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PMGT2822: Reframing Projects (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: PMGT2822: Reframing Projects (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Intermediate
Faculty/School: Project Management
Unit Coordinator/s: Ang, Karyne
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: ENGG1863 OR PMGT1852.
Brief Handbook Description: The possibilities inherent in any project are constrained by the assumptions that we, and other stakeholders, bring to it.

This Unit of Study builds upon skills developed in other units of study, such as, critical thinking, systems thinking and communication and introduces design thinking to assist stakeholders to rethink and understand what is possible in any given project, in order to enhance value.

Upon the completion of this course, students will develop skills to think diversely, take action in ambiguity and ensure projects deliver value to all stakeholders.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Anichenko, Kate
Remington , Kaye
Timetable: PMGT2822 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 12

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
Students will be able to apply critical thinking, systems thinking and design methods to satisifice customer needs to a range of project challenges of increasing complexity. Technical Expertise (Level 2)
Students will be able to critically appraise, re-frame issues and communicate those issues for specific audiences in order to facilitate diffusion of systemic and innovative thinking. People, Roles and Relationships (Level 2)
Students will be able to use systems thinking, design thinking and appropriate communication to re-frame project requirements, structure problems and introduce new solutions for projects in full consideration of the overall strategic implications. Strategic Perspective (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.

Strategic Perspective (Level 2)
1. Reframe the project to enhance value; critically question information presented
People, Roles and Relationships (Level 2)
2. Promote and apply creative techniques to find alternative solutions; stimulate and support an open creative environment
3. Explore how different individuals develop and communicate creative solutions
4. Explore and apply techniques for development of creative solutions in groups, including humour and multiple perspective taking
5. Investigate and evaluate process of diffusion of innovation within various project contexts
6. Critically question validity of assumptions and constraints and their impact on the project
7. Facilitate communication of new ideas and approaches to key stakeholder groups
Technical Expertise (Level 2)
8. Establish and maintain focus on satisficing customer outcomes
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Individual Assignment No 20.00 Week 11 (Wednesday, 9 am) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
2 Individual Assignment (Creative Project) Yes 20.00 Week 11 (Wednesday, 9 am) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7,
3 Reflective exercises Yes 20.00 Week 8 (Wednesday, 9 am) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8,
4 Exam No 40.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
Assessment Description: 1) Individual Assignment (Creative Project) - Students to identify something that needs to be changed in the University. Using a mixture of media (video, graphics, poster, online media) students to develop alternative solutions and convince the University administration of the need to change.

2) Individual assessment - Students presented with a scenario – asked to describe and justify (using theory) an innovation/reframing process to help key stakeholders to arrive at a more appropriate solution that will deliver their requirements within the constraints of cost, time, quality and risk.

3) Online Participation - weekly discussion online.

4) Exam- Students presented with a scenario – asked to describe and justify (using theory) an innovation/reframing process to help key stakeholders to arrive at a more appropriate solution that will deliver their requirements within the constraints of cost, time, quality and risk.
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.
Online Course Content: There are no prescribed texts. This is a rapidly changing field. Readings and links will be suggested during the course and provided online.

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/Tutorial:
Week 2 Tutorial:
Week 3 Lecture/Tutorial:
Week 4 Lecture/Tutorial:
Week 5 Lecture/Tutorial:
Week 6 Lecture/Tutorial:
Week 8 Lecture/Tutorial:
Assessment Due: Reflective exercises
Week 9 Lecture/Tutorial:
Week 11 Tutorial:
Assessment Due: Individual Assignment
Assessment Due: Individual Assignment (Creative Project)
Week 12 Reading:
Week 13 Assessment Due: Exam

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 2) Yes 16%
People, Roles and Relationships (Level 2) Yes 76%
Technical Expertise (Level 2) Yes 8%

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.