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PMGT5871: Project Process Planning and Control (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: PMGT5871: Project Process Planning and Control (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Evening
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: Project Management
Unit Coordinator/s: Afzal, Fatima
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2, Semester 1 Online, Summer Main, Int July
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study teaches fundamental theory and practice of project planning and control. Project planning and control are the key processes in project management, which moves the project from initiation through all its phases to a successful conclusion.Project planning refers to planning of time, cost and resources adequately to estimate the work needed and to effectively manage risk in a project.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Afzal, Fatima
Timetable: PMGT5871 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 E-Learning 2.00 1 13
2 Workshop 1.00 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
Develop through guided independent study, case studies and workshop examples
An understanding of the detailed requirements of a Project Management Plan and its development through a project life cycle
Project Development (Level 3)
Develop through guided independent study, workshop discussion and application, an understanding of:

1. Various models and frameworks for the practical application of project management.

2. The core elements of effective project management, particularly applied to development and innovation in technical methods and tools.
Project Methods (Level 4)
Participation in classroom discussions and short presentations, including interpreting and responding to case scenarios. Project Communication (Level 3)
Use of case study scenarios in workshops and assignments requiring application of project management theory to unfamiliar business problems demanding suitable project planning Professional Practice (Level 4)

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 Methods (Level 4)
1. Manage the interfaces and synergies between different components i.e: time cost and resources
2. Develop the work breakdown structure and resource plan.
3. Make detailed time schedule using alternate formats, including precedence diagram and Gantt chart
Project Communication (Level 3)
4. Prepare a project communications plan
Project Development (Level 3)
5. Prepare a project plan and get agreement on it.
Project Delivery (Level 2)
6. Define a performance control cycle
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Workshop participation Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks
2 Weekly Quizzes No 5.00 Multiple Weeks (During your timetabled class)
3 Individual assignment No 30.00 Week 6
4 Group Assignment* Yes 30.00 Week 10
5 Final Exam* No 25.00 Exam Period
Assessment Description: 1- Class participation (worth:10% of grade): 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- Online Quizzes (worth: 05% of grade): Students are required to attempt online quizzes based on the videos embedded in each module before coming to workshops.

3- Individual Assignment(worth: 30% of grade): Students will write short written report based on a research activity on a topic assigned in lectures.

4- Group Assignment(worth: 30% of grade): Students will work in groups of 5 to develop a project management plan for the given case study.

5- Final Exam (worth:25% of grade): The written examination will be drawn from all aspects of the unit of study. It will test the candidates’ ability to discuss issues critically and to apply the knowledge learnt during the course them to specific situations.

Final Exam: The written examination will be drawn from all aspects of the unit of study. It will test the candidates’ ability to discuss issues critically and to apply the knowledge learnt during the course them to specific situations.

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 receive a 0 mark.

* means this assessment must be repeated or will be replaced with a different assessment if missed due to special consideration.

IMPORTANT: 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.
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.
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.
Online Course Content: Please refer to Canvas.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to the course

The planning processes
Week 2 Develop a Project Management Plan
Week 3 Plan Project Scope
Week 4 Plan Project Schedule
Week 5 Plan and Control Project Cost
Week 6 Plan Project Quality
Assessment Due: Individual assignment
Week 7 Plan Project Human Resources
Week 8 Plan Project Risk
Week 9 Plan Project Procurement
Week 10 Plan Stakeholder Engagement
Assessment Due: Group Assignment*
Week 11 Earned Value Management
Week 12 Control Project Quality
Week 13 Revision
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 Diploma in Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2012, 2013, 2014
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014, 2010, 2011
Master of Project Management 2017, 2019, 2020, 2015, 2016, 2018
Graduate Certificate in Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management (till 2014) 2013
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management (till 2014) 2013
Master of Information Technology Management (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Project Methods (Level 4) Yes 0%
Professional Practice (Level 4) Yes 0%
Project Communication (Level 3) Yes 0%
Project Development (Level 3) Yes 0%
Project Delivery (Level 2) No 0%
Project Leadership (Level 2) No 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.