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Assessment Information 1
Subject Code: MBA 641
Subject Name: Strategic Project Management
Assessment Title:
Length: Statement of Work (SOW)
2000 words (+/- 10% allowable range)
Weighting: 30%
Total Marks:
Submission: 30
Online via Turnitin
Due Date: Monday of Week 5, 23.55 pm (AEST)
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Your task
You are required to read the following case study and prepare a Statement of Work (SOW) based on the information contained in the case study - Pashendale Holdings Ltd (PHL)
Assessment Description – Case Study
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You are required to read the following case study and prepare a Statement of Work (SOW) based on the information contained in the case study.
PHL is an Australian construction company with a strategic plan to enhance marketing and customer service. This involves a multi-tiered approach to winning new clients and capturing additional market share. To help achieve this strategic objective, Virna Pashendale, the Chief Executive Officer of PHL, has approved the Website Redevelopment Project. The project is an update of the current PHL website: www.pashendale.weebly.com
The purpose of the Website Redevelopment Project is to build a new website rich in content including new building developments, client testimonials, recent company news, an affiliate network platform, and other industry information, but with a simplified and user-friendly interface for clients. The website must help PHL work more closely with clients to develop tailored construction solutions. The website must also facilitate the delivery of more timely feedback to prospective clients and generally improve customer interaction with the company.
As PHL has no internal IT department, the design, testing, implementation, and training for the new website must be outsourced. The scope of work for the project, therefore, includes all planning, execution, implementation, and training for the new website but does not include any work on PHL’s internal intranet site. For this reason, the website design contractor ultimately chosen by PHL to perform the work must ensure it has adequate resources for designing, building, testing, and implementing the new website and is properly staffed for the training of PHL personnel as well.
For each phase of the project, there are a range of specific tasks that the website design contractor must perform. For the planning phase, the contractor must create and present to PHL a detailed project plan including schedule, work breakdown structure, testing plan, implementation plan, training plan, and transition plan. The contractor is required to present this project plan to PHL for review and approval.
For the definition and design phase of the project, the contractor must initially work with PHL to gather requirements and establish metrics, create a website design based on collected requirements, and develop a website design proposal for PHL review and approval.
The contractor must then complete all coding for the approved website design, provide PHL with a detailed testing plan, include all content provided by PHL on the redesigned web site, conduct testing in both the contractor’s iLab as well as in a limited beta release, resolve any coding and site issues identified in testing, and compile a testing report to present to PHL for review and approval. During the definition and design phase, the contractor is required to provide PHL with a written status update in weekly meetings to be held between the contractor and PHL.
For the implementation phase, the contractor must first implement the newly redesigned web site on PHL servers then begin providing 24x7 website support from this point forward until the end of the project. The contractor must then provide training in accordance with the approved training plan. As with the definition and design phase, the contractor is required to provide PHL with a written status update in weekly meetings to be held between the contractor and PHL during the implementation phase.
For the conversion phase of the project, the contractor will provide PHL with all documentation in accordance with the approved project plan and present a project closure report to PHL for review and approval. The contractor must then complete the project requirements checklist showing that all project tasks have been completed. At this point, the contractor will conclude 24x7 web support at 11:59 pm on the final day of the project. The contractor is required to provide PHL with a written status update in weekly meetings to be held between the contractor and PHL during the conversion phase.
The first milestone for the project is the release of the Statement of Work on 6 September 2019 followed by a website design contractor selection review process that should last no more than three weeks with a contractor being selected for the project by 27 September 2019. The project is to begin a week later. The website design review is to be finalised three weeks after project commencement and the website implementation review is to be finalised six weeks after project commencement.
Implementation must then be completed by 6 December 2019 with the training of PHL personnel to be completed a week later. The project completion review must be performed a week before Christmas Day and the project formally closed on Christmas Eve.
The cost structure for the project is on a fixed fee basis. Initial estimates for the cost of each phase of the project are planning - $30,000, definition and design - $145,000, implementation - $60,000, and conversion - $30,000.
PHL’s Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), Sennveasna Naveen, will be responsible for the acceptance of all deliverables from the website design contractor. The CMO and her team of three advisors must ensure each project task has been properly completed. At the conclusion of each project phase, the contractor must provide the CMO with a report for her review and approval. The CMO will either sign off on the project phase completion and grant approval for the next project phase to commence or advise the contractor in writing of the project tasks that remain outstanding.
