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MGT3203 Project Management Processes

Semester 2, 2020 Online
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

Staffing

Examiner: Ray Hingst

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. The course also utilises Zoom teleconference technology (software provided by USQ) which requires a microphone and audio output (i.e. headphones or speaker) at a minimum. Ideally, students will also have a webcam to enable video participation in Zoom sessions. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

Rationale

Today organisations are constantly needing to adapt to ensure their survival. Organisations increasingly use project management to direct and control initiatives to bring about such change.
Project management tools and techniques can be applied successfully in various domains, for example, introducing new products and services, developing and implementing new policies, restructuring organisations, constructing capital infrastructure, and in the planning, building and implementing of information technology systems.
Contemporary professionals will most certainly be impacted by project work, and many will be responsible for the management of projects. A knowledge of the project management bodies of knowledge, their strengths and weaknesses, and the ability to use and consume project management tools and artefacts are critical for today’s professional.

Synopsis

The course provides an overview, through the use of problem-based learning, of the two dominant methodologies for managing project work: agile and waterfall. These two methodologies vary in their underlying principles, iterative versus incremental, and have distinct toolsets.

In this course students explore the strengths and weaknesses of both methodologies to determine the situations in which they are best applied. The course also equips students to appreciate the similarities and differences between the methodologies and how hybrid approaches may operate in practice.

For both the agile and waterfall methodologies they will develop, through group learning, skills in applying the foundational concepts and tools to real-world problems.

Objectives

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

  1. compare and contrast project management principles, methodologies and tools to propose an integrated project management approach;
  2. use evidence to justify a chosen project management approach;
  3. apply project management tools in accordance with industry practice for the management of projects;
  4. contribute effectively to group work to undertake project management activities;
  5. create communications of a professional standard to engage stakeholders and justify proposals

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Project work versus operational work 10.00
2. Project management methodologies 30.00
3. Waterfall tools for managing projects 25.00
4. Agile tools for managing projects 25.00
5. Industry communication skills 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=MGT3203)

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.
Reference materials will be provided on the course StudyDesk.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 15.00
Group Work 25.00
Independent Study 120.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Agile Proj Mgmt Presentation 100 35 19 Aug 2020
Waterfall Prj Mgt Presentation 100 45 07 Oct 2020
Written Reflection 100 20 14 Oct 2020

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: There are no oncampus attendance requirements for this mode. However, students will be required to contribute to group learnings virtually or in person.

    On-campus: Students are encouraged to attend on-campus lectures. It is required that students attend tutorials where they will contribute to group learning.

  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:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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. Group learning:
    Group learning is an important aspect of the course learning design. However, all assessment tasks are completed and assessed individually.

Date printed 6 November 2020