Course Title: Manage projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: BUSM6234C

Course Title: Manage projects

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5225 - Diploma of Management

Course Contact : Sylwia Greda-Bogusz

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5441

Course Contact Email:sylwia.gredabogusz@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course Coordinator

Name: Seymour Jacobson

Phone: 9925 1563

Email: seymour.jacobson@rmit.edu.au

Teacher
Name: Dr Sylwia Greda-Bogusz
Phone: 9925 5441
Email: sylwia.gredabogusz@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

Experience in front line, senior supervisory or management position.

Course Description

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


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBPMG510A Manage projects

Element:

BSBMG510A/5 Review project

Performance Criteria:

5. Review project
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:

BSBPM510A/3 Administer and monitor project

Performance Criteria:

3. Administer and monitor project
3.1Take 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

Element:

BSBPMG510A/2 Develop Project Plan

Performance Criteria:

2. Develop project plan
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
2.5Consult 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:

BSBPMG510A/4 Finalise project 

Performance Criteria:

4. Finalise project
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:

BSMPMG510A/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 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


Learning Outcomes


Students demonstrate an ability to manage own performance and professional development. Particular emphasis is on setting and meeting priorities, managing schedules, budgets and planning as well as analysing information and using strategies to develop further competence.


Details of Learning Activities

Students are required to attend all classes to participate in class activities. The class activities provide an opportunity to develop skills and apply theory to real life situations. The learning activities students will take a role in are:
• Case studies
• Project work
• Collaborative classroom activities
• Team activities
• Peer interaction
• Games and simulations
• Reflection and discussion and debating
• Reading the text book
• Accessing materials on line


Teaching Schedule


Week beginningWeekly ScheduleCompetency/References
Week 1
6th July
Introduction and Course Overview
Government Legislations’ affecting aspects of business operations:
• Anti-discrimination legislation
• Ethical principles
• Code of practice
• Privacy laws
• Environmental issues
• OH&S

BSBPMG510A
Introducing Assessment 1& 2
http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au


Week 2
13th July
Organisational Structures:
• Line of authority
• Line of Communications

Organisational missions, goals, objectives and operations
BSBPMG510A
Part 4 Chapter 16
Robbins,S., Judge,T., Millett, B., Waters-Marsh, T,. (2008)- Organisational Behaviour 5th ed. Pearson Education Australia

Week 3
20th July
Define Project:
• Project stakeholders
• Project authority
• Reporting requirements
• Limits of responsibility
• Project resources
• Project Parameters
BSBPMG510A/1
Students choosing a project/choosing team member
Chapter 3
Hartley, S. (2009) – Project Management: Principles, Processes and Practice 2nd ed. Pearson Education Australia

Week 4
27th July
Project Plan:
• Roles/ Responsibilities
• Time lines/charts
• Work breakdown
• How/whom the project will be managed
• OH&S
• Project meetings
BSBPMG510A/2
Student team meeting
Chapter 6
Hartley, S. (2009) – Project Management: Principles, Processes and Practice 2nd ed. Pearson Education Australia
Week 5
3rd August
Development of Project Budget
Project Risk Analysis
Risk Management
Reducing Costs

BSBPMG510A/2
BSBPMG510A/3
Assessment 1 (10%)
Project brief and sign off on Project
DUE - Friday 7th August 2009
Level 13 BOX by 4pm.

Student team meeting
Chapter 5 and Chapter 9
Hartley, S. (2009) – Project Management: Principles, Processes and Practice 2nd ed. Pearson Education Australia

Week 6
10th August
Working with project Teams:
• Provide support for project members
• Record keeping
• Monitoring plans: project finances, resources including HR resources
BSBPMG510A/3
Students team meeting
Chapter 10
Hartley, S. (2009) – Project Management: Principles, Processes and Practice 2nd ed. Pearson Education Australia
Week 7
17th August
Project Performance Measures
Building Quality into the project/continuous improvement
BSBPMG510A
Student team meeting
Chapter 11
Hartley, S. (2009) – Project Management: Principles, Processes and Practice 2nd ed. Pearson Education Australia

Week 8
24th August
Project simulation work in class activityBSBPMG510A
Students team meeting
 Mid Semester Break (Student Vacation)
From and including Monday 31st August to 6th September return Monday 7th September 09
 
Week 9
7th September
Project simulation work in class activityBSBPMG510A
Students team meeting
Week 10
14th September
Project simulation work in class activityBSBPMG510A
Students team meeting
Week 11
21 September
Finalise the Project:
• Financial records
• Complete project documentation
• Relation of the project to the overall goals/objectives of the organisation.
BSBPMG510A/4
Students team meeting
Chapter 12
Hartley, S. (2009) – Project Management: Principles, Processes and Practice 2nd ed. Pearson Education Australia

