Course Title: Manage simple projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: BUSM6438C

Course Title: Manage simple projects

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4293 - Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking)

Course Contact: Geoff Moss

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4852

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Geoff Moss
Phone: 9925 4852
Office: 51.07.01

Nominal Hours: 65

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Not Applicable

Course Description

This unit covers management of generally low risk projects that may be small scale and managed by one person or a person with a small team. It includes implementing project start-up activities, coordinating project implementation, monitoring the project and arranging follow-up activities.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPPM402B Manage simple projects


1. Implement start-up activities

1.1 The project plan is updated with confirmed information for key dates and activities, resources and project governance details in accordance with the project implementation strategy
1.2 Project stakeholders' understanding of and agreement to fulfil the project requirements and their roles and responsibilities are confirmed
1.3 Required systems are established and maintained throughout the project in accordance with the project plan
1.4 A working knowledge of project management tools is used to facilitate integration of project activities and achievement of project outcomes

Performance Criteria:



2. Coordinate project implementation

2.1 Integration and management of project activities are handled in accordance with the project plan
2.2 Stakeholder input and expectations are managed and their commitment is maintained throughout the life of the project in accordance with organisational policy and procedures and the project plan
2.3 Disagreements and disputes are resolved or referred to a higher authority in accordance with organisational policy and procedures
2.4 Project change proposals are received and changes are recommended/made in accordance with the project plan, and documented in accordance with policy and procedures

Performance Criteria:



3. Monitor project

3.1 All aspects of the project are continually monitored and corrective action is taken as necessary to maintain progress in accordance with the project plan
3.2 Consultation and reporting mechanisms are applied in accordance with the communication plan when dealing with management, staff and/or contractors, steering committee members or other stakeholders
3.3 Project governance plans and any related contracts are monitored, reviewed and amended as appropriate, and results are reported in accordance with the communication plan
3.4 Project progress is monitored against agreed milestones in accordance with the project plan to provide a measure of performance throughout the life of the contract
3.5 Programmed review of objectives and achievement is implemented in accordance with the project plan

Performance Criteria:



4. Arrange project follow-up activities

4.1 Project deliverables are analysed against specifications , performance standards and project objectives, under broad guidance, and the results are reported to stakeholders
4.2 An initial support package or product manual is produced, if required, to provide guidance for stakeholders who will be required to apply the project results
4.3 The support package includes options for stakeholders to take account of environmental and cultural factors in applying project results
4.4 Operational and support authorities are consulted to research any testing/trialing/building requirements resulting from the project, and evaluation of any recommendations are included in the project report

Performance Criteria:


Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

• Case studies
• Collaborative classroom activities
• Peer interaction
• Reflection and discussion
• Accessing information on-line
• Workplace activities

The Internet and YouTube videos will be used as a learning tool and a resource for students to seek and locate relevant information.
Learning activities may be modified during the semester to meet the needs of students in the current program and the needs of their workplace.

Teaching Schedule

WeeksTopicSoftware / ReadingPractical ExercisesAssessment
1Introduction to Topic, Overview of course and relevance to traineeship and workplace; Project ManagementManage Simple Projects Participants Guide V2; PowerPoints Assignment
2Project Management; stakeholder analysis; Problem-solving; Benefits, ConstraintsSee reading list and online; PowerPoint;
Participants Guide
Tasks as per Participants GuideAssignment
3Cost Benefit Analysis; Feasibility of project; Comparison of solutions; Risk Analysis; ScopeSee reading list and online; PowerPoint;
Participants Guide
Tasks as per Participants GuideAssignment; Discussion
4Planning Project; Time management; Project Management; Communication and meetingsSee reading list and online; PowerPoint;
Participants Guide
Tasks as per Participants GuideAssignment; Discussion
5Project Management outline and principlesSee reading list and online; PowerPointTasks as per Participants GuideAssignment;
6Project Management
Gantt Chart
See reading list and online; PowerPointTasks as per Participants GuideAssignment;
Project Management Gantt Chart task
7Implementation of plan, monitoring; Evaluating projectSee reading list and online; PowerPoint;
Participants Guide
Tasks as per Participants GuideAssignment; Discussion

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Manage Simple Projects Participants Guide V2

Overview of Assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit.
Valid assessment of this unit requires a workplace environment or one that closely resembles normal work practice and replicates the range of conditions likely to be encountered when implementing projects, including coping with difficulties, irregularities and breakdowns in routine.

Assessment occurs throughout the program and includes learning and assessment activities conducted in the classroom, online and in the workplace giving you the opportunity to practice and be assessed on what you are learning in a work context. You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements, documentation, workplace activities, in class exercises, quizzes, practical problem solving exercises and presentations. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Assessment Tasks

Class and Work-Based Assessment Activities and tasks


All assessments need to be completed successfully to pass this course.

Assessment Matrix

ElementAssignmentPractical TasksIn Class / Work ObservationIn class testingIndividual and Group Discussion
1.1x x x
1.2x x x
1.3x x x
1.4xxx x
2.1x   x
2.2xxx x
2.3x x x
2.4x x x
3.1xxx x
3.2x x x
3.3x x x
3.4x x x
3.5x x x
4.1x x x


x x x
4.3x x x
4.4x x x

** small group discussion and problem solving on variety of issues at appropriate times during delivery of the course

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