Course Title: Manage projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: BUSM6234C

Course Title: Manage projects

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5219 - Diploma of International Business

Course Contact : Tim Wallis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5423

Course Contact Email:timothy.wallis@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ian Burns

ian.burns@rmit.edu.au

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 course descibes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to manage a straightforward project or a section of a larger project. It addresses the management of projects including the development of a project plan, administering and monitor of the project, fianlising the project and reviewing to identify lessons lesrnt for application to future projects.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBPMG510A Manage projects

Element:

Develop project plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Develop project plan including timelines, work breakdown structure, role and responsibilities and other details of how the project will be managed in relation to the project parameters
2.2. Identify and access appropriate project management tools
2.3. Formulate risk management plan for project, including occupational health and safety (OHS)
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 any necessary approvals to commence project according to documented plan

Element:

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 any 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:

Finalise project

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Complete financial record keeping associated with project and check for accuracy
4.2. Assign staff involved in project to new roles or reassign to previous roles
4.3. Complete project documentation and obtain any necessary sign offs for concluding project

Element:

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 learnt from the project and report within the organisation

Element:

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 record keeping systems throughout the project
3.4. Implement and monitor plans for managing project finances, resources (human, physical and technical) 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


Learning Outcomes


This course will deliver the skills and knowledge required to manage a straightforward project or a section of a larger project.

This course addresses the management of projects including the development of a project plan, administering and monitoring the project, finalising the project and reviewing the project to identify lessons learnt for application to future projects.
 


Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities. The self-paced activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and include your contribution to tutorial activities and interactive sessions.


The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment. We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.


Teaching Schedule

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16 July
 
• Course delivery and assessment details
• Course support documents
• Online learning environment
• Grading
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
(2) Pre-Training Review
• Includes skills analysis and Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
(3) Introduction to the course
 
213 July
 
 Introduction to Operational Planning
320 July
 
 Introduction to Project Management
427 July
 
 Project Briefs and feasibility assessment
53 Aug

 
 Project Schedules
610 Aug
 
 Project Budgets
717 Aug
 
 Managing the Project
824 Aug
 
 Managing the Project
 31  Aug
 
Mid-semester break
97 Sep
 
 Operational Planning - KPI’s and Contingencies
1014 Sep
 
 Operational Planning - Monitor, review and plan operational performance
1121 Sep
 
 Operational Planning - Monitor, review and plan operational performance
1228 Sep
 
 Operational Planning - Resourcing the plan
135 Oct
 
 Project feasibility and reviews
1412 Oct
 
 Project feasibility and reviews
1519 Oct
 
Resubmissions and resits/revision
1626 OctFeedback

This unit is codelivered and coassessed with BUSM6233CManage Operational plans
 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

N/A


Overview of Assessment

Students 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 assignments, journals, presentation and written or test. Students 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.


Assessment Tasks

This unit is codelivered and coassessed with BUSM6233CManage Operational plans

This unit has 3 assessments.  You must successfully complete all three assessments to be deemed competent.

Assessment Task 1 – Project Plan
Date handed out: Week 4
Date and time due: Week 9
Group or Individual: This is a group assessment to be completed in groups of no more than 4 persons.

Purpose:
In the workplace you will be required to manage simple projects including developing a project plan, administering and monitoring the project and finalising the project.

Requirements:
The project plan will plan your approach to assignment 2 – the delivery of an operational plan.

Assessment Task 2 – Operational Plan
Date handed out: Week 4
Date and time due: Week 13
Group or Individual: This is a group assessment to be completed in groups of no more than 4 persons.

Purpose:
In the workplace you will be required to develop and monitor implementation of the operational plan to provide efficient and effective workplace practices within the organisation’s productivity and profitability plans.
Operational plans are usually prepared annually. Operational plans focus on the activities and resources required to meet required targets and include ways of monitoring progress and keeping on track.

Requirements:
You are required to prepare a written operational plan for the business or business unit you’re using as your example. The report should be fully referenced and should not exceed 3500 words.

Assessment Task 3 – Interview / Observation
Date handed out: Week 4
Date and time due: Week 14 & 15
Group or Individual: This is an individual assessment.

Purpose:
In the workplace you must be able to administering and monitor a project, finalise the project, and review the project to identify lessons learned for application to future projects.

Requirements:
Throughout the semester you will be required to undertake your group projects according to your project plan. You capability to deliver and execute on your plan will be assessed through observation and your understanding of critical concepts will be assessed using an oral interview / questioning.
 


Assessment Matrix

Marking Guide (competency):
Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT). So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.
You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

Marking Guide (Grading)
After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

You will be provided with an assessment matrix in the assessments area of the unit blackboard shell. Generally, your grading will be assessed against how well you:
• Perform the activities as required by the learning elements of this unit of competency.
• Demonstrate the required knowledge for this unit of competency.
• Execute the required skills for this unit of competency.
• Demonstrate your employability skills through contribution to learning activities related to this assessment, timeliness, use of technology and teamwork.

Final Grades table:
DNS - Did not submit for assessment
NYC - Not yet competent
CAG - Competency achieved – graded
CC - Competent with credit
CDI - Competent with distinction
CHD - Competent with high distinction
 

Other Information

Submission requirements:
You are required to meet the following criteria for all assessments. Failure to do so may result in you being deemed not-yet-competent:

• Submit all assessment tasks online through blackboard, and include the RMIT e-submission declaration (see below).
• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.
• Retain a copy of your assessment tasks.


Electronic Submission
When submitting work online, you need to include the cover sheet supplied by your teacher. This includes the following declaration:

RMIT Electronic Submission of work for assessment
I declare that in submitting all work for this assessment I have read, understood and agree to the content and expectations of the assessment declaration.
(URL: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/declaration)


Resubmissions:
If you are found to be Not Yet Competent (NYC) in an Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission to demonstrate competence. 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”.

Late Submissions
Students are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates. If a student is to be prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside their control, they may apply in advance to the teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days. To be eligible for an extension, you must lodge the extension form availabile at the following link with your teacher: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, the student must apply for special consideration. Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination. More information on special consideration and how to apply can be found here: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration

Final Date for All Assessments
No assessment tasks or resubmissions will be accepted after 5pm Friday, week 16.

Adjustments to Assessment
In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. Information on circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted can be found at the following website: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/adjustment
 

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