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PMGT2800: Project Placement A (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: PMGT2800: Project Placement A (6 CP)
Mode: Field Experience
On Offer: Yes
Level: Intermediate
Faculty/School: Project Management
Unit Coordinator/s: Prof Crawford, Lynn
Taborda, Louis
Dr Chung, Kenneth
Pollack, Julien
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: 48cp of 1000 level units (OR ENGG1850, ENGG1860, ENGG1863, PMGT1852, ENGG1865 AND PMGT1711).
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study provides student with work placement opportunities in the field of project management. It allows student to translate their learning from their junior and intermediate units of study within Bachelor of Project Management degree into experiential learning in a real world context. Students will be required to work with the supporting/host organisation for a minimum of 120 hours or 20 working days and this arrangement needs to be endorsed by both the academic director of the program or equivalent and the supervisor of the host organisation prior to the beginning of the placement. Students will gain valuable industry and professional experience from this unit of study including communication and key aspects of project management skills such as planning, scheduling, costing, coordinating, resourcing, budgeting, monitoring and reporting. It is anticipated that this unit of study would enrich the learning experience as well as enhance future business development or job employment opportunities in the project management context.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Additional Notes: This unit of study is only available to students who have a credit average or above and who have obtained approval from the program director.
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Timetable: PMGT2800 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Practical Experience (total 120 hours)
2 Initial Workshop (one-off) 2.00
3 1st Meeting of supervisors (academic & industry) 2.00
4 20 x 1 hour Meetings with Academic Supervisor 1.00
T&L Activities: Please note that the learning activities listed above pertain to both PMGT2800 and PMGT2801.

The placement will be coordinated and facilitated by the Project Management program. The student will be assigned an academic supervisor from the program who is then responsible for ensuring that there is alignment between student learning activities and the learning outcomes involved in the placement.

The teaching activities related to the (intended) learning outcomes involve the following:

1. planning and coordinating the logistics of the placement

2. agreement with student and host organisation about appropriate learning activities and listing them in the ``learning contract`` (a negotiated document developed by the student in consultation with the academic supervisor and host organisation about the learning experience - e.g. learning needs, the learning approach/process and ways to assess these learning)

3. selection of project(s) to be undertaken in the host organisation

4. providing appropriate level of guidance and scaffolding to learning

5. provide feedback to learning

6. assess the learning outcomes (as listed under ``Assessments``).

The learning activities conducted by the students involve the following:

1. collecting and analysing the data to identify a situational problem or issue.

2. formulating solution to the problem through application of theory to the problem or situation at hand.

3. implementing actions to develop the solution.

4. evaluating effectiveness of intervention or project.

5. collaborating with other team members either intra- or inter-disciplinary.

6. reflecting on own performance to identify areas for improvement.

The industry partner hosting the project placement will:

1. provide a safe working environment

2. work with the academic coordinator (or with the student together) to agree on the objectives and scope of works required throughout the placement period

3. expose the student to interesting and challenging work related to project management to help meet the learning objectives, and apply and extend on what they have learned in previous units.

4. review performance of the student and provide feedback to the academic supervisor

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
Project planning and/or a combination of one or more of these: scheduling, resourcing, costing, monitoring and control Project Development (Level 2)
Managing the project executing phase and includes project monitoring and control Project Delivery (Level 2)
Using project management methodology and standards such as Agile, PMBOK Guide, Prince 2, etc. Project Methods (Level 2)
Demonstrated by the mirroring or shadowing of the project manager in the firm. Project Leadership (Level 2)
Demonstrated through oral presentations and written reports Project Communication (Level 2)
Cross cultural collaboration, Industry standards and knowledge of specific discipline/industry Professional Practice (Level 2)

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 Communication (Level 2)
1. Develop cross cultural and inter-disciplinary communication skills through liaising and collaboration with industry stakeholders in professional organisational settings.
Professional Practice (Level 2)
2. Provide experiential learning through the application of project management theories and methodologies in real world and practical settings.
Project Leadership (Level 2)
3. Able to self-reflect and recognise one's own limitations through self-reflection of successes and failures during the project life cycle.
Project Methods (Level 2)
4. Develop critical thinking and analytical skills through working in real life projects during the project planning, execution and monitoring and controlling phases.
Project Delivery (Level 2)
5. Understand the importance of project delivery, the organisational value of achieving key milestones and project deliverables in real world projects.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Reflection journals No 20.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
2 Statement of Work No 20.00 Week 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
3 Presentation No 20.00 STUVAC (Week 14) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
4 Final Report No 40.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
Assessment Description: Please note that the following assessments pertain to both PMGT2800 and PMGT2801.

Reflection journals: These reflection journals (500 words) capture the student placement experience through honest self-reflection. While there are no wrong or right answers, it allows the student to reflect on their strengths, limitations, challenges and learning through their placement experience. Journals are meant to be submitted on a fortnightly basis to the academic supervisor throughout the entire placement journey.

Statement of Work (SOW): The SOW report covers the planning phases of the project scope during the placement. In other words, it details the ``product or service scope`` of the work the student does during the placement within the host organisation. It also details the ``project scope`` (i.e. the project management work required) to deliver the ``product or service scope``. Oral presentation 1 is a 30 minute long presentation and due at a time set by the academic supervisor and this is generally after the product and project scope is organised between the student and the host organisation (e.g. three to four weeks into the placement).

Presentation: This oral presentation is a 30 minute long presentation that covers a summary of the placement experience, including summary of the project, its objectives, goals, intended deliverables, methodology, milestones and deliverables achieved (or not), value delivered to the client (including those not) and significant learnings and self-reflection of the entire placement experience.

Final Report: Similar to the oral presentation, this final report captures details of the entire placement experience and reports on the progress of the entire project lifecycle. The maximum words for the final report is 15,000 words and is due at the end of the placement.
Assessment Feedback: Feedback will be provided orally and in written form by the academic supervisor and/or industry supervisor during the regular supervisor meetings.
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.

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

Week Description
Week 5 Assessment Due: Statement of Work
STUVAC (Week 14) Assessment Due: Presentation
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Report

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Aeronautical / Project Management 2018
Biomedical / Project Management 2018
Chemical & Biomolecular / Project Management 2018
Mechatronic / Project Management 2018
Bachelor of Project Management (Built Environment) 2017, 2018
Bachelor of Project Management- Built Environment Major (Table A) 2019, 2020
Bachelor of Project Management- Construction Major (Table A) 2019, 2020
Bachelor of Project Management (Civil Engineering Science) 2017, 2018
Bachelor of Project Management (Software) Mid-Year 2018
Bachelor of Project Management (Software) 2017, 2018
Bachelor of Project Management- Table S Major 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Project Communication (Level 2) Yes 27%
Professional Practice (Level 2) Yes 14%
Project Leadership (Level 2) Yes 29%
Project Methods (Level 2) Yes 16%
Project Delivery (Level 2) Yes 14%
Project Development (Level 2) Yes 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.