Project Management Capstone

SEMESTER 1       2015


Due Midnight Sunday – End of Week 9

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





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%)


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:









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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