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CIVL4810: Mgmnt of People, Quality and Risk in PE

Semester 2, 2020 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit of study is a fourth year core unit of study for the Bachelor of Project Engineering and Management. It is also an elective for other branches of engineering and faculties. The objective of this unit is to provide underpinning knowledge and skills in the application of tools to the project management environment for risk, quality and people management including leading and managing project teams. At the end of this unit, students will be able to understand and apply the tools of team building and project management leadership, as well as apply tools for design and implementation of integrated plans for risk, quality, human resource and procurement. The competency level achieved will enable application of integration tools to a range of simple generic projects as well as provide input to plans for more complex projects. The syllabus comprises team management, project leadership, modern quality management principles and techniques, quality assurance, preparation of quality plans; risk analysis, planning and risk management, as well as linking risk and quality management to human resourcing and procurement methodologies. The use of integrated planning software such as MS Project, Gantt Project and social media tools for project management will be explained and practised. The definitions and processes of Project Management will largely follow the US based Project Management Institutes, PMBOK as is used in the Australian Institution of Project Management Standards at the level of Certified Practising Project Manager, (CPPM). Other International standards such as ICPMA's, ICB3.0 standard will also be covered.

Unit details and rules

Unit code CIVL4810
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge

CIVL3805. Students are expected to have understood and applied basic tools for project scope, cost and time management for projects as taught in (CIVL3805) or equivalent courses.

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Peter Cafe,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Team project stage reports
Team performance progress report
20% Multiple weeks
Due date: 31 Aug 2020 at 21:44

Closing date: 31 Aug 2020
10 pages including executive summary
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Participation Participation
Team performance assessment
10% Multiple weeks 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO8
Assignment Competency project stage reports
Reflective learning progress report
50% Multiple weeks 10 page excluding atachments
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Online task Mid-semester quiz
Examines content covered in weeks 1-6
20% Week 07
Due date: 21 Oct 2020 at 17:00
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Team project stage reports: setting out progress and management actions to deliver selected project. 
  • Mid-semester exam: online quiz to test basic learning and understanding of principles.
  • Competency project stage reports: including final report, containing evidence of competency level achieved.
  • Participation: covering each team members’ communication and project performance.

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.

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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. Team development and case study selection; 2. Introduction to course and to people management issues Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 02 1. Project leadership and management; 2. Competency development profile and personal objective setting Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO3 LO8
Week 03 Introduction to project management principles Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 04 1. Introduction to risk management and risk identification; 2. Class presentations initiation Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Week 05 Introduction to quality managemnt and quality standards Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO2 LO7
Week 06 Introduction to procurement principles and linkage to risk and quality management Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO5 LO7
Week 07 1. Risk analysis and response planning; 2. Quality function deployment Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 09 Integration of people, risk, quality and procurement planning using software tools Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO5 LO6
Week 10 1. Risk monitoring and controlling; 2. Risk triggers and response management Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO2 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 11 1. Quality monitoring and controlling including continuous improvement; 2. Guest lecture Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO5 LO6 LO8
Week 12 Mangaement and improvement of risk, quality, OH and S, and procurement activities in contracts Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO6 LO7 LO8

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. identify risk, human resources and quality requirements and standards, and prepare, monitor and control plans in a real project environment
  • LO2. asses quality and design assurance processes based on customer requirements. Assess performance of suppliers and project managers and communicate effectively with stakeholders
  • LO3. understand the dynamics of people performance reward/management
  • LO4. use risk management tools and techniques to identify, assess, evaluate and prioritise risks
  • LO5. establish risk management plans and policies, integrate them with other project plans within the organisation and align them to the business case
  • LO6. track, monitor and control risks and actions to achieve project objectives, the business case and to close risks for an optimal outcome
  • LO7. identify procurement needs, design procurement processes that are integrated with risk and quality requirements, monitor and control contacts, understand and manage contractual issues, and finalise contracts in a real project environment
  • LO8. understand the challenges and dynamics of effective team management in project environments.

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.

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