- Class Number 8013
- Term Code 2960
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Devin Clementi
- Devin Clementi
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/07/2019
- Class End Date 25/10/2019
- Census Date 31/08/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
The course will introduce project management approaches, processes and tools for succeeding in the workplace. It will attempt to provide a strategic view, as well as practical tools to better manage projects. The focus is of this course is on the development, use and integration of management tools and their adjustment to the project environment. Throughout the course, the emphasis is on taking a managerial view of the situation and implementing tools to support decision making.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of the requirements for this course, students will be able to:
- Have an understanding of the organisational context and environment within which project management operates.
- Have an understanding of the project management framework and common tools.
- Have a strategic perspective with respect to the linkages and interrelationships of strategic deployment and project management.
- Are able to examine contemporary issues in project management both globally and in Australia.
In addition, the course will provide students with an opportunity:
- to develop oral and written communication skills through active participation in class discussion
- the development and presentation of oral and written reports
- formal and informal classroom debate
- develop critical and creative thinking skills through exercises and assignments requiring analysis, evaluation, interpretation and synthesis
- debate and classroom discussion
- to develop leadership skills through structuring an independent group project
- leading a project and a group exercise
- fulfilling spokesperson duties, reporting on a group's activities to a class
This course will integrate the latest research on issues related to project management with practical tools and techniques. In particular, students are required to read selected research papers and participate in discussions in class. Additionally, in groups, students are required to review and analyse the literature on a topic of their choices. All these together can enhance students’ analytical capability and bridge the gap between theory and practice.
Additional Course Costs
There are no additional costs required for the course.
Examination Material or equipment
To be communicated on course Wattle site and via Examinations office.
Prescribed textbook: Meredith J.R., Mantel, J. 2015. Project Management - A Managerial Approach. 9th ed. John Wiley and Sons.
Note: an earlier or a newer version of this textbook will do. Just let me know if you cannot find the corresponding section numbers for the required readings in the earlier edition
Additional articles required will be provided on Wattle.
A copy of textbook will be available in ANU Library reserve and short loan collection.
Optional (available in ANU Library):
- Kerzner, H. 2009. Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling and Controlling. 10th ed, John Wiley and Sons.
- Project Management Institute (PMI) Standards Committee. 2008. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide). 4th ed. Project Management Institute, Newtown Square, PA.
- Zwikael, O., Smyrk, J.R. 2011. Project Management for The Creation of Organisational Value. Springer-Verlag, London, UK. ISBN: 978-1-84996-515-6.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Feedback on in-class group exercises will be provided in the following week.
- Students are also encouraged to email the lecturer with their specific questions about the courses and assignments. Emails will be responded in a reasonable time frame. Please do not send the lecturer the draft assignments, but only the specific questions.
- Groups are encouraged to meet with the lecturer on a regular basis for the progress of group assignments.
- Written comments will be provided in the returning assignments.
Important: Most updates and announcements for this course will be circulated via emails and/or Wattle site. Please ensure that your official ANU email address is effective and have access to Wattle.
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Lecture/In-class Exercises - Week 1: - Course introduction - Basics of projects: definition, characteristics and life cycle; - Project management overview||Please see Wattle for each week's required readings, planned activities, and if applicable, assignments due.|
|2||Lecture/In-class Exercises - Week 2: - Project outputs vs. outcomes - Project governance model||Please see Wattle for each week's required readings, planned activities, and if applicable, assignments due.|
|3||Lecture/In-class Exercises - Week 3: - Project initiation||Please see Wattle for each week's required readings, planned activities, and if applicable, assignments due.|
|4||Lecture/In-class Exercises - Week 4: - Project initiation; Project planning: WBS|
|5||Lecture/In-class Exercises - Week 5: - Project scheduling|
|6||Lecture/In-class Exercises - Week 6: - Project resource management and human resource|
|7||MSP Computer Lab (To be confirmed) - Week 7: - MS Project Computer lab (to be confirmed)|
|8||Lecture/In-class Exercises - Week 8: - Project cost management and time-cost trade-offs|
|9||Lecture/In-class Exercises - Week 9: - Project control and closure|
|10||Group Presentations - Week 10: - A2.1: Project Presentation (Possibly an extended seminar)|
|11||Lecture/In-class Exercises - Week 11: - Human factors in project management - Project management vs contexts|
|12||Lecture/In-class Exercises - Week 12: - Course Summary and Review Session|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Literature review report||20 %||23/08/2019||30/08/2019||4|
|Group Project Plan (Presentation)||10 %||08/10/2019||22/10/2019||1,3|
|Group project plan (written report)||20 %||18/10/2019||25/10/2019||2|
|Individual Final Exam||40 %||31/10/2019||28/11/2019||2|
|Class Contribution||10 %||23/07/2019||25/10/2019||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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See details provided for Assessment Task 3. Additional examination information will be available closer to the examination period at https://exams.anu.edu.au/timetable/
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 4
Literature review report
Details of task:
Choose one topic from the following list and conduct a literature review. A topic selection activity will be arranged through Wattle. If you intend to work on a topics not included in the following list, please discuss with the lecturer.
