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MGT2203 Project Management Fundamentals

Semester 2, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Management and Marketing
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Mehryar Nooriafshar
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

Many aspects of managing an organisation inevitably lead to the need for change to ensure corporate sustainability and survival. How that change is implemented will determine the success or failure of the business initiative. This is where the concepts, tools and techniques of project management can assist organisations to ensure that projects have the greatest chance of success. Project management is the art and science of integrating the management of the scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk and procurement of a project. It is a management process which aims to ensure that the objectives of an undertaking are achieved on time and within budget.
Project management tools and techniques can be applied successfully in such areas as the introduction of new products, the development and implementation of new public policies, the restructuring of organisations, development of large capital projects or the design and roll-out of new information technology systems. The principles of project management enforce detailed planning of the project before work can commence and provide a means of control during execution, helping to ensure that desired organisational outcomes are achieved.

Synopsis

The course examines the following: (1) an overview of project management and its role in achieving organisational outcomes; (2) how projects are created and managed across their lifecycle; (3) the stakeholders that influence project objectives and outcomes; (4) the organisational structure that is needed to provide project resources; (5) how to identify, define and deliver the project outcomes and deliverables; (6) how to identify and manage the time frame required to deliver project outcomes; (7) how to identify and manage the financial resources required to deliver project outcomes; (8) how to ensure the appropriate quality of project processes and outcomes, and how to manage any risks to those outcomes; (9) how to manage the processes by which project deliverables are provided by external parties; (10) how to bring together all project resources and processes to ensure a successful project outcome; and (11) how to develop appropriate competencies to manage a small project.

Objectives

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

  1. identify the nature, context and role of projects and project management in organisations
  2. identify the project life cycle, the major stages and the milestones of a project
  3. manage the stakeholders of a project and the communications between key stakeholders
  4. create the organisational structure to manage a project
  5. evaluate the scope of a project and the plan and control cycle
  6. manage the time required to complete a project
  7. assess and monitor the cost required to complete a project
  8. assess and monitor the quality and risks associated with a project
  9. manage the procurement processes for outsourcing components of a project
  10. integrate all project processes and controls, and bring a project to a successful conclusion.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. The history, nature and role of projects 10.00
2. The project life cycle 10.00
3. Project stakeholder and communication management 10.00
4. Project organisational management 10.00
5. Project planning, control and scope management 10.00
6. Project time management tools and techniques 10.00
7. Project cost management 10.00
8. Project quality and risk management 10.00
9. Project procurement management and resource planning 10.00
10. Project controls and closure 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=2013&sem=02&subject1=MGT2203)

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

  • Burke, R 2010, Fundamentals of project management: tools and techniques, Burke Publishing, Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Summers, J & Smith, B 2010, Communication skills handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.
  • 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. Additional information and updates with regard to other software options are available in the notes and on the StudyDesk.

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.
  • Briner, W, Hastings, C & Geddes, M 1996, Project leadership, 2nd edn, Gower Publishing, Aldershot, England.
  • Burke, R 2006, Project management: planning and control techniques, 5th edn, Burke Publishing, Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Burke, R 2007, Introduction to project management: one small step for the project manager, Burke Publishing, Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Larson, EW & Gray, CF 2011, Project management: the managerial process, 5th edn, McGraw-Hill Irwin, New York.

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
ASST 1 - CASE STUDY 20 20 12 Aug 2013
ASST 2 - MAJOR CASE STUDY 30 30 16 Sep 2013
2-HOUR EXAMINATION 100 50 End S2 (see note 1)

NOTES
  1. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date after the timetable has been finalised.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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 weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is a restricted examination. Candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the examination for this course are:
    1. writing materials. These must be free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination.
    2. translation dictionary. With the examiner's approval, candidates may, take an appropriate non-electronic translation dictionary into the examination. This will be subject to perusal and, if it is found to contain annotations or markings that could give the candidate an unfair advantage, it may be removed from the candidate's possession until the appropriate disciplinary action is completed.


  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  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:
    1. Assignments must be submitted electronically by 11.59pm (AEST) on the due date.
    2. Students must retain a copy of each assignment submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner.
    3. 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.
    4. The examiner will normally only accept assessments that have been prepared using electronic media.
    5. The examiner will not accept submission of assignments by facsimile.
    6. Students who are disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner to negotiate such special arrangements.
    7. 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.


  2. 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.

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

  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.