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PMGT3850: Project Management Capstone Project A

Semester 1, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

In this intensive PM capstone project, students are required to apply all of the skills necessary to successfully initiate, plan, execute, control and close a project. Working as part of a team mid-sized, high-priority project, student will be responsible for developing the key project management deliverables, including the project charter, project plan, change control process, status reports and post-project reviews. Students will facilitate meetings, update the project plan with actuals and changes, present status to management, justify decisions to key stakeholders and determine the impacts of their actions on the project. Under the guidance of a project professional and their academic supervisor, students will be given direct feedback towards achieving project goals. PM Capstone Project A and B provide an opportunity for students to undertake a major project in a specialised area relevant to project management. Students will generally work in groups, although assessment components such as reflective reports and participation are marked individually. Only in exceptional circumstances and by approval of PM Capstone Project course coordinator and the relevant academic supervisor concerned will a student be permitted to undertake a project individually. PM Capstone Project is spread over a whole year, in two successive Units of Study of 6 credits points each, PM Capstone Project A (PMGT3850) and PM Capstone Project B (PMGT3851). This particular unit of study, which must precede PMGT3851 PM Capstone Project B, should cover the first half of the work required for a complete 'final year' project. In particular, it should include almost all project planning, a major proportion of the necessary background research, and a significant proportion of the investigative or design work required of the project.

Unit details and rules

Unit code PMGT3850
Academic unit Project Management
Credit points 6
[24 cp of 2000 or 3000 level units of study]
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Suhair Alkilani,
Lecturer(s) Margaret Ogston,
Tutor(s) Graham Watt,
Joanna Lamb,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment group assignment Expression of Interest
Team will apply to plan and deliver one of the proposed projects.
5% Week 04
Due date: 20 Mar 2022 at 23:59
3 pages max.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Participation Individual participation and performance
Includes attendance, active engagement in workshops, observations and CPE
15% Week 10
Due date: 10 Nov 2022 at 00:00

Closing date: 17 Nov 2022
Through semester 1 and 2
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Presentation group assignment Mid-way presentation
Teams will present their approach and their plan to deliver project in S2
20% Week 12
Due date: 20 May 2022 at 00:00

Closing date: 22 May 2022
8-10 minutes live presentation
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Presentation group assignment (Semester 2) Project product
Present the project output or product. Includes client satisfaction survey
15% Week 12
Due date: 24 Oct 2022 at 00:00

Closing date: 28 Oct 2022
8-10 minutes live presentation
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Small continuous assessment Individual reflective journal
Captures your learnings week by week through out the year
10% Week 12
Due date: 24 Feb 2022 at 00:00

Closing date: 30 Nov 2022
Weekly through the year. Submitted in S2
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment group assignment Project Management Plan (or project plan)
Includes scope, benefits, project approach, risk, governance and schedule
20% Week 13
Due date: 27 May 2022 at 00:00

Closing date: 29 May 2022
Max. 50 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment hurdle task group assignment (Semester 2) Project close report
Document the delivery of the project, client acceptance and learnings.
15% Week 13
Due date: 12 Nov 2021 at 23:00

Closing date: 14 Nov 2021
Max. 50 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Please note that this unit of study requires at least 9-10 hours of self-study or group work per week on average, outside your timetabled workshop hours. Please consider this workload when planning your time and effort for the semester.

  • Expression of interest: Addressing selection criteria, students will explain why their team is best suited to deliver the project they are applying for and lay out the ground rules for the successful operation of your team, including contact details, communication plan, expectations and so on. All team members are to sign off. The EOI will be evaluated on merit for allocation to a specific project, and marking will take into account the relevance of answers, the style used and the overall appearance of the document. This is to be submitted via Canvas. 
  • Mid-Way Presentation: Students are to deliever a formal oral presentation. During this presentation, teams are to showcase their project plan to the Capstone directors or/and industry partner with the use of a presentation medium. It is compulsory for every team member to contribute and participate in the presentation.
  • Project management plan: The project management plan will outline the objectives and benefits of the project, ths scope of work, the project approach and governance mechanisms, describe the approch to risk management, resource commitments, cost and time estimates need to be provided.  
  • Participation: the evaluation of individual performance and participation includes: active engagement of individual students during the allocated workshop times, observations of the directors on the individual contribution in their interactions with the team and is also informed by the confidential peer and self-evaluation
  • Individual reflection: Students will be required to keep an individual reflective journal that captures the progression and dynamics of the project, as well as record personal/team learning and development. This reflection exercise should be continuously undertaken over the two semesters. Students will be given the opportunity to submit their draft journals in Semester 1 for initial feedback. The assessment of this activity will be based on the regularity of submissions, the conscientious effort made by the student and the degree of critical insight of the entries.
  • The project product presentation: Each team will be presenting their project output or product in a live presentation, either via Zoom or face to face. The client will be given an opportunity to provide feedback in a satisfaction survey. It is compulsory for every team member to contribute and participate in the presentation. 
  • Project report: Each team will document how they delivered the project, client acceptance and hand-off to the BAU owner ; it also captures lessons learned in a project closure report. A statement identifying the specific contributions of the student and others must be included via the CPE. Students should closely consult Project Guidelines handout and Project Marking Sheet for content and formatting requirements.

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

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.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Ongoing Students will work with their team outside of the weekly workshops to plan and deliver their projects. This may include collaborating with the team, research for the project, analysis of the problem to solve and project management work to develop and deliver a solution. Independent study (104 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 01 Orientation to Capstone Projects Inc. Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 02 Project work Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 03 Project work Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 04 Project work Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 05 Project work Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 06 Project work Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 07 Project work Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 08 Project work Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 09 Project work Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 10 Project work Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 11 Project work Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 12 Project work Presentation (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Week 13 Project work Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8

Attendance and class requirements

  • Lecture: There will be minimal formal lectures as the weekly sessions are designed to be practical sessions where students work under the supervision of an experienced project professional to develop their project plan.
  • Meeting: Weekly meetings with Capstone Directors/sponsor are required, unless otherwise agreed.
  • Project work: Students will need to undertake an additional 10 hours per week of independent and team based work in order to achieve the outcomes of the unit and complete assessment activities.

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.

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 approach you are taking to deliver a real-world project, in order to gain buy-in from your team and project stakeholders
  • LO2. Demonstrate your ability to plan, design and implement a project in a structured manner, working in an independent study mode
  • LO3. Apply key project methodology, including defining and managing the scope of the project, setting up the project governance, establishing the project schedule, and managing risks and issues.
  • LO4. Measure the success of the project in delivering the promised outcomes and benefits
  • LO5. Work collaboratively with your team, embracing cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • LO6. Display professional attitude, including an ability to self-reflect and adapt
  • LO7. Contribute to innovation and creativity in your team to come up with new solutions
  • LO8. Manage the relationships with stakeholders, the Capstone directors and the client in a professional way

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.

Modified LO to better reflect the practical approach undertaken by the workshop facilitators. Updated the assessments also.

Weekly schedule is tentative and may change as required.


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