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ELEC4706: Project Management (2011 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ELEC4706: Project Management (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Professor Vucetic, Branka
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit: http://www.ee.usyd.edu.au/~jimr/teach/elec4706/
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study aims to develop an understanding of the principles and practices of project management and engineering design industry, to provide an overview of the various issues facing an industrial organisation, and of the basic approaches to their project management.

Engineering Design, The Design Process, Defining the Client's Design Problem, Functions and Requirements, Generating and Evaluating Design Alternatives, Design Modeling, Analysis and Optimization, Communicating the Design Outcome (I): Building Models and Prototypes, Communicating the Design Outcome (II): Engineering Drawings, Communicating the Design Outcome (III): Oral and Written Reports, Leading and Managing the Design Process, Designing for various, Ethics in Design.
Assumed Knowledge: ELEC3702. ELEC3702 Management for Engineers or ELEC3701 Management for Engineers or ENGG3005 Engineering and Industrial Management Fundamentals or MECH3661 Engineering Management
Lecturer/s: Dr Rathmell, James
Timetable: ELEC4706 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 1.00 1 13
2 Independent Study 8.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Lectures consist of a discussion of the assigned text chapters. Independent Study is required for text reading and lecture review.

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
A focus on industry design and problem-solving skills in the examples discussed. Design and Problem Solving Skills (Level 3)
Discussion of various tools and information-gathering techniques used in industry. Information Skills (Level 3)
The ability to participate in and contribute to classroom discussions. Professional Communication (Level 3)
A discussion of ethics as well as an ongoing consideration in classroom discussions. Professional Values, Judgement and Conduct (Level 3)
Discussions of various aspects of this in the classroom. Teamwork and Project Management (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering/IT Graduate Attribute Matrix 2009.

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.

Design and Problem Solving Skills (Level 3)
1. Ability to design using a clearly defined and structured process, ensuring quality control and knowledge application on time and within scope for a particular engineering problem.
Information Skills (Level 3)
2. Ability to use and find available information relevant to a project.
Professional Communication (Level 3)
3. Active participation in and contribution to class-room discussions.
Professional Values, Judgement and Conduct (Level 3)
4. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of ethical responsibilities in a professional environment to the limit of the material presented.
Teamwork and Project Management (Level 3)
5. Ability to apply project management principles and techniques within a certain team structure and problem context, encouraging active communication towards an effective resolution.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Final Exam No 90.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 4, 5,
2 Participation Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
Assessment Description: End of Semester Exam (90%): exam period, 2-hour, closed-book MCQ.

Class discussion (10%): normalised marks assigned according to participation in discussions.
Assessment Feedback: Ongoing.
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: Policies regarding academic honesty and plagiarism, special consideration and appeals in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies can be found on the Faculty's policy page at http://www.eng.usyd.edu.au/policies Faculty policies are governed by Academic Board resolutions whose details can be found on the Central Policy Online site at http://www.usyd.edu.au/policy/

Policies regarding assessment formatting, submission methods, late submission penalties and assessment feedback depend on the unit of study. Details of these policies, where applicable, should be found above with other assessment details.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Library e-Reserve: Please check the Library e-Reserve site for additional course resources.
Online Course Content: http://www.ee.usyd.edu.au/~jimr/teach/elec4706/

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 Lecture: Engineering Design
Week 2 Lecture: The Design Process
Week 3 Lecture: Defining the Client`s Design Problem
Week 4 Lecture: Functions and Requirements
Week 6 Lecture: Generating and Evaluating Design Alternatives
Week 7 Lecture: Design Modeling, Analysis and Optimization
Week 8 Lecture: Communicating the Design Outcome (I): Building Models and Prototypes
Week 9 Lecture: Communicating the Design Outcome (II): Engineering Drawings
Week 10 Lecture: Communicating the Design Outcome (II): Engineering Drawings
Week 11 Lecture: Leading and Managing the Design Process
Week 12 Lecture: Designing for various
Week 13 Lecture: Ethics in Design
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
Computer Engineering (till 2010) 2010
Electrical (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Bioelectronics) (till 2012) 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Arts 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Computer) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Commerce 2012, 2013, 2014, 2011
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Law 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Power) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Telecommunications) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Electrical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Electrical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Electrical / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020
Electrical / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical (Computer) 2015
Electrical / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical (Power) 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) 2015
Software Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Software 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Software / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Software / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Software / Science 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Law 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software Engineering (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Telecommunications (till 2010) 2010
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2014 and earlier 2010, 2011, 2012
Information Technology (Computer Science)/Arts 2012
Electrical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Software/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Computer Engineering / Commerce 2010
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Medical Science 2011, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Science 2012

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design and Problem Solving Skills (Level 3) Yes 24.5%
Discipline Specific Expertise (Level 3) No 0%
Fundamentals of Science and Engineering (Level 2) No 0%
Information Skills (Level 3) Yes 24.5%
Professional Communication (Level 3) Yes 2%
Professional Values, Judgement and Conduct (Level 3) Yes 24.5%
Teamwork and Project Management (Level 3) Yes 24.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering/IT Graduate Attribute Matrix 2009 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering/IT Graduate Attribute Matrix 2009 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.