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ENG8208 Advanced Engineering Project Management

Semester 1, 2016 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 030999 - Civil Engineering n.e.c.

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Staffing

Examiner: David Thorpe

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to prepare project managers to face the many challenges inherent in contemporary project management and deliver projects and programs to the satisfaction of relevant stakeholders.

Engineers, surveyors and constructors are frequently required to deliver projects, ranging from small planning or design projects to the development of large scale infrastructure and equipment. Such projects are required to be within the scope defined by the client and delivered to time, cost, quality and other constraints. To ensure success, they also require sound management of the supporting functions of human resource management, communication, risk management, procurement and stakeholder management. The
project manager also needs to understand how to integrate all of the elements of the project management process in delivering the project, and to understand project life cycle and professional issues like ethics, sustainable development and safety management.

There is a growing demand from stakeholders for innovative outcomes. Therefore innovation is also a major focus in contemporary project management in relation to materials, design, delivery approaches, and construction methods. In addition, the advanced project manager should be able to manage complex projects and programs of a number of projects. To achieve the management of such requirements, the project manager should be conversant with the project and program management process and be prepared to take an innovative approach, working within sound engineering, technical and management principles.

Synopsis

As most engineering works have a clear purpose and stipulated beginning and end times, they are regarded as 'projects'. Ensuring an engineering project reaches fulfilment within its required constraints is the process of engineering project management. In this course the concepts, processes and tools of advanced engineering project management are explored. Students are guided through the historical background of project management, the project management environment, the elements of the project life cycle, the projects management knowledge areas, the consideration of professional issues in the project management process and program management. The course concludes with a discussion of specialised and emerging project management topics, designed to improve project management outcomes.

Objectives

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Know and understand the project management life cycle and the knowledge areas of project management.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of and assess the managerial and organisational environment and context in which a project is to be delivered.
  3. Apply the project management process to the delivery of an engineering project.
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of the application of the project management process to the delivery of project outcomes.
  5. Understand the challenges of complex projects and how to deal with these challenges.
  6. Develop, deliver and evaluate the delivery of a program of engineering projects.
  7. Understand the importance of special focus areas in the project management process and know how to apply them, where required.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. The engineering project management challenge. 5.00
2. The engineering project life cycle. 5.00
3. Engineering project integration, scope, time, cost and quality management. 25.00
4. Engineering project human resource, communications and procurement management. 10.00
5. Engineering project risk management. 5.00
6. Engineering project stakeholder management. 5.00
7. Management of project sustainability. 5.00
8. Attributes of an effective engineering project manager 5.00
9. Managing complex engineering projects. 5.00
10. Engineering program management. 10.00
11. Alternative project delivery methodologies 10.00
12. Current and future issues in engineering project management. 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=2016&sem=01&subject1=ENG8208)

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

  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (2013), 5th ed., Project Management Institute, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

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.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 52.00
Private Study 63.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 400 40 22 Apr 2016
ASSIGNMENT 2 600 60 10 Jun 2016

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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 assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks 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 (or grades) 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. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the
    assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. 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. //www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.