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PMGT5887: Computer Applications in PM

Computer-Aided Project Management builds a bridge from the genesis of project management principles through today's software, developing a postmodern project management systems paradigm for the twenty-first century. Adopting a unique systems perspective that emphasises project coding--an essential skill in project database management--this course demonstrates what fundamental project management principles are, what they do, and how they work in the software environment. Addressing all phases of a project, it illustrates and expands theories through the use of realistic case studies and extensive exercises running on computers. An important feature of systems project management, the use of scope and quality is also discussed. By the end of this unit of study, students should be able to: - Understand application-based introduction to effective systems and methods for project planning and control - Understand essential knowledge to manage successfully and to create, use, and communicate PC-, Server-, Web-, and Internet-based project management information. - Understand the use of structures such as PDS (Project Definition Structure), WBS (Work Breakdown Structure), OBS (Organizational Breakdown Structure), and Masterformat project coding for areas, functions, elements, phases, stages, packages, purchase orders, contracts, and human resources planning and scheduling by CPM (Critical Path Method) and PERT (Program Evaluation and Review Technique) communicating with Gantt and bar charts and graphics such as S curves relating estimating and cost control from order-of-magnitude numbers to appropriation grade budgets. - Understand how to apply project concepts from knowledge areas at an operational level using project-based software applications.


Academic unit Project Management
Unit code PMGT5887
Unit name Computer Applications in PM
Session, year
Semester 1, 2021
Attendance mode Normal evening
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Shahadat Uddin,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Participation Class and Tutorial participation
Participation in problem-solving sessions scheduled within the workshops
10% Multiple weeks 10 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Small test Weekly quiz
Students will do a small online quiz in week 2,3,4 5,6,7,8,9,10,11
15% Multiple weeks 10 min
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Agile project plan
Students will then develop a product backlog and Sprint planning
20% Week 06
Due date: 16 Apr 2021
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO6 LO5 LO4
Presentation group assignment Presentation
A presentation video of the group projects.
10% Week 08
Due date: 15 Apr 2021
The maximum length of 10-12 minutes.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment group assignment Traditional project plan
Students will develop a project plan in MS Project
20% Week 12
Due date: 28 May 2021
3000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Small test Final Quiz
15% Week 13
Due date: 03 Jun 2021
30 min
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Online Discussions
Contribution in online discussions on canvas
10% Weekly 100 -200 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Class participation: Class participation is marked based on student’s involvement during lecture and tutorial
  • Weekly Quiz: Weekly online quizzes will cover the topic discussed the week before. The top 5 scored quizzes marks will be counted.
  • Assignment 1: In this group assignment, students will be asked to find a sample project from the literature, or industry. Students will then develop a product backlog and Sprits planning which they will set up in Jira Software.
  • Assignment 2: In this group assignment, students will be asked to find a sample project from the literature, or industry. Students will then develop a project plan which they will set up in MS Project.
  • Group Presentation: At the end of the course, students will present their developed project to the class. The presentation will cover with work done in Assignment 1 & 2.
  • Final Quiz: The on-line quiz will comprise of multiple-choice questions. The quiz will cover topics from in-class presentations, tutorials and in-class discussion materials (i.e. not solely limited to MS Project)

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.

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.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to PMGT5887 Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 02 Project Integration tools Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 03 Scrum with Jira software-1 Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 04 Scrum with Jira software-2 Workshop (2 hr) LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 05 Kanban with Jira & Trello Workshop (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 06 Using MS Excel in Projects Workshop (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 07 Starting with MS project Workshop (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 08 Starting a project with MS project Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 Scheduling in MS Project Workshop (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 Cost & Resource Management in MS Project Workshop (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 Project Tracking & Control Workshop (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 12 Student presentation Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 13 Final Quiz Workshop (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Weekly Independent study before and after the workshops Independent study (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

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

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  •  Carl Chatfield and Timothy Johnson – Microsoft Project 2016 Step-by-Step. Microsoft Press, 2016. 978-0-7356-9874-1

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. Understand the key systems and processes of project management
  • LO2. Understand the application of appropriate information-communication technology tools available at various stages of the project
  • LO3. Understand the concepts, framework and structure within which the computer application works in although computer applications change over time
  • LO4. Apply the use of the right technology for the right task in the project phase
  • LO5. Demonstrate knowledge of common tools used by professionals in the industry
  • LO6. Demonstrate the skill to learn, use and adapt new technologies effectively and efficiently.

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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