Course Title: Manage projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: BUSM6223C

Course Title: Manage projects

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5314 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925-4815

Course Contact Email:mctafe@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lorna Hendry
Lorna.hendry@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 is designed to develop the skills and knowledge required to manage a complex writing project.  This will include the co-ordination of a range of skills needed to deal with the planning, allocation of resources, monitoring, implementing of schedules and documentation of a project.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBPMG510A Manage projects

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 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 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 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:

3. Administer and monitor project

Performance Criteria:

3.1  Take action to ensure project team members are clear about their responsibilities and 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 recording 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:

4. 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:

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 learnt from the project and report within the organisation


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this unit you will be able to research, plan and develop  the time lines, quality standards, budgetary limits and other requirements set for a project.


Details of Learning Activities

This course is co-delivered and assessed with CUFRES401A Conduct Research

In this course, you will learn through:-

1.  In-class activities -
- lectures
- teacher directed group activities/ projects
- guest speakers
- group discussion
- class exercises
- workshopping

2.  Out-of-class activities -
- online and other research
- independent project based work
- independent study
 


Teaching Schedule

 Week Class ContentAssessments  CUFRES401A BSBPMG510A
 1 Course outline/assessment
What is project management?
Outline of project management skills
Brainstorm ideas for projects

Computer lab:
Research different events
Research project management jobs
 

  1.1-1.41.1-1.3.
 2 Discuss event case studies
Choose topics and form teams
Working in teams – group theory
Teamwork – decision making, setting goals, assigning roles, team rules

Computer lab/group time:
Online personality typing
Team meeting
Team roles & rules
Communication strategy
Personal reflection
 

 Event case study 2.1
2.2
4.1-4.4
 
1.3
1.4
3.1
 
 3 Discuss project management positions
Meeting procedures
Stages of a project
Project documentation
Why projects fail

Computer lab/group time:
Team meeting
Create templates for agendas/minutes
Draft project proposal
Personal reflection
 

 Project management position 2.3-2.8
4.1-4.4
 
1.1
2.4
3.2
3.3
 
 4 Customer/stakeholder needs
Personal/role goals

Guest speaker: Fiona Newton, Fitzroy/Abbotsford Market

Computer lab/group time:
Team meeting
Complete project proposal
Personal reflection
 

 Project proposal due (end of class) 1.2
1.5
2.6
2.5
 
 5 Project management tools
- Developing timelines/schedules
- Using project management charts: flow, pert, gantt

Computer lab/group time:
Team meeting
Feedback on project proposal
Project work – deliverable 1
Personal reflection
 

  4.1-4.42.1
2.1
2.5
3.5
 
 6 Identifying resources
- venues
- equipment
- staff
- contractors
- volunteers

Computer lab/group time:
Team meeting
Project work – deliverable 1
Personal reflection
 

  2.1
1.7
4.4
 
1.6
2.5
3.4
 
 7 Risk management – internal and external
Developing contingency plans
OH&S

Computer lab/group time:
Team meeting
Project work – deliverable 1
Personal reflection
 

  2.3
2.5
3.6
 
 8 Budgeting – internal and external

Guest speaker: James Shuter, Project/Event Manager, Museum Victoria

Computer lab/group time:
Team meeting
Project work – deliverable 2
Personal reflection
 

 Project plan:
Deliverable 1 due
 
 4.1-4.32.4
2.5
3.5
3.7
 
 9 Legal requirements
Advertising and promotion

Computer lab/group time:
Team meeting
Feedback on deliverable 1
Project work – deliverable 2
Personal reflection
 

  1.5
4.4
 
2.5
 10 Class discussion – teams share progress/issues/questions

Computer lab/group time:
Team meeting
Project work – deliverable 2
Personal reflection
 

  2.5
 11 Change management

Computer lab/group time:
Team meeting
Project work – deliverable 3
Personal reflection
 

 Project plan:
Deliverable 2 due
 
 1.6
4.1-4.3
 
3.5
3.7
4.1
4.2
 
 12 Develop resources for attendees – guidance materials, activity sheets

Computer lab/group time:
Team meeting
Feedback on deliverable 2
Project work – deliverable 3
Personal reflection
 

  4.43.3
3.4
 
 13 Project evaluation – design a feedback document/survey

Computer lab/group time:
Team meeting
Project work – deliverable 3
Personal reflection
 

  5.1
5.2
 
 14 Class discussion – groups to share progress/issues/questions

Computer lab/group time:
Team meeting
Project work – deliverable 3
Personal reflection
 

  3.1-3.44.3.
 15 Rehearse/prep for presentation

Group presentations (15-20 mins each)
 

 Project plan:
Deliverable 3 due

Group presentation
 

 4.1-4.33.5
3.7
 
 16 Whole class discussion, advice for future teams

Guest speaker: Susan Provan, Artistic Director, Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Personal reflections (individual,
5 mins each)
 

 Present personal reflections (one-on-one)4.4 5.3
     


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References

You are advised to check the Blackboard site for additional information and resources.


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks will involve practical exercises that will lead to the development and documentation of a team project.


Assessment Tasks

This course is assessed with CUFRES401A Conduct Research

Overview of Assessment
Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:
- participation in class
- participation in individual and group exerc ises, written and practical
- oral presentations
- contribution to group project through research and writing
- application of learned skills and insights to individual and group tasks

Assessment Tasks
Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative.  Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial
summative assessment tasks.
Summative tasks in this unit are graded Competent or Not Competent.  To demonstrate competency in this course, you need to complete all of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory
standard.

Formative assessments
1. Class presentation: Event case study.  Due Week 2 (18 July)
2. Class presentation: Project management position.  Due Week 3 (25 July)

Summative assessments
1.  Project proposal.  Due Week 4 (1 August)
2.  Project plan, submitted in three (3) parts
-   Deliverable 1. Due Week 8 (29 August)
-   Deliverable 2. Due Week 11 (19 September)
-   Deliverable 3.  Due Week 15 (31 October)
3.  Group presentation. Due Week 15 (31 October)
4.  Personal reflection. Due Week 16 (7 November)

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not graded).

CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did not Submit for Assessment
 


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program Administration.

Other Information

Attendance
The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.
Feedback - You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration.Special consideration, appeals and discipline

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism -
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity


Work Placement:
It is a requirement of this program that all students participate in authentic work related tasks. These may be either simulated or in a real work environment. On occasion, we are approached by industry and given opportunities for students to apply for short term placements. When these placement opportunities arise, students are required to negotiate the specific details with the relevant program coordinator or teacher. All industry placements require students, RMIT staff and host organisations to sign a written agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.
 

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