At the completion of the project, the website design contractor must provide the CMO with a project closure report and project tasks checklist. The CMO will either sign off on the project closure report or advise the contractor in writing of the project tasks that remain outstanding. If the CMO does sign off on the project closure report, this will represent acknowledgment by PHL that all project deliverables have been accepted and the contractor has met all assigned tasks.
Should a disagreement arise between the website design contractor and PHL over the completion of project tasks or a project phase, the matter will be referred to the contracting officers of both organisations for review and discussion.
Assessment Instructions
You are required to read a case study based on a fictional company and prepare a Statement of Work (SOW) based on the information contained in the case study. You will be required to include a minimum of 15 references in your Statement of Work at least 5 of which must come from academic journals or textbooks. You are required to use at least 15 sources of information and use Kaplan Harvard Referencing Style. Wikipedia and other ‘popular’ sites are not to be used.
Assessment Submission
This file must be submitted as a ‘Word’ or ‘PDF’ document to avoid any technical issues that may occur from incorrect file format upload. Uploaded files with a virus will not be considered as a legitimate submission. Turnitin will notify you if there is an issue with the submitted file. In this case, you must contact your lecturer via email and provide a brief description of the issue and a screenshot of the Turnitin error message.
You are also encouraged to submit your work well in advance of the deadline to avoid any possible delay with the Turnitin similarity report or any other technical difficulties.
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MBA641 Assessment Marking Rubric – Statement of Work 30%
Marking Criteria F (Fail)
0%-49% P (Pass) 50%-64% CR (Credit) 65%74% D (Distinction)
75% - 84%
HD (High Distinction)
85%-100%
Mark
Statement of Work
Introduction/Background
Project Scope Introduction/Background and Project Scope fails to canvass relevant information from case study including general description of the project and outline of what is and is not included in the project in broader terms Reasonable treatment of
Introduction/Background and Project Scope canvassing relevant information from case study including general description of the project and outline of what is and is not included in the project in broader terms Inclusive treatment of
Introduction/Background and Project Scope canvassing relevant information from case study including general description of the project and outline of what is and is not included in the project in broader terms In depth treatment of
Introduction/Background and Project Scope canvassing relevant information from case study including general description of the project and outline of what is and is not included in the project in broader terms Extensive treatment of
Introduction/Background and Project Scope canvassing relevant information from case study including general description of the project and outline of what is and is not included in the project in broader terms /6
Statement of Work Requirements Few specific project tasks identified and described. Work requirements not separated into project phases.
Understanding of project life cycle phases and chronology of specific project tasks within
project phases not demonstrated. Sufficient list prepared identifying and describing specific project tasks within each project phase. Demonstration of basic level understanding of project life cycle phases and chronology of specific project tasks within project phases. Ample list prepared identifying and describing specific project tasks within each project phase. Demonstration of solid level understanding of project life cycle phases and chronology of specific project tasks within project phases. Broad list prepared identifying and describing specific project tasks within each project phase. Demonstration of high level understanding of project life cycle phases and chronology of specific project tasks within project phases. Comprehensive list prepared identifying and describing specific project tasks within each project phase. Demonstration of advanced level understanding of project life cycle phases and chronology of specific project tasks within project phases. /6
Statement of Work
Schedules/Milestones
Pricing Inaccurate tabulation of
Schedules/Milestones and Pricing. Schedule of deliverables and milestones for the project not outlined. Costs associated with each phase of the project not outlined. Reasonably accurate tabulation of
Schedules/Milestones and Pricing. Schedule of deliverables and milestones for the project outlined. Costs associated with each phase of the project outlined. Accurate tabulation of
Schedules/Milestones and Pricing. Schedule of deliverables and milestones for the project outlined. Costs associated with each phase of the project outlined. Highly accurate tabulation of
Schedules/Milestones and Pricing. Schedule of deliverables and milestones for the project outlined. Costs associated with each phase of the project outlined. Precise tabulation of
Schedules/Milestones and Pricing. Schedule of deliverables and milestones for the project outlined. Costs associated with each phase of the project outlined. /6