Week 12
28th September
Effective Project Presentation Skills:
• Presenting documentation
• Presenting Data/ Schedules
• Culturally appropriate communication/diverse backgrounds/diverse abilities
BSBPMG510A
Week 13
5th October
Project Presentations BSBPMG510A
Assessment 2 A (20%)
Week 14
12th October
Project Presentations BSBPMG510A
Assessment 2 A (20%)
Week 15
19th October

Project Presentations

Review Project outcomes
Documenting project outcomes
Documenting Lessons learnt

BSBPMG510A
Assessment 2 A (20%)
Chapter 12
Hartley, S. (2009) – Project Management: Principles, Processes and Practice 2nd ed. Pearson Education Australia
Week 16
26th October

Feedback on Presentations of Projects and Assessments

BSBPMG510A
Assessment 2 B (70%) Executive Report

due Friday 30th of October 2009 level 13 BOX by 4pm


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Hartley, S. (2009) – Project Management: Principles, Processes and Practice 2nd ed. Pearson Education Australia
Robbins,S., Judge,T., Millett, B., Waters-Marsh, T,. (2008)- Organisational Behaviour 5th ed. Pearson Education Australia


References

Cole, K. (2005) - Management: The Theory and Practice, 3rd ed. Pearson Education Australia.

Online Learning Materials
Online learning materials can be accessed by going into the RMIT web site, clicking on Students, under IT Information and Services there is a link to the Online Learning Hub. www.rmit.edu.au/online. Log in and click on BUSM 6234C Manage Projects.
It is essential to have access to an internet connected computer outside of class times. Internet connected computers are available in the Business Labs on Level 3 of Building 108, 239 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

Useful Websites
http://www.rmit.edu.au/library This website is a useful resource for your assessment tasks
http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/ The Learning Lab is a learning and study skills site developed by the Learning Skills Unit offering online interactive tutorials, printable handouts and an email Learning Query service. The site is designed to assist students develop the capabilities for tertiary study.


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Students will be assessed directly against a mixture of the elements and performance criteria listed in Key Competencies Unit. Assessments will comprise of Project Brief, Presentations, and major Report. Part of this course will be co-assessed with MIET 7508C Facilitate Continuous Improvement.i


Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 BSBPMG510A/1/2
VALUE: (10%)
Project brief and sign off on Project.
DUE – Week 5
Friday 7th August 2009
Level 13 BOX by 4pm.


Students will provide a written brief/proposal no more than two pages long (approximately 600 words), of the work related project, outlining the scope/ideas/themes/and any necessary background information.
Included in the brief must be a statement of consensus from respected employers agreeing to student undertaking the project: theme/investigation/research

Note:
* Individual students not in current employment or/in situation of conflict of interest will need to negotiate their project and assessment method with teacher in charge.


Assessment 2 A BSBPMG510A/1/2/3
VALUE: 20%
Project outline presentations
DUE: Week 13-15 in class
Student presentations

Working in teams of two, students will present each other project briefs. Including in their presentation would be their own critical evaluation/observations and points of view. It is expected that the individual presentations will be no more than 20-30 minutes in length allowing for question time. It is expected that presentations will be professionally addressed and delivered, observing performance criteria and following guidelines provided by teacher in charge. Presentations should utilise knowledge, skills and planning tools obtained during the class and by individual as well as team mentoring and learning and research. The format of the presentation MUST be a business format either PP/Video/Film/Text or combination.
Colour/B&W copy of the presentation to be included with the final project.




Assessment 2B BSBPMG510A/1/2/3/4/5
VALUE: 70%

Project Executive Report DUE: Friday 30th October 2009
Personally to teacher in charge


This is the largest single Assessment for this course, representing overall knowledge, skills and underpinning knowledge for the Project Management course. There is no word limit, however it is expected that your project will be in the range of 4000- 5000 words. Therefore, it is imperative that the Executive Report of your own Project is presented in Business format as follow:
• High quality paper A4 format some A3 will be accepted
• Arial/Roman fonts size 12
• All graphs/photographs and PP in colour
• Professionally bind (through academic binding services) or solid spine bind with hard cover pages (top and back)
• All academic referencing
• Appendix’s if necessary
• Signed Statement of Authenticity (will be provided in class)
Please note: Part of the Executive Report will be co-assessed with MIET 7508C Facilitate Continuous Improvement. Your Assignment for MIET 7508C course need to be in line with your Project’s Executive Report for BUSM6234C and included in your final report.


Assessment Matrix

ElementAssessment 1Assessment
2 A
Assessment 2B
1. Define project BSBPMG510A/1


XXX
2. Develop project plan BSBPMG510A/2

XXX
3. Administer and monitor project
BSBPMG510A/3

 XX
4. Finalise project BSBPMG510A/4

  X
5. Review project BSBPMG510A/5  X

Students will be assessed directly against a mixture of the elements and performance criteria listed in Key Competencies Unit.