- For the assignment, please use recent articles to make sure that you have the most recent knowledge on the selected area. The results should add significant value to the discussions held in class, using multiple sources. The preference orders of references: A*/A journal articles, other-ranking journal articles, conference proceedings, industry standards and other online sources. Ranking of journals articles is available on Wattle.
- Reference styles should follow APA style. More information is available: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/.
- Report should follow the general formatting rules which is available on Wattle.
- List of project management areas: (Note: Areas suggested below are broad. You are suggested to choose a more specific sub-topic within the selected area)
- Project performance
- Project benefit management (also known as benefit realization management)
- Project scope management
- Project schedule management
- Project resource management
- Project cost management
- Project quality management
- Project team development (note the focus on project context)
- Project-based organisations
- Others (discussed with the lecturer) (Note: Project risk management will be used for workshop; so you are not allowed to work on that topic)
Individual assessment or Group task: Individual
World limit:Less than 2,000 words (excluding tables, figures, references and appendices) with 10% flexibility.
The written report should include the following sections:
- The definition of your topic (e.g., what is project schedule mgmt.?)
- The significance of the selected topic (e.g., why project schedule mgmt. is important to PM)
2. Research methodology.
- Explain the methodology by which this literature review is conducted (e.g., the key words used and the initial search results, the article selection criteria etc).
3. Analysis of relevant literature on the selected topic.
- Determine and define the research themes (i.e., areas of research focuses) for analysis
- Categorize prior research into the corresponding themes; and present their key findings
4. Theoretical implications.
- What are the research gaps and future research directions?
Submission date: 4pm, Friday (23 Aug), Week 5
Form of submission: Turnitin
Due date for return of assessment: Typically one week from the due date (subject to changes depending on the final enrollment number)
Marking Criteria: See Wattle for details.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,3
Group Project Plan (Presentation)
Details of task:
Form a group and choose a project from your organization or your personal life. Implement the proper tools and techniques covered in this course to develop a detailed project plan. Sections to be included in this plan are listed in the description of Assignment 2.2. (Note: It is highly recommended that you consult with the Lecturer before you start to work on your A2)
This assignment has two components: (1) A2.1: Group project presentations and (2) A2.2: Complete Project Plan. Detailed requirements and the marking criteria for each of them are provided separately.
Individual assessment or Group task: Group
World limit: 20 mins for each group (15 mins for presentation and 5 mins for Q&A) (Subject to change)
*Rule of thumb: Project owner and steering committee have agreed to fund your project at a high level. You are now showing them the detailed project plan for their final approval.
Prepare power point slides (or posters) to assist you with the presentation. The presentation should discuss the key results from the topic analysis.
Each group has 15 minutes for its presentation, followed by a Q&A session for 5 minutes. As we are restricted in time, please ensure you finish your presentation within the allocated time. An unfinished presentation will result in losing points off your grade. Presentations will be recorded.
All members of a group should be involved in the presentation, but they may take different roles.
Submission date: in class, Week 10
Due date for return of assessment: Typically one week from the due date (subject to changes depending on the final enrolment number)
Marking Criteria: see Wattle for details
*The presentation will be marked by the Lecturer, as well as by all other students in class. The average of all students’ marks will count for 30% of your final presentation mark; while the Lecturer's mark will count for the remaining 70%.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 2
Group project plan (written report)
Details of task: This is the complete project plan developed for your group's selected project.
Individual assessment or Group task: Group
World limit: Less than 4,000 words (excluding tables/figures/appendices/references) with 10% flexibility
Organize your complete work according to the following sections. Detailed required information for each section will be provided in class.
1. Executive summary
2. Project background
3. Project description
3.1 Project outputs and target outcomes
3.2 Project governance model…
4. Work breakdown structure (WBS)
5. Project schedule management plan
6. Project resource management plan
7. Project cost management plan
8. Conclusions (managerial recommendations)
Submission date: 4pm on Friday (18 Oct), Week 11
Due date for return of assessment: Typically one week from the due date (subject to change depending on the final enrollment number)
Marking Criteria: See Wattle for details
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 2
Individual Final Exam
Details of task: A 2-hour exam. The exam will be closed book and a mix of short answers and scenario analysis questions. More details will be disclose during the course.
Individual assessment or Group task: Individual
World limit: more details will be discussed in class
Presentation requirements: more details will be discussed in class
Submission date: during exam period
Due date for return of assessment: After release of final grades
Marking Criteria: more details will be discussed in class
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Details of task:
You are expected to attend seminars and contribute to in-class activities and discussions. This mark will be awarded based your individual contributions to in-class discussions and will be assessed against course learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 & 4. Please note that raising and answering questions and/participate in in-class discussions does not automatically guarantee a high level of contribution. Your inputs must add significant intellectual value to our discussions. Such examples may include, but are not limited to, raising and answering substantive issues and questions, sharing relevant ideas, observations and personal experiences and pointing out relationships to earlier topics and discussions.
Individual assessment or Group task: Individual
World limit: N/A.
Presentation requirements: N/A
Submission date: Ongoing
Due date for return of assessment: N/A.
Marking Criteria: N/A
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