CIVL4810: Mgmnt of People, Quality and Risk in PE (2015 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL4810: Mgmnt of People, Quality and Risk in PE (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Liu, Li
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study is a fourth year core unit of study for the Bachelor of Project Engineering & Management. It is also an elective for other branches of engineering and faculties. The objective of this unit is to provide underpinning knowledge and skills in the application of tools to the project management environment for risk, quality and people management including leading and managing project teams. At the end of this unit, students will be able to understand and apply the tools of team building and project management leadership, as well as apply tools for design and implementation of integrated plans for risk, quality, human resource and procurement. The competency level achieved will enable application of integration tools to a range of simple generic projects as well as provide input to plans for more complex projects. The syllabus comprises team management, project leadership, modern quality management principles and techniques, quality assurance, preparation of quality plans; risk analysis, planning and risk management, as well as linking risk and quality management to human resourcing and procurement methodologies. The use of integrated planning software such as MS Project, Gantt Project and social media tools for project management will be explained and practised. The definitions and processes of Project Management will largely follow the US based Project Management Institutes, PMBOK as is used in the Australian Institution of Project Management Standards at the level of Certified Practising Project Manager,(CPPM). Other International standards such as ICPMA's, ICB3.0 standard will also be covered.
Assumed Knowledge: CIVL3805. Students are expected to have understood and applied basic tools for project scope, cost and time management for projects as taught in (CIVL3805)or equivalent courses.
Lecturer/s: Mr Tooher, Ted
Timetable: CIVL4810 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Project Work - own time 4.00 13
4 Independent Study 2.00 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: To work through short examples of work explained in the lecture as well as learning assessement skills for teams as they demonstrate project people, risk and quality management.

Project Work - own time: Work in a team environment on a real project as a case study that demonstrates application of the fundamentals of people, leadership, risk, quality, and procurement strategies. Students will select as a team a project that generates value for themselves or a client to practise skills in management. Students will be required to prepare group presentations and conduct self and team assessements.

Independent Study: Review of learning materials, and management of self directed learning as a project. Individul work includes; reflection on application of course material and team resources to management of, people, leadership, risk, quality and procurement to the teams selected case study as well as to the students personal learning project.

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Practice in investigating and analysing risk, quality, human resource and procurement requirements in given project situations. Information Seeking (Level 3)
Practice in developing and communicating project plans and strategies to project stakeholders. Communication (Level 3)
Practice in aligning professional decision-making with business strategy and requirements. Professional Conduct (Level 2)
Practice in working as a team to design and implement integrated plans for risk, quality and procurement management. Lectures and tutorials in team management, project leadership, quality management principles and techniques and risk analysis, planning and management. Project and Team Skills (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Project and Team Skills (Level 3)
1. Abilty to identify risk, human resources and quality reqiuirements and standards, prepare plans monitor and control in a real project environment
2. Ability to asses performance of suppliers and project managers and to communicate effectively with stakeholders.
3. Understand the dynamics of people performance reward/management.
4. Ability to use risk management tools & techniques to identify, assess, evaluate, & prioritise risks.
5. Ability to establish risk management plans, policies & integrate them with other project plans within the organisation & align them to the business case.
6. Ability to track, monitor & control risks & actions to achieve project objectives & the business case and to close risks for an optimal outcome.
7. Abilty to identify procurement needs, design procurement processes that are integrated with risk and quality requirements, monitor and control contacts understand and manage contractual issues and finalise contracs, in a real project environment.
8. Understand the challenges and dynamics of effective team management in project environments.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment Yes 50.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
2 Mid-Sem Exam No 20.00 Week 8 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
3 Report No 20.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
4 Participation No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 8,
Assessment Description: Assignment: Team and individual performance will be marked respectively based on assignment requirements.

Mid-Sem Exam: On line quiz to test basic learning and understanding of principles

Report: Final report containing evidence of competency level achieved.

Participation: Attendance to lectures and tutorials, including evidence of asessement of teams, communication and project performance, will be required.
Assessment Feedback: Provided on line with team and individual marks for each assignment.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Team development and case study selection.
Introduction to course and to people management issues
Week 2 Project leadership and management
Competency development profile and personal objective setting
Week 3 Introduction to Project management principles
Week 4 Introduction to risk management and risk identification. Class presentations Initiation
Week 5 Introduction to Quality managemnt and quality standards.
Week 6 Introduction to Procurement principles and linkage to risk and quality management, including people , consultant and implementation contract strategies.
Week 7 Risk analysis and response planning.
Quality Function deployment.
Week 8 Mid term exam
Assessment Due: Mid-Sem Exam
Week 9 Class presentations. (Planning phase)
Integration of people, risk, quality and procurement planning using software tools.
Week 10 Risk monitoring and controlling ,risk triggers and response managemnt.
Week 11 Quality Monitoring and controlling including Continuous improvement.
Guest lecture
Week 12 Class presentations (Implementation Phase)
Mangaement and improvement of risk, quality, OH&S, and procurement activities in contracts.
Week 13 Revision
Guest Lecture and final competency evidence report
Assessment Due: Report
STUVAC (Week 14) Final competency report preperation.
Exam Period No exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) (till 2012) 2010, 2011, 2012
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Arts 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Commerce 2010, 2011
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011
Civil (till 2014) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2010
Civil Engineering / Arts 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Construction Management) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil (Environmental) (till 2014) 2013, 2014
Civil (Geotechnical) (till 2014) 2013, 2014
Civil 2015, 2016
Civil / Arts 2015
Civil (Construction Management) 2015
Civil (Environmental) 2015
Civil (Geotechnical) 2015
Civil Engineering / Design in Architecture 2010
Civil / Commerce 2015
Civil / Design in Architecture 2015
Civil / Medical Science 2015

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Project and Team Skills (Level 3) Yes 100%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 0%
Information Seeking (Level 3) Yes 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.