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ENGG1850: Introduction to Project Management

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

Organisations today are heavily reliant on projects as part of their daily operations. A project is a temporary endeavour undertaken with limited resources to achieve organisational goals that are linked to broader organisational strategies and missions. Project management is therefore the process of planning, scheduling, resourcing, budgeting and monitoring the various phases of a project. "Introduction to Project Management" is an introductory course that teaches students essential principles and concepts of project management, its application and related technologies. Students will learn about the project organisation, its structure, and role of the project manager, project sponsor and project committee. In addition, students will also learn how to identify business problems that require project-based solutions, how to select and evaluate projects, develop a business case, and manage the project at a basic level. At completion of the course, students will have a high-level understanding of project management concepts, which equips them with basic technical and managerial skills required for project-based organisations.

Unit details and rules

Unit code ENGG1850
Academic unit Civil Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Ken Chung,
Lecturer(s) Ken Chung,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Group Presentation
Group Presentation
20% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Participation Participation
10% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Reflection
15% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
In-semester test Mid-semester exam
Mid-semester exam
35% Week 08
Due date: 20 Apr 2020 at 15:00

Closing date: 20 Apr 2020
2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO3
Assignment group assignment Group Assignment
Group Assignment
20% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Mid-semester exam (35%): This will take the form of a quiz which can be composed of either of or a combination of short answer-type questions, short-exercises, case studies, multiple choice questions. The mid-semester exam will be held on Monday 20th April 2020 (Week 8) at 3pm-5pm in Bosch Lecture Theatre 1.
  • Participation (10%): The mark is based on quality of contributions to workshop discussions and activities. Please note that attendance does not constitute participation. Incentives for participating may include taking part in activities such as 4MA (Four minute Activity) where you can contribute to class learning by micro-teaching for four minutes. 
  • Reflection (15%): Reflection exercises allow you to assess and evaluate your own experience, beliefs, pre-concepts and attitudes against the learnings you have read or experienced in class. The exercises, although short, help you develop critical reflection skills which is paramount for the project professional. There will be three reflections due in each quarter of the semester (i.e. weeks 3, 6 and 12) worth 5% each. The first one will consist of reflection for the weeks 1-3 inclusive, the second one consists of weeks 4-6 inclusive and the final one consists of weeks 7-12 inclusive.
  • Group Presentation (20%): There will be three presentation, with each focusing on learning outcomes (LO) related PM nomenclature and concepts in various industry settings (LO1); exploration of PM tools and PM standards (LO2); and qualities that a BPM graduate would acquire for employment in the PM profession (L03). Presentations are based in groups and due in weeks 5, 9 and 11.
  • Group Assignment (20%): This group assignment will focus on a funding application for a project that harnesses all learning aspects from this unit of study and is due in week 13.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas. All written assignment submissions (i.e. group assignment & reflections) will be due on Sunday 23:59 of that week.

Important note: Due to the COVID-19 virus situation, deadlines of assignment may change and reasonable notice will be provided.

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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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.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

For every calendar day up to and including ten calendar days after the due date, a penalty of 5% of the maximum awardable marks will be applied to late work. The penalty will be calculated by first marking the work, and then subtracting 5% of the maximum awardable mark for each calendar day after the due date. Example: Consider an assignment's maximum awardable mark is 10; the assignment is submitted 2 days late; and the assignment is marked as 7/10. After applying the penalty, marks will be: 7 - (0.5 x 2) = 6/10. For work submitted more than ten calendar days after the due date a mark of zero will be awarded. The marker may elect to, but is not required to, provide feedback on such work. Refer to section 7A of Assessment procedures policy available at:

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

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 UoS overview and introduction Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 02 Why projects? Relationship with business context, programmes and portfolio Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 03 Organisational capability: structure, roles and culture Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 04 Understanding the basics of PM Workshop (2 hr) LO3 LO5
Week 05 Defining the why and what: project definition and agreement with project customer Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Week 06 Project plan and estimating Workshop (2 hr) LO3 LO6 LO7
Week 07 Managing delivery: monitoring, issues, risk, change Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO6 LO7
Week 08 PM standards, methodologies and practice across industries Workshop (2 hr) LO6 LO7
Week 09 Closing the project Workshop (2 hr) LO5 LO7
Week 10 Communication, leading and managing project teams Workshop (2 hr) LO5
Week 11 Considering elements of a project proposal (grant application) Workshop (2 hr) LO3 LO6 LO7
Week 12 Considering elements of a project proposal (grant application) Workshop (2 hr) LO3 LO6 LO7
Week 13 Course review Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO7

Attendance and class requirements

Please note that for weeks 1 & 2 of semester, there will no workshops. Instead, we will be meeting at Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre 315 at 11am. From week 3 onwards, please attend your timetabled workshops.

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

All readings for this unit can be accessed through Canvas and if necessary, through the Library eReserve, also available on Canvas. The following book is available on the library as an online textbook:

  • Richard Newton, Project Management Step by Step: How to Plan and Manage a Highly Successful Project. New York: Pearson Education, 2016. 9781292142210.

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. describe the basic principles of program and portfolio management and their relationship to projects
  • LO2. describe the entire degree in overview and how this subject fits into the degree as a whole
  • LO3. explain the principles of project management, including formal PM concepts, terminology and nomenclature and how they are applied in different industry contexts
  • LO4. determine and compare graduate qualities sought by employers from a range of PM industry contexts
  • LO5. describe commonly used PM tools
  • LO6. conduct research to compare and contrast PM literature and PM standards
  • LO7. apply a selected reflective practice model to the learning gained in this unit.

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

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Based on feedback from the class from last year, consideration has been given to the timely release of group assignments and modules as they will be released much earlier this time.


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