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Unit of study_

PMGT3623: Scheduling

Projects typically need to be delivered within a defined timescale. Providing robust estimates, monitoring and controlling project duration are crucial to understand the ongoing viability of the investment made in a project. This Unit provides students with a background in advanced scheduling and estimation techniques, supported by project management software.

Details

Academic unit Project Management
Unit code PMGT3623
Unit name Scheduling
Session, year
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Semester 2, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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[24 cp of BPM core 2000 level units] or [30 cp of any 2000 level units of study]
Corequisites
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None
Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Fatima Afzal, fatima.afzal@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Muhammad Awais Azmat Bajwa , muhammad.bajwa@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Assignment 1
You will research and write an essay on an area related to scheduling.
30% Week 06
Due date: 18 Sep 2021
2000-word Essay
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Quiz 1
Multiple Choice Questions
10% Week 08
Due date: 05 Oct 2021
30 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7
Creative assessments / demonstrations Assignment 2
You will submit a project plan with MS Project based on the scenario.
10% Week 09
Due date: 16 Oct 2021
Project Plan with MS Project
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Group Assignment
Students will work in groups of 4-5 to develop a schedule
20% Week 10
Due date: 23 Oct 2021
3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Group Presentation
Students will present their assignments in class
10% Week 11
Due date: 25 Oct 2021
5 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Quiz 2
Multiple Choice Questions
10% Week 13
Due date: 10 Nov 2021
30 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment Reflective
Students will write a reflection
10% Week 13
Due date: 15 Nov 2021
1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4
group assignment = group assignment ?

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment Name Team-Based? Weight Due
Quiz 1 No 5% Week 4
Quiz 2 No 5% Week 9
Class Participation Yes 20% Multiple Weeks
Assignment 1 No 30% Week 6
Assignment 2 Project Plan Yes 10% Mid-Semester Break
Assignment 2 Presentation Yes 30% Week 10

 

Assessment criteria

 

 

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:

Late Penalty: 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 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.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, 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 dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

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

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Course Introduction, Project Management, Scheduling and Administrative matters (2 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 02 Scheduling approaches (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Week 03 Scope, WBS and Tasks (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Week 04 Time, Effort and Duration of Tasks (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Week 05 Direct and Other Costs in schedule (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Week 06 MS Project for Scheduling (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 Resource Management in Scheduling (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 08 Online Quiz (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6
Week 09 Schedule Reporting (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 10 Schedule Exercise (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 11 Final Presentations (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Scheduling in Agile Projects (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5 LO6
Week 13 Agile concepts with Jira (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Weekly Self Study - Every week 6 hours self study is expected from students (90 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

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

  • There are no prescribed readings, however, we will provide reading material  in the class moduels. 
     

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. Select appropriate planning and scheduling techniques for different project types
  • LO2. Demonstrates effective interpersonal and team leadership skills at small group scale, including routine internal problem-solving and conflict resolution situations.
  • LO3. Understand different formats of project schedules such as precedence diagram and Gantt chart.
  • LO4. Learn how to competently create project schedules manually and by using commonly used computer software.
  • LO5. Learn to identify and understand task relationships and dependencies and understand how to effectively allocate project resources and update and monitor project schedules.
  • LO6. Learning basic techniques to crash/ fast track project schedules.
  • LO7. Apply the concept of risk and probability scheduling techniques.

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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Some changes are made based on students' feedback from the last class.

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