Due Date Friday (16-Feb-2018) 11:55 PM AEST Return Date No return date specified. Conditions No Conditions Task 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 a weekly portfolio reflecting upon your learnings 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 portfolio template. You should use this template and upload a weekly portfolio to the Moodle web site. At the end of this unit you will consolidate your portfolio 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 Your 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 studentâ€™s background, education, current and past work experiences is what makes it different. Each studentâ€™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 weeks 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 weekâ€™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. Once you upload the portfolio then leave it 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. 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 wonâ€™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 portfolio perfect from the first week but 2% will be awarded for weekly timely submission (every Friday from week 2 through 11).Understanding and familiarity will only develop over time. As you do the portfoliosâ€™ 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 wonâ€™t have the appropriate perspective to make the journey and reach the destination by the end of the unit. Consolidated Portfolio Since youâ€™ll have made your own journey studying during the unit then the material that you will want to include in this portfolio will be unique for you. Your final portfolio will explain how you have developed your understanding of the learning outcomes and the topics with each weekâ€™s study.You final portfolio MUST be made as a single submission. For example:- You could merge all your submissions into one and provide a single big file. You must NOT use an index and numbering system to identify material from prior weekâ€™s leaving each portfolio on the unit web site.Whatever way that you do it; the final portfolio is the important one! Itâ€™s important that you make it clear to the marker what your consolidated portfolio refers to otherwise you may not get the marks you expect. An analogy for the final portfolio is that you can imagine that you are going before an examination board at the end of the unit and presenting to them a complete portfolio of your journey through the unit. You will hand each board member a package that they should then be able to read and from it appreciate everything that you have done and learned during your work life and 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 CQUâ€™s Harvard referencing guide. To locate the guide then Google â€œCQU Harvard referencingâ€ and download the PDF file for the current year.It is as a consequence of your references and academ
ic proficiency with critical analysis that you will be able to gain MAXIMUM MARKS. 2 | Methodology and Continuous Improvement (40%) Due Date Monday (05-Feb-2018) 11:55 PM AEST Return Date Monday (12-Feb-2018) Conditions No Conditions Task Description Task Description Assignment Overview This assessment item requires you to work in a group of 2 or 3 and to consider a project management methodology to be implemented as part of a continuous improvement project. You must then write between 4500 – 5000 word ESSAY describing and justifying a high-level project management methodology that could be applied to a case study provided and structure the proposal as a continuous improvement plan. Further information is available on the Moodle site. Task Your task is to consider the case study and write an ESSAY illustrating and explaining a methodology and the continuous improvement plan. Your methodology must explain and justify itself within the context of the case study using the unit and peer reviewed material. You are encouraged to review Kerzner Chapter 21 and chapter 5 of the PMI Implementing Organizational Project Management document for an indication of the context and content of your methodology.You are expected to review the learning from lectures 9 â€“ 12 and the associated readings to propose your implementation plan. You need to consider this as a continuous improvement initiative that you are recommending to the organisation. You will be graded upon how complete your methodology and the continuous improvement implementation plan is presented. Purpose The primary purpose of this assessment item is to help you to develop skills in the contents and compilation of a methodology and recommending it as a continuous improvement initiative for the organisation. The secondary purpose of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to consider the role of a methodology within the strategic project management plans of a selected organisation. The assignment will also give you the opportunity to enhance your analysis and written communication skills, particularly in the areas of structured assignment writing. Essay Structure Your submission should be made using Microsoft Office documents and the essay submitted as a separate Microsoft WORD document. You should describe all of the required parts of your methodology in as complete manner as you deem appropriate. A range of sample methodologies will be identified for you to study during the unit. If you wish to include examples of any parts you may do so in an appendix. You must not include pictures or diagrams in