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  • COURSE OUTLINE Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology School of Engineering 7054ENG Project Evaluation and Control 1 Identifying Information Course catalogue no: 7054ENG Course title: Project Evaluation and Control Field of Education Code Year and semester of offer: 2005, Semester 1 Credit point value 10CP Program/s for which course is Master of Engineering in Engineering Management designed Convenor: A/Professor Sherif Mohamed Master of Construction Engineering and Management Convenor: A/Professor Sherif Mohamed Status of Course within Core course in both the above mentioned programs program/s or academic plan/s Prerequisites: none Course convenor Dr R.A. Stewart Room G09 1.28 Teaching team members: Dr R.A. Stewart Room G09 1.28 Mr M. Bolton Room G09 1.21 Moderator: Dr S. Kamalarasa Room G09 1.19 Date course outline was last 10th November 2004 modified 2 Objectives The purpose of the course is to provide engineering students with an appreciation of the project management and control process that takes place throughout the different phases of a project (inception, selection, detailed design, execution and use). Students will be required to work proactively in groups to manage and control various engineering projects and deliver their project management proposals to fellow students throughout the course. Also students will learn from the experiences of engineering professionals who will be invited as guest lecturers for the course. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to understand, appreciate and analyse the major components, constraints and critical factors associated with the development of engineering projects. They will also be capable of identifying, assessing and limiting risk in the management and practice of engineering through the application of the concepts and tools of risk engineering. They should also be able to work effectively in a team and be able to communicate their project management and process control proposals to a wider group. 7054ENG Project Evaluation and Control Page 1 of 5
  • 3 Links with other Courses This is a core course in the Master of Construction Engineering and Management and the Master of Engineering in Engineering Managemetn program. This course discusses many of the modern-day construction and engineering topics currently evident in the construction industry. The course deals with a diverse range of project evaluation and control principles of management such as cost management, information technology, legal issues, quality management, partnering etc. The core elements taught in the course complements the material in the other courses that are taught in the programs and therefore helps the student to gain comprehensive knowledge about project evaluation techniques and tools, in order to be an effective engineer. 4 Brief Description The course covers the various phases of development process of projects. It examines project components, types and organisations. The course also presents the different approaches for monitoring, evaluating and controlling engineering projects. A major component of this course deals with special topics related to the course such as multidisciplinary and international projects, technology management and transfer and effect of information technology on project control. Assessment will be in the form of assignments with a presentation component. 5 Content A weighted breakdown of the topics covered is detailed below: Project Concepts 40% • Project appraisal and risk management • Project management and quality • Project appraisal and environmental impact • Cost estimating and financing • Project organisation and management • Project failure, success and lessons learned Project Operations 25% • Planning • Earned value techniques • Contract policy and strategy • Project assessment and termination Special Topics 35% • Project correspondence and documentation • Management and transfer of technology • Multidisciplinary projects • International projects • Turnkey and BOOT projects • Project management in developing countries • The use of information technology (IT) in controlling projects 6 Generic Skills Development 7054ENG Project Evaluation and Control Page 2 of 5
  • This course also aims to develop the generic skills indicated below using material relevant to the study of project evaluation and control techniques and tools in the context of the construction industry. Practiced Assessed Taught Attribute Developed through: Oral communication √ √ √ Class discussions and presentations Written communication √ √ Assignment reports Problem identification, √ √ √ Assignment reports formulation and solution Analysis and critical evaluation √ √ √ Written assignments Ability to undertake √ √ √ Written assignment independent lifelong learning Ability to initiate and lead √ Class discussions enterprises Ability to work effectively as a √ Class discussions member of a team Ability to assume responsibility √ √ √ Assignments and presentations and make decisions High ethical standards √ Case studies and examples 7 Flexible Learning This course is web supplemented. Copies of handouts are available from the course website at Learning@Griffith. In addition assignment details and the marks awarded for assessment items are progressively uploaded onto the web site. 8 Rationale for Content Construction managers and engineers are known for their technical skills and ability to design and deliver projects/products. However for career advancement and success a sound understanding of innovative management techniques and tools is vital for professionals in these sectors. As the construction and production industries become increasingly customer oriented and competitive, employers are keen to apply better management techniques and quality control to ensure customer satisfaction, and to maintain a cutting edge in the market. The contents of this course introduce the students to appropriate management techniques. Both young graduates and practising professionals will benefit from this course. 