Other Information

Teacher Contact
Out of class communication to all students will occur using the RMIT student email and/or the Blackboard. It is essential that you check your email or the Blackboard prior to attending each class.
Consultation times will be made available to you in the first week of classes. Consultations may also be arranged via email.
Self Managed Learning.Students will be required to undertake research and assessment practice outside of regular class times. Exercises are provided to students to facilitate their learning in a self-paced manner and form part of the overall achievement of the competencies in this course. Students are reminded that they are expected to spend an equal amount of time outside of class, furthering their understanding of the concepts being taught, as they do in class to be deemed competent in this course.
Academic Administration Procedures. Students who require general assistance should, in the first instance, approach their class teacher. Secondly, students should contact the course coordinator and lastly, the program coordinator.
Plagiarism
Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. It also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.

Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.

For further information including “Plagiarism (and how to avoid it): Resources for Students” please refer to the Plagiarism section of the RMIT Policies, available at http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies in the Plagiarism section.

For information relating to the penalties for plagiarism and cheating, please refer to Regulation 6.1.1 Student Discipline, available at http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=1db54sd7vspz;STATUS=A;SECTION=2;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers
Penalties include official reprimand, recording of a failure result or expulsion from the University.

The originality verification software Turnitin (see http://www.turnitin.com), may be used on assessments in this course.

Note, if requested by your teacher, you must complete a hardcopy of the RMIT coversheet with your assessment submissions:
http://mams.rmit.edu.au/rbkf8knmzbla1.doc

To support you with issues associated with the honesty and full referencing of external work presented in assignments, please visit the University website for Academic Integrity: http://www.rmit.edu.au/academicintegrity

Specifically, support resources for yourself as a student to ensure that your submitted assessment accurately represents your work are provided at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/academicintegrity/students

Submission of written work/assessment
All of your written work must conform with RMIT’s guidelines “Written Reports And Essays: Guidelines For Referencing And Presentation In RMIT Business” which can be found at: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/s9sx559hurvc.rtf

All of your written assessment must be lodged by the due date in the format specified for the particular assessment task. Written assessment must have a footer containing: student number, student name, course code, title of assessment and teacher’s name.

Staple your assignment or bind if required. Please do not place in plastic binders or plastic pockets.

Attach a signed Assignment Cover Sheet to each submission of written work or assessment. Cover Sheets are available near the lifts on Level 13 or from http://mams.rmit.edu.au/7ksj9bbov094.doc

You must keep a copy of your assignment/written work, which can be produced if the original is lost or damaged.
Supervised Assessment
Unless otherwise instructed by your class teacher, course coordinator or invigilator, the following conditions apply to your supervised assessments:
• All answers are written in blue or black pen only. Answers written in other colours or pencil will not be marked, excluding diagrams.
• The only materials which may be brought into the assessment room are blue or black pens, pencil, eraser and correction fluid. Items such as electronic dictionaries, mobile phones, electronic devices, written material and paper are not to be brought into the assessment room. It is a breach of assessment conditions to have any unauthorized materials or equipment in the assessment room.
• Assessment papers, questions and other material provided by the University are not to be removed from the assessment room.
• There is no communication of any kind with any person either inside or outside the assessment venue, apart from the assessment supervisor/invigilator or course teachers.

Special Consideration
Special Consideration is a process that enables the University to take account of unexpected circumstances such as illness, injury or bereavement that affect a student’s performance in assessment. Special Consideration can be applied for to obtain a classroom-based deferred assessment, eg: test or a role play.

You may apply for special consideration up to and no later than 48 hours (2 working days) after the date of the classroom based assessment. Forms are available from BTS Reception on Level 13 or from http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/forms

Grounds for special Consideration may include illness, accident, bereavement, hardship/trauma. All supporting documentation must be included with your application. Completed forms must be addressed submitted to the Hub on Level 4 Building 108. Further information can be accessed from http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration
Special Consideration for extension of time for submittable tasks can be submitted to Program Coordinator, Seymour Jacobson, up to 7 days from the due date of the assessment. After 7 days, the application must go to the Special Consideration Committee. The criteria for this special consideration are no different to those for classroom-based applications. These applications are to be submitted on an Application for Extension of Submittable Work form.
Non and Late Submission of Work
If you do not attempt an assessment or meet an assessment deadline and have not been granted Special Consideration, you will not receive a mark for the assessment and be deemed NYC (Not Yet Competent).

Appealing Assessment
You are entitled to appeal assessment results. Any appeal should be submitted to the Course Co-ordinator Student Liaison, Seymour Jacobson not more than 10 days after receiving notice of the result for the assessment. Please refer to RMIT Policy – Appeal Against Assessment Result available at http://www.rmit.edu.au/governance/policies in the Teaching and Learning Policy area.

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