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CIVL3805: Project Scope, Time and Cost Management (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: CIVL3805: Project Scope, Time and Cost Management (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Horne, Phill
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: ENGG1865 OR QBUS2350 OR ENGG1850.
Brief Handbook Description: The general aim of this unit of study is to offer the student the opportunity to develop an understanding of the scope, time and cost management in project environments. Students will engage with some of the key concepts and various activities which underpin project scope, time and cost management. At the end of this unit, students will be able to: develop Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), develop network diagrams, and undertake Critical Path Analysis (CPA) and Earned Value Analysis (EVA) using the given project information; explain in depth why scope, time and cost management are important to project management; analyse a project situation that involves scope, time and cost management issues; and explain how the components of scope, time and cost management interrelate in project environments. The syllabus comprises the project planning cycle, working with the project sponsor, scope initiation and definition, project scope definition tools, WBS, network scheduling techniques, CPA, Just-in-Time philosophy, estimating and budgeting, cash flow management, EVA and application of project management software.
Assumed Knowledge: CIVL2810 OR CIVL1810.
Lecturer/s: Horne, Phill
Tutor/s: Mohammad Mojtahedi, E: (Group A)

Seyed Chaharom E: (Group A)

Amir Tavakoli E: (Group B)

Alireza Abbasi, E: (Group B)

Jafar Hamra, E: (Group C)

Phill Horne, E: Blackboard eLearning email (Group C)
Timetable: CIVL3805 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Independent study and assessment work 3.00 13
T&L Activities: Lectures: Monday 2 – 4 pm in PNR Farrell Lecture Theatre

Tutorials: Monday 4 – 6pm at:

Peter Nicol Russell Drawing Office 1 (Group A)

Peter Nicol Russell Drawing Office 2 (Group B)

Peter Nicol Russell Tutorial Room 315 (Group C)

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.

(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
1. Undertake WBS exercises, CPA and EVA using the given project information;
2. Analyse a project situation that involves scope, time and cost management issues
3. Explain how the components of scope, time and cost management interrelate.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Online Quizzes No 15.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3,
2 Mid-Semester Exam No 20.00 Week 7 1, 2, 3,
3 Group Work Presentations No 5.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3,
4 Group Work Report Yes 25.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3,
5 Final Exam No 35.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3,
Assessment Description: Online Quizzes: 12 multiple-choice quizzes to be completed on Blackboard eLearning site each Monday during Semester (except for week 10).

Mid-term class exam and final exams: Both exams are based on short answer questions and conducted at four venues as follows:

1 Civil Engineering Drawing Office 1

2 Peter Nicol Russell Drawing Office 1

3 Peter Nicol Russell Drawing Office 2

Exam seating lists for mid-term and final class exams will be posted outside each of the above venues

Group Work Presentations and Report: Presentations will be delivered in class-time during weeks 12 and 13. The final report is due in week 13. All reports must be submitted with the School of Civil Engineering Assignment Cover Sheet available at Late submissions will be penalized unless special consideration has been sought and given. Assignment more than seven days late will be marked as zero.

Academic Honesty. It is expected that each student can independently demonstrate competency in the syllabus. Working alone and in groups are both important components in developing the required knowledge. Legitimate co-operation between students is highly encouraged; however direct copying of another student’s work is plagiarism, unacceptable, and unfair to fellow students. Any submissions that are identified as unacceptable copies will be marked as zero with no possibility of resubmission. Students should be wary of giving an assignment to a fellow student, but are highly encouraged to help their colleagues through difficulties. The School of Civil Engineering Statement on Academic Honesty is available at

Difficulties and Special Consideration. Students with any difficulties or circumstances that are likely to affect their performance in this unit of study are strongly advised to discuss them with the unit of study coordinator as soon as possible, so that appropriate allowances, if any, can be made to assist them and facilitate their performance. Students are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the University’s and the School’s policies with respect to special consideration for performance in their units of study due to illness, misadventure, or any other circumstances. Requests for special consideration should be made on the official “special consideration” form. The School of Civil Engineering Statement on Special Consideration is available at
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.
Special Conditions to Pass UoS Students need to PASS all the INDIVIDUAL assessment tasks (i.e. satisfactory performance in on-line quizzes, mid-term and final class exams) in order to pass this UoS. If you fail any of the individual assessment tasks, the maximum score you can get for this UoS is 45.
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: Blackboard eLearning website for CIVL 3805 at
Note on Resources: The Blackboard eLearning website has been set up to support class interactions. All the communications (emails, announcements, schedule updates, material downloads, etc.) will be conducted via the course eLearning website. Using the course eLearning website, students will be expected:

- to post your enquiries related to this unit of study using the discussions function;

- to check the course calendar and announcements regularly for course updates;

- to check your mailbox regularly for emails; and

- to submit your assignment using the eLearning website dropbox.

Should you experience any difficulty regarding access to eLearning website, contact the Helpdesk at or ext. 18728

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

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to project managment.
Project management trade-offs.
Tutorial: No Tutorial Sessions Week 1.
Course introduction
Week 2 Scope definition
Project scope definition tools
Tutorial: Scope definition. Session on group work.
Week 3 Work breakdown structure (WBS)
Scope change control system
Tutorial: WBS work. Session on group work
Week 4 Network scheduling techniques
Tutorial: Develop AON networks.
Week 5 Microsoft Project demonstration
Tutorial: Develop AON networks using lags. Scheduling work session on group work.
Week 6 Critical path analysis (CPA)
Resources scheduling
MS Project application and demonstration.
Tutorial: Conduct CPA. Calculate crashing costs.
Week 7 Estimating and budgeting
Assessment Due: Mid-Semester Exam
Week 8 Guest Speaker
Tutorial: Estimating Project Times & Costs
Week 9 Time and cost monitoring and control
Earned value analysis (EVA)
Tutorial: Conduct EVA. Estimating/EVA. Session on group work
Week 11 Trade-off analysis
MS Project EVA application and demonstration
Tutorial: Conduct trade-off analysis. Trade-off analysis. Session on group work
Week 12 Critical Chain Project Management
Tutorial: Conduct Critical Chain Analysis.
Week 13 Presentation of group work (I) & (II)
Tutorial: Presentation of group work (I) & (II)
Assessment Due: Group Work 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
Civil (Construction Management) (till 2014) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2011
Civil (Construction Management) 2015
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) (till 2012) 2010, 2011, 2012
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Arts 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Commerce 2010, 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011
Civil (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Environmental) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Geotechnical) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Structures) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Civil 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017
Civil / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Civil / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil (Environmental) 2015
Civil (Geotechnical) 2015
Civil (Structures) 2015
Civil Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Science 2012
Civil / Commerce 2015
Civil / Design in Architecture 2015
Civil / Medical Science 2015
Civil / Law 2016, 2017

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 100%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2) No 0%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 2) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 2) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 2) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.