Project Management Capstone

SEMESTER 1       2015

ASSIGNMENT No 4A BRIEF (15%)

Due Midnight Sunday – End of Week 9

Note: This brief contains the information required to complete Assignment 4Afor this unit.

 

 

AIM OF THE UNIT & ASSIGNMENTS

 

The Project Management Capstone will enable students to consolidate and coordinate their learning from previous units in the course to bring them together in a series of submission based around a single project.

Capstones are an effective learning tool that are the result of a set of personal and academic experiences at the end of such a program of study to bring all learning within a program of study together and provide a single opportunity through which a student demonstrates accomplishment of program learning objectives.

A Capstone is “the crowning achievement in a student’s academic curriculum” and therefore needs sufficient prior learning upon which the capstone can be built. A ‘true’ capstone is one where students have acquired all knowledge before starting the capstone. Therefore capstones are situated near the end of a program of study. Capstones provide an opportunity to assess what students have learnt in an educational program and how effectively they can apply what they have learnt. A capstone provides a student centred, self-directed, independent learning experience.

ACapstoneisaproject.Itistheresponsibilityofstudentstoselecttheircapstoneproject.Projectsmayoriginatefromstudents’work;industryrequest;oroutsidepersonalinterests.Projects must be:

·         Mustberealisticandfeasibleandstudentsmusthavethecapacitytocompleteit;

·         Mustbeself-containedandnotrequireintegrationorinteractionwithotherwork;

·         Mustbeinitiated,planned,executed,controlledandcompletedover14-16weeksdurationofthisunit;

·         Canbecompletedonanindividualorteambasis(seebelow–Individualorteam?);and

·        Canbeapartofalargerproject.


 

 

Assignment 4A - REQUIREMENTS

 

Case Study -DueWeek9 (Sunday – Midnight) (15%)

Part4A-CaseStudy1

NB: Case Study 4A has 2 sub-sections:

Sub Section 1:

In 250-500 words, list briefly TWO (2) separate diverse pieces of evidence of project management good-practice or problems within the case study for each of any FIVE (5) of the following nine (9) project management processes: Integration; Scope; Time; Cost; Quality; Human Resource ; Communication ; Procurement ; Risk

So, you are limited to 2 examples for each of 5 project management processes i.e. 10 examples. The aim is for you to forensically analyse the case study and identify and record what project management good-practice/problems exist. This should engender an integrative awareness of the many project management processes that occur in one project. An example of the style of answer is:

 

PM

GoodPractice/Problem

Scope

 Inadequatescopedefinitionduetotimepressure

Cost

 Ignoranceoftheneedforlifecyclecostsinthebusinesscasedecision.

 

Sub-Section 2:

Select TWO examples from 2 different processes of good-practice/problems from your answer in Sub-section 1. For each of these two examples:

1.       Briefly describe in 100 - 250 words for each process, what the good-practice /problem is

2.       Analyse in 800 - 1200 words each:

a.       If it was a good-practice, explain why it is good practice;

b.      If it was a problem, suggest what should have been done;

To support your answers for each example, you must refer to at least two academic references (your lecture notes would be a good place to start, but you should search Gecko, & Google Scholar) (800-1200 words for each good-practice problem).

 

 

 

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