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PMGT3850: Project Management Capstone Project A (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: PMGT3850: Project Management Capstone Project A (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: Project Management
Unit Coordinator/s: Kolar, Duro
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: [30 credits of 2nd or 3rd year units of study].
Brief Handbook Description: In this intensive Project Management (PM) Capstone Project, students are required to apply all of the skills necessary to successfully initiate, plan, execute, control and close a project. Working as part of a mid-sized team, high-priority project, students will be responsible for developing key project management deliverables, including the project charter, project plan, change control process, status reports and post-project reviews. Students will facilitate meetings, update the project plan with actuals and changes, present status to management, justify decisions to key stakeholders and determine the impacts of their actions on the project. Under the guidance of a project professional and their academic supervisor, students will be given direct feedback towards achieving project goals.

PM Capstone Project A and B provide an opportunity for students to undertake a major project in a specialised area relevant to project management. Students will generally work in team-based groups, although assessment components such as reflective reports and participation are marked individually. Only in exceptional circumstances and by approval of PM Capstone Project course coordinator and the relevant academic supervisor concerned will a student be permitted to undertake a project individually.

PM Capstone Project is spread over a whole year, in two successive Units of Study of 6 credits points each, PM Capstone Project A (PMGT3850) and PM Capstone Project B (PMGT3851). This particular unit of study, which must precede PMGT3851 PM Capstone Project B, should cover the first half of the work required for a complete 'final year' project. In particular, it should include almost all project planning, a major proportion of the necessary background research, and a significant proportion of the investigative or design work required of the project.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Additional Notes: It is expected that the project will be conducted over two consecutive semesters and that the majority of students will start in Semester 1. Commencement in Semester 2 requires permission of the course coordinator and School`s Director of Learning & Teaching and will only be allowed where there are good reasons for doing so. Students considering this option should discuss it with the the course coordinator at least one semester before they intend to start.
Lecturer/s: Kolar, Duro
Timetable: PMGT3850 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Workshop 1.00 1 1
2 Meeting 2.00 1 13
3 Project Work - own time 10.00 13
T&L Activities: Lecture: There will be minimal formal lectures as the weekly sessions are designed to be practical sessions where students work under the supervision of an experienced project professional to develop their project plan.

Meeting: Weekly meetings with supervisor/sponsor are required, unless otherwise agreed.

Project Work (Own Time): Students will need to undertake an additional 10 hours per week of independent and team based work in order to achieve the outcomes of the unit and complete assessment activities.

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 the key project management deliverables. Project Development (Level 3)
Student will be responsible for developing the key project management deliverables, including the project charter, project plan, change control process, status reports and post-project reviews. Project Delivery (Level 3)
Students are required to apply all of the skills necessary to successfully initiate, plan, execute, control and close a project. Project Methods (Level 3)
Students will justify their decisions to key stakeholders and determine the impacts of their actions on one or multiple projects. Project Leadership (Level 3)
Students will facilitate meetings, update the project plan with actuals and changes, present status to management Project Communication (Level 3)
Under the guidance of a senior project manager/professional and 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 3)
1. Prepare planning contributions for complex large-scale projects that are credible, transparent and complete; including project strategy, scope, business case, and assessment of time, costs, risks and probabilities.
Project Delivery (Level 3)
2. Develop and implement effective control and response mechanisms for specific aspects of project contracting, procurement, quality control and progress management, with due regard for overall project goals, dependencies and business value; includes handling of minor variations.
Project Methods (Level 3)
3. Select and use appropriate modelling tools and methods for assigned project objectives, demonstrating a thorough understanding of the assumptions and limitations involved.
Project Leadership (Level 3)
4. Consistent with relevant principles and practice, contribute to development of a productive shared approach to project roles and responsibilities and their alignment with project goals and strategy.
Project Communication (Level 3)
5. Convey complex material accurately, informatively and constructively for broadly defined objectives and audiences.
6. Within given theoretical and practical guidelines, demonstrate probing critical judgment regarding content requirements, issues, evidence, assumptions and uncertainties.
7. Reliably interpret and make appropriate use of specialist language.
Professional Practice (Level 3)
8. Take initiative in furthering own PM professional development and engage with recommended PM knowledge sources, whether from PMI or other industry bodies.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Team Charter Yes 5.00 Week 3 1, 2, 4, 5,
2 Midway Presentation Yes 10.00 Week 12 1, 2, 4, 5,
3 Participation No 5.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8,
4 Project Proposal (Charter) Yes 15.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 5,
5 Individual Reflection No 5.00 Following Semester 2, 4, 6, 8,
6 Participation No 10.00 Following Semester 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8,
7 Final Presentation Yes 10.00 Following Semester 1, 2, 4, 5,
8 Project Report Yes 40.00 Following Semester 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8,
Assessment Description: Team Charter: The team charter is a vital deliverable for this unit. Using a suitable template, you will lay out the ground rules for the successful operation of your team, including contact details, communication plan, expectations and so on. All team members to sign off. A student who appends their signature to a charter in which all sections have been completed to a satisfactory standard will receive full marks (5% of the final mark for the unit). To be submitted via email to lecturer.

