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Project Management
Assessment 3
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Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines
Unit Code PMIT
Unit Title Project Management
Assessment
Type
Assignment 3
Assessment Title Group Assignment
Purpose of the
assessment
(with ULO
Mapping)
Develop skills in selection and initiation of projects
Identify the phases of a project life cycle
Define the scope of a project and identify means of controlling changes to the
scope.
Develop skills in project planning activities that accurately estimate project
timeline, cost, and quality.
Demonstrate effective project execution and monitoring techniques that lead to
successful projects.
Develop skills in implementing processes for successful resource, communication,
risks, stakeholders and change management
Develop team management skills by work as team member and leader toproduce
a project plan
Conduct project closure activities
Develop project presentation skills
Weight 30%
Total Marks 50
Word limit 1800
Due Date Week 11
Submission
Guidelines
• All work must be submitted on Moodle by the due date along with a completed
Assignment Cover Page.
• The assignment must be in MS Word format, 1.5 spacing, 11-pt Calibri (Body) font
and 2 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings.
• Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately
at the end in a reference list using APA referencingstyle.
Extension • If an extension of time to submit work is required, a Special Consideration
Application must be submitted directly to the School's Administration Officer, in
Melbourne on Level 6 or in Sydney on Level 7. You must submit this application
three working days prior to the due date of the assignment. Further information is
available.
Academic
Misconduct
• Academic Misconduct is a serious offence. Depending on the seriousness of the
case, penalties can vary from a written warning or zero marks to exclusion from
the course or rescinding the degree. Students should make themselves familiar
with the full policy and procedure a
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Purpose of the assessment:
The purpose of this major project assignment is to develop a well-researched project planning document
based on the overall parameters of a project and establish the appropriate project management and quality
environment required to complete the chosen project. Finally analyze project issues, conduct post-project
review (i.e., lessons learned) and make recommendations for improvements for future projects.
In this assessment task, you will present a proposal for the major project assignment as a group of 3-4
people. Proposal template is available in Moodle. You will choose the project from the networking or
telecommunication area. The project duration should not be less than 6 Months. Having obtained approval
for the proposed project from your lab tutor, your group is required to address all the stages of the project
as outlined in the Project Management unit. The use of suitable project management software (e.g., MS
Project 2010) is mandatory.
Assignment Description
The major group project assignment should include various phases of a project life cycle, such as initiating,
planning, executing and closing a project. Project Management Plan helps the management team to
maintain a constant focus towards delivering the major project in accordance with the customers' needs,
wants, and expectations. The development of such a plan is comprised of the business case (refined from
the Charter), project objectives and goals, success criteria, scope, high level schedule, stakeholder
accountabilities, the communication plan, benefits and costs, governance and resourcing, the management
approaches and a high level risk plan. These documents ensure a consistent understanding of the project,
help to set expectations, and identify resources necessary to move the project to the next level of detailed
planning. Major project must be delivered in a manner that captures the user’s trust and confidence in the
chosen projects ability to effectively and efficiently deliver quality services/products. In order to insure
major project success, it is imperative that good project management principles are used early in the
planning stage of a project. As the major project becomes more defined, the Project Management Plan will
become the tool by which the project will be effectivelymanaged.
Students should include all aspects of the project as if they were the Project Manager and it is a requirement
of the subject that they include the use of software (Microsoft Project). Students are expected to show
evidence of reading and research using credible resources including, but not confined to their prescribed
text. The assignment will be marked on the basis of depth of analysis, research, properly referenced and
synthesized of a suitable and well argued response. Failure to complete and submit the assessment by the
due time and date without prior approval will result in a fail for the subject.
Assessment will be on the basis of the realistic nature of the project and how well it is presented. You should
present the final document in a form that would be consistent with the details of your chosen project, and
written in Business English in a report format. Make sure that the timeline, the budget and the quality of the
work is realistic, justifiable and sufficiently attractive to win a tender for a real project.
Requirements:
You will form a team of 3-4 people and work co-operatively to complete the chosen project. Your major
group project report must consist of at least the following:
A clear outline of the project including title, start and end date, goals and objectives, etc.
Gather project requirements (both functional andnon-functiona
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The envisaged project team members (title, skills/expertise, notnames!)
