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FIT2002 Project management - Semester 2, 2014

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

  • Clayton (Day)
  • Gippsland (Off-campus)
  • Malaysia (Day)
  • South Africa (Day)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • One 2-hour lecture
  • One 2-hour laboratory

(b.) Study schedule for off-campus students:

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

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • 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

Clayton

Rodney Martin

Gippsland

Dr Gour Karmakar

South Africa

Paula Murray

Malaysia

Tam Leong Hing

Tutors

Clayton

Peter Huynh

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Academic Overview

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:
  • recognise and apply modern methods of project network representation and calculations;
  • recognise, interpret and understand basic financial statements using management accounting techniques;
  • recognise and understand special accounting techniques and issues relevant to projects;
  • analyse and evaluate a range of projects for decision making;
  • explain risk management, quality management and human resource management;
  • explain contract administration and contract law.

Unit Schedule

Week Activities Assessment
0   No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0
1 Introduction to Project Management  
2 Project Networks  
3 Compression  
4 Compression, PERT NQA 1 PROJECT NETWORKS (2014-08-22 ~ 7%)
5 Accounting  
6 Project Financials, Earned Value NQA 2 PROJECT COMPRESSION (2014-09-05 ~ 7%)
7 Net Present Value  
8 Net Present Value, Analytic Hierarchy Process MS PROJECT (2014-09-19 ~ 12%)
9 Organizational Structure, Risk NQA 3 FINANCIAL CALCULATIONS (2014-09-26 ~ 7%)
10 Contract Administration NQA 4 NET PRESENT VALUE (2014-10-10 ~ 7%)
11 Contract Law, PMBOK  
12 Quality, Revision  
  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.

Teaching Approach

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

Assessment Summary

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

Assessment Task Value Due Date
Numerical Questions Assignment 4 x 7 = 28% total (7% each) NQA 1 due week 4 (22 Aug); NQA 2 due week 6 (5 Sep); NQA 3 due week 9 (26 Sep); NQA 4 due week 10 (10 Oct);
Microsoft Project Assignment 12% Week 8, 2014-09-19
Examination 1 60% To be advised

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

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 (7%) for each question.
    Weighting:
    4 x 7 = 28% total (7% each)
    Criteria for assessment:

    Assessment will be on:

    • Correct answer
    • Method, explanation, presentation
    Due date:
    NQA 1 due week 4 (22 Aug); NQA 2 due week 6 (5 Sep); NQA 3 due week 9 (26 Sep); NQA 4 due week 10 (10 Oct);
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Microsoft Project Assignment
    Description:
    Students will enter a project into Microsoft Project software. Students will then change and update the project. Assessment will be by a short report explaining the work, and the files containing the MSP database.
    Weighting:
    12%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Assessment criteria will be provided during class.

    Assessment will be on:

    • Numerical work
    • Report

    The numerical work will be Excel and Microsoft Project files.

    Due date:
    Week 8, 2014-09-19

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 (if applicable to the unit)
http://readinglists.lib.monash.edu/index.html

Faculty of Information Technology Style Guide

Feedback to you

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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/student-academic-integrity-managing-plagiarism-collusion-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). Please note that it is your responsibility to retain copies of your assessments.

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. Download from http://msdnaa.monash.edu.au/fit and install it on your own computer.

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

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