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PMGT3623: Scheduling

Semester 2, 2023 [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
[24 cp of BPM core 2000 level units] or [30 cp of any 2000 level units of study]
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Jeffrey Scales,
Lecturer(s) Jeffrey Scales,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Academic Writing
You will write an academic paper on some aspect of project scheduling.
30% Week 06
Due date: 10 Sep 2023 at 23:59
2000 (+/- 10% excluding references)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Schedule 1
Develop a feasible schedule in MS Project.
5% Week 08
Due date: 24 Sep 2023 at 23:59
10 activity, 2 resources.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment Schedule 2
Develop a feasible schedule in MS Project.
15% Week 10
Due date: 15 Oct 2023 at 23:59
30 activity, 4 resources + costs.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Schedule 3
Develop a feasible schedule and reports in MS Project.
25% Week 13
Due date: 05 Nov 2023 at 23:59
30 activity, 4 resource, costs + actuals
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment End of Semester Quiz
Canvas quiz covering any of the topics from weekly workshops.
15% Week 13
Due date: 05 Nov 2023 at 23:59
40 mins
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Online task Weekly Participation
Weekly tasks related to the workshop topics.
10% Weekly 10 mins
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment Name Weight Due in
Weekly Participation 10% Weekly
Academic Writing 30% Week 6
Schedule 1 5% Week 8
Schedule 2 15% Week 10
Quiz 15% Week 13
Schedule 3 25% Week 13


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 demonstrates initiative and ingenuity in research and reading, pointed and critical analysis of material, innovative interpretation of evidence, makes an insightful contribution to relevant debates, engages in the values, assumptions and contested meanings contained within sources, develops abstract or theoretical arguments on the strength of detailed research and interpretation. Properly documented; writing characterised by creativity, style, and precision.


75 - 84

Work demonstrates initiative in research and reading, complex understanding and original analysis of subject matter and its context, both empirical and theoretical; makes good attempt to ‘get behind’ the issues and evidence and engage with its underlying assumptions, takes a critical, interrogative stance in relation to argument and interpretation, shows critical understanding of the concepts and practices covered in the unit of study. Properly documented; writing characterised by style, clarity, and some creativity.


65 - 74

Evidence of extensive reading and initiative in research, sound grasp of subject matter and appreciation of key issues and context. Engages critically and creatively with the topic or question, and attempts an analytical evaluation of material. Makes a good attempt to critique various interpretations, and offers a pointed and thoughtful contribution to relevant debates. Evidence of ability to think theoretically as well as empirically, to conceptualise and problematise issues.


50 - 64

Work demonstrates a reasonable understanding of subject matter, shows a genuine effort to avoid paraphrasing, has a logical structure and acceptable documentation, and attempts to mount a credible argument. May have weaknesses of clarity or structure.


0 - 49

Work may fail for any or all of the following reasons: irrelevance of content; inadequate level of research; poor presentation or grammar, structure so loose that it cannot be understood; unacceptable levels of paraphrasing; plagiarism or other acts of academic dishonesty; inadequate or misleading acknowledgement of information sources.

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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: 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. 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, Administrative matters, Why Schedule? Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 02 Scheduling approaches. Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 03 Timeboxing & Kanban Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 04 Data Sources, Estimation and Precedence Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 05 The Project Network. Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 06 Resource management. Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 07 Cost Management. Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 Baseline Reporting. Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 09 Actuals. Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 Progress reporting. Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 11 Current Research. Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 12 Practice Clinic. Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 13 Online Quiz. Individual study (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.

There is also 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.

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, the weekly topics each have their own required reading material. Access to this is provided in the Canvas modules.

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 approaches for different project types.
  • LO2. Understand different formats of project schedules such as precedence diagrams and Gantt charts..
  • LO3. Demonstrate competence in the creation of project schedules, manually and using commonly used computer software.
  • LO4. Demonstrate the ability to construct feasible project schedules under resource constraints.
  • LO5. Demonstrate the ability to track and manage costs using scheduling tools.
  • LO6. Demonstrate the ability to track and manage task progress using scheduling tools.
  • LO7. Demonstrate the ability to extract relevant management reporting information from scheduling tools.

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.

Significant changes have been made since this unit was last offered. All assignments are now individual, group work has been eliminated.

It is every student's responsibility to:

  • act in accordance with the values and principles of mutual ­responsibility and expectations between staff, students and the University as set out in the University of Sydney Student Charter (pdf, 221KB)

Racism, sexism, ageism, dishonesty or defamation will never be tolerated and reported for follow up.

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  • assessment and exam adjustments
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  • access to assistive technology
  • lecture support
  • library services.

Eligibility for these services is determined on an individual needs basis, upon review of the recommendations made in your supporting documentation and your consultation with a Disability Services Officer.

Help and support

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