41 Pages 10368 Words Project Management Plan

| May 16, 2019

Description Task Description Assignment Overview In this unit you are required to complete a weekly and consolidated portfolio. A portfolio provides evidence of previous and current experience and presents a dynamic record of your growth and professional learning over the duration of this unit. Your portfolio will provide an account of your learning based on your practice and your critical reflection.Further information is available on the Moodle site. Task Your task is to write weekly portfolios reflecting upon your learning from the prior week. In your portfolio you will identify: the learning outcomes and module/topic of the unit, a description of your experience, including reading samples or records, your learning from your experiences, and any supporting documentation of prior or current learning. Purpose The primary purpose of this assessment item is to help you to develop skills for undertaking research and translating, via your technical and creative skills, underpinning concepts about project management methodologies. The secondary purpose of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to enhance your analysis, critical thinking and written communication skills; particularly in the areas of thinking about and reflecting on different project domains and project management methodologies. Developing a portfolio, as a result, makes your learning more explicit as you translate your workplace and personal experiences into documented evidence. You can then learn to critically examine the nature of your learning on this unit in relation to specific experiences in your project management practice and demonstrate that you have learned from those experiences and how you have achieved or maintained your professional competence as a result. The assignment will also give you the opportunity to enhance your analysis and written communication skills; particularly in the areas of rigorous structured assignment writing. Structure You will be provided on the Moodle web site with a template for the weekly portfolios. You should use this template to structure each weekly portfolio and then upload weekly portfolios to the Moodle web site as directed (Portfolio Submission 1 contains portfolios for weeks 1 to 4, Portfolio Submission 2 contains portfolios for weeks 5 to 8 and Portfolio Submission 3 contains portfolios for weeks 9 and 10). At the end of the unit you will consolidate your portfolio submissions into a single document and upload an overall consolidated portfolio submission.Your portfolio should contain a coherent, but necessarily restricted review of the academic literature related to the project management topics for each week. You should also include a weekly reference list formatted in the prescribed Harvard style. You are also encouraged to include a bibliography. This assessment item involves researching the topics to enhance your understanding of each concept through an utilisation of academic literature and secondary sources. Whilst you must use the recommended textbooks and web links, you should also refer to other sources on the Moodle web site and additional relevant peer reviewed academic journal articles of your choosing. Weekly Portfolio Each weekly portfolio is to be no more than 4 pages long.The portfolio shows your development of understanding during the unit. Naturally, this will make the portfolio different for everyone. Each student’s background, education, current and past work experiences is what makes it different. Each student’s personal researches will be different.What you need to do is to give yourself enough time to reflect and show how you have thought and come to grips with the ideas that address the learning outcomes of the unit. The amount of time you should be allocating to the unit is 12 to 16 hours per week (which includes writing the portfolio). So there should be a fair bit of time for you to make the reflections and reach a depth of insight that will make the portfolio meaningful. With each week’s portfolio that you submit you do not include the writing that you made for a prior week. Instead you use the same portfolio template using only the section for the week you are writing about. In other words each week’s portfolio is a reflection upon that week. You should however, revisit the whole of the unit learning outcomes each week.The portfolio for any previous week is a reflection of your insights and thoughts for that week. Over the duration of the unit you will find that there is a development and change of your ideas as you study the material. You will then have opportunity at the end of the unit to consolidate everything and show how you have gained the insights that the unit is seeking to provide. At the end of the unit you should review your weekly portfolios and consolidate them into a single submission. You should make a personal reflection in this submission. This is the assessment that gets marked in detail. It is to your benefit to have the personal discipline to make sure that you do not get behind. If you are allocating 12 or 16 hours per week for the unit then there is plenty of time for the portfolio. If you find that