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MGT8022 Project-Based Management

Semester 3, 2019 Online
Short Description: Project-Based Management
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

Staffing

Examiner: Bronte Van Der Hoorn

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 continually adapt to their environment to remain resilient and competitive. This adaptation is commonly achieved through project work and there is a growing interest in the use of project management and the related topics of programme and portfolio management. Managers need an ability to understand the nature of project work and appreciate the implications for their management. Given the growing number of methodologies and prescriptions regarding the management of projects it is also increasingly important for managers to be able to discern which frameworks, processes, and tools are most suited to their organisational context.

Synopsis

The course examines what differentiates project work from operational work and the implications for management. It explores the concepts and relationships between project, programme and portfolio management and the use of waterfall versus agile project management approaches. Project governance, managing executive stakeholders and leading teams, and project management maturity frameworks are also examined.

Objectives

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

  1. critically evaluate the differences and discuss the implications between operational and project work for an organisation
  2. assess the suitability and provide recommendations on the use of projects, programmes and portfolios for managing project work in an organisation or situation
  3. critically compare the various methods for managing project work and critically justify the most suitable method for a particular situation
  4. appraise the components of organisational systems that direct and control project work and critically select the systems that are effective for a specified situation
  5. judge models of organisational project management maturity; critically discriminate and justify where they are useful
  6. create professional communication and engagement artefacts suited to managing projects

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. The nature of projects, programmes and portfolios and their management 20.00
2. Waterfall and agile project management approaches 30.00
3. Governance, PMOs and project management maturity frameworks 30.00
4. Engaging with stakeholders and teams 20.00

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=03&subject1=MGT8022)

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

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
Summers, J & Smith, B 2014, Communication skills handbook, 4th edn, John Wiley & Sons, Brisbane, Queensland.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 102.00
Independent Study 63.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 30 10 Dec 2019 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 70 31 Jan 2020 (see note 2)

Notes
  1. Assignment 1 is a project-based essay and requires 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 assignment 1. The same project can be used for both assignments 1 and 2.
  2. Assignment 2 is a major project-based case study and requires 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 assignment 2. The same project can be used for both assignments 1 and 2.

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. Courses delivered at Springfield campus are run in block intensive mode as two 2-day workshops during the semester, and NOT as weekly lectures. Teaching blocks will include weekdays and weekend days. Check timetables for workshop dates at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/organise-enrolment/timetables/class.

  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:
    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. 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.

  2. Turnitin:
    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.