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MGT3203 Project Management Processes

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Project Management Processes
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Management and Enterprise
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 080315 - Project Management
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 21 May 2019

Staffing

Examiner: Bronte Van Der Hoorn

Requisites

Enrolment is not permitted in MGT3203 if MGT2203 has been previously completed.

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, techniques and processes 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, the large scale constructions 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 provides an overview of project management and its role in achieving organisational outcomes. It examines how projects are created and managed across their lifecycle, how key stakeholders influence project objectives and outcomes, and the organisational structure that is needed to provide project resources. It looks at how to identify, define and deliver the project outcomes and deliverables, and how to identify and manage the time frame and the financial resources required to deliver project outcomes. It considers how to achieve the appropriate quality of project processes and outcomes, how to manage any risks to those outcomes, and how to manage the processes by which any project deliverables are provided by external parties. It examines how to bring together all project resources and processes to ensure a successful project outcome, and how to develop appropriate competencies to manage a small to medium project.

Objectives

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

  1. examine and critically reflect on relevant project management principles, theories and concepts represented in the relevant bodies of knowledge
  2. analyse, evaluate and synthesise existing research literature to investigate and select appropriate methods and tools for the management of diverse projects
  3. apply knowledge and skills to investigate, resolve and make informed decisions about the effective management of diverse projects
  4. plan and execute the preferred method for management of diverse projects
  5. use technical and communication skills to justify professional decisions to appropriate audiences.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Selecting and organising projects 25.00
2. Planning projects utilising appropriate tools 50.00
3. Performing and delivering projects. 25.00

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://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=02&subject1=MGT3203)

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

Kloppenborg, T 2015, Contemporary project management: organize, plan, perform, 3rd edn, Cengage Learning, Stamford, Connecticut.

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.
Chatfield, C & Johnson, T 2013, Microsoft Project 2013: step by step, Illustrated edn, Microsoft Press, Redmond, Washington.
Harris, P 2014, Planning and control using Microsoft Project 2013 and PMBOK guide, 5th edn, Eastwood Harris Pty Limited, Vermont South.
Project Management Institute 2017, A guide to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK® guide), 6th edn, Project Management Institute, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 40.00
Independent Study 125.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 20 13 Aug 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 40 08 Oct 2019
EXAMINATION 100 40 End S2 (see Examination notes below)

Examination
Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
EXAM A (MULTIPLE CHOICE) 30 12 (see exam note 1)
EXAM B (WRITTEN) 70 28

Exam Notes
  1. This is a restricted examination. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: 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.

    On-campus: 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:
    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 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:
    Restricted - This is a restricted examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the examination for this course are:
    1. an unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary). A student whose first language is not English may take a translation dictionary into the examination room. A translation dictionary with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.
    2. a calculator which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination).


  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. 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.