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PMGT3623: Scheduling

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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.

Unit details and rules

Unit code PMGT3623
Academic unit Project Management
Credit points 6
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
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Fatima Afzal, fatima.afzal@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Jeffrey Scales, jeffrey.scales@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: 11 Sep 2022 at 23:59
2000-word Essay
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7
Tutorial quiz Quiz 1
Multiple Choice Questions
10% Week 08
Due date: 23 Sep 2022 at 23:59
30 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO3
Creative assessment / demonstration Assignment 2
You will submit a project schedule using MS Project based on the scenario.
10% Week 09
Due date: 09 Oct 2022 at 23:59
Schedule in MS Project file format
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Group Assignment
Students will work in small groups to develop a project report and schedule
20% Week 10
Due date: 16 Oct 2022 at 23:59
3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Group Presentation
Students will present their report and schedule in class
10% Week 11
Due date: 17 Oct 2022 at 18:00
5 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Tutorial quiz Quiz 2
Multiple Choice Questions
10% Week 13
Due date: 01 Nov 2022 at 23:59
30 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3
Assignment Reflective
Students will write a reflection
10% Week 13
Due date: 06 Nov 2022 at 23:59
1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment Name Team-Based? Weight Due in
Academic Writing No 30% Week 6
Quiz 1 No 10% Week 8
Skills Based (MS Project) No 10% Week 9
Project Report Yes 20% Week 10
Presentation Yes 10% Week 11
Quiz 2 No 10% Week 13
Reflection No 10% Week 13

 

Assessment criteria

 

 

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:

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.

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

Attendance and class requirements

Students are expected to attend a minimum of 90 percent of timetabled activities for a unit of study unless granted exemption by the Dean or Head of School most concerned.

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
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

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

No significant changes have been made since this unit was last offered.

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