Course Title: Undertake project work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: BUSM8720C

Course Title: Undertake project work

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5225 - Diploma of Management

Course Contact : Sylvia Baroutis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5469

Course Contact Email:sylvia.baroutis@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Course coordinator:

Vivien Wong
Tel:  61 3 9925 5494
Email:  v.wong@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 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 record-keeping 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 record keeping 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



Details of Learning Activities

The learners will form into project management teams to complete the assessment outlined in the project brief. Students will draw on the theory from the textbook and apply the theory to practice. They will identify the stakeholders and produce the project deliverables as identified in the project brief.


Teaching Schedule

WeekTopicAssessment
1
8 Jul

Textbook
Assessments
Learning Method
Form into project teams

 

2
15 Jul

The Project Brief
The Project Scope
Define Project
Read textbook pages iii-21
 
3
22 Jul
Define Project
Define Stakeholders
Deliverables
Communication methods
Team Code of Conduct and Team Roles.
Top Down Flowcharting Method - Task Breakdown
Read textbook pages 22-36
Not an assessment but each project team must sign off a Project Topic Agreement with teacher
Project brief must be submitted online
4
29 Jul


Define Project
Task Breakdown and
Project management tools: MS Project
Risk management including OHS
Read textbook pages 22-36

 
5
5 Aug

ONLINE CLASS

Define Project
MS Project
Develop budget
Group decision-making: the normative model
Read textbook pages 22-36

 
6
12 Aug
Develop Project Plan.
Team to meet.
To do lists.
Recordkeeping.
Project resources and quality.
Read textbook pages 37-68
Part A: due online
Peer assessments due
7
19 Aug
Develop Project Plan
Read textbook pages 37-68
 
8
26 Aug
ONLINE CLASS

Develop Project Plan

Read textbook pages 37-68
 
2-6
Sep
No class - Mid-semester break 
9
9 Sep
Develop Project Plan
Read textbook pages 37-68
Part B: due online
Peer assessments due
10
16 Sep
Teams to assess risk.
Administer and monitor project
Read textbook pages 69-92
Administer and monitor project
 
11
23 Sep
Administer and monitor project
Read textbook pages 69-92
Ensure project deliverables on time on budget
Administer and monitor project
 
12
30 Sep

ONLINE CLASS

Administer and monitor project
Read textbook pages 69-92

Finalise project and review project
Read textbook pages 93-115

Part C: due online
Peer assessments due
13
7 Oct
Administer and monitor project and finalise project and review project
All in attendance for Presentations.
Project team presentations
14
14 Oct

Team to complete financial recordkeeping.
Contingency planning

Finalise project and review project
Read textbook pages 93-115

 
15
21 Oct
Finalise project and review project
Read textbook pages 93-115
Close file. Redeploy to staff VE roles.
Part D: due online
Teacher observations due
Peer assessments due
16
28 Oct
Finalise project and review projectWind up


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Aspire Training & Consulting 2013, BSBPMG522A Undertake Project Work, Aspire Training & Consutling, Melbourne.


References


Other Resources

MS Project, DVD’s, stakeholder input and references, myRMIT and online resources from relevant organisation and/or industry (depending on project choice).


Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements documentation, homework, assignments, group and/or individual projects, in class exercises, written and practical assessments, problem-solving exercises, presentations, direct observation of actual and simulated work practice, presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and audio files, review of products produced through work-based or course activities.

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.  Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.


Assessment Tasks

Two separate assessment documents will be provided with details on myRMIT - (1) Group Project report and (2) Individual observation assessment by teacher.

In the team assessment each team member will be marked individually. You will be assessed from observation and peer feedback against several criteria including:
• Did you attend scheduled meetings, and on time?
• Did you meet deadlines for your allocated contributions?
• Did you accept constructive criticism and act on it?
• Did you contribute and share ideas and research?
• Did you participate in team activities and successfully complete all the tasks allocated to you?
• Did you treat other team members with respect?
• Did you contribute proactively to the team, or were you only reactive to others’ suggestions and directions?
Project Reporting and Deliverables:

Evidence of your project will be created and produced each week. Students of each project team will keep their own records under the supervision of their own Project Manager. The formally assessed Project report is divided into Parts A, B, C and D.

