- Class Number 3215
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- George Stellios
- George Stellios
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
This course is designed to introduce students to advanced management topics relevant to the execution of major projects. The aim of this course is to provide a grounded understanding of key aspects of successful project management practices in the context of a global economy and increased organisational complexity.
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:
- Describe the unique characteristics and challenges surrounding major projects. (Ask + Remember)
- Explain the various leadership and support roles in major projects (Acquire + Understand)
- Gauge the quality of project management methodologies and evidence in the context of major projects (appraise + analyse)
- Compile a communication plan so major projects are effectively communicated to senior executives. (aggregate+ evaluate)
- Consider a plan to manage conflicts in major projects ( Apply + Evaluate)
- Create a stakeholder management plan for major projects (Apply + Create)
- Select an effective approach to work with external contractors ( Assess + Create)
The lecture content will include scholarly research in the field of project management. In addition, other data, research and concepts will be presented during the lectures that may not be in the text book. The lectures will contain a central presentation followed by short exercises in the application of learned material and participation in case studies.
The lectures will include occasional guest presenters who have run major projects within both the public and private sectors. These sessions will allow students to ask questions and explore the realities of delivering a major project.
Additional Course Costs
No additional class costs
Examination Material or equipment
For the final exam, the permitted materials are allowed:
- Course/lecture notes (unannoted)
- Set Texts (unannotated only)
No electronic aids are permitted e.g. laptops, phones
Title: "Project Management: the Managerial process"
Authors: Larson, Honig, Gray, Dantin and Baccarini
Edition: Australian edition, 2014
A copy of the textbook will be held in the ANU library reserve & short loan collection and available from campus bookstore.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Week 1: Introduction to the Course.||Review of Modern Project Management concepts and techniques Readings: Ch.1|
|2||Week 2: Projects and Organisations||The driving forces for maturity, alignment of projects with organization strategy, structure and culture. Readings: Ch.2 & 3|
|3||Week 3: Project Definition and Estimation||Defining and planning the project, the challenge of estimating project times and costs. Team formation for the Major Assignment Readings: Ch.4 & 5|
|4||Week 4: Managing in Uncertain Environments||A framework for active risk management and dealing with uncertainty. Reading: Ch. 7|
|5||Week 5: In class quiz (at scheduled seminar time)||Due: In Class Quiz|
|6||Week 6: Effective Leadership in Major Projects||Being an effective project manager and good leader. Reading: Ch. 10|
|7||Week 7: Managing Project Teams||Team management and team types. Reading: Ch.11|
|8||Week 8: Conflict and Conflict Management||Interrelation of conflict management, trust, and cost outcomes. Reading: Handout|
|9||Week 9: Dealing with Organizational Change||Change management, communications and adaptation. Readings: Handout Due: Major Assignment - Report (on Monday, 04 May)|
|10||Week 10: Delivering Organisational Value||Benefits realisation, earned value, ratios, data interpretation, Agile techniques, progress and performance measurement and evaluation. Reading: Ch. 13 & 17 Due: All groups are to email their Major Assignment Presentations to the convener by Monday, 11 May Due: Major Assignment - Presentations|
|11||Week 11: Cross-boundary Projects||International projects, meta -teams, cross-organisational management and governance. Reading: Ch. 15 Due: Major Assignment - Presentations|
|12||Week 12: Course Review||Review and Conclusion Q&A about the final exam Due: Major Assignment - Presentations|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Student Participation||10 %||*||*||1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9|
|In-Class Quiz||15 %||24/03/2020||03/04/2020||1,2,3,4|
|Major Assignment - Oral Presentation||15 %||04/05/2020||22/05/2020||2,6,8,9|
|Major Assignment - Report||15 %||11/05/2020||29/05/2020||6,7,9|
|Final Exam||45 %||*||02/07/2020||1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Participation is expected in all classes and assessments
Additional examination information will be available on https://exams.anu.edu.au/timetable/
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Details of task:
It is essential to your learning, and the learning of others in the class, that you actively participate and contribute to the course. This assessment task will focus on course's student discussions forum on Wattle. Student will be required to provide two (2) high quality contributions to the course's student discussion forum before the end of the Semester.
To evaluate the issues and challenges pertaining to Project Management.
Each contribution must be of an appropriate quality and will be assessed taking into consideration: the extent of research and supporting justifications utilised to support the views presented; and appropriate linkages of that contribution, back into the key topics addressed in the course. Each of the two contributions must not be more than 250 words in length.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Week 5 Seminar
Students will take a 1-hour quiz. The format of the quiz be announced at start of semester.
To demonstrate your understanding of Project Management theories and principles from material covered within the course.
Return of Assessment:
Friday, 03 April 2020
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 2,6,8,9
Major Assignment - Oral Presentation
By the end of week 3 teams will be formed to work on the Major Assignment. The groups undertaking this assessment, will be have the same membership to the groups that undertook Assessment 3. The assignment requires research on a project management topic (to be allocated to each team by the course convener) and will require the development of a substantial report. Group work is a critical skill in project management, thus this major assignment is a very important part of the course, not just for the necessary academic learning but also for the practice of teamwork.
Detailed instructions regarding this assignment will be given during the lectures. The Major Assignment has two parts: a written Report (15% of total marks) and this Oral Presentation (15% of total marks).
Due Date: All groups are to email their Presentations to the convener by 5pm on Monday, 11 May 2020. The exact details of which group will present on which week, will be decided by the course convener.
Form of submission: Presentations to be held in the classes.
Date of assessment return: Two weeks after the presentation
Further guidelines and marking criteria will be posted on Wattle in Week 4.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 6,7,9
Major Assignment - Report
By the end of week 3 teams will be formed to work on the Major Assignment. The assignment requires research on a project management topic (to be allocated to each team by the course convener) and will require the development of a substantial report. Group work is a critical skill in project management, thus this major assignment is a very important part of the course, not just for the necessary academic learning but also for the practice of teamwork. The groups will consist of approximately 4-6 students, depending on the overall size of the class. Membership of the groups will be decided by the Convener.
Detailed instructions regarding this assignment will be given during the lectures. The Major Assignment has two parts: this written Report (15% of total marks) and an oral presentation (15% of total marks).
Due Date: 5pm, Monday, 04 May 2020
Word limit: No more than 2,000 words (marks will be deducted for exceeding the word limit)
Form of submission: Turnitin
Date of assessment return: Two weeks after submission
To develop skills in undertaking research, evaluation of relevant business conditions, and formulation of criteria for decision-making and recommendations. This assessment is intended to further develop your research and analytical skills in issues related to project management.
Further guidelines, including the presentation order and marking criteria, will be posted on Wattle in Week 4
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
During the Semester 1 2020 exam period. Students will be notified towards the end of the semester by ANU Examinations of the specific exam details.
Students will write a 2-hour Open-Book exam. The format of the exam will be announced no later than week 12 of semester.
To demonstrate your understanding of Project Management, theories and principles from material covered within the course.
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