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60903 Project Management in Science

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UTS: Science
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

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

Description

This subject focuses on project, people and stakeholder management as the key competencies associated with successful leadership in science. Students have the opportunity to learn about various aspects of leadership, as well as develop and practice their own skills by engaging in practical individual and group work. The subject introduces students to specific methods and tools used in project and people management. Special focus is given to appropriate and effective communication and decision-making in project and team situations, as well as the ability to present and promote ideas, influence and facilitate organisational dynamics in science and project environments.

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject addresses a number of Faculty of Science graduate attributes (GA) relevant to this subject:

1. Disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application

3. Professional skills and their appropriate application

6. Communication skills

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject is delivered using a combination of integrated lectures, tutorials and workshops. Students are expected to prepare for each workshop session by reading the workshop material (available on UTS Canvas) and completing the outlined preparation tasks.

During the workshop sessions, the subject material will be presented via lectures, tutorials, discussions and teamwork.

There will be extensive opportunities to ask questions, clarify misunderstandings and further develop your understanding of the concepts presented.

Workshop sessions will focus on applied examples of theory in both project and people management, providing the opportunities for the students to apply the concepts and strategies presented in the subject material. It is expected that students will attend all class activities and submit all assessment tasks. No accommodation will be made for students who choose not to attend class activities.

Feedback on assessment tasks is a key aspect of the learning strategies in this subject. You are encouraged to implement and act on the feedback provided.

Content (topics)

  • Project integration: examines the definitions, phases, selection processes, knowledge areas and control;
  • Project Scope Management: examines the work that needs to be accomplished to deliver a product, service, or result with the specified features and functions;
  • Team Assignment Client Brief: working with the client brief;
  • Project Time Management: managing project activities to stay on-time;
  • Project Costs Management: managing costs and budgets;
  • Project Quality Management: managing for project quality;
  • Project Human Resources Management: managing the human resources utilised in a project;
  • Project Communications Management: examines ensuring efficient and effective communication prior to the commencement of the project, within the duration of the project, and after the completion of the project;
  • Project Risk Management: examines managing various risks associated with project execution;

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Workshop preparation quizzes

Intent:

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

1. Disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application

3. Professional skills and their application

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

1 and 3

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

.0 and 1.2

Type: Quiz/test
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Length:

N/A (online quiz)

Criteria:
  • Level of understanding of the key project management concepts covered in workshop sessions
  • Insightfulness in understanding and evaluating various leadership styles, personalities and behaviours in organisational environment

Assessment task 2: Group Assignment

Intent:

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

1. Disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application

3. Professional skills and their application

6. Communication skills

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 4 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

.0, 1.2 and 2.1

Type: Project
Groupwork: Group, individually assessed
Weight: 30%
Length:

Project Charter: 1-4 pages, Project Plan: 15-30 pages (~ 3-5 pages/student including figures and tables), Presentation: 10 min

Criteria:

Part A Criteria:

  • Professionally presented and structured document, effective use of text, formatting, colours, images and references.
  • The document contains the expected information, related to the chosen project.
  • Accurate, relevant and well incorporated information covered in the document, specific to the chosen project.

Part B Criteria:

  • Professionally presented project plan document, effective use of text, formatting, colours, images and references.
  • The plan contains the expected information and structure, related to the chosen project.
  • Ability to organise and drive a project team in devising and planning the implementation of the case project
  • Accurate, relevant and well incorporated information covered in the document, specific to the chosen project, with evidence of justification, evaluative application, synthesis of project management methods in practice and understanding of relevant technical and human relationships.

Part C Criteria:

  • Level of professionalism in presentation, effective use of colours, images, technology, space and available time.
  • Clarity and effectiveness of the presented content, rapport with the audience.
  • Strength of justification for the recommended ideas and solutions and quality of content.

Assessment task 3: Individual assignment

Intent:

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

1. Disciplinary knowledge and its appropriate application

3. Professional skills and their application

6. Communication skills

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 3, 5 and 6

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

.0, 1.2 and 2.1

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 50%
Length:

2000-3000 words

Criteria:
  • Effectiveness in applying theory to practical situations
  • Accuracy in responding to technical leadership and project management questions
  • Insightfulness of the reflection, demonstration of strong self-awareness and the ability to analyse people and situations
  • Clarity and effectiveness of suggested improvements in both group and individual work
  • Level of technical ability in applying project management skills to own career planning
  • Level of professionalism in presenting the development plan

Minimum requirements

In order to pass this subject, students must:

  • earn an overall total of 50 marks or more for the subject;
  • earn at least 40% of the marks available for the final examination.

Required texts

Project Management Professional Study Guide Fourth edition, by Joseph Philips, McGraw-Hill.

Project Management Professional Lab Manual, by Joseph Phillips, McGraw-Hill.