Project brief due Week 3 (this is NOT formally assessed)
Part A due Week 6
Part B due Week 9
Part C due Week 12
Part D due Week 15

Separate document with full assessment details will be provided.

The incremental report includes all competency assessment criteria and is evidence of the project management cycle, deliverables and finalisation and project review. The report is written by the students of their team. RMIT style and Harvard Referencing Business Report writing applies.

Assessment tasks need to be submitted in online drop box and in hard copies, if required by the teacher.
 
Various methods for individual evaluation will be used including contribution to wikis, discussion boards, team meetings, emails, communication systems as well as face to face questioning. All team members are expected to be competent in all aspects of the subject matter so that, even if you accept responsibility for one particular aspect of the assessment, you must know and understand all areas of the assessment


 


Assessment Matrix

BSBPMG510A Manage projectsAssessment
Required knowledge 
• 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.

Parts A, B, C, D

Individual observation assessment

Required Skills 
• 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.
 
Parts A, B, C, D

Individual observation assessment

Elements/Performance criteria 
Define project (1.1 - 1.6)

Part A
Individual observation assessment

Develop project plan (2.1 - 2.6)

Part B
Individual observation assessment

Administer and monitor project (3.1 - 3.7)Part C
Individual observation assessment
Finalise project (4.1 - 4.3)Part D
Individual observation assessment
Review project (5.1 - 5.3)Part D
Individual observation assessment

Other Information

Submission Requirements

Assessment tasks need to be submitted via myRmit.

You should:

• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks (hard copy and soft copy)
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available on myRmit.
• Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

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.

Please refer to the Final Grades table below.

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.
The grading is according to the following criteria:

1. Level of independence, initiative, enterprise and performance of the work task – you must demonstrate initiative in the identification and management of a project with specific outcomes (deliverables), meet the administration requirements and tasks, processes and resources planned to ensure efficient use of resources. You will be aware of legislative requirements and apply them where appropriate. You will be creative and provide innovative solutions to complex issues, choose appropriate systems to meet organisational needs and design and develop documentation and related processes. You will respond to new and changing circumstances to ensure accurate and timely outcomes.

2. Demonstrated breadth of underpinning knowledge and a willingness to continue learning – you will self-reflect on the project and on how stakeholders and audience special needs were catered for. You will plan and identify your learning needs and monitor and evaluate your training requirements. You will meet deadlines.

3. Techniques and processes, technology skills and problemsolving – you will use complex functions of various computer software to design and develop templates, charts, standard documents and user manuals. You will use electronic communication and produce written correspondence and reports using technology to manage organisational information. You will use problem solving techniques learned in the semester as it relates to team management.

4. Work organisation, planning and self management – You will compose specific written plans, set goals, prioritise goals and schedule strategies and delegate tasks in order to get the task done in a timely manner. You will allocate resources to ensure organisational requirements are met, collect, collate and analyse information using workplace business systems, develop contingency plans and strategise to meet stakeholder needs, manage all meetings and the project effectively through excellent time management and organisational skills. You will follow legislative and regulatory requirements to ensure the safety and security of the project tasks.

5. Communication, people networking, language and interpersonal skills and teamwork – You will communicate in a business manner, and ensure usability and compliance by the team when managing organisational systems and processes. You will relate well to a wide range of audiences in interpersonal exchanges requiring excellent negotiation and writing skills. Your documents will be complete, formatted, free of spelling and grammar errors, topics will be suitably addressed and content will be professionally presented. You will use teamwork principles to run your team. You will understand the expectations of each teamworker: competence, loyalty, trustworthiness, honesty, responsibility, industriousness.

GRADE TABLE:
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

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