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DESC9074: Project Management

Semester 2, 2020 [Block mode] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Project Management is specific form of establishing, programming, and coordinating an activity having a specific start point and end point. This body of knowledge - as for example in the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) - needs to be understood in general terms. Initially project managers must identify and define the services that are needed, (scope) and that their employers are willing to endorse. The activities requiring to be carried out need to be sorted and sequenced; the materials, labour and plant required need to be estimated and procured. Projects involve the management of information, and communications. This unit will develop the student's ability to ascertain and document the scope of a project, schedule a programme, and understand the difficulties in directing it. This unit approaches the profession of Project Management as a cooperative undertaking rather than adversarial: it promotes the adoption of soft-skills rather than that of forceful command and supervision.

Unit details and rules

Unit code DESC9074
Academic unit Architectural and Design Science
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Richard de Dear,
Tutor(s) Jing Xiong,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Project management plan (PMP)
100% Week 12
Due date: 17 Nov 2020 at 23:59
50 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Assessment summary


Assessment description

Students are to prepare a Project Management Plan (PMP) establishing the role of the Project Manager throughout the life of the selected project.

The Table of Contents (Headings and Sub Headings below) for the PMP has been designed in conjunction with the Learning Outcomes to ensure the students have an understanding of the Learning Outcomes being assessed.

The PMP is broken down into the following Headings and assessed in relation to how these Headings and Sub Headings are articulated by the students throughout the PMP.

The headings and sub-headings shall include:

  • Introduction;

Purpose of Project Management Plan (PMP)

Project Overview & Site Information

Key Documents and Project Brief

Project Control Group Members

PMP Document Control


  • Time Management;

Program Milestones

Project Program

Program Reporting


  • Cost Management;

Project Budget

Cost Planning & Reporting


  • Quality Management;

Quality Objectives

Quality Management during Design & Construction


  • Sustainability & Environmental Management;

Environmental Objectives & Outcomes

Sustainability incorporated into the Design

Material Selection, Electrical, Mechanical, Water & Waste

Environmental Management during Demolition & Construction


  • Procurement, Contract Selection & Management;



Equipment & Suppliers


  • Risk Management;

Risk Review

Risk Analysis

Risk Reporting & Monitoring

Work, Health & Safety Risk Management

  • Resources Management;

Project Team Organisation Chart

Meeting Schedule

Stakeholder Management

Communications Management for:







  • Authority & Design Management;

Design Team Structure

Authority Team Structure

Safety in Design

Design Management Structure


  • Construction Management

Work, Health & Safety Management

Demolition & Site Clearance Management

Construction Management

Fixtures, Fittings & Equipment Management

Completion, Commissioning, Handover & Defects Management

Each heading (incl. its sub-headings) will be weighted 10% in the overall assessment 

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

Work of outstanding quality, demonstrating mastery of the learning outcomes
assessed. The work shows significant innovation, experimentation, critical
analysis, synthesis, insight, creativity, and/or exceptional skill.


75 - 84

Work of excellent quality, demonstrating a sound grasp of the learning outcomes
assessed. The work shows innovation, experimentation, critical analysis,
synthesis, insight, creativity, and/or superior skill.


65 - 74

Work of good quality, demonstrating more than satisfactory achievement of the
learning outcomes assessed, or work of excellent quality for a majority of the
learning outcomes assessed.


50 - 64

Work demonstrating satisfactory achievement of the learning outcomes


0 - 49

Work that does not demonstrate satisfactory achievement of one or more of the
learning outcomes assessed.

For more information see

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 02 1. Introduction to project management; 2. Project initiation; 3. Assignment outline Online class (7 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 04 1. Managing resources; 2. Managing design part 1 Online class (7 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Week 06 1. Managing design - Part 2; 2. Managing delivery - Part 1 Online class (7 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 1. Managing delivery - Part 2; 2. Assignment Recap - outline and questions; 3. Core disciplines - Part 1 Online class (7 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Week 10 1. Core disciplines - Part 2; 2. Risk management; 3. Conclusions; 4. Overview of assignment Online class (7 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Please refer to the Resolutions of the University School:

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.

Required readings

  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) (2017), 6th Edition. Project Management Institute, ISBN 978-1628251845.
  • Covey, S.R. (2013). The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, Anniversary Edition. Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-1451639612.
  • Covey, S.R. (1992). Principle Centered Leadership, Reprint edition. Fireside Press, ISBN 978-0671317034.
  • Covey, S.R., Merrill, A.R., Merrill, R.R (1996). First Things First, reprint Edition. Free Press, ISBN 978-0684802039.
  • Covey, S.R. (2006). The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness. The Free Press, ISBN 978-0743287937.
  • Welch, J. and Welch, S. (2005). Winning, 1st Edition. Harper Business, ISBN 978-0060753948.
  • Tzu, S. (2007). The Art of War, First Thus Edition. Filiquarian, ISBN 978-1599869773.

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. understand the fundamental principles of managing projects in the property and construction industry
  • LO2. understand the complexities of communication and management of a multitude of stakeholders, and the importance of providing direction and leadership to manage resources in the property and construction industry
  • LO3. understand the role of project management in design, and illustrate the use of relevant tools and techniques available to manage the design process and engagement of consultants and contractors
  • LO4. understand the role of a project manager during the projects delivery stage, and illustrate the use of relevant tools and techniques used to manage delivery and risk during construction
  • LO5. understand the core disciplines of managing a project in particular time, cost and quality management, and the application of relevant tools and techniques for each discipline.

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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