PPMP20007 Assessment 3A Specification :
|Due date:||Week 10|
|Length:||3800-4200 words excluding table of contents, references, and appendices (if any) but including team reflection|
In this PPMP20007 Assessment 3A Specification assignment students are required to research an approved topic in project management and document their findings in a written report, using an approved formatting and referencing style (Harvard author-date).
- Content must extend the knowledge of the class (i.e., it should not be content that is already covered or scheduled to be covered in the unit). However, the report may provide extension material on topics that form part of the unit.
- Students are required to find appropriate reference material (at least five peer-reviewed, recent, and relevant references) on their topic.
- Topics must relate to project management and the report should contextualize the relevant concepts using examples from experience or actual project management scenarios.
- Students are to form teams of 3 or 4 people to complete all parts of assessment 3.
- Start liaising with your tutor about the details of the members of your team and your top two preferred topics during week 2. Team membership and topics are to be finalized by the census date (Tuesday week 4). Note: the earlier you provide your tutor with details about your team and your preferred topics, the more likely you are to get your preferred topic. No topic should be covered more than once during the term. Therefore, the tutor will approve topics on a first come basis.
- Once your team has been formed you are not permitted to change your team without approval from the Unit Coordinator. This approval will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.
- If any member of the team is not contributing to the work (and/or not attending team meetings or meeting their obligations) you must discuss this with your tutor as soon as possible.
- Once your topic has been finalized, you are not permitted to change the topic without approval from the Unit Coordinator. Note that given the time constraints it is unlikely that you will be given the approval to change your topic.
- You must maintain a record of weekly team meetings, decisions, and team development. You may be requested to discuss this documentation during your presentation in part 3B.
- You must contact your tutor about any issues such as the membership of your team or the selection of a presentation topic.
- Weekly team meetings should commence as soon as the team is formed. This will allow you to select and submit your preferred topics by the end of week 2.
· All members of the team are responsible for ensuring that:
- regular team meetings are held and that accurate notes are recorded regarding team meetings and member contributions.
- the research is practised together, and the report is written as a coherent and uniform document.
- the correct files have been submitted on Moodle by the due date.
- The Unit Coordinator (UC) is your tutor and will approve your topic.
- There is a distance education discussion forum on the unit website that you can use to contact other distance education students to help you form a team for this assessment item.
Your presentation can be about:
- Any topic related to project management not already covered in the unit or a topic that extends the class knowledge about one of the weekly topics. Where your topic is related to a topic already covered in the unit, you must add a significant body of new material, a different perspective or depth to the information already covered in the unit lecture material. It is important that you extend your knowledge and that of the class beyond what will be covered in this unit during the term. There is scope to research and present more information about many of the weekly topics. For example, in the Quality Management topic, some students may wish to investigate Six Sigma or ICT students may wish to cover more detail about quality management in the Software Engineering discipline.
- Some suggested topics can be found in Appendix A: Suggested presentation topics.
- CQUniversity Library has many databases that contain refereed full-text journal articles. This is a useful source of material for your PPMP20007 Assessment 3A Specification assignment. The following library links may be useful to help you get started:
You can also book an online session with a librarian if you need help finding information for you presentation.
- Assessment Writing and Formatting Videos – under “Useful Links” section at the top of the unit website.
- Link to the Academic Learning Centre webpage to access workshops – under “Useful Links” section at the top of the unit website. It is important for you to attend a workshop about correct referencing and paraphrasing to make sure that you do not inadvertently submit work that results in an academic misconduct incident being raised. If you have any doubts, please seek help.
- Link to CQU referencing guides (under “useful links” on the unit website)
The following files must be submitted by one member of the team. Do not submit a zip file with the assessment item files. The following must be submitted as separate files.
- A Word document with the full report, checked by Turnitin (.doc or .docx).
- A PowerPoint document with the presentation slides (.ppt or .pptx).
Assessments will be marked using the assessment and marking criteria and guidelines published with this assessment specification as a separate document.
Some suggested topics are shown below. It is a common mistake to choose a topic that is too wide for the scope of the paper, so discuss in your team and carefully choose a suitable and specific sub-topic.
The discussion section of your report allows for personal opinions to be expressed and supported. In this assignment you can also draw from your experiences and incorporate them into the assignment. If you don’t have any work/project experience, that’s fine too. You can also take the opportunity to be controversial and find academic and trade literature that challenges an aspect of the material you are researching.
Some suggested topics to help you get started (you can also suggest others):
- International Projects: There is a chapter on international projects in the textbook that is not covered in this unit, so aspects of this topic would be appropriate for your presentation. You can read this chapter to get an overview and understanding of this topic. Some of the areas that could be researched are:
- What additional challenges are there when you are involved in managing an international project?
- What is culture shock and what are strategies for coping with culture shock?
- How do you select and train personnel to work on international projects?
- What are cross-cultural considerations?
- Outsourcing/Procurement Management: There is a chapter on outsourcing in the textbook that is not covered in this unit. Some of the areas that could be discussed in your presentation are:
- What is outsourcing and what are the advantages/disadvantages of outsourcing?
- What is an RFP and what is involved in selection of a contractor?
- What are best practices in outsourcing project work?
- Discuss the art of negotiation.
- What are the different contract types and their risks (from the contractor and customer perspective)?
- What contract types are appropriate for agile projects?
- What is the “point of total assumption” and how do you calculate this?
- Leadership: For example:
- Different leadership styles.
- The types of powers used by leaders.
- How to learn to be a good leader and what makes a good leader.
- Stephen Covey and improving effectiveness.
- Human resource management: For example:
- Motivation Theories (e.g. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, Herzberg’s Motivation-Hygiene Theory, McClelland’s Acquire-Needs Theory, McGregor Theory X and Y, Ouchi’s theory z etc.)
- Developing the Project Team
- Team-building Activities.
- Different “personality types”: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, The Social Style Profile, DISC.
- Quality Management: Quality management in only briefly introduced in the unit. There are a number of topics within the broad area of quality management that could be covered in more depth. For example:
- Tools and Techniques for Quality control.
- Six Sigma.
- Agile Project Management: Agile project management is introduced in this unit. However there is scope to extend this topic. For example
- Discussion of alternative agile PM methodologies.
- Scaled Agile Framework.
- DevOps (Agile development and operations).
- More details about agile: e.g. agile estimation, agile story cards/user stories
- Effective Communication: For example:
- Keys to good communication?
- Use of technology to enhance communication.
- Running effective meetings
- Using E-mail, texting, and collaborative tools effectively.
- What makes a good presentation?
h. Software Tools and Systems for Project Management
- Systems Engineering and Project Management: Topics to be covered could include:
- What is Systems Thinking?
- What is Systems Engineering?
- What are the dimensions of Systems Engineering?
- What is the Systems Life Cycle?
- What is the relevance of Systems Engineering to Project Management?
- Value Management: For example:
- What is value management?
- What are the benefits of value management?
- What industries use value management?
k. Miscellaneous topics o COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on projects
- The project management trends that lead to project success.
- The effectiveness of change management
- Conflict management in projects
- Success factors of project value management
- Key factors of sustainability in project management
- Emotional intelligence in project management
- The impact of global leadership in leading to the success of a project
- The importance of project stakeholder management
- The contemporary approaches in project management
- The factors that lead to sustainable project management
- Analysis of principles used in project management.
- Retention and attraction of women in the construction industry
- Critical success and failure factors of projects (indicators of performance and success in project management besides the schedule and budget)
- Common challenges in projects: what are the common issues project managers deal with on a project and what advice would you give them in resolving these?
- The use of state-of-the-art technology in projects (discussion with examples)
- Strategies for coping with culture shock in projects
- The best ways to carry out project activities.
- The factors that influence the choice of a project
- How to cross align business and project objectives.
- The effects of the planning and scheduling style in project management
- The evolution of project management overtime
- The relationship between project management and project success
- Why is the optimism in planning a project not always evident in the reality of delivering a project?
- Does every project need to actually finish and if so, under what conditions would this be acceptable?
Appendix B: Paper Structure
The paper must include as a minimum the following:
- Table of contents
- Introduction of the topic(s)
- Brief literature review and findings
- Discussion (may include author’s opinions or explanations of concepts through experience or examples)
- Appendices if relevant