Midway Presentation: A formal oral presentation is held midway with a during of 15-20 minutes (including Q&A). During this presentation, teams showcase their project proposal to an academic or/and industry partner with the use of a presentation medium i.e. PowerPoint or similar. Every team member is expected to contribute and participate in presentations, i.e. these presentations are compulsory.

Project Proposal (Charter): The project proposal is very similar to a business case in that the background of the problem or new opportunities, objectives, listing; and evaluation of alternative solutions to the problem or new opportunity is presented. Also, the high-level plan, scope of work, assumptions, resource commitments, cost and time estimates need to be provided. The project charter should also be included and signed off by all team members of the project. In the event of a research project, a research Plan and Progress Report is required from the group. This should include problem/task specification, literature survey, proposed methodology, expected outcomes, progress in first semester and proposed timeline.

Participation includes: (i) Active Engagement, and (ii) Confidential Peer and Self-Evaluation (CPE). Active Engagement includes the consistency and quality of engagement, useful contribution and constructive feedback an individual brings to the team. This will be noted by the supervisor throughout the project life cycle (or year). The Confidential Peer Evaluation (CPE) allows each and every team member to reflect and confidentially evaluate the contribution of every other team member including themselves. The CPE is designed as a mechanism to prevent poor contribution from others as well as to avoid resulting situations where the entire team performs poorly. CPE tools include CATME, online forms, etc. and either of them or a combination of them may be used to assess participation.

Individual Reflection: Students will be required to keep an individual reflective journal that captures the progression and dynamics of the project, as well as record personal/team learning and development. This reflection exercise should be continuously undertaken 12 weeks of each semester over the two semesters. Students will be given the opportunity to submit their journals in week 13 for initial feedback including a `working mark.` The assessment of this activity will be based on the regularity of submissions (as indicated in Canvas), the conscientious effort made by the student (entries of between 150 to 200 words are expected for each week) and the degree of critical insight of the entries.

Presentation/Seminar includes: A formal oral and poster presentation is held towards the end of semester two/project with a duration of 15-20 minutes (including Q&A). The poster presentation is held generally during the October-November months, e.g. during the faculty`s Research Conversazione. During these presentations, teams showcase their project through the use of a large display to industry professionals and academics. Every team member is expected to contribute and participate in both presentations, i.e. these presentations are compulsory. Failure to do so will result in a ``Fail`` in this unit of study for the individual member.

Project Report: All project deliverables (e.g. mpp file, excel, pdf and/or powerpoint files) including the final report must be submitted via the Learning Management System`s (eLearning) Turnitin assessment tool in Canvas. Statement identifying the specific contributions of the student and others must be included. Maximum length is 50 pages (including tables, figures and references, but not appendices). While the project work is conducted in groups, the Project Report must be written and submitted individually. Students should closely consult Project Guidelines handout and Project Marking Sheet for content and formatting requirements.

Important notes:

1. As part of the assessment process, text matching software such as Turnitin will used to identify plagiarism and/or be used for providing feedback. Submission of written assessments will also be made through Turnitin. 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.

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 submissions will incur a penalty of 10% per day for up to 7 days starting directly after the cut off time. This means 10% 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.

* means this assessment must be repeated or will be replaced with a different assessment if missed due to special consideration.
Assessment Feedback: Feedback will be provided on all assessment components where possible in a timely manner either in oral or written form. For example, oral feedback will be provided throughout the meetings with the supervisor and written and/or feedback will be provided for submitted assignments.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Special Conditions to Pass UoS At the end of the first semester, students will receive a mark of UC (Unit Continuing) for PM Capstone Project A if they have shown sufficient progress to warrant continuing on to PM Capstone Project B. The final grade for PM Capstone Project A and B is based on the work done in PM Capstone Project A and B as a whole. Marks awarded for progress report in Project A will be incorporated into calculations for final grade in Project B.
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 Selection of projects and assignment of supervisor. Topic registration form due.
Week 2 Project work.
Week 3 Project work.
Assessment Due: Team Charter
Week 4 Project work.
Week 5 Project work.
Week 6 Project work.
Week 7 Project work.
Week 8 Project work.
Week 9 Project work.
Week 10 Project Work
Week 11 Project Work
Week 12 Project Work
Assessment Due: Midway Presentation
Week 13 Project Work
Assessment Due: Participation
Assessment Due: Project Proposal (Charter)
Following Semester Assessment Due: Individual Reflection
Assessment Due: Participation
Assessment Due: Final Presentation
Assessment Due: Project Report

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
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

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Project Development (Level 3) Yes 18.35%
Project Delivery (Level 3) Yes 19.6%
Project Methods (Level 3) Yes 12.6%
Project Leadership (Level 3) Yes 17.6%
Project Communication (Level 3) Yes 21.35%
Professional Practice (Level 3) Yes 10.1%

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.