Statement of Work Acceptance Criteria Acceptance Criteria fails to canvass relevant information from case study including a description of how both parties will know when the work is acceptable, how it will be accepted, and who is authorized to accept the work. Reasonable treatment of Acceptance Criteria canvassing relevant information from case study including a description of how both parties will know when the work is acceptable, how it will be accepted, and who is authorized to accept the work. Inclusive treatment of Acceptance Criteria canvassing relevant information from case study including a description of how both parties will know when the work is acceptable, how it will be accepted, and who is authorized to accept the work. In depth treatment of
Acceptance Criteria canvassing relevant information from case
study including a description of how both parties will know when the work is acceptable, how it will be accepted, and who is authorised to accept the work. Extensive treatment of
Acceptance Criteria canvassing relevant information from case study including a description of how both parties will know when the work is acceptable, how it will be accepted, and who is authorized to accept the work. /6
Assessment Content (Subject Specific) OUT OF 24 MARKS /24
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Marking Criteria F (Fail)
0%-49% P (Pass) 50%-64% CR (Credit) 65%-74% D (Distinction)
75% - 84%
HD (High Distinction)
85%-100%
Mark
Answer clearly and logically presented Serious lack of organization. Body paragraphs do not refer back to or relate to main arguments. Writing is formulaic, i.e. “in conclusion,” “another example is….” Writing style could be more effective. Organisation is hard to follow; there is little progression of ideas. Little or no transitions between paragraphs. Need to more effectively weave main arguments throughout and relate body paragraphs. Paragraphs are generally well organized. Better transitions needed. The progression of ideas could be more thoughtful. Paragraphs relate back to main arguments to prove argument. Ideas & arguments are well structured. Thoughtful
progression of ideas and details. Sound transitions between paragraphs. Major arguments are effectively made. Ideas & arguments are effectively structured. Thoughtful progression of ideas and details. Concluding comments leave the reader thinking. Major arguments are effectively woven throughout everybody paragraph, with ideas always related back to main arguments. /1
Appropriate theory and research used to answer question posed The critique does not have appropriate structure and lacks direction. No significant observations made from appropriate theory and research. Poor writing and expression of arguments. Reasonable critique which examines the relevant issues and makes reasonable observations made from appropriate theory and research. Reasonable writing and expression of arguments. Good critique examines the relevant issues and makes good observations from appropriate theory and research. Good writing and expression of arguments. A very good critique considered all the relevant issues and made important observations made from appropriate theory and research. Very good writing and expression of arguments. Fully considered all the relevant issues and made significant observations made from appropriate theory and research. Excellent writing and expression of arguments. /1
Correct academic writing style used, including correct spelling, grammar and punctuation Needs more sentence variety. Little or no thought given to diction. Tone or language is conversational. Contains much informal language. Uses “I” or “you.” Contains many examples of unclear or awkward phrasing. Needs more sentence variety. Attention needed with diction. Contains informal language or conversational tone or uses “I” or “you.” Unclear or awkward sentence phrasing. Sentence variety is adequate. Tone is appropriate. Diction is clear but could be more effective. Language is academic, and writing is clear and effective. Very little or no unclear or awkward phrasing. Sentence variety is effective and good. Tone is appropriate and consistent. Diction/ vocabulary is appropriate and effective.
Language is academic. Writing is clear and concise. Sentence variety is effective and sophisticated. Tone is
appropriate and consistent. Diction/ vocabulary is sophisticated and effective. Language is academic. Writing is clear, concise, and strong. /1
Format of answer consistent with question requirements and KBS guidelines No efforts made to follow submission and editing, spacing, etc. requirements. Meets some editing, spacing, fonts, and other editing requirements. Some requirements not met. Meets most editing, spacing, fonts, and other editing requirements. Meets almost all editing, spacing, fonts, and other editing requirements. Meets all editing, spacing, fonts, and other editing requirements. /1
In-text referencing and reference list follows Harvard style and consistent with KBS guidelines Inappropriate referencing. Not in-line with requirements of Harvard style and consistent with KBS guidelines. Reasonably appropriate referencing, generally in-line with requirements of Harvard style and consistent with KBS guidelines. Good referencing, largely in line with requirements of Harvard style and consistent with KBS guidelines. Very good referencing, 100% in-line with requirements of Harvard style and consistent with KBS guidelines. Excellent/appropriate referencing,
100% in-line with requirements of Harvard style and consistent with KBS guidelines. /1
Word count is within + / - 10% of requirement Word count is within + / - more than 15% of requirement Word count is within + / - 15% of requirement Word count is within + / - 10% of requirement Word count is within + / - 5% of requirement Word count is within
+ / - 0% of requirement /1
Structure Format and Presentation OUT OF 6 Marks
/6
Overall mark OUT OF 30 Marks
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