Engineering Institute of Technology

 

Unit Name

PROJECT PLANNING, MANAGEMENT AND COSTING

Unit Code

BSC302C

 

Unit Duration

1 Term (2 Terms for 24 week delivery*)

Award

Bachelor of Science (Engineering)

 

Duration 3 years

Year Level

Three

Unit Creator/Reviewer

 

Core/Elective

Core

Pre/Co-requisites

-

Credit Points

3

 

Total Course Credit Points 81 (27 x 3)

Mode of Delivery

Online or on-campus.

Unit Workload

(Total student workload including “contact hours” = 10 hours per week; 5 hours per week for 24 week delivery)

Pre-recordings / Lecture – 1.5 hours (0.75 hours for 24 week delivery)

Tutorial – 1.5 hours

(0.75 hours for 24 week delivery)

Guided labs / Group work / Assessments – 2 hours (1 hour for 24 week delivery)

Personal Study recommended – 5 hours (2.5 hours for 24 week delivery)

 

  • This unit may be delivered over 24 weeks (2 Terms) because the nature of the content is deemed suitable (from a pedagogical perspective) for a longer duration than the standard 12 week (1 Term). In addition, these 24-week duration Units require half the student workload hours, 5 hours per week, which allows the total load to be kept at 15 hours per week when combined with a typical 10 hours per week, 12-week Unit. EIT has extensive data to demonstrate that if the load is higher than 15 hours per week the attrition rate for part time students dramatically increases.

    The objective in presenting this unit is to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of project management functions such as planning, organizing, scheduling, and controlling. Project managers face constant pressure to cut costs, implement projects quickly, and deliver high quality; students will be guided on how to manage these competing priorities and learn that projects cannot be managed effectively without thoughtful planning, execution, and monitoring.

     

    The subject matter covered in this unit will include: defining and developing the foundations of a project management plan; project requirements documents; work breakdown structures; schedules; budgets; estimating and controlling costs; managing risks; and, managing other resources. Students will also be instructed on the philosophy and principles of quality management, human resource management, communications management, and both qualitative and quantitative approaches to risk management.

     

    There is a project component in this unit whereby students will undertake case studies of projects in the context of their country and sub-discipline. At the conclusion of this unit, students will comprehend that project management is critical to the success of every organization and apply this knowledge in their future endeavours.

     

    Learning Outcomes

     

    On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:

    1. Evaluate the fundamentals of projects and project management.

    2. Detail concepts related to planning, scheduling, and allocation of resources.

    3. Apply planning process tools.

    4. Estimate and control project costs.

    5. Assess various tools and techniques for determining budgets.

    6. Describe the philosophy and principles of quality management, human resource management, and communications management.

    7. Perform qualitative and quantitative risk analysis.

      Professional Development

      Completing this unit may add to students professional development/competencies by:

      1. Fostering personal and professional skills and attributes in order to:

        1. Conduct work in a professionally diligent, accountable and ethical manner.

        2. Effectively use oral and written communication in personal and professional domains.

        3. Foster applicable creative thinking, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

        4. Develop initiative and engagement in lifelong learning and professional development.

        5. Enhance collaboration outcomes and performance in dynamic team roles.

        6. Effectively plan, organise, self-manage and manage others.

        7. Professionally utilise and manage information.

        8. Enhance technologist literacy and apply contextualised technologist skills.

      2. Enhance investigatory and research capabilities in order to:

        1. Develop an understanding of systematic, fundamental scientific, mathematic principles, numerical analysis techniques and statistics applicable to technologists.

        2. Access, evaluate and analyse information on technologist processes, procedures, investigations and the discernment of technologist knowledge development.

        3. Foster an in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge, computer science, engineering design practice and contextual factors applicable to technologists.

        4. Solve basic and open-ended engineering technologist problems.

        5. Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds associated with sustainable engineering practice.

      3. Develop engineering application abilities in order to:

        1. Apply established engineering methods to broadly-defined technologist problem solving.

        2. Apply engineering technologist techniques, tool and resources.

        3. Apply systematic technologist synthesis and design processes.

        4. Systematically conduct and manage technologist projects, work assignments, testing and experimentation.

Engineers Australia

The Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists, approved as of 2013. This table is referenced in the mapping of graduate attributes to learning outcomes and via the learning outcomes to student assessment.

 

Stage 1 Competencies and Elements of Competency

1.

Knowledge and Skill Base

1.1

Systematic, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the technology domain.

1.2

Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the technology domain.

1.3

In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the technology domain.

1.4

Discernment of knowledge development within the technology domain.

1.5

Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the technology domain.

