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MGT8022 Project-Based Management

Semester 3, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Management and Marketing
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Staffing

Examiner: Barrie Todhunter
Moderator: Eric Too

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

Rationale

Organisations of all sizes, from small businesses to multi-national conglomerates, are expected to make effective use of resources, and to achieve organisational objectives, in order to be sustainable. With increasing competition from overseas and from within Australia, it becomes important for organisations to be flexible, to respond to changes in the environment rapidly, and to bring about internal changes efficiently and quickly. Project-based management provides managers with important concepts, tools and techniques to do just that. An understanding of the key principles of project management will allow managers at all levels to identify key project objectives, strategies to achieve those objectives, and tools to assist with the monitoring and controlling of progress. An understanding of the key stakeholders in any project, including those who will support it and those who will oppose it, is critical to the management of risks that will threaten project success, and to the achievement of project outcomes of an appropriate quality. In a business era where flexibility and agility are important attributes for responding to changing demands, the ability to procure goods and services cost-effectively may be critical to survival. Surrounding this diverse range of skills is project-based management, where the project manager is required to holistically integrate a wide range of specialist management activities.

Synopsis

The course examines the following: (1) an overview of the nature of projects and how they differ from ongoing business activities; (2) the importance of systems theory to the effective management of projects including the gateways between phases of the project life cycle; (3) the significance of initiating projects effectively so there is consensus between key stakeholders as to what the objectives are and the processes by which to achieve them; (4) the value of comprehensive planning for achieving project objectives with minimal disruptions within each stage of the project; (5) the utilisation of quantitative and qualitative tools that have been developed to assist managers achieve project success based on defined criteria; (6) incorporation of established guidelines for managing risk and achieving the optimal quality for both project deliverables and the processes by which they are delivered; (7) the soft skills expected of contemporary project managers in creating appropriate organisational structures, and leading highly effective teams; (8) systems that can be incorporated to monitor progress against pre-defined targets and to trigger corrective actions where variances occur to performance criteria; (9) the importance of focusing project resources to ensure completion of all project objectives and deliverables; and (10) the ethical and governance frameworks within which project managers are expected to operate so that the objectives of key stakeholders are not compromised through inequitable behaviours.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. identify the nature and role of projects and the need for effective project management to implement organisational strategy
  2. apply systems theory for the effective initiation and planning of new organisational projects
  3. apply skills in the effective management of project scope, time and cost
  4. analyse the project risk environment and implement processes to manage quality outcomes
  5. apply skills in the effective management of project human resources and communications
  6. implement processes to monitor and control project outcomes to achieve project objectives
  7. close the project and ensure achievement of project benefits
  8. implement ethical project governance structures consistent with organisational goals.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. The nature of projects 10.00
2. Systems and strategy 10.00
3. Initiating the project 10.00
4. Planning the project 10.00
5. The hard skills of project management 10.00
6. Managing quality and risk 10.00
7. The soft skills of project management 10.00
8. Monitoring and controlling the project 10.00
9. Closing the project 10.00
10. Ethics and governance 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2012&sem=03&subject1=MGT8022)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Summers, J & Smith, B 2010, Communication skills handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.
  • Turner, JR 2009, The handbook of project-based management, 3rd edn, McGraw-Hill, New York.
  • Project management software: Students may need access to a PC-based project management software package (such as Microsoft Project, Timeline, SureTrak, etc) to be able to complete the course requirements of assignment 2. Students should read the assignment requirements and contact the course examiner if further information is required. Microsoft Project is the preferred software package and may be required to read electronic materials supplied with this course. A copy of this software is provided to students of this course at no cost for use during the semester. Conditions apply to its use. Alternatively, all students of USQ are able to purchase academic versions of the software from the USQ Bookshop or other outlets at reduced prices, whether you are an Australian or an international student. It is essential to learn how to use this software at a basic level as soon as possible or it may be difficult to complete the assignments within the time allocated. If students have any difficulties, they should contact the course examiner for advice.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Burke, R 2011, Advanced project management - fusion method XYZ: a project methodology systems approach for the project sponsor to implement corporate strategy, Burke Publishing, UK.
  • Kerzner, H 2009, Project management: a systems approach to planning, scheduling, and controlling, 10th edn, Wiley, Hoboken, New Jersey.
  • Larson, EW & Gray, CF 2010, Project management: the managerial process, 5th edn, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, New York.
  • Meredith, JR 2009, Project management: a managerial approach, 7th edn, John Wiley, Hoboken, New Jersey.
  • PMI 2008, A guide to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK), 4th edn, Project Management Institute, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assignments 60.00
Directed Study 42.00
Private Study 63.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 5 28 Nov 2012 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 30 24 Dec 2012 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 65 04 Feb 2013

NOTES
  1. Assignment 1 requires students to select an appropriate project for analysis and is a small case study report. Students are encouraged to complete the activity to ensure they understand the nature of the studies in the course and the scope of assignments 2 and 3.
  2. Assignments 2 and 3 are major project-based case studies and require students to obtain sufficient information on a project of their choice to carry out a critical analysis of nominated aspects of that project. Students should choose a project as early as possible after reading the requirements of assignments 2 and 3. The same project can be used for assignments 2 and 3.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes at your campus. For all other students, there are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. See item 1 below.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Assignments: (i) Assignments must be submitted electronically by 11.59pm (AEST) on the due date through the USQ Electronic Assignment Submission Environment (EASE). (ii) Students must retain a copy of each assignment submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner. (iii) The examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. If the required extension is less than seven days, there is no need to obtain prior approval. In such cases, submit your assignment as soon as possible after the due date together with any supporting documentation that might be required. The authority for granting extensions rests with the relevant examiner. (iv) The examiner will normally only accept assessments that have been prepared using electronic media. (v) The examiner will not accept submission of assignments by facsimile. (vi) Students who are disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner to negotiate such special arrangements. (vii) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience. (viii) Note that assignments may have to be accompanied by a ‘Turnitin’ Originality Report which the student has to download from the Turnitin website at http://www.turnitin.com after submitting their assignment to the Turnitin database online. Details will be provided with the assignment requirements. Failure to attach the Originality Report may result in loss of marks.

  2. Course weightings: Course weightings of topics should not be interpreted as applying to the number of marks allocated to assessment.

  3. Referencing in assignments: Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.

  4. Deferred work: Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. A temporary grade of IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up) may be awarded.

  5. Make-up work: Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.