9 Organisation and Teaching Methods The contact hours in this course will be as follows: On-Campus offering Weeks Total hours Lecture (2 hrs/wk) 1-13 26 Tutorial (2 hr/wk) 1-13 13 7054ENG Project Evaluation and Control Page 3 of 5
  • Offshore offering The course will be delivered over a working week (Mon-Fri: 6pm-10pm, Sat: 2pm-6pm and Sun: 9am-1pm). Teaching and learning assistance will be provided through learning@griffith and consultation with the course convenor r.stewart@griffith.edu.au. 10 Rationale for Teaching Methods Lectures will provide theoretical understanding of the topics covered in the course. Case studies and project examples will also be discussed to elaborate theory and practice. Tutorials will provide opportunities for problem solving exercises on the material introduced during the lectures. Students will be required to bring together the areas covered in the course, and demonstrate their understanding by writing assignments on relevant topics. This provides the opportunity for the student to develop critical analysis and written communication skills. 11 Assessment On-Campus DESCRIPTION WEIGHTING (%) COMMENTS 3 Group Assignments and Presentations 50% (approx. 5,000 words each) (Due date as specified by tutor – Approx. weeks: 4, 8, 12) Research Project (individual, due wk 12) 50% (approx. 5,000 words) To be eligible for a passing or higher grade for this course, students are required to: • Satisfactorily attempt all items of assessment; and • Obtain an overall mark of 50% of the total marks available. Offshore offering DESCRIPTION WEIGHTING (%) COMMENTS Research Project 100 (approximately 10,000 words) To be eligible for a passing or higher grade for this course, students are required to: • Satisfactorily attempt all items of assessment; and • Obtain an overall mark of 50% of the total marks available Offshore offering: The deadline for submitting your Planning project is nine (9) weeks following the completion of course delivery. Late submissions will not be considered. 12 Rationale for Assessment The group assignments and/or research projects were designed to encourage students to develop the ability to solve managerial problems, practice the skills of communication via writing and to bring together various topics covered in the lectures. The oral presentation is designed to encourage the development of the student’s ability to present and defend his ideas in a forum. Both oral and written communication skills are vital for management professionals. 7054ENG Project Evaluation and Control Page 4 of 5
  • 13 Texts and Supporting Materials Specified Texts • Smith, N.J. 1996, Engineering Project Management, Blackwell Science, UK Support Materials Required Griffith University Course materials – 7054ENG Project Evaluation and Control Recommended Readings/References • Nicholas, J.M., 1990, Managing Business & Engineering Projects, Prentice Hall. • Shtub, A., Bard, J. and Globerson, S., 1994, Project Management - Engineering, Technology and Implementation, Prentice Hall, International Edition. • Wearne, S., 1991, Control of Engineering Projects, McGraw-Hill. • Bennet, J., 1985, Construction Project Management, Butterworths. • Walker, A., 1989, Project Management in Construction, BSP Professional Books. 14 Course Evaluation A formal survey of the students will be undertaken towards the end of the semester. The results of the survey will be discussed by the teaching team and any necessary modifications to the course will be incorporated for the next offering. 15 Administration Unless otherwise stated, the normal course administration policies and rules of the School of Engineering apply. See the School of Engineering Notice Board for details. The attention of students is drawn to the University’s Policy on Academic Misconduct. http://www62.gu.edu.au/policylibrary.nsf/mainsearch/352f26aa1a1011e64a256bbb0062fd5f? opendocument . It is recommended that students read this policy. For tutorial exercises and assignments, whereas students may work together in problem solving, writing up should be the sole work of the student submitting. The course website on Learning@Griffith will be used to provide feedback on marks and to post other relevant information. 16 Course Communications The Course Convenor is available for consultation at times that are displayed on the Convenor’s office notice board (outside G09_1.28). Queries may also be emailed to the Course Convenor at r.stewart@griffith.edu.au. 7054ENG Project Evaluation and Control Page 5 of 5