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PMGT5892: Project Management Industrial Project (2014 - Semester 2)

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Unit: PMGT5892: Project Management Industrial Project (12 CP)
Mode: Normal-Evening
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: Project Management
Unit Coordinator/s: Linton, Therese
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: PMGT5883 OR PMGT5884
Brief Handbook Description: In this simulated project, students are required to apply all of the skills necessary to successfully initiate and plan a project. Working as part of a team, students select a from a range of challenging case studies and are responsible for developing the key project management deliverables, including the project charter, project plan, change control process, status reports and post-planning reviews. Students will facilitate workshops on scoping and risk idenifications, as well as update the project plan in response to a change request or variation. Students will be required to present on project status and to complete a post planning review to identify lessons learned and improvements for future projects. Under the guidance of a senior project management professional, students will be guided through the PMBoK project management lifecycle and learn about real world practices and technqiues. Students will have time in most sessions to work on their assessment tasks whilst recieving guidance and immediate feedback on their progress. Most semesters their is a guest lecture from a highly successful project management practitioner and the unit concludes with practical tips on how to search for a role within the project management profession.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Lecturer/s: Linton, Therese
Timetable: PMGT5892 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.00 1 13
2 Workshop 7.00 1 2
3 Independent Study 6.00 13
T&L Activities: Lectures are one three hour session per week. Workshops are two Saturdays for whole day.

Note that students are required to review the class notes available from the online learning environment the week prior to the relevant lecture. It is advised that students bring the notes with them into class as they can then add notes to them during the lecture. This may also include readings for discussion in class. The readings seek to reinforce lecture material and provide students with examples of issues facing project managers or case studies of the effectiveness of particular approaches to a topic.

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 4)
1. Use sophisticated analysis and critical thinking skills to develop a Project Charter and Scope Statement for a chosen case study that covers scope inclusions and exclusions; assumptions; dependencies; constraints; milestones; high level risk assessment; high level cost and time estimates.
2. Demonstrate a deep understanding and application of the10 key knowledge areas within the Project Body of Knowledge through the production of a detailed Project Management Plan that is relevant to the requirements and context of a chosen case study.
Project Delivery (Level 4)
3. Develop integrated change control processes and procedures to enable the effective management of baselines for scope, time and cost for a chosen case study
4. Develop detailed procurement plans for a chosen case study to ensure that all products, services, resources and equipment that are required are identified and detailed procurement approaches identified
5. Apply critical and systems thinking skills to a major change request for your chosen case study and demonstrate a thorough understanding of change control processes through the development of a detailed change impact assessment including changes to project baselines and all 10 key knowledge areas if applicable
Project Methods (Level 4)
6. Demonstrate an ability to select, synthesise and modify project management frameworks to increase the chance of delivering project outcomes for a chosen case study via the inclusion of a detailed project approach as part of Project Integration
7. Demonstrate an ability to select, synthesis and modify project management methods in the areas of quality management and risk management that are relevant to the scale and context of a chosen case study. These will be included in the relevant sections in the Project Management Plan
Professional Practice (Level 4)
8. Apply critical and systems thinking skills to the preparation of a post implementation or end of phase review by gathering and reflecting on lessons learned; making recommendations for the improvement of project delivery practices; and developing tailored information gathering surveys for major project stakeholders
Project Leadership (Level 4)
9. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the project communication and project team management responsibilities or a project manager through the development of detailed project communication and human resource management sections of the Project Management Plan
10. Demonstrate sophisticated stakeholder management and facilitation skills through the design and execution of project related workshops for project scoping and project risk identification
11. Develop detailed stakeholder management plans that are based on a sophisticated analysis and understanding of the different requirements, interests and authority levels of both individual and groups of project stakeholders.
Project Communication (Level 4)
12. Demonstrate sophisticated facilitation and communication skills by designing and executing project stakeholder workshops for project scoping and project risk identification.
13. Effectively work as a part of a project team including defining roles and responsibilities, as well as delegating and aligning work that is performed in order to deliver a cohesive Project Management Plan and Change Impact Assessment
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Project Charter and Scope Statement No 15.00 Week 5 1,
2 Project Presentations and Workshops x 2 Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 10, 12,
3 Project Management Plan & Peer Evaluation Yes 50.00 Week 10 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11,
4 Change Request and Impact Assessment Workshop Yes 15.00 Week 12 3, 5, 13,
5 Planning Phase Completion Review & Peer Eval. Yes 10.00 Week 13 2, 8,
Assessment Description: There are 5 primary assessment activities for this subject –

1. Project Charter and Scope Statement (15%): Individual activity, hard copy report approx 5 to 8 pages.

2. Project Presentations and Workshops: (10%): between 30 minutes to 45 minutes per team at Saturday workshop sessions.

3. Project Management Plan and Confidential Peer Evaluation (50%): Small team activity, hard copy report approx 40 to 50 pages.

4. Change Request and Impact Assessment Workshop and Report (15%): Small team activity, soft copy report, approx 10 to 12 pages

5. Planning Phase Completion Review and Confidential Peer Evaluation (10%): Small team activity, hard copy report, approx 10 to 12
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.
Online Course Content: E-learning site at

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

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture: Opening Lecture

1. Introduction to Subject (marking, lecturer, assignments)

2. Project Selection for Team Assignment

3. Project Management Overview

4. Project Management Competencies

5. Project Management Profession
Week 2 Lecture: Project Initiation

1. Common Causes of Project Failure

2. Project Management Key Knowledge Areas, Processes and Deliverables

3. Project Initiation and Project Charter
Week 3 Lecture: Project Planning Part 1

1. Project Management Plan

2. Project Approach and Methodology
Week 4 Lecture: Project Planning Part 2

1. Scope

2. Time
Week 5 Lecture: Project Planning Part 2

1. Cost

2. Quality
Assessment Due: Project Charter and Scope Statement
Week 6 Lecture: Project Planning Part 3

1. Risk

2. Procurement
Week 7 Lecture: Project Planning Part 4

1. Human Resources

2. Communication

3. Stakeholder Management
Week 8 Lecture: Project Execution Part 1

1. Directing and Managing

2. Quality Assurance

3. Human Resources
Week 9 Lecture: Project Execution Part 2

1. Communication

2. Stakeholders

3. Procurement
Week 10 Monitoring & Controlling Class Activity:

1. Change Control

2. Change Request Planning – each team will be assigned a change request for their project and commence planning the impacts of the change or variation on their project
Assessment Due: Project Management Plan & Peer Evaluation
Week 11 Lecture: Project Closure

1. Project Closure Activities

2. Post Implementation Reviews

3. Project Knowledge Management
Week 12 Lecture: PMO and Project Knowledge Management

1. The role of the PMO

2. Project Knowledge Management
Assessment Due: Change Request and Impact Assessment Workshop
Week 13 Lecture: Topical Subjects

1. Guest lecturer – tips from a project management professional and project showcase

2. Project management job market
Assessment Due: Planning Phase Completion Review & Peer Eval.

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Project Development (Level 4) No 27%
Project Delivery (Level 4) No 22%
Project Methods (Level 4) No 15%
Professional Practice (Level 4) No 8%
Project Leadership (Level 4) No 20%
Project Communication (Level 4) No 8%

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.