Executing and Closing Projects

PPMP 20010: Executing and Closing Projects Assessment 3 –40 marks Critical Analysis Report –30 marks and Presentation –10 marks Minimum pass marks –20 (50%) .

Critical Analysis Report

•The primary purpose of this assessment is to help you to develop and demonstrate your skills in the use of project management concepts, principles, theories and arguments about the project management execution phase.
•Demonstrate your understanding of the real application of Control Systems.
•Analyse and argue what type of Control Systems will enable better or worse project outcomes.

Assessment 3 is due in Week 12 but you need to get started earlier on this assessment as it is worth 40%.
•Research and choose a real-life failed project or a project which failed to meet the deadline, exceeded the allocated budget etc.
•Ideally, you should have worked on the failed project or someone you know may have worked otherwise google through for it from the industry of your interest.

Understand the project context, issues and control systems applied during the execution phase.
•Find out the causes of its failures and analyse the control systems applied.
•Critically evaluate the effectiveness of applied control systems and stakeholder’s management.
•Make recommendations for how its failure could have been avoided.

Critical Analysis Report includes

•Snapshot of the project you have chosen.
•Introduction to the project you have chosen.
•Major reasons for the failure of the project.
•Control Systems: explanation of the range of control systems used for cost, schedule, scope and quality.
•Analysis of the reasons for cost and/or time overruns.

•Analysis of the extent to which the project execution team could be held responsible of the incurred time and/or cost overruns.

Analysis-of the relationship between the problems you identified in cost and/or time overruns and the stakeholders’ needs and influence.
•Analysis-of the project management actions that could have been taken to better control the project and stakeholders in order to increase the chance for successful delivery.
•Conclusion which identifies the key lessons that project management can learn from the experience of the project.
•Report should be of 3000 +-5% words (excluding references and appendices).

Presentation on Critical Analysis Report
•Presentation is worth 10% marks.
•Presentations will be held in Week 12 during the tutorial for on-campus students and via Zoom for Distance students.
•Presentation should follow a similar structure as per your critical analysis report
•Report and presentation files must be submitted together in Moodle in Week 12
•Refer to the Unit Profile in Moodle for further details

Marking Criteria –Written Report
•Project snapshot (2%)
•Major Issues(8%)
•Control Systems(15%)
•Analysis of cost and/or schedule overruns(10%)
•Analysis of the project execution team (10%)
•Analysis of relationship between overruns and the stakeholders (10%)
•Analysis of possible actions for success (10%)
•Conclusion (10%)
•Appropriate, well structured, concise and clear understanding of project management arguments (10%)
•Clarity of expression, language, format, references and presentation of the written report (10%)

Marking Criteria -Presentation

•Preparation and consistency of presentation (10%)
•Set up and use of visual aids, including power point slides(10%)
•Presentation content is relevant to the topic (20%)
•Content is clear, concise and relevant(20%)
•Response to Questions during Q&A(10%)
•Content is explained well (20%)
•Presentation manner (5%)
•Timing including Q&A (5%)


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