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Monash University

FIT5194 Computer based global project management - Semester 1, 2013

This unit together with FIT5057 provides a holistic approach to project management. The emphasis of this unit is on theoretical foundation of project management in global environment, and adequate level of understanding of skills necessary for people to be involved in and managing projects globally. The practical exercises and relevant case studies will familiarize students with as many of current issues/problems/solutions as possible, and thus increase their ability to recognize the potential pitfalls in managing projects globally and provide appropriate solutions for them.

Mode of Delivery

Caulfield (Evening)

Contact Hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 1 hr tutorial/wk

Workload requirements

Students will be expected to spend a total of 12 hours per week during semester on this unit as follows:

Lectures: 2 hours per week
Tutorials/Lab Sessions: 1 hour per week per tutorial
and up to an additional 9 hours in some weeks for completing work, private study and revision.

Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however, you should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.

Unit Relationships


FIT5057 or MBA9052

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer


Dr Mark Belkin

Consultation hours: By Appointment

Joze Kuzic

Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  • examine and describe the theories and concepts of program and portfolio project management;
  • assess and synthesise diverse information regarding the ways of achieving maturity in global project management;
  • evaluate innovative ideas and strategies in managing global projects;
  • demonstrate the importance of software methodologies in creating and managing project data base;
  • develop professional/personal skills - team work, leadership, ethical behaviour, analytical skills, including lateral problem solving and critical thinking.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction and overview (Dr. Joze Kuzic and Dr. Markus Belkin) No tutorial in week 1
2 Legal aspects of GPM (Dr. Joze Kuzic)  
3 Entrepreneural aspects of GPM (Dr. Joze Kuzic)  
4 Cultural issues in GPM (Dr. Joze Kuzic)  
5 People considerations (Dr. Markus Belkin) Inclass test
6 Case study analysis - how to do it (Dr. Markus Belkin)  
7 Case 1 - Analysing the case (Dr. Markus Belkin)  
8 Concepts pertaining to developing computer support for GPM - part 1(Dr. Markus Belkin)  
9 Concepts pertaining to developing computer support for GPM - part 2 (Dr. Markus Belkin)  
10 Database 1: basics of database design (Dr. Joze Kuzic) Assignment 1 due - A practical exercise in team building
11 Database 2: querying the database (Dr. Joze Kuzic)  
12 Innovation, PMBOK, SAP, technical requirements of support systems (Dr. Markus Belkin)  
  SWOT VAC No formal assessment is undertaken in SWOT VAC
  Examination period LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/

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

Assessment Summary

Examination (2 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Assessment Task Value Due Date
In class test 20% Week 5 (In tutorial test)
Team building exercise 30% Week 10
Examination 1 50% To be advised

Teaching Approach

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


  • Assessment task 1
    In class test
    Students are to answer a set of multple choice questions and/or provide short answers to questions from the area already covered in the class.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Ability to answer tha MCQ and provide short answers in accordance with the material covered in the lectures so far. It is an individual task.

    Due date:
    Week 5 (In tutorial test)
  • Assessment task 2
    Team building exercise
    From the tutorial group students are directed, by using the principles they have learnt in the lectures, to form groups of 4 and prepare for a “real life” project. The students are to conduct a team building exercise, use pre-planning partnering, soft systems theory, end user involvement and ownership to design a project.

    The students have to write a report explaining how they applied the theories and what they found and how that influenced their team member selection. They have to assign roles in the team to the team members based on their perceptions of individual personalities and capabilities. The report is to be between 3000 and 3300 words.
    Criteria for assessment:

    Ability to apply the theories to the practical excercises to produce a saccessful team. Each group will have to state the percentage of work/contribution of each group member.

    Due date:
    Week 10


  • Examination 1
    2 hours
    Type (open/closed book):
    Closed book
    Electronic devices allowed in the exam:

Learning resources

Reading list

This unit does not have a text book, therefore a reference list will be given in each lecture when applicable.

Monash Library Unit Reading List

Feedback to you

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:
  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with 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.

Other Information


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Student services

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Disability Liaison Unit

Students who have a disability or medical condition are welcome to contact the Disability Liaison Unit to discuss academic support services. Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis.

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