Course Title: Techniques for Project Planning and Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Techniques for Project Planning and Management

Credit Points: 12

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BUSM3308

City Campus

Undergraduate

325H Property, Construction & Project Management

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Ehsan Gharaie

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1735

Course Coordinator Email: ehsan.gharaie@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 08.08.66

Course Coordinator Availability: Tuesday 2.30pm - 4.30pm


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course will provide you with essential techniques for planning and managing projects. Topics covered in this course include:
• Project selection measures
• Developing a project plan
• Specifying project scope
• Time and cost management methods
• Resource planning
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) 

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • PLO1: Determine and apply knowledge of complex project management theory to your professional practice and/or further study
  • PLO2: Professionally communicate to a range of audiences, demonstrating in depth knowledge of the discipline and of the needs of diverse project management stakeholders
  • PLO3: Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to analyse, synthesise and apply theoretical knowledge, and technical skills, to formulate evidenced based solutions to industry problems or issues
  • PLO5: Collaborate effectively with others and demonstrate intellectual independence and autonomy to solve problems and/or address industry issues and imperatives


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. CLO1: Apply selection measures to evaluate projects
  2. CLO2: Select and apply appropriate project management techniques for effective project planning
  3. CLO3: Collaborate in a team to develop a project plan for project stakeholders


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities in this course will include problem solving and case study exercises, group discussions, and individual and team-based activities.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You will be expected to utilise library and electronic resources (as well as any other appropriate resources) to engage in professional reading of any relevant educational literature related to techniques for project planning and management.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment consists of:  

Task 1: Class activities (weekly, individual): (30%) 

Throughout the semester, you will be asked to solve a few problems during each class. A lecturer will be available to assist you in solving those problems. The solutions should be submitted online. Solutions can be submitted at the end of the class or later on during the week. This assessment task is in line with learning outcomes such as ’apply selection measures to evaluate projects’ and ’select and apply appropriate techniques for project planning’. Undertaking this assessment task, you will develop the graduate capabilities of ’problem diagnosis and solving’ and ’discipline knowledge and technical expertise’. 

Task 2: Group assignment: (30%) 

You will apply the scheduling methods on a case study and produce a project schedule. This task will be undertaken in small groups and the result will be delivered in the form of a report by the end of the semester. Your report will be assessed by your tutor and your contribution to the group work will be assessed by your peers. ’Developing a project plan’ and ’select and apply appropriate techniques for project planning’ are two learning outcomes of this assessment task. Graduate capabilities targeted by this task are ’professional communication’, ’professional practice’ and ’discipline knowledge and technical expertise’. 

Task 3: Final exam (individual): (40%) 

Your understanding of planning techniques and your proficiency will be tested in a final exam. This exam will cover all the course material taught during the semester. The learning outcomes of this exam will be your skill to ‘apply selection measures to evaluate projects’ and to ‘select and apply appropriate techniques for project planning’. Problem diagnosis and solving and discipline knowledge and technical expertise are the capabilities developed by undertaking this exam.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

Equitable Learning Services 

Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provide support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability. You can contact the ELS if you would like to find out more: https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-and-facilities/student-support/equitable-learning-services. You can also contact the course coordinator or the program coordinator if you would like to find out more. 

An assessment charter (http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teaching staff. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc.