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CIVL3805: Project Scope, Time and Cost Management

Semester 1, 2020 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

The general aim of this unit of study is to offer the student the opportunity to develop an understanding of the scope, time and cost management in project environments. Students will engage with some of the key concepts and various activities which underpin project scope, time and cost management. At the end of this unit, students will be able to: develop Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), develop network diagrams, and undertake Critical Path Analysis (CPA) and Earned Value Analysis (EVA) using the given project information; explain in depth why scope, time and cost management are important to project management; analyse a project situation that involves scope, time and cost management issues; and explain how the components of scope, time and cost management interrelate in project environments. The syllabus comprises the project planning cycle, working with the project sponsor, scope initiation and definition, project scope definition tools, WBS, network scheduling techniques, CPA, Just-in-Time philosophy, estimating and budgeting, cash flow management, EVA and application of project management software.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6
ENGG1865 OR QBUS2350
Assumed knowledge

CIVL2810 or CIVL1810

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Faham Tahmasebinia,
Lecturer(s) Faham Tahmasebinia,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Final assignment
Final report submission
70% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Presentation group assignment Online Presentation
Online presentation on week 14
30% Week 14 (STUVAC) N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Online quizzes: 12 multiple-choice quizzes to be completed on Blackboard eLearning site each Monday during Semester (except for week 10).
  • Mid-semester exam and final exam: Both exams are based on short answer questions.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 1. Course introduction; 2. Introduction to project managment; 3. Project management trade-offs Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 02 1. Scope definition; 2. Project scope definition tools Lecture (2 hr)  
Scope definition. Session on group work Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 03 1. Work breakdown structure (WBS); 2. Scope change control system Lecture (2 hr)  
WBS work. Session on group work Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 04 Network scheduling techniques Lecture (2 hr)  
Develop AON networks Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 05 Microsoft Project demonstration Lecture (2 hr)  
Develop AON networks using lags. Scheduling work session on group work Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 06 1. Critical path analysis (CPA); 2. Resources scheduling; 3. MS Project application and demonstration Lecture (2 hr)  
Conduct CPA, calculate crashing costs Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 07 Estimating and budgeting Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 08 Guest Speaker Lecture (2 hr)  
Estimating project times and costs Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 09 1. Time and cost monitoring and control; 2. Earned value analysis (EVA) Lecture (2 hr)  
Conduct EVA, estimating/EVA, session on group work Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 11 1. Trade-off analysis; 2. MS project EVA application and demonstration Lecture (2 hr)  
Conduct trade-off analysis, trade-off analysis, session on group work Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 12 Critical chain project management Lecture (2 hr)  
Conduct critical chain analysis Tutorial (2 hr)  
Week 13 Presentation of group work (1) and (2) Lecture (2 hr)  
Presentation of group work (1) and (2) Tutorial (2 hr)  

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. undertake WBS exercises, CPA and EVA using the given project information
  • LO2. analyse a project situation that involves scope, time and cost management issues
  • LO3. explain how the components of scope, time and cost management interrelate.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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