the body of the essay. You must provide an ILLUSTRATION OR DRAWING OF YOUR METHODOLOGY AND THE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN in the appendix of your essay.Your essay should be a properly constructed academic essay. It should contain an effective introduction, body and conclusion. The introduction should introduce the essay and include your argument. The body should present the evidence you have collected to support your argument, and the conclusion should restate your argument, summarise the evidence and make a conclusion regarding your argument. The essay should contain a coherent, but necessarily restricted review of the academic literature on the project management topics in question. The literature review should be integrated into the essay, not a separate section. Do not include an executive summary or an abstract. A reference list formatted in the prescribed Harvard style is compulsory. Do not include a bibliography. This assessment item involves researching your assigned topic to enhance your understanding of project management concepts and utilisation of academic literature. Whilst you use the recommended textbooks you may also refer to relevant peer reviewed, academic journal articles. You will be expected to present information and evidence from, and cite, at least (the minimum requirement is from the unit resources but you twenty (20) times can use other PEER REVIEWED sources in addition). 3 | Online Quizzes (20%) Due Date Friday (05-Jan-2018) 11:55 PM AEST Return Date No return date specified. Conditions No Conditions Task Description Task Description Assignment You will be required to complete a series of multiple choice quiz questions related to the learning outcomes of this unit. Purpose The primary purpose of this assessment item is to help you to identify factors associated with project management methodologies. The secondary purpose of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to enhance your analysis and critical thinking skills. Notes The quiz will be based on the learning from Week 1 – 6. In order for you to complete the quiz it is necessary for you to complete all learning activities prescribed in the prior weeks. BUSN20019 Professional Project View Handbook Unit Profiles 1 | Project plan and project proposal (40%) Due Date Return Date No return date specified. Conditions No Conditions Task Description Unit assessment overview During this unit, you will complete an individual professional research project that contains a number of cumulative components – this means that Assessment 2 will build on the components assembled in Assessment 1. You will be given significant feedback and feed-forward during and after Assessment 1, which you must use to develop Assessment 2. In this unit, you will demonstrate a synthesis of the knowledge, learning, business research methodologies, and professional skills that you have acquired and practiced throughout your ENTIRE Masters course. In particular, this unit builds upon your previous work in the unit Research in Business. However, this time you will actually do a research project. The Professional Project will be based SOLELY on secondary data and it is important that you familiarise yourself early in the unit with the meaning of ‘secondary data’. You will work independently (although within a structure) to plan, carry out and report on an investigation that addresses an issue or problem in business relevant to the profession, towards which you are studying now (this must be one of the following: marketing, accounting, management, or human resource management). Throughout the term, your independent study will be supported by: Moodle resources, interactions with a campus tutor/lecturer, who will provide guidance, and a series of web-based interactions with the unit co-ordinator (these will be scheduled as and when required throughout the term and communicated via Moodle and email). Assessment 1: Project proposal (40%) This assessment will be completed in two steps. Step 1, worth 15% of total unit marks: Single-page project plan. This assignment requires you to submit, at the beginning of week 4, a single page project plan. This project plan will contain five components: A statement detailing your â€˜field of researchâ€™ – in this, you must clearly explain the relevance of your field of research for the profession, towards which you are studying. A source of secondary data linked to your chosen field of research. You will be required to either include a website with a link to a publicly available secondary data set, or a short description of how you will use publicly available sources as secondary data. A research question or questions that can be answered with the secondary data set you identified; this requires clarity on the questions and possibly a more detailed definition of variables or key themes to be explored. The search terms you propose to use in Google Scholar to identify literature in the field of the research question. Pick (at least) THREE peer-reviewed scholarly articles that arise from the result of your search and that you think will be suitable to become part of your project’s literature review. Write two sentences that combine ALL THREE (or more, if you have chosen more) of these sources (referenced correctly) and provide them in a reference list. Step 2, worth 25% of total unit marks: Project proposal. For this assignment, due at the end of week 6, you will be asked to use the feedback from step 1 to prepare a proposal detailing your proposed project. The proposal is to be written in professional repor