Develop project plan
o Determine projectscope
§ Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
o Estimate time for your project
o Determine resource needs for yourproject
o Draw a Gantt Chart and Network Diagram for yourproject
o Estimate cost for your project
o Plan Quality for yourproject
o Stakeholder analysis for yourproject
o Plan communications for yourproject
o Plan project risksmanagement
o Plan projectdeployment
Use of Microsoft Project to complete WBS, allocate time and resources, apply cost, and prepare
Gantt chart and Network Diagram.
Project Signoff(page)
Post project review andrecommendations
Submission guidelines:
The report should have a consistent, professional, and well-organized appearance. Create the
report (Minimum 1800 Words) showing extensive use of MS Project.
1. Your report should include the following:
• The cover page must identify students’ (name and number), teaching staff, and
assignment.
• The assignment must use 1.5 spacing, 11-pt Calibri (Body) font with appropriate section
headings.
• The report must include executive summary, table of contents, introduction,
discussions (with heading/sub-headings to address the requirements listed above),
conclusions and recommendations, references and appendices.
• Reference sources (APA style) must be cited in the text of the report, and listed
appropriately at the end in a reference list.
2. The assignment must be submitted in soft (electronic) copy under Moodle. The pages of the
assignment must be clear on each
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Marking criteria:
Marks are allocated as follows:
Section to be included in the report Description of the section Marks
Executive summary, introduction, logical
structure and conclusion
Executive summary, table of contents,
introduction, logical flow of informationand
conclusion for the major project. The
project should reflect a meaningful project
title and a reasonable time period of
between 6 months and/or over, as
requested.
7
Project constraints and project requirements. Well focused project Scope, WBS,
estimation of Time, Cost, Quality, and
understood key stakeholder s’ roles and
responsibilities including project team
based on the major group project. List of
functional and non-functional
requirements.
12
Project stakeholders, communications and risk
management plan, responsibility matrix
Responding to the required task such as
stakeholders analysis, communication
matrix, risk matrix, and so on.
10
An effective use of MS Project software The demonstration of scheduling,
resourcing, and costing of different
activities and tasks using an effective use of
MS Project software (Clear knowledge and
understanding). Required charts/graphs
(Gantt chart, Network diagram, etc.) are
extracted from MS Project software.
10
Project Deployment Detailed description of project deployment
plan
5
Project signoff, project review and
recommendations
Project signoff letter, post-project review
and recommendations
3
Reference and appendices APA 3
Total 50
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Example Marking Rubric for Assignment #: Total Marks 50
Note: The marking rubrics varies for each assignment
Grade
Mark
HD
40-50
DI
35-44
CR
30-34
P
25-29
Fail
25
Excellent Very Good Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory
Introduction
/5
All topics are
pertinent and
covered in depth.
Ability to think
critically and
source material is
demonstrated
Topics are
relevant and
soundly
analysed.
Generally
relevant and
analysed.
Some relevance
and briefly
presented.
This is not
relevant to the
assignment
topic.
Identification
/10
Demonstrated
excellent ability to
think critically and
sourced reference
material
appropriately
Demonstrat
ed excellent
ability to
think
critically but
did not
source
reference
material
appropriatel
y
Demonstrated
ability to think
critically and
sourced
reference
material
appropriately
Demonstrated
ability to think
critically and did
not source
reference
material
appropriately
Did not
demonstrate
ability to think
critically and
did not source
reference
material
appropriately
Analyse
/10
Logic is clear and
easy to follow with
strong arguments
Consistency
logical and
convincing
Mostly
consistent
logical and
convincing
Adequate
cohesion and
conviction
Argument is
confused and
disjointed
Design
/10
All elements are
present and very
well integrated.
Components
present with
good
cohesive
Components
present and
mostly well
integrated
Most
components
present
Proposal lacks
structure.
Evaluate/justific
ation
/5
Excellent use of
creditable sources.
Accurate
referencing.
Obvious that
outstanding effort
made
Extremely
good effort
Good effort
made but not
outstanding
Made some
effort. For
example, Web
searches only
Very little
attempt to
reference. Lazy
effort with
inaccuracies
Conclusion
/5
Logic is clear and
easy to follow with
strong arguments
Consistency
logical and
convincing
Mostly
consistent
logical and
convincing
Adequate
cohesion and
conviction
Argument is
confused and
disjointed
Reference style
/5
Clear styles with
excellent source of
references.
Clear
referencing
style
Generally good
referencing
style
Sometimes
clear
referencing
style
Lacks
consistency
with many
errors