Course Title: Undertake project work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: BUSM8720C

Course Title: Undertake project work

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5371 - Diploma of Business (Public Relations)

Course Contact: Sally Parrott

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5175

Course Contact Email: sally.parrott@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Federico Viola

E federico.viola@rmit.edu.au

T 03 9925 5713

Available: Mon - Thu, 9am - 5pm by appointment

Nominal Hours: 60

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

None

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to undertake a straightforward project or a section of a larger project. This unit addresses the management of projects, including developing a project plan, administering and monitoring the project, finalising the project, and reviewing the project to identify lessons learned for application to future projects


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBPMG522A Undertake project work

Element:

1. Define project

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Access project scope and other relevant documentation 1.2 Define project stakeholders 1.3 Seek clarification from delegating authority of issues related to project and project parameters 1.4 Identify limits of own responsibility and reporting requirements 1.5 Clarify relationship of project to other projects and to the organisation's objectives 1.6 Determine and access available resources to undertake project

Element:

2. Develop project plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop project plan in line with the project parameters 2.2 Identify and access appropriate project management tools 2.3 Formulate risk management plan for project, including Work Health and Safety (WHS) 2.4 Develop and approve project budget 2.5 Consult team members and take their views into account in planning the project 2.6 Finalise project plan and gain necessary approvals to commence project according to documented plan

Element:

3. Administer and monitor project

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Take action to ensure project team members are clear about their responsibilities and the project requirements 3.2 Provide support for project team members, especially with regard to specific needs, to ensure that the quality of the expected outcomes of the project and documented time lines are met 3.3 Establish and maintain required recordkeeping systems throughout the project 3.4 Implement and monitor plans for managing project finances, resources and quality 3.5 Complete and forward project reports as required to stakeholders 3.6 Undertake risk management as required to ensure project outcomes are met 3.7 Achieve project deliverables

Element:

4. Finalise project

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Complete financial recordkeeping associated with project and check for accuracy 4.2 Ensure transition of staff involved in project to new roles or reassignment to previous roles 4.3 Complete project documentation and obtain necessary sign-offs for concluding project

Element:

5. Review Project

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Review project outcomes and processes against the project scope and plan 5.2 Involve team members in the project review 5.3 Document lessons learned from the project and report within the organisation


Learning Outcomes


You will learn how to apply project-management skills and how to meet the requirement of timelines, quality standards, budgetary limits and other requirements set for a project.


Details of Learning Activities

This course is structured to provide students with the optimum learning experience. Students will participate in a combination of group and individual learning activities. These activities will be provided through a combination of face to face teacher/student deliveries plus classroom work time. Students will need to research a specific topic and next present the content to the other students with the feedback of the teacher. This is a reversal of the teacher/student role. Additional learning activities will also be provided to students to complete outside of timetabled time. Guest speakers will add an additional layer to the learning experience.


Teaching Schedule

 Note: This weekly schedule may be subject to changes due to guest speakers.

Week

Week Commencing

  Topic                                                                          

Assessment /Comment           

1

3/7/17

Induction

Course Induction
Outline for all 3 Assignments

Group Work Workshop

 

2

10/7/17

Overview Assignment 1

How to define a project

·         Project scope

·         Stakeholders

·         Seeking clarification from delegating authority

·         Responsibilities and reporting requirements

·         Clarify relationship to organisation and other projects

·         Resources

Introduction to Assessment 1

3

17/7/17

How to develop a project plan

·         Develop a project plan

·         Project management tools

·         Risk management plan

·         Project budget

·         Consult team members

·         Finalise project plan and gain necessary approvals

 

4

24/7/17

How to administer and monitor projects

·         Actions to inform project team members about their responsibilities and the project requirements

·         Support for project team members

·         Establish and maintain required recordkeeping systems

·         Implement and monitor plans for managing project finances, resources and quality

·         Reporting on project

·         Undertake risk management

·         Achieve project deliverables

 

5

31/7/17

How to finalise a project

·         Complete financial recordkeeping

·         Check financial recordkeeping

·         Transition of staff involved in project to new or previous roles

·         Complete project documentation

How to review a project

·         Review project outcomes and processes against the project scope and plan

·         Involve team members in the project review

·         Document lessons learned from project and report within the organisation

 

6

7/8/17

Preparation for Assessment 1

 

 

7

14/8/17

Assessment 1

Assessment 1 – in class

You will receive the feedback in week 9. If required, resubmission for this assessment is due by the end of week 10.

8

21/8/17

Overview Assessments 2 and 3

Project Plan Workshop

Introduction to Assessments 2 and 3

Semester Break: 28/8 – 1/9

9

4/9/17

Project Plan Workshop

 

10

11/9/17

Project Plan Workshop

Supervised in-class work on Assessment 2

 

11

18/9/17

Supervised in-class work on Assessment 2

Assessment 2 Due, Sunday 11pm

 You will receive the feedback by week 13. If required, resubmission for this assessment is due by the end of week 14.