t format and contains the following: a short, preliminary literature review that places your project within the context of your profession; a focused research aim, and at least one research question; and a research plan, including: an overview of your proposed methods of data collection and data analysis; Gantt chart schedule; and clear presentation of data sources. The required length for this report is 1,750 words (+/- 10%), excluding preliminaries, reference list and appendices. You are required to include at least 10 suitable high-quality peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles. 2 | Project Report (60%) Due Date Friday (09-Feb-2018) 11:45 AM AEST Return Date No return date specified. Conditions No Conditions Task Description This is an individual, written assessment, to be completed in report format. You are required to write around 3,000 words (+/- 10%), excluding title page, preliminaries, tables, figures, reference list and appendices. The report requires in-text referencing and a full reference list in APA style, with evidence that you have critically read and integrated a minimum of 20 suitable scholarly references. The purpose of this assessment is to present the final report of the Professional Project you proposed in Assignment 1. This report should build upon both components of your Assessment 1 and it should be developed with the help of the tutor/co-ordinator feedback. In order to successfully complete Assessment 2, you are required to carry out the investigation you have proposed in Assessment 1 and produce a professional research report that shows that you have followed through from finding a research question to answering that question and developing recommendations that arise from your findings. The report will follow the typical structure of a research report and will need to include the following: Project title Introduction (which must include some justification of your topic and your project’s aim and research question(s)) Critical literature review A detailed presentation of how you carried out your project (commensurate with a ‘Methods’ chapter) Findings from your secondary data analysis Discussion of findings in light of your previously reviewed literature Conclusion, including recommendations and limitations PPMP20008 Initiating and Planning Projects View Handbook Unit Profiles 1 | Online Quiz (20%) Due Date Friday (22-Dec-2017) 11:45 PM AEST Return Date No return date specified. Conditions No Conditions Task Description This quiz tests content from weeks 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Note: The quiz must be completed during week six. If you are sick and unable to do the quiz during this time, you will be required to provide a medical certificate before an alternative time can be arranged for you to take the quiz. You can attempt the quiz at any location as long as you have access to Moodle and an internet connection. There are 20 multiple choice questions. There will be a time limit of 30 minutes to complete the quiz. 2 | Project plan (50%) Due Date Friday (19-Jan-2018) 11:45 PM AEST Return Date Monday (29-Jan-2018) Conditions No Conditions Task Description Development of a project plan that is reflective of the supplied case and the concepts as outlined in the PMBOK guide and Prince2. 3 | Lessons Learnt Presentation (30%) Due Date Monday (05-Feb-2018) 08:00 AM AEST Return Date Friday (16-Feb-2018) Conditions No Conditions Task Description Completion of PPMP20008 is like a project, there are likely things that went well and things that did not. Reflecting on the experience can be just as meaningful as retaining concepts taught. This assessment item requires you to reflect on your participation in the course, identify lessons learnt, and consider what actions can be taken to address lessons and improve future study projects. Please note these learnings are based on your role as a student in PPMP20008 and not based on the supplied project used for earlier assessments. You will need to determine a framework to base your lessons learnt on. In practice lessons learnt discussions are usually framed in certain ways to illicit learnings from participants. Consider what is the most effective way to do this within the context of your group (Flex students – if not in a group – for you as an individual), the course and the experience during the term. You must develop, submit and present a 10 minute presentation (in Microsoft PowerPoint) discussing your reflection and lessons learnt. The PowerPoint document must be submitted in Moodle by 8am Monday of week 12. You must be prepared to answer questions from unit participants and your tutor after your presentation. Please note that depending on class sizes some students may have to present in earlier weeks. Flex students will not present, however you must submit a presentation script within the notes section of the PowerPoint slides. You will be graded on the quality of your presentation, the lessons learnt framework developed, the lessons shared, and the actions planned to address lessons for future study. This assessment item assists you to reflect on your performance in a project, identify lessons learnt, develop strategies to leverage those lessons and develop presentation skills. Further information can be found on the Moodle site.