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We are aiming for an incremental return to campus in accordance with guidelines provided by NSW Health and the Australian Government. Until this time, learning activities and assessments will be planned and scheduled for online delivery where possible, and unit-specific details about face-to-face teaching will be provided on Canvas as the opportunities for face-to-face learning become clear.

Unit of study_

PMGT5886: System Dynamics Modelling for PM

Students should achieve an understanding of dynamical systems methods applied to complex adaptive systems (CAS). CAS is a new approach to engineering and management that studies and models how relationships between parts give rise to collective and dynamic system-level behaviours, for example, in communication and transport networks, megaprojects, social and eco-systems. Effectively implemented, the methods can dramatically improve a manager's effectiveness in today's complex and interconnected business world, by helping to predict and evaluate indirect effects of actions and policies. This course provides managers with many practical quantitative tools to enhance individual, team, and organisational learning, change, and performance.

Details

Academic unit Project Management
Unit code PMGT5886
Unit name System Dynamics Modelling for PM
Session, year
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Semester 2, 2020
Attendance mode Normal evening
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Mikhail Prokopenko, mikhail.prokopenko@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Mikhail Prokopenko , mikhail.prokopenko@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length

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

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.

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.

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
Multiple weeks Independent study guided by the online content and lectures (Week 1-12). You are expected to undertake 8-10 hours per week of independent study in addition to the workshops. Independent study (96 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 01 Introduction and Background Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 02 System dynamics: Modelling challenges and Vensim software Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO5
Week 03 Causal loops and stock-flows diagrams Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 04 Modelling for project management Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 05 System Dynamics of Decision-making Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 06 Guest Lecture (Measuring the impacts of disaster) Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO4 LO5
Week 07 Game-theoretic modelling and PM Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 System dynamics modelling case study Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 Assignment 1 review; case studies Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 Complex dynamical systems: Predator-Prey model Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 Advanced Predator-Prey model, Overview and Q & A Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 12 Group Presentations Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

  • Workshops: Attendance is compulsory and your participation will contribute to the course assessment. 
  • Independant study: It is expected that students will spend an average of 8 hours on additional work per week of the semester. This time will include course readings (textbook and articles), researching and writing assignments, learning software tools, and reviewing workshop materials. In periods where assignments need to be prepared the required workload may be greater than average.

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. recognise complex scenarios
  • LO2. understand the differences between project management style, situations, and context
  • LO3. build the bridge between system theory and project management
  • LO4. analyse the impact of different scenarios and how they are impacted by the stakeholders decisions
  • LO5. map the the skills needed in a complex project and identify possible gaps
  • LO6. gather and reflect on lessons learnt at the end of the group and individual assignment

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
Removed 10% participation score Increased Assignment 1 score from 40% to 50%

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