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ENGG1860: Project Initiation & Scope (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ENGG1860: Project Initiation & Scope (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: Project Management
Unit Coordinator/s: Kolar, Duro
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: Projects need to be set up to succeed from the start. This includes careful consideration of the purpose of the project and how this breaks down through work, deliverables and responsibility. This Unit of Study addresses the techniques required to design a successful project. It provides the foundation for more detailed planning and execution. Upon completion of this course, students will develop thinking and listening skills, while demonstrating initiative and drive to achieve project related outcomes.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Kolar, Duro
Timetable: ENGG1860 Timetable

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.

Strategic Perspective (Level 1)
1. Align the project with organisational mission and vision
2. Define strategic outcomes, project objectives, benefits and success criteria - interpret the business case for the project
Technical Expertise (Level 1)
3. Design the project to comply with relevant legislation, regulations, professional and sustainability principles and prevailing social norms
4. Identify and prioritise project and stakeholder needs, requirements and acceptance criteria
5. Structure the product, work and responsibility hierarchies
6. Develop a quality management plan
7. Develop a risk management framework
8. Develop a procurement strategy
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Individual Assignment No 20.00 Week 3 (During your timetabled class) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
2 Individual Assignment No 20.00 Week 5 (During your timetabled class) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
3 Group Assignment Yes 30.00 Week 9 (During your timetabled class) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
4 Group Presentation Yes 30.00 Week 12 (During your timetabled class) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
Assessment Description: 1) Individual Assignment - Develop a WBS for a separate given project and discuss the approach chosen, advantages and disadvantages.

2) Individual Assignment - Analyse project risks and opportunities (high level), assess the probability and impact and develop response plans to address. Discuss reliability of risk management process.

3) Group Assignment - Discuss evolution of projects (business case or no business case). Students to analyze different projects and explain their evolution (develop video resource). Groups to search and critique business case examples found online to elucidate the key principles underlying construction of an effective business case for a project.

4) Group Presentation - Groups to discuss procurement strategy (high level – to be covered in detail in Legal Aspects of Projects) identifying what resources need to be obtained and barriers/risks/opportunities associated with obtaining the necessary resources.
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 3 Assessment Due: Individual Assignment
Week 5 Assessment Due: Individual Assignment
Week 9 Assessment Due: Group Assignment
Week 12 Assessment Due: Group Presentation

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Aeronautical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Biomedical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Civil/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Electrical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechanical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Mechatronic/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Software/ Project Management 2019, 2020
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- Table S Major 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Strategic Perspective (Level 1) No 29%
People, Roles and Relationships (Level 1) No 0%
Technical Expertise (Level 1) No 71%

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.