MSYS466-18A (HAM)

Advanced Project Management

20 Points

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Division of Management
School of Management and Marketing

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: helena.wang@waikato.ac.nz
: lori.jervis@waikato.ac.nz
: sade.lomas@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This paper introduces project management through a practical orientation. Topics covered include: the selection, management, organisation, planning, budgeting, scheduling, monitoring, control, auditing and termination of projects. It is student learning-based.

More and more organisations are using project management methods in order to survive and prosper in today's competitive world. This paper introduces basic principles of efficient and effective management of projects. Students who pass this paper will be able to conceive of, structure, schedule, and manage most types of organizational projects. Students from any academic background should find this paper valuable in day-to-day life and in their future careers.

This paper introduces project management giving attention to both technical and social aspects, all the while with a practical orientation. Three levels of competency are addressed in the paper

  1. I know.
  2. I can do.
  3. I can adapt to new situations.
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Paper Structure

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The paper includes a variety of teaching approaches, all designed to support a practical, real-world orientation; lectures, readings, class discussions, frequent case studies and hands-on software tutorials. There will be two two-hour sessions every week. Additionally (and optionally) two hour computer labs are provided for seven of the 12 weeks. Questions and discussions during class sessions are strongly encouraged. You are expected to take responsibility for your own learning, with support from the instructors.

Class Reps:

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Explain and demonstrate the use of essential components and techniques of project management.
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  • Identify and describe commercial realities of managing projects and potential ethical challenges.
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  • Combine people skills and technical skills in managing projects.
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  • Competently use Microsoft Project(TM) software.
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  • Plan, manage and successfully complete reasonably complex projects.
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Assessment

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Attendance is expected for class sessions. All sessions involve class discussions and most involve case studies. It is expected that students have completed pre-class readings and exercises from the previous class – all this information is shown in the MSYS366 Schedule.

The course work / final exam ratio is 1:0 (i.e., there is no final exam). The assessment weights are given below:

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. PM Overview Assignment
12 Mar 2018
3:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Computer Practical 1
30 Mar 2018
5:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Leading Class Discussion
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
4. Computer Practical 2
27 Apr 2018
5:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Test 1
30 Apr 2018
3:00 PM
20
  • In Class: In Lecture
6. Computer Practical 3
18 May 2018
5:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Test 2
28 May 2018
3:00 PM
20
  • In Class: In Lecture
8. PM Interview
11 Jun 2018
5:00 PM
25
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Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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E.W. Larson, C.F. Gray, U. Danlin, B. Honig, D. Bacarini. Project Management: The Managerial Process, 1ED(Local ED), McGraw-Hill Education, 2013.

You MUST have continuous access to this textbook. It can be purchased at Bennetts Book Shop. We shall use this book throughout the paper. You are expected to have read the relevant sections of the textbook, as indicated in the Schedule, before class.

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Online Support

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Web support is available via Moodle. Log in and select MSYS366 or MSYS466. Moodle contains copies of the slides used in class, announcements, assessment details and other useful electronic resources.
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Workload

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This is a 20 point paper so you should expect to spend around 200 hours in total during the semester.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Although this paper builds on the topic of project management covered in MGSYS101 Digital Business and Supply Chain Management, there is no prerequisite for this paper. The material covered in this paper should be useful to all courses in management studies and other faculties.
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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: MSYS366

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