one week you slip then ok, but the unit is fundamentally planned so that you need to allocate 12 to 16 hours each week. Two hours lost in one week means that you need to do 14 to 18 hours the next! The unit is straight forward, but there are lots of web sites to visit and material to download. The text books are only part of the story and you won’t be able to do the unit with just the text books. Unfortunately, much of the material is written from a North American perspective. You will need to consider other industry sectors and also to be able to translate the learning outcomes into an Australian or other cultural perspective. Therefore, you will need to download other files and visit web sites to be able to gather the material you need in your portfolio. There are no bonus points for getting the weekly portfolio perfect from the first week but marks will be awarded for timely submission (as per the schedule) and for content that generally addresses the tasks for weekly portfolios listed above. Understanding and familiarity will only develop over time. As you prepare the portfolios’ each week and keep revisiting the learning outcomes and adding the unit material then you will gain insights required. Unless you do that on a weekly basis you won’t have the appropriate perspective to make the journey and reach the destination by the end of the unit. Referencing Ensuring you have accurate references is important and will allow the marker to easily identify where your portfolio maps to the unit or other peer reviewed material. Also you need to show how you have made critical reflection on the material and added your own unique insights. Referencing should be made according to CQU’s Harvard referencing guide. To locate the guide then Google “CQU Harvard referencing” and download the PDF file for the current year.It is as a consequence of your references and academic proficiency with critical analysis that you will be able to gain MAXIMUM MARKS. Return Date to Students Students are to liaise with their respective lecturer/ tutor for feedback on their portfolio submissions. Consolidated portfolio marks will be released 2 weeks after the submission of consolidated portfolio Weighting 40% Assessment Criteria Your assignment will be assessed on the extent and quality to which it meets each of the following criteria. Evidence of timely portfolio submissions that address tasks listed for weekly portfolios? (20%) Reflections of each of the unit learning outcomes? (40%) Reflections achievement of the unit topics? (20%) Clarity of expression, grammar and spelling? (5%) Strict conformity to CQUniversity Australia Harvard Referencing Guide (author-date)? (5%) Document clarity and presentation format? (10%) Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) Submission Online Learning Outcomes Assessed Explain reasons why organisations adopt Project Management Methodologies Critically analyse the impact of Project Management Methodologies upon stakeholders Explain and justify the major elements of a Project Management Methodology that might meet the needs of an organisation. Graduate Attributes Knowledge Communication Cognitive, technical and creative skills Research Self-management WEEK 9 – CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT Readings: Mandatory Readings Kerzner Chapter 20.0-20.8, & 21.0-21.4; PMI Implementing Organizational PM PM Appendices X2 & X3; Optional Readings (you need to become either a student or a fulltime member of PMI, USA to access this book) PMI Managing Change Preface, Chapters 6; Weekly Lectures: The following slides are intended to help you with the material for this week. Wk9 Lecture Slides File Not completed: Wk9 Lecture Slides. Select to mark as complete. Tutorial: Make sure you read the readings from Week 8 and do the portfolio for this week. Tutorial 8 File Not completed: Tutorial 8. Select to mark as complete. Portfolio Submission 2 (Weeks 5 – 8) Assignment WEEK 10 – MANAGING CHANGE Readings: Mandatory Readings Kerzner Chapter 21.5-21.8, & 22; Additional readings may be made available after the course starts. Weekly Lectures: The following slides are intended to help you with the material for this week. Wk10 Lecture slides File Not completed: Wk10 Lecture slides. Select to mark as complete. Tutorial: Make sure you read the readings from Week 9 and do the portfolio for this week. Tutorial 9 File Not completed: Tutorial 9. Select to mark as complete. A conceptual framework for critical success factors of lean Six Sigma: Implementation on the performance of electronic manufacturing service industry URL Not completed: A conceptual framework for critical success factors of lean Six Sigma: Implementation on the performance of electronic manufacturing service industry. Select to mark as complete. Use this resource as additional reading on Continuous Improvement (should be included in your Weekly Portfolio submission) Value Through Continuous Improvement URL Not completed: Value Through Continuous Improvement. Select to mark as complete. Use this resource as additional reading on Continuous Improvement (should be included in your Weekly Portfolio submission)

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