12

25/9/17

Project Plan Workshop

 

13

2/10/17

Project Plan Workshop

Supervised in-class work on Assessment 3

 

14

9/10/17

Project Plan Workshop

Supervised in-class work on Assessment 3

Assessment 3 Due, Sunday 11pm

15

16/10/17

Presentations of Assessment 3

Assessment 3 presentations – in class.

You will receive verbal feedback in week 15 after your presentation and receive additional the feedback in week 16. If required, resubmission for this assessment is due by the end of week 16.

16

23/10/17

No classes - Resubmissions only

 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Class notes and tutorials.

Online notes posted on Blackboard

Video resources on Lynda.com (see course content in Blackboard shell)


References

Lynda.com: Project Management Foundations by Bonnie Biafore - https://www.lynda.com/Project-tutorials/Project-Management-Fundamentals/424947-2.html?srchtrk=index%3a6%0alinktypeid%3a2%0aq%3aproject+planning%0apage%3a1%0as%3arelevance%0asa%3atrue%0aproducttypeid%3a2

Lynda.com: Project Management Foundations: Leading Projects by Daniel Stanton - https://www.lynda.com/Project-Management-tutorials/Leading-Projects/483102-2.html


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the skills to: 

  • communication and negotiation skills to work with team members and other stakeholders to maintain project schedules
  • communication skills to relate to people with diverse abilities and from diverse backgrounds in a culturally appropriate way
  • literacy skills to read, write and review a range of documentation
  • numeracy skills to:
  • analyse data
  • compare time lines and promotional costs against budgets
  • planning and organising skills to develop, monitor and maintain implementation schedules.

 

Knowledge evidence:

 organisation's mission, goals, objectives and operations and how the project relates to them

  • organisational structure, and lines of authority and communication in the organisation
  • relevant legislation and codes from all levels of government that may affect aspects of business operations, including:
  • anti-discrimination legislation
  • codes of practice
  • environmental issues
  • ethical principles
  • WHS
  • privacy laws.

 

Assessment Conditions

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to workplace project documentation

demonstration of all required skills, knowledge and performance in a workplace-based project.

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.


Assessment Tasks

 

Assessment Task

Weighting

Due Date

1

30%

Week 7 (in class)

2

40%

Week 11, Sunday (upload on Blackboard)

3

30%

Week 14, Sunday(upload on Blackboard)

Week 15 (presentation)

 Note: You are required to complete three tasks. You must successfully complete all three tasks to be deemed competent in this course.

Assessment Task 1: Questionnaire - Applied Terminology: Tasks and Questions

Due date: Week 7 – in class (access to a PC, laptop or tablet required)

Students will be supplied with a sample brief that includes relevant information about the project, dates, tasks, stakeholders, etc. Students then need to complete/answer a set of questions and tasks during class time.

Type: Individual

Assessment Task 2: Report -Project Analysis and Project Plan

Due date: Week 11, Sunday, 11pm (upload on Blackboard)

Students will analyse a specific project and develop a detailed project plan.

Type: Group of 3-4

Assessment Task 3: Report – Monitoring, Finalisation and Review of Project

Due dates:

  • Upload on Blackboard: Week 14, Sunday, 11pm
  • Presentation in Class: Week 15

Students will in their groups on the project from the previous assessment task. They need to develop a detailed report on how the project has been monitored, finalised and reviewed.

Type: Group of 3-4


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix that maps the assessments is available on Blackboard in the course shell.

Submission Requirements:

  • Ensure that you submit your assessment by the due date.
  • Always retain a copy of your assessment submission (hard copy and soft copy).
  • Always use a cover sheet when you submit work for assessment at RMIT University.
  • The cover sheet must include your name and be uploaded on Blackboard with the included declaration and statement of authorship. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting is your own work. If you submit your work as a hard copy you will need to sign the cover sheet.
  • For group assessments all group members's names need to be included.
  • Each page of your assessment should include a footer with your name, student number, the assessment title, RMIT course code, course title and page numbers.
    For example: Peter Peters, s999999, Assessment 2 - Project Plan, BUSM8720C Undertake Project Work, Page 7 of 11.

Late Submission Procedures:

You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time you must apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date. An extension of up to 7 calendar days may be granted.

More information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension

Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/seca86tti4g4z.pdf 

Where an extension of more than 7 calendar days is needed, you must apply for special consideration. Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than 2 working days after the assessment due date.

More information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=g43abm17hc9w (unresolved) 

Form to use: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/8a5dgcaqvaes1.pdf 

Resubmissions (VET Programs):

If you are found to be unsuccessful in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed 1 resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is “CAG”.


If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

Adjustments to Assessment

In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website: 

More information: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=7usdbki1fjf31 

Marking Guide (Competency):

You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying. 

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.

Marking Guide (Grading):

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit and you will achieve one of the following grades:

Final Grades table:

CHD

Competent with High Distinction

CDI

Competent with Distinction

CC

Competent with Credit

CAG

Competency Achieved – Graded

CA

Competency Achieved – Not Graded

NYC

Not Yet Competent

DNS

Did Not Submit for assessment


Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

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