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ENGG1865: Project Time, Cost and Resources

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

Project management requires complex planning decisions with regards to schedules, budgets and resources in both traditional and agile environments. This unit of study introduces students to tools, methods and approaches such as the work breakdown structure, milestone planning, precedence diagram, Gantt charts and critical pathways. These tools and techniques help project managers balance time, cost and resources; and understand the impact on the schedule, budget and resource allocation associated with potential risks.

Unit details and rules

Unit code ENGG1865
Academic unit Project Management
Credit points 6
Prohibitions
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CIVL3805
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Mehdi Rajabi Asadabadi, mehdi.rajabiasadabadi@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Mehdi Rajabi Asadabadi, mehdi.rajabiasadabadi@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Participation group assignment Class/online participation
These marks will be awarded based on student participation in discussions
15% Multiple weeks N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Online task Class quiz 1
Students will do an online quiz during their workshop.
15% Week 05
Due date: 31 Aug 2022 at 19:00
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Individual assignment
Students will do a case study, and write a report.
30% Week 06
Due date: 07 Sep 2022 at 19:00
1750 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Online task Class quiz 2
Students will do an online quiz during their workshop.
15% Week 10
Due date: 12 Oct 2022 at 19:00
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO8 LO7 LO6
Assignment group assignment Group assignment
Students will develop project plans for a given case study in groups of 5.
17.5% Week 11
Due date: 19 Oct 2022 at 19:00
2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Presentation group assignment Group Presentation
Students will present their group projects to the senior stakeholders.
7.5% Week 12
Due date: 26 Oct 2022 at 19:00
5-10 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

This unit of study has 5 assessment tasks. 

1- Participation (15%): Participation includes a weekly contribution to online discussions/tasks on Canvas and during the synchronous sessions. 

2- Individual assignment(30%): Students will write a short essay on a given topic based on academic research.

3- Class Quizzes (15% x 2): Students will be given 2 in-class quizzes. (week 5 and week 11)  

4- Group assignment (17.5%): Students will work in groups of 5 to plan various activities of a case study project and submit a written plan report (week 12). 

5-  Group presentation (7.5%): Student groups will make a presentation (5-7 mins) to the class, giving an executive summary of their case study project plans (week 13).

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.
 
Text-matching software for Assignment Submission:
As part of the assessment process, text matching software such as Turnitin will be used to identify plagiarism and/or be used for providing feedback. 
 
Confidential Peer Evaluation:
As part of the group contribution assessment process, collaborative & self-peer evaluation tools (e.g. SparkPlus, CATME, etc.) may be used, either on a confidential or non-confidential basis, to understand contributions and interactions amongst group members. Marks may be adjusted for an individual team member, following on from the peer evaluation process.
 
Mark Moderation:
Mark moderation: There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes. 

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

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

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

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

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.

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: http://sydney.edu.au/policies/showdoc.aspx?recnum=PDOC2012/267&RendNum=0

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
Ongoing independent study Independent study (132 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 01 Introduction Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 02 CPM Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 03 PERT Workshop (2 hr) LO4
Week 04 Earned Value Management Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO5 LO6
Week 05 Class Test Workshop (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 06 Resource planning Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO5
Week 07 Cost Estimation Workshop (2 hr) LO5
Week 08 Procurement planning Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO5 LO8
Week 09 Project planning using MS project Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO6
Week 10 Integrating risk into estimations Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 11 Class Test Workshop (1 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 12 Planning project time, cost and resources in Agile environments Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 13 Class presentation Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8

Attendance and class requirements

Study commitment: 

This unit of study is comprised of online learning and workshops. The workshops participation forms a significant component of the course and will demonstrate specific techniques discussed at a theoretical level in online learning. Workshop participation will include case study reviews, discussions, and some problem-solving exercises carried out individually or in groups. These sessions will also introduce students to the team based nature of projects, and provide opportunities for small group problem solving and discussion, based around case studies and model problems arising from realistic technical and business scenarios.

Attendance requirement

Students who fail to attend more than 3 workshops without prior approval will fail the unit.

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 the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (6th Edition). PMI, 2017.
  • Project Management Step by Step: How to Plan and Manage a Highly Successful Project.

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. explain how existing organisational functions and processes may influence planning decisions about schedule, budget, and resources
  • LO2. compare implications associated with planning time, cost, and resources in different contexts (contrasting traditional and agile environments)
  • LO3. compare and contrast alternative formats of schedule, including milestone plan, precedence diagram, and Gantt chart
  • LO4. develop a precedence network from a given work breakdown structure, including durations, and determine the critical path
  • LO5. Determine the work effort of activities; develop strategic resource plan to deliver the project, and balance resources using schedule
  • LO6. estimate project costs and calculate a project budget
  • LO7. develop a risk analysis and management plan focusing on effect of risks on time, costs, and resources; calculate impact on the schedule, budget, and resource allocation associated with potential risks
  • LO8. relate time cost and evaluation to selection of suppliers and partners.

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
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

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