PRMGT303-20B (NET)

Applied Project Management

15 Points

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School of Management and Marketing

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Paper Description

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The paper employs a case-based approach to apply the learnings from the other project management papers (PRMGT300, PRMGT301 & PRMGT302) and explore their relevance to real-world projects. Students will have the opportunity to explore projects of their choice, including projects they have been personally involved in. From this, students will gain an appreciation of typical project challenges and success factors.

The case-based approach will also allow students to research and deconstruct a well-known, multi-faceted project, to uncover causes of success and failure. To account for any students taking the capstone paper at the same time as the other papers in the graduate certificate, assessment due dates are largely weighted towards the second half of the semester - however given that all assessment is provided at the start of the trimester, you are welcome to submit your assessment early if you wish.

In this semester, the project under investigation is the Queensland Health payroll project failure. Students will explore this, in detail, from a project management perspective, identifying key principles and concepts from PRMGT300, PRIMGT301 & PRMGT303. Students are given an option for one piece of assessment; they can either complete an online quiz, or can choose to sit (at their own cost) the Certified Associate of Project Management Exam.

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Paper Structure

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Aside from the assessment deadlines, this paper is self-paced, and students will need to manage their time appropriately to complete the assessment on time.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Explain the central role of project management within an organisation
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  • Understand and apply the essential concepts and tools in project management
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  • Communicate effectively on project management issues encountered
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  • Analyse and provide insight into reasons for project management failures and successes
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Assessment

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There is no comprehensive examination for this paper. Student assessment is based on the following components:
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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. Queensland Health - Annotated Bibliography
10 Aug 2020
11:30 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Personal Project Review - Interview Question
9 Sep 2020
11:30 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Queensland Health Project Summary
30 Sep 2020
11:30 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Capstone Quiz or PMI Certification Exam
14 Oct 2020
11:30 PM
15
  • Other: Online Quiz
5. Queensland Health Project Analysis
30 Oct 2020
11:30 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Other Resources

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Students are expected to locate and review a number of resources for this paper. These will come from a range of online sources, including research databases.
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Online Support

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All of the material and resources used in this paper will be uploaded to Moodle, along with any announcements made throughout the semester.

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Workload

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It is expected that students will study an average of 10-12 hours per week for this paper. The workload is intentionally weighted towards the second half of the trimester.
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This paper is the capstone paper for the Graduate Certificate in Project Management. Ideally, students will have completed all other PRMGT papers before taking this paper, although it is possible to take it concurrently.
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Prerequisites: MGSYS101, MSYS111 or equivalent work experience

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