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PMGT5871: Project Process Planning and Control (2018 - Semester 1)

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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: Rapaport, Barbara
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2, Semester 1 Online, Semester 2 Online, Int February, Int July, Int December
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: Project Management processes are what moves the project from initiation through all its phases to a successful conclusion. This course takes the project manager from a detailed understanding of process modelling through to the development and implementation of management processes applicable to various project types and industries and covers approaches to reviewing, monitoring and improving these processes.

Specifically, the UoS aims to develop understanding of the nature and purpose of project management in the context of economic enterprise; develop knowledge of various models and frameworks for the practical application of project management; and explore core elements of effective project management with particular focus on technological development and innovation
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Rapaport, Barbara
Tutor/s: Online: Kestrel Stone
Timetable: PMGT5871 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 1.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 6.00 13
T&L Activities: This unit of study is comprised of both lectures and classroom participation. The classroom participation (via discussions and in class tutorial sessions) forms a significant component of the course and will demonstrate specific techniques discussed at a high or theoretical level in the lectures.

Classroom participation will include case study reviews and discussions, short student presentations on set topics and some problem-solving/tutorial exercises carried out individually or in groups within the classroom. 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.

Equivalent participation will be expected of students taking this unit of study online or in a blended mode. They will be expected to participate in online forums (replacing the in class discussions and presentations), as well as to complete any problem-solving/tutorial exercises set for the class.

Note. The tutorials and lectures 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 lectures, case studies and tutorial examples:
1. A working knowledge of the techniques of business case analysis for appraisal of projects in public and private sectors.
2. 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 lectures and tutorial discussions 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, tutorials and short presentations, including interpreting and responding to case scenarios. If online, similar participation via online contributions to blogs and wikis. Project Communication (Level 3)
1. Analysis of examples of project success and failure and how these relate to principles outined in the bodies of project management knowedge outlined by various project managment institutes.
2. Use of case study scenarios in tutorials and assignments requiring application of project management theory to unfamiliar business problems demanding a suitable project management solution.
Professional Practice (Level 4)

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

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.

Professional Practice (Level 4)
1. Develop understanding of the nature and purpose of project management in the context of economic enterprise
2. Be able to apply project management concepts to a particular scenario.
3. Be able to apply a range of quantitative and qualitative planning skills to identify and solve unfamiliar business problems using appropriate solutions within a project management context.
Project Methods (Level 4)
4. Develop knowledge of various models and frameworks for the practical application of project management
5. Recognise core elements of effective project management with particular focus on development and innovation in technical methods and tools.
Project Development (Level 3)
6. Be able to develop a project business case
7. Be able to develop major sections of a project management plan
Project Communication (Level 3)
8. Be able to participate in informed discussion of project management ideas
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Presentation or short research activity No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 8,
2 Classroom or online participation No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 8,
3 Group Assignment Yes 20.00 Week 7 2, 6, 8,
4 Individual Case Study report* No 20.00 Week 13 1, 2, 4, 8,
5 Final Exam* No 40.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 4, 5,
Assessment Description: * means this assessment must be repeated or will be replaced with a different assessment if missed due to special consideration.

Individual Presentation: students will deliver an oral presentation (face to face) or a short written report/blog contribution (online) on a personal research activity on a topic assigned in lectures. This will contribute 10% to the overall student marks.

Group Case Study: Written report in format of a business case to be submitted mid semester. This is worth 20% of the grade.

A description of these written reports and applicable marks will be provided online in a separate document in the course materials.

Participation: Participation is worth 10% of grade. This will be demonstrated by regular attendance in classes and regular participation in the in class discussions, presentations and problem-solving sessions scheduled within the weekly lectures, or by online participation in blackboard discussion forums.

Final Exam: worth 40% 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.

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.

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.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Project Management: Achieving Competitive Advantage
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.
  • Information Technology Project Management
  • Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK Guide 5th ed)
Online Course Content: Please refer to Blackboard site.
Note on Resources: Lecture notes, templates, assessment activities and tutorial notes will be provided on the Blackboard site. Materials will be released to students progressively through the semester, usually 2 weeks in advance.

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

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction & Project Context:

1. Unit Outline

2. Introduction to PM
Week 2 The Project Lifecycle

Project Success and Failure
Week 3 Business case development (including the engagement process – bids, tenders, feasibility studies, business cases)
Week 4 Project Life Cycle Processes (and over following weeks):

1. Integration Management (project management and delivery as a life cycle process)

2. Managing Stakeholders, project governance and leadership
Week 5 Managing Project Scope (including requirements development and change control)
Week 6 Managing Project Time
Week 7 Managing Cost (including both budgeting and earned value management)
Assessment Due: Group Assignment
Week 8 Managing Project Risk
Week 9 Managing Project Quality
Week 10 • Managing Human Resources

• Managing Project Communications
Week 11 Managing Procurement
Week 12 Project completion and handover:

• Managing innovation

• Project complexity

• Managing transition and change
Week 13 • A complex systems approach to project management

• Pre-exam review and course summary – topics to be advised
Assessment Due: Individual Case Study report*
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, 2012, 2013, 2014
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Master of Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014, 2010, 2011
Master of Project Management 2017, 2019, 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 (Chemical & Biomolecular) 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Professional Practice (Level 4) Yes 31%
Project Methods (Level 4) Yes 29%
Project Development (Level 3) Yes 10%
Project Communication (Level 3) Yes 30%
Project Delivery (Level 2) No 0%
Project Leadership (Level 2) No 0%

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