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FIT2002 Project management - Semester 1, 2013

This unit provides both a theoretical and practical overview of processes involved in successfully managing medium to large scale projects undertaken by organisations operating within various industry sectors. Even though, this unit makes references to projects common to the information technology industry, the principles are equally applied to non-IT related projects. Examples and mini-cases illustrating project management issues experienced by various sectors (e.g. construction, business, defence) are cited. Typical topics include the project life cycle, problem definition, project evaluation, high and low level planning using such techniques as networking, gantt charts and resource levelling, team building and people management, contract management, ethical and security issues, project monitoring and control, reporting and communication, termination and assessment.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Day)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk

Workload requirements

Workload commitments per week are:

  • two-hour lecture
  • two-hour tutorial
  • a minimum of 2-3 hours of personal study per one hour of contact time in order to satisfy the reading and assignment expectations.

Unit Relationships

Prohibitions

AFW3043, BEW3640, BUS2176, CIV3205, CPE2006, CSE2203, GCO3807, GEG3104, GSE3003, FIT3086, MGW2700, MMS2203

Prerequisites

Completion of at least 24 points of level one study or equivalent.

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Rodney Martin

Consultation hours: Wednesday 2pm - 4pm

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
  • describe the characteristics and phases of a project and its life cycle and explain the role played by the project manager;
  • explain the need for and develop specific goals, detailed plans and control strategies in large scale projects and relate this to the major reasons for the failure of projects;
  • develop relevant, achievable and measurable project goals;
  • explain and use standard project management techniques including Project Networks, Critical Path Analysis and Management, Gantt Charts and Time-Phased Budgets for high and low level project planning;
  • explore various alternatives in implementing projects by taking into account of enterprise architecture;
  • discuss the communication, people handling and team management skills required of a project manager and explain some of the techniques that may be employed;
  • identify and critically discuss the impact on a project of external influences, including organisational structure, and stakeholders;
  • explain the processes involved in selecting and initiating a project and prepare various critical documents required for these processes, including financial justification;
  • explain the importance of resource availability on project plans, perform project crashing calculations in order to develop and manage resource constrained project plans;
  • describe the need for Quality Management in projects and explain, compare and use various techniques currently employed by professional project managers;
  • describe the impact of risk on a project managers decision process, explain how that risk may be managed and/or mitigated and develop an appropriate risk management plan;
  • describe the need for developing ethical practices in managing project teams;
  • explain security concerns in project management;
  • decide on the type of contracts that need to be prepared in support of acquiring products/services used within projects;
  • monitor the progress of a project, determine performance against the plan, develop strategies to manage any variation and discuss formal change control processes;
  • produce useful, informative progress reports for various project stakeholders and conduct stage and post project reviews.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Unit Overview and Introduction to Project Management  
2 Network Calculations and Scheduling  
3 Scheduling, Capacity Calculations, Project Compression  
4 Project Compression, PERT NQA 1 PROJECT NETWORKS (5%)
5 Project Cost Management - Financials, Cash Flow  
6 Earned Value, Net Present Value NQA 2 PROJECT COMPRESSION (5%)
7 Net Present Value  
8 Decison Making and Project Selection NQA 3 FINANCIAL CALCULATIONS (5%)
9 Revision and Buffer  
10 Quality, ISO9000 Standards, Organisational Structure NQA 4 NET PRESENT VALUE (5%)
11 Human Resources, Contract Law  
12 Contract Administration. Exam Description. MS PROJECT (20%)
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
academic/education/assessment/
assessment-in-coursework-policy.html

*Unit Schedule details will be maintained and communicated to you via your learning system.

Assessment Summary

Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Numerical Questions Assignment 20% total (5% each) NQA 1 due Week 4; NQA 2 due Week 6; NQA 3 due Week 8; NQA 4 due Week 10
Microsoft Project Assignment 20% Week 12
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Teaching Approach

Lecture and tutorials or problem classes
This teaching and learning approach provides facilitated learning, practical exploration and peer learning.

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Faculty Policy - Unit Assessment Hurdles (http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/staff/edgov/policies/assessment-examinations/unit-assessment-hurdles.html)

Academic Integrity - Please see the Demystifying Citing and Referencing tutorial at http://lib.monash.edu/tutorials/citing/

Assessment Tasks

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    Numerical Questions Assignment
    Description:
    One numerical question on each of the topics (1) Project Networks, (2) Project Compression, (3) Financials, (4) Net Present Value. Equal marks (5%) for each question.
    Weighting:
    20% total (5% each)
    Criteria for assessment:

    Assessment will be on:

    • Correct answer: 3 marks.
    • Method, explanation, presentation: 2 marks.
    Due date:
    NQA 1 due Week 4; NQA 2 due Week 6; NQA 3 due Week 8; NQA 4 due Week 10
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Microsoft Project Assignment
    Description:
    Details of a project will be provided. Students will do project planning calculations, then enter the technical information into MS Project. Students will then demonstrate important features of MS Project. For example, WBS (use Visio Data Modeller), report generation, tracking, use of VBA to write information from MS Project to an Excel spreadsheet. Students will submit data files and a short report (15-20 pages) summarising their work.
    Weighting:
    20%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Assessment criteria will be provided during class.

    Assessment will be on:

    • Numerical work: approximately 16 marks.
    • Report: 4 marks.

    The numerical work will be Excel and Microsoft Project files.

    Due date:
    Week 12

Examinations

  • Examination 1
    Weighting:
    60%
    Length:
    3 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:
    None

Learning resources

Reading list

Schwalbe K (2010) Information Technology Project Management, Kathy Schwalbe, 6th Edition, Thomson Course Technology

Bunin R & Biheller (2010) New Perspectives on Microsoft Project 2010 Introductory, 2010 Edition, Cengage Learning

Monash Library Unit Reading List
http://readinglists.lib.monash.edu/index.html

Feedback to you

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Graded assignments without comments
  • Solutions to tutes, labs and assignments

Extensions and penalties

Returning assignments

Assignment submission

It is a University requirement (http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/conduct/plagiarism-procedures.html) for students to submit an assignment coversheet for each assessment item. Faculty Assignment coversheets can be found at http://www.infotech.monash.edu.au/resources/student/forms/. Please check with your Lecturer on the submission method for your assignment coversheet (e.g. attach a file to the online assignment submission, hand-in a hard copy, or use an online quiz).

Online submission

If Electronic Submission has been approved for your unit, please submit your work via the learning system for this unit, which you can access via links in the my.monash portal.

Recommended Resources

Microsoft Project 2010.

This software is available in Student Labs - please confirm with your tutor during tutorials.

Other Information

Policies

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Student services

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