1.6

Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the technology domain.

2.

Engineering Application Ability

2.1

Application of established engineering methods to broadly-defined problem solving within the technology domain.

2.2

Application of engineering techniques, tools and resources within the technology domain.

2.3

Application of systematic synthesis and design processes within the technology domain.

2.4

Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of projects within the technology domain.

3.

Professional and Personal Attributes

3.1

Ethical conduct and professional accountability.

3.2

Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.3

Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.

3.4

Professional use and management of information.

3.5

Orderly management of self and professional conduct.

3.6

Effective team membership and team leadership.

Graduate Attributes

Successfully completing this Unit will contribute to the recognition of attainment of the following graduate attributes aligned to the AQF Level 7 criteria, Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists and the Sydney Accord:

 

Graduate Attributes

(Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Professional and Personal Development)

EA Stage 1 Competencies

Learning Outcomes

A. Knowledge of Science and Engineering Fundamentals

A1. Breadth of knowledge of engineering and systematic, theory-based understanding of underlying principles, and depth of knowledge across one or more engineering sub- disciplines

 

1.1, 1.3

 

1, 2, 6

A2. Knowledge of mathematical, statistical and computer sciences appropriate for engineering technology

 

1.2

 

3, 4, 5

A3. Discernment of knowledge development within the technology domain

1.4

2, 5, 7

A4. Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the technology domain

 

1.5

 

B. Problem Solving, Critical Analysis and Judgement

B1. Ability to research, synthesise, evaluate and innovatively apply theoretical concepts, knowledge and approaches across diverse engineering technology contexts to effectively solve engineering problems

 

1.4, 2.1, 2.3

 

3, 4

B2. Technical and project management skills to design complex systems and solutions in line with developments in engineering technology professional practice

 

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2

 

C. Effective Communication

C1. Cognitive and technical skills to investigate, analyse and organise information and ideas and to communicate those ideas clearly and fluently, in both written and spoken forms appropriate to the audience

 

3.2

 

2, 3, 7

C2. Ability to engage effectively and appropriately across a diverse range of cultures

3.2

 

D. Design and Project Management

D1. Apply systematic synthesis and design processes within the technology domain

2.1, 2.2, 2.3

 

D2. Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of projects within the technology domain

 

2.4

 

4

E. Accountability, Professional and Ethical Conduct

E1. Innovation in applying engineering technology, having regard to ethics and impacts including economic; social; environmental and sustainability

 

1.6, 3.1, 3.4

 

E2. Professional conduct, understanding and accountability in professional practice across diverse circumstances including team work, leadership and independent work

 

3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

 

Unit Competency and Learning Outcome Map

This table details the mapping of the unit graduate attributes to the unit learning outcomes and the Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for the Engineering Technologist.

 

 

 

Graduate Attributes

A1

A2

A3

A4

B1

B2

C1

C2

D1

D2

E1

E2

 

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologist

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Unit Learning Outcomes

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Student assessment

 

Assessment Type

When assessed

Weighting (% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

 

Assessment 1

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions

Example Topic: Project organizations, project life cycle and phases, planning scope, cycle, elements, scheduling, resource allocation.

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers and solve some simple equations to demonstrate a good understanding of the fundamental concepts

 

Week 3

(Week 6 for

24 week delivery)

 

15%

 

1, 2

 

Assessment 2

Type: Group work / Short answer questions / Role Play / Self-Assessment / Presentation / Case study / Project

Example Topic: Using planning process tools, estimate project costs.

Students may provide solutions to simple problems on various topics.

 

Week 6

(Week 12

for 24 week delivery)

 

20%

 

3, 4

 

Assessment 3

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote lab / Virtual lab software simulation / Case study / Project

Example Topic: Estimation of project budgets, controlling costs, earned value analysis.

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers or solve some simple problems or use software to complete a practical.

 

Week 10

(Week 20

for 24 week delivery)

 

20%

 

4, 5, 6

 

Assessment 4

Type: Project / Case Study or Examination

Example Topic: Comprehensive project as per lecturer’s choice or examination on all topics.

 

Final Week

 

40%

 

1 to 7

 

Attendance / Tutorial Participation

Example: Presentation, discussion, group work, exercises, self-assessment/reflection, case study analysis, application.

 

Continuous

 

5%

 

1 to 7

Prescribed and recommended readings

 

Suggested Textbook(s)

IDC Technologies 2001, Project Management for Engineers and Technicians, IDC, Perth.

Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI) 2013. Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). 5t edn. Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI). ISBN: 978- 1-62870-038-1. Online version available at: http://app.knovel.com/hotlink/toc/id:kpGPMBKPM1/guide-project-management/guide-project- management

To be confirmed by Lecturer

 

Reference Materials

Lester, A 2013, Project Management, Planning and Control: Managing Engineering, Construction and Manufacturing Projects to PMI, APM and BSI Standards, 6th edn, Butterworth-Heinemann, ISBN-13: 978-0080983240.

Baranoff, E, Brockett, P & Kahane, Y 2009, Risk Management for Enterprises and Individuals, Open Textbook Library, ISBN 13: 978-0-9823618-0-1

Darnall, R, Preston, J 2010, Project Management from Simple to Complex, Open Textbook Library, ISBN 13: 978-0-9823618-8-7

Lester, A 2007. Project Management - Planning and Control. 5th edn. Elsevier. ISBN: 978-0- 0804-6588-3. Online version available at: http://app.knovel.com/hotlink/toc/id:kpPMPCE008/project-management-planning/project- management-planning

  • Peer reviewed Journals

  • Knovel library: http://app.knovel.com

  • IDC Technologies publications

  • Other material and online collections as advised during the lectures

 

Unit Content

One topic is delivered per contact week, with the exception of part-time 24-week units, where one topic is delivered every two weeks

 

Topic 1

Fundamentals

  1. Project definition – relationships between portfolios, programs, and projects

  2. What is project management?

  3. Project organizations

  4. Relationship between project management, operations management, and organizational strategy

  5. Role of the project manager – responsibilities, competencies, and skills

  6. Project life cycle and phases

 

Topic 2

Project Planning 1

  1. Planning objectives

  2. Defining scope and major deliverables

  3. Stages of project planning

  4. Project overview, activity plan, assigning of responsibilities

  5. Planning cycle

  6. Key elements of project plan

  7. Role of executive in planning

 

Topic 3

Project Planning 2

  1. Scheduling and allocation of resources

  2. Time duration and estimation

  3. Dependencies between tasks

  4. Risk planning

  5. Planning process tools - Gozinto Chart, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), Linear Responsibility Chart, TREND

  6. Implementing the plan

  7. Project control procedures

 

Topic 4

Cost Management 1

  1. Importance of cost estimation

  2. Problems of cost estimation

  3. Sources and categories of project costs

  4. Plan cost management – inputs

  5. Plan cost management – tools and techniques

  6. Plan cost management – outputs

 

Topic 5

Cost Management 2

  1. Estimate costs – inputs

  2. Estimate costs – methods, tools, techniques

  3. Estimate costs – outputs

  4. Allowances for contingencies in cost estimation

  5. Use of learning curves in cost estimation

 

Topic 6

Cost Management 3

  1. Determine budget – inputs

  2. Determine budget – tools and techniques

  3. Determine budget – outputs

  4. Program budgeting

  5. Developing a project contingency budget

  6. Issues in budget development

 

Topic 7

Cost Management 4

  1. Control costs – inputs

  2. Control costs – tools and techniques

  3. Control costs – outputs

  4. Integrating cost and time in monitoring project performance – S Curve

  5. Earned value management

  6. Fundamentals of earned value

  7. Conducting an earned value analysis

 

Topic 8

Quality Management

  1. Defining quality and quality management

  2. Quality systems

  3. Plan quality management – inputs, tools and techniques, outputs

  4. Perform quality assurance – inputs, tools and techniques, outputs

  5. Control quality – inputs, tools and techniques, outputs

  6. Sample quality management plan

 

Topic 9

Human Resource Management

  1. Plan human resource management – inputs, tools and techniques, outputs

  2. Acquire project team – inputs, tools and techniques, outputs

  3. Develop project team – inputs, tools and techniques, outputs

  4. Manage project team – inputs, tools and techniques, outputs

  5. Staffing management plans

 

Topic 10

Communications Management

  1. Plan communications management – inputs, tools and techniques, outputs

  2. Manage communications – inputs, tools and techniques, outputs

  3. Control communications – inputs, tools and techniques, outputs

  4. Sample communications management plan

 

Topic 11

Risk Management

  1. Risk management fundamentals

  2. Plan risk management – inputs, tools and techniques, outputs

  3. Identify risks – inputs, tools and techniques, outputs

  4. Perform qualitative risk analysis – inputs, tools and techniques, outputs

  5. Perform quantitative risk analysis – inputs, tools and techniques, outputs

  6. Sample risk management plan

 

Topic 12

Unit Review

In the final week students will have an opportunity to review the contents covered so far. Opportunity will be provided for a review of student work and to clarify any outstanding issues. Instructors/facilitators may choose to cover a specialized topic if applicable to that cohort.