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FIT5194 Computer based global project management - Semester 2, 2014

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 (Day)

Workload Requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 1-hour tutorial

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 9 hours independent study per week for completing tutorial and project work, private study and revision.

Unit Relationships

Co-requisites

FIT5057 or MBA9052

Chief Examiner

Campus Lecturer

Caulfield

Vedran Askraba

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Previous Student Evaluations of this Unit

Based on previous student feedback this unit is considered to be well structured and no changes have been made for this semester. 

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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 No tutorial in week 1
2 International projects Exercises/discussions
3 Cultural issues in GPM Exercises/discussions
4 Legal aspects of GPM In-class test 1
5 Entrepreneural aspects of GPM Exercises/discussions
6 Developing multinational project teams Exercises/discussions, Assignment 1 due
7 Project management in Asia Exercises/discussions
8 Project management in Europe Exercises/discussions
9 Project management in North America Exercises/discussions, Assignment 2 due
10 Innovation and PMBOK Exercises/discussions
11 Use of Information Systems in GPM - part 1 Exercises/discussions
12 Use of Information Systems in GPM - part 2 In class test 2
  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 helps students to initially encounter information at lectures, discuss and explore the information during tutorials, and practice in a hands-on lab environment.

Assessment Summary

In-semester assessment: 100% (50% assignments; 50% formal class tests conducted under exam conditions)

Assessment Task Value Due Date
In-class test 1 25% Week 4
Assignment 1 25% Week 6
Assignment 2 25% Week 9
In-class test 2 25% Week 12

Assessment Requirements

Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks

Participation

  • Assessment task 1
    Title:
    In-class test 1
    Description:
    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.
    Weighting:
    25%
    Criteria for assessment:

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

    Due date:
    Week 4
  • Assessment task 2
    Title:
    Assignment 1
    Description:
    In syndicates of 5 students are to explore and document opportunities to undertake a project of their choosing in Asia, Europe, or North America. This will include the analysis of the market in a particular region, match the newly found opportunities with their company/team capabilities, and come up with the strategy that will allow them to take advantage of the opportunity.

    The assignment must be no more than 2,200 words in length.
    Weighting:
    25%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Ability to identify the opportunities, analyse the market and to produce meaningful strategy to achieve it.

    Each syndicate will have to submit the division of the work on the assignment for each syndicate member.

    This information will be used to assess individual contributions when allocating marks to syndicate members.

    Due date:
    Week 6
  • Assessment task 3
    Title:
    Assignment 2
    Description:
    Continuing to work in syndicates of 5 the students will have to:

    1. Develop the project proposal including:

    a) Description of the project

    b) How the project will be beneficial to the company/team

    c) The major stakeholders and their roles

    d)  The starting and completion date of the project

    The assignment must be no more than 2,200 words in length.
    Weighting:
    25%
    Criteria for assessment:

    Ability to devlop a meaningful project proposal acording to the prescribed requirements.

    Each syndicate will have to submit the division of the work on the assignment for each syndicate member.

    This information will be used to assess individual contributions when allocating marks to syndicate members.

    Due date:
    Week 9
  • Assessment task 4
    Title:
    In-class test 2
    Description:
    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.
    Weighting:
    25%
    Criteria for assessment:

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

    Due date:
    Week 12

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

Faculty of Information Technology Style Guide

Feedback to you

Examination/other end-of-semester assessment feedback may take the form of feedback classes, provision of sample answers or other group feedback after official results have been published. Please check with your lecturer on the feedback provided and take advantage of this prior to requesting individual consultations with staff. If your unit has an examination, you may request to view your examination script booklet, see http://intranet.monash.edu.au/infotech/resources/students/procedures/request-to-view-exam-scripts.html

Types of feedback you can expect to receive in this unit are:

  • Informal feedback on progress in labs/tutes
  • Graded assignments with comments
  • Test results and feedback

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.

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Student Charter

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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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