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22787 Business Project Management

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UTS: Business: Accounting
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Postgraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

This subject takes a holistic and business-oriented approach to the management of projects. Topics covered include project definition, leadership and project team management, project planning, managing project risk, resource management, time and cost estimation, project control and reporting, measuring project success, and stakeholder communication management. Students learn to use project management software to assist with resource allocation, costing and scheduling management. Students are also required to form project teams and manage a simulated project throughout the teaching period.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. demonstrate an understanding of how effective project management contributes to organizational objectives
2. explain issues relating to project scope, schedule, resource and risk management
3. discuss various types of project costs and apply common project estimation, evaluation and control techniques
4. apply appropriate project reporting and communication techniques

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

There are few accounting or IT/IS positions in the contemporary business environment that do not involve some responsibility for managing or at least being involved in projects. Project management techniques are generic techniques used where limited resources have to be coordinated in order to achieve specific, and often unique, objectives within a given timeframe. This subject introduces students to these techniques in the context of accounting and information management.

This subject also contributes specifically to the following program learning objectives:

  • Be able to access and critically analyse relevant information for business decisions (1.1)
  • Apply complex business concepts taking into account the broader environmental context (1.2)
  • Apply technical skills necessary for professional practice (5.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

Preparation for study

ALL students are advised to acquire the textbook (see below) before the subject starts. It is expected that students have read at least the first two chapters of the book and have logged on to UTS Online (online.uts.edu.au) before the first teaching session. UTS Online is an essential tool and required resource used in this subject.

Class preparation

Students will be expected to prepare for each class through reviewing online video material and specific readings from the text. This content will then be referenced in an instructor-led combined lecture/tutorial. Students will demonstrate their comprehension of the material through active learning experiences during the lecture/tutorial in the following ways:

  • In-class discussions, individual and collaborative practical exercises
  • A semester long collaborative exercise in which students will use project management software in small groups to plan and deliver a simulated business project. This exercise will be undertaken predominately in the allocated tutorial time, but may require additional work outside of class.

Assessment feedback

Ongoing feedback will be provided by the lecturer throughout the semester on the progress and performance of students in the individual topic quizzes and group assignment.

Feedback on assessment performance prior to the census date is available through the topic quiz results. Details and formative feedback is provided in the results of the first update report, and the capacity of student groups to incorporate this feedback is tested in the second update report.

Content (topics)

  • Project selection
  • Leadership and team management
  • Scope delivery
  • Project Communications and Stakeholder management
  • Cost estimation and project budgeting
  • Scheduling and resource management
  • Project control and reporting
  • Projects in an organisational context

Assessment

Assessment task 1: In-class Tests (Individual)

Objective(s):

This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2 and 3

Weight: 20%
Criteria:

Topic tests consist of 5 multiple choice (1 mark each) and one short answer question (5 marks). The multiple choice questions have a single “most” correct answer. The short answer question will require students to demonstrate extended knowledge of the topic with the following criteria.

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Evidence of topic knowledge and application to contextual situations 100 1, 2, 3
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Simulated Project (Group & Individual)

Objective(s):

This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3 and 4

Weight: 30%
Criteria:

Marks for each report will be based on the following criteria:

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Accuracy, effectiveness and quality of reporting content 70 1, 2, 3
Accuracy, effectiveness and quality of MS Project file 20 2, 3
Business level presentation and structure of reporting 10 1, 4
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Final Exam (Individual)

Objective(s):

This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3 and 4

Weight: 50%
Criteria:

Multiple choice questions are awarded a single mark for each correct answer. Short answer and case study questions are awarded marks on the following criteria:

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Evidence of topic knowledge and application to contextual situations 90 1, 2, 3
Clarity and effectiveness of written response 10 4
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total marks.

Required texts

  • Linton, T (2014), Project Management Essentials, Cengage Learning
  • Pinto, J.K (2013), Project Management: Achieving Competitive Advantage, Pearson (Chapter 14 only - electronic copy provided to class).
  • Chapman, P. (2017), Slides for 22787 (current version) – available at UTS Online.
  • Faculty of Business (current version), Guide to Writing Assignments, Faculty of Business, University of Technology, Sydney (available online).
  • Non-texts, but also required:

Recommended texts

  • Various Lynda.com video training sessions (MS Project 2016 and Project Management topics.
    Lynda.com is accessibly via the UTS Library website (www.lib.uts.edu.au)

Other resources

This subject will require students to utilise MS Project 2016, a project management software tool. No previous experience with project management software is expected and instructions on using MS Project will be provided in class as well as through online learning resources (Lynda.com).