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ENG8205 Project Management Practice

Semester 2, 2020 Online
Short Description: Project Management Practice
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 : 039999 - EnginTech not classified
Grading basis : Graded

Staffing

Examiner: Amirhossein Heravi

Rationale

Engineering and built environment managers may, at various times in their careers, be responsible for the administration and control of projects. It is therefore essential that such people have a sound knowledge of organisational principles, human resource management, financial management, and contract administration.

Synopsis

The course briefly revises and then builds upon undergraduate management studies in the major areas of project estimating and planning, feasibility studies, contract law, financial management, management theory and personnel management.

Objectives

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

  1. explain management principles and program engineering and built environment projects;
  2. demonstrate and apply personnel management principles to the management of human resources in an engineering environment;
  3. schedule a built environment project using graphical methods and relevant software
  4. plan and control project procurement, quality control, plant & equipment and an office management system
  5. prepare and evaluate engineering feasibility studies, economic comparisons and depreciation and justify management decisions using statistical analysis techniques
  6. demonstrate knowledge of accounting and cost control techniques for typical engineering and built environment projects;
  7. demonstrate and apply knowledge of contract law and industrial law principles to documented cases;
  8. discuss tender preparation, contract administration and project delivery for engineering and the built environment;

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Management principles: leadership, management traits and functions, decision making, communication, setting objectives 10.00
2. Personnel Management: human resource management and development, planning, selection and recruiting, organisations, managers role, personnel, supervisors, occupational health and safety 10.00
3. Project and works management: strategic and project planning, program and project management, estimating, purchasing and inventory decisions, 10.00
4. Risk management. Project scheduling techniques using Networks, Gantt charts and relevant software 10.00
5. Project procurement, quality management, plant and equipment management, office design and management 10.00
6. Project Feasibility: feasibility studies, lifecycle cost and benefit, depreciation, economic comparison of alternatives 10.00
7. Quality Management and statistics: use of statistics in management, quality management and control 10.00
8. Accounting methods and cost control: accounting and book keeping principles, project and operations costing, budgeting and budgetary control 10.00
9. Legal environment of engineering and built environment management: legal responsibility, industrial relations, professional negligence, arbitration, intellectual property law 10.00
10. Tenders, Contracts and Project Delivery: Tenders and contract administration, project and works procurement, contract management, project delivery 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://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2020&sem=02&subject1=ENG8205)

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.
Ashworth, A 2018, Contractual procedures in the construction industry, 7th edn, Pearson, Harlow, England,
<https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/usq/detail.action?docID=5320094>.
Project Management Institute 2017, A guide to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK Guide), 6th edn, Project Management Institute, Newtown Square, PA.
(Available online through USQ Library: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/usq/detail.action?docID=5320094.)
Smith, NJ (ed.) 2008, Engineering project management, 3rd edn, Blackwell, Oxford, England.
Turner, JR 2014, The handbook of project-based management: leading strategic change in organizations, 4th edn, McGraw-Hill, New York.
(Available online through USQ Library: http://library.usq.edu.au/Record/vtls000613312.)

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 52.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 61.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 250 25 17 Aug 2020 1,2,3
ASSIGNMENT 2 250 25 05 Oct 2020 4,5,6
Online Exam 500 50 End S2 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 (see note 1)

Notes
  1. This will be an open examination. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available (or at least a grade of C-) for each assessment item. Furthermore, at least 20% of the total marks for the course is allocated to explicit assessment of good communication skills.

  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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL (point 4.4.2).

  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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    The examination is restricted and candidates are allowed to bring a scientific calculator into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    The details regarding deferred/supplementary examinations will be communicated at a later date.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    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. 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. 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 one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary 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.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. 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. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

Other requirements

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

Date printed 6 November 2020