Commercial Project Management

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 In this unit you are required to complete weekly portfolios and a final consolidated portfolio based on these weekly portfolios. A portfolio provides evidence of previous and current experience and presents a dynamic record of your growth and professional learning over the duration of this unit. Your portfolio will provide an account of your learning based on your practice and your critical reflection.  There are three purposes for this assessment:  To help you to develop skills for undertaking research and translating, via your technical and creative skills, underpinning concepts about project management commercial negotiation, and To give you the opportunity to enhance your analysis, critical thinking and written communication skills; particularly in the areas of thinking about and reflecting on different project domains and project management commercial negotiation. To give you the opportunity to enhance your analysis and written communication skills; particularly in the areas of rigorous structured assignment writing Developing a portfolio, as a result, makes your learning more explicit as you translate your workplace and personal experiences into documented evidence. You can then learn to critically examine the nature of your learning on this unit in relation to specific experiences in your project management practice and demonstrate that you have learned from those experiences and have achieved or maintained your professional competence as a result. The portfolios are not to be a diary or journal of your readings and activities.  A. WEEKLY PORTFOLIOS  You are required to create and submit weekly portfolios for weeks 1 to 10. Separate templates are provided in the Moodle web site for each week's submission. These templates will help you in structuring and formatting your weekly portfolios. Each weekly portfolio is to reflect upon your learning from the prior week and must:   Identify the module/topic including reading samples (Column 1 of the template table) Identify the learning outcomes to which the topic applies (Column 2 of the template table) Describe your experiences and your learning from those experiences (including sample readings or records) (Column 3 of the template table) Provide supporting documentation of prior or current learning (only reference the source, unless you feel that it is pertinent to include and reference sections of the documents) (Column 4 of the template table) A brief overall personal reflection of the learning for the week (after the table), and A properly constructed reference list (after the reflection)   Your weekly portfolio should be no longer than 4 to 5 pages. It is your portfolio and shows your development of understanding during the unit delivery. Naturally, this will make the portfolio different for everyone. Each student’s background, education, current and past work experiences are what make the portfolios different. Each student’s personal research will be different. What you need to do is to give yourself enough time to reflect and show how you have thought and come to grips with the ideas that address the learning outcomes of the unit. The amount of time you should be allocating to the unit is 12 hours per week (which includes writing the portfolio). So there should be a fair bit of time for you to make the reflections and reach a depth of insight that will make the portfolio meaningful.  You should revisit the whole of the unit learning outcomes each week. The portfolio for any previous week is a reflection of your insights and thoughts for that week. Once you upload the portfolio then leave it for that week. Over the duration of the unit you will find that there is a development and change of your ideas as you study the material.  It is to your benefit to have the personal discipline to make sure that you do not get behind. If you are allocating 12 hours per week for the unit then there is plenty of time for the portfolio. The unit is straight forward, but there are lots of web sites to visit and material to download. The set readings are only part of the story and you won’t be able to do the unit with just the set readings. Unfortunately, much of the material is written from a North American perspective. You will need to consider other industry sectors and also to be able to translate the learning outcomes into an Australian or other cultural perspective. Therefore, you will need to download other files and visit web sites to be able to gather the material you need in your portfolio.  There are no bonus points for getting the portfolio perfect from the first week! In fact the portfolio for the first week is much more likely to be an amateurish attempt. It is unlikely that you’ll really know what you’re doing in the first and second week, and if you pretended you do then it would be hard to believe you anyway! Understanding and familiarity will only develop over time. As you do the portfolios’ each week and keep revisiting the learning outcomes and adding the unit material then you will gain insights required. Unless you do that on a weekly basis you won’t have the appropriate perspective to make the journey and reach the destination by the end of the unit.  B) CONSOLIDATED PORTFOLIO  At the end of the unit you will need to review your weekly portfolios and then create and submit a consolidated portfolio based on the learning from the weekly portfolios. You will be provided with a template for the consolidated portfolio.
 unit learning outcomes Evidence to support how you achieved those learning outcomes (based on your weekly portfolios and other resources) . A coherent, but necessarily restricted review of the academic literature related to each of the topics covered by the unit An overall reflection and conclusion about the learning you have achieved A reference list formatted in the prescribed Harvard style An appendix (as part of the consolidated portfolio - not a separate document) containing each of the weekly portfolios. You must not leave the portfolios on the unit web site and simply refer to them by index or numbering system. They must be part of the consolidated portfolio document. When referring to information from the appended weekly portfolios, it is important to make clear to the marker where the referenced material occurs in the appendix. Otherwise, you may not get the marks you expect. Your final portfolio will explain how you have developed your understanding of the learning outcomes and the topics with each week’s study. Since this is your own journey then the material that you will want to include in this portfolio will be unique for you. Whilst you must use recommended textbooks and web links, you should also refer to any other sources on the Moodle web site and additional relevant peer reviewed academic journal articles that you have used. Consequently, you may also want to include a bibliography to list other academic literature and secondary sources you have used to enhance your understanding of each concept.  Remember, this consolidated portfolio is the important part of this assignment. This is the assessment that gets marked.  REFERENCING  Referencing should be made according to Harvard referencing guide. To locate the guide then Google “Harvard referencing” and download the PDF file for the current year.  It is as a consequence of your references and academic proficiency with critical analysis that you will be able to gain MAXIMUM MARKS. 

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