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MGT8027 Project Human Resources, Communications and Integration Management

Semester 2, 2013 External 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: Jon Whitty
Moderator: Eric Too

Other requisites

Although there are no formal pre-requisite nor co-requisite courses for MGT8027, it is recommended that students enrol in MGT8022 Project-Based Management prior to, or simultaneously with, study of MGT8027 except where the student is intending to undertake the Complex Project Management specialisation.

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

If the project stakeholders are not focused on the outcome, the project is unlikely to achieve its objectives. Organisation and leading are two functions of management that, if done appropriately, should ensure that project stakeholders become, and remain, committed to a project's success. Human resource management endeavours to utilise the project's human resources in the most effective manner, by creating a project organisational structure and environment that satisfies the needs of the individuals, and focuses the group's energies on achieving desirable project outcomes. For the stakeholders to become committed to the project, they must continually receive information that is relevant to their needs, and that reassures them that their objectives are being considered. Efficient distribution of information is achieved through communications management. A key component of this is a project management information system (PMIS), which serves to collect, collate, and analyse project data, producing and distributing appropriate information to the respective stakeholders. Project Integration Management involves the management and coordination of all activities internal and external to the project. The project objectives must be successfully integrated with the objectives of the principal stakeholders, requiring analysis of the internal and external environments, project plan development, project plan execution, and overall change control.

Synopsis

The course examines the following: identification of the environment in which projects are carried out; the extensive range of stakeholders who have an interest in the project outcomes; identification and establishment of an appropriate organisational structure; development of the project management team; the legal environment in which projects are carried out; communications requirements to ensure that all stakeholders are adequately informed; development of a formal project management information system (PMIS); the need for an integrated approach to the planning of a project in its early stages; methodologies by which complex project management processes are integrated; the importance of planning and defining a project at the early stages; the need for adequate change control processes; the value of periodic project reviews and post-completion audits.

Objectives

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

  1. establish the basic need or opportunity for the project and obtain approval from the sponsor for initiation of the project as evidenced by a project charter
  2. select an appropriate organisational structure for the management of a project
  3. source the appropriate human resources for the project team
  4. allocate responsibilities to team members and establish reporting relationships
  5. monitor team performance and identify inappropriate patterns of behaviour
  6. resolve conflict between stakeholders and within the project team
  7. identify stakeholders' information need and develop a communication plan
  8. monitor performance of the project and the PMIS
  9. identify relevant issues and analyse the internal and external project environments
  10. identify, locate and utilise project data and resources to prepare a coherent project plan
  11. use the project plan and other relevant data to execute the project so that it meets the objectives of the project sponsor and other principal stakeholders
  12. prepare and implement a change-control process to ensure the integrity of the overall project during execution
  13. close out the project and ensure that project data and records are appropriately stored
  14. demonstrate effective and professional communication.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. The project environment 10.00
2. Project stakeholders 10.00
3. The project organisation 10.00
4. The project management team 10.00
5. The organisational legal environment 10.00
6. Communications planning and definition 10.00
7. Project management information systems 10.00
8. Project integration management and methodologies 10.00
9. Project initiation and planning 10.00
10. Project monitoring and change control 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=MGT8027)

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

  • Gardiner, P 2005, Project management: a strategic planning approach, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK.
  • PMI 2008, A guide to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK), 4th edn, Project Management Institute, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.
    (NOTE: This text is common to MGT8022, MGT8024, MGT8025 and MGT8027, and is held as an e-book by the library.)
  • Summers, J & Smith, B 2010, Communication skills handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.

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.
  • Meredith, JR & Mantel, SJ 2009, Project management: a managerial approach, 7th edn, John Wiley & Sons, New York.
  • Turner, JR 1995, The commercial project manager: managing owners, sponsors, partners, supporters, stakeholders, contractors and consultants, McGraw-Hill, London.
  • Turner, JR 2008, The handbook of project-based management: leading strategic change in organizations, 3rd edn, McGraw-Hill, London.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Directed Study 42.00
Private Study 63.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 0 07 Aug 2013 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 30 09 Sep 2013 (see note 2)
ASSIGNMENT 3 100 70 28 Oct 2013

NOTES
  1. Assignment 1 requires students to select an appropriate project for analysis in assignments 2 and 3 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 study reports 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 Assessment Notes 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:
    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.
    8. 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. Details will be provided with the assignment requirements. Failure to attach the Originality Report may result in loss of marks.


  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 at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. The 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.