a responsible and coordinated fashion.

Exam: You will need to attend an end of semester examination, further information to be provided.
Assessment Feedback: You will receive Assessment Feedback in a timely manner from your teacher(s).
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.

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 Description
Week 1 Introduction. Project acceptance from a holistic systems perspective.
Week 2 Management of projects ethos as applied to simulation, role play or case-based studies.
Week 3 Implementing strategy through projects as applied to simulation, role play or case-based studies.
Week 4 Creating institutional project relations as applied to simulation, role play or case-based studies.
Week 5 Collective leadership: achieving a shared sense of identity as applied to simulation, role play or case-based studies.
Week 6 Exploration and innovation in projects as applied to simulation, role play or case-based studies.
Other: Feedback and preliminary working mark given for online discussions.
Week 7 Stakeholder dynamics and influence as applied to simulation, role play or case-based studies.
Week 8 Early warning signs as applied to simulation, role play or case-based studies.
Feedback and preliminary working mark given for group assignment.
Week 9 Strategic decision-making and uncertainty as applied to simulation, role play or case-based studies.
Week 10 Cognitive biases and quality control as applied to simulation, role play or case-based studies.
Week 11 Governance, trust and ethics as applied to simulation, role play or case-based studies.
Week 12 Optimizing sponsor value as applied to simulation, role play or case-based studies.
Week 13 Revision.
Assessment Due: Team Presentation
Exam Period Assessment Due: Exam

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 2012, 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

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Project Methods (Level 3) Yes 0%
Project Development (Level 2) Yes 61.5%
Project Delivery (Level 2) Yes 10%
Project Leadership (Level 2) Yes 20%
Project Communication (Level 3) Yes 8.5%
Professional Practice (Level 3) Yes 0%

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.