BUSM4610: Business Project Management

BUSM4610: Business Project Management Assessment # 3 (Individual) Total weight: 30% Important note: In place of final exam there will be a ‘project appraisal’ (individual)…

BUSM4610:
Business Project Management

Assessment
# 3 (Individual)

Total
weight: 30%

Important
note:
In place of final exam there will be a ‘project appraisal’
(individual) report based on a completed project. Please note that as
it will be equivalent to a final exam, we will not give you any
formative feedback like the group assignment, nor will we provide
results of this assignment on Canvas. You will receive the final
total score from RMIT, NOT from the course coordinator.

Details:

Each individual student will work on
a supplied project (Blue
Spider (BS) Project)
and will answer specific questions and submit the project appraisal
report. The project appraisal report is an opportunity for
post-graduate students to demonstrate what they have learned during
the semester on project management.

You should
discuss each question logically by using references from academic
journals and books.
The purpose of project management is to achieve a successful project.
Some of the answers are matters of opinion and you will need to study
literature for ways to approach them. To support your answer, you can
take help from project management books, PMBOK, peer reviewed journal
articles and authenticated sources.

This
assignment must be delivered in a report format containing:

Title
page

Executive
summary
– overview of the purpose of the project and report, analysis,
findings and recommendations

Table of
content

Introduction

purpose of the report, a brief introduction to the project, and the
structure of the report.

Body
– Identify project issues in the light of questions asked and
discuss the situation by referring to relevant project management
knowledge area by use of high quality and relevant references.

Conclusion
– Answer the question # 8 of the case

Reference
list
– RMIT Business format for referencing shall be followed.
(Harvard style)

Appendices
(if any)

Word limit:
3000+10% words (excluding references, title page, table of contents)

N.B. Students
are advised to work on a question of the case study and show the work
to tutor during the week 12 tutorial session to obtain a quick
feedback on their work.

Assignment
submission due date:

Final copy
of report (softcopy) is due by 11:59PM (Melbourne time), on
10/06/2019

Report
submission:

Step 1-
Turnitin
submission: Students will upload the soft copy of the project to
Turnitin – assignment-3 Turnitin submission

Step 2-
Submission
for marks/grade: Submit individual report through assignment-3
submission folder of Canvas (specific to your class). You will see
your Tutor’s name is available on the folder

Case
study: ‘Blue
Spider (BS) Project’

Total
marks: 30

Length:
Word limit 3000+10% words (excluding references, title page, table of
contents)

The
report will be evaluated based
on the following outline:

Executive
summary (brief): Clearly
outlines the objective of the project, justification to start the BS
project, findings/lesson learned and recommendations.
(2.5
marks)

Introduction
(brief): It
clearly demonstrates project brief, the purpose of the report, key
terms/issues you are going to discuss and the report structure. (2.5
marks)

Project
Appraisal/Body: (Answer
the following questions) 20
marks (=2.5×8)

Questions:

Was
the project
scope
defined clearly at early stage of the project? Identify one major
scope creep and discuss the impacts of scope change on project
performance/stakeholders. (2.5 marks)

Is
the decision to start BS project
a strategically sound
decision? Give reasons for your opinion. (2.5 marks)

Why
is early involvement of stakeholders
so critical in a project? Who are the key stakeholders in the
project and briefly identify two major stakeholder’s power and
interests in the project? (2.5
marks)

Was
Gary qualified to be a project
manager–
rationale your answer? (2.5 marks)

Discuss-
how did the BS project handle major risks?
What might they have done?
(2.5
marks)

Should
functional employees of the customer and contractor be permitted to
communicate with one-another without going through the project
office? Justify the selection of type of project
organization
form in BS project. (2.5 marks)

Critically
reflect on teamwork
(of
project management team) in your group project (in assignment 2) and
compare it with the teamwork (of project management team) in the BS
project. (2.5
marks)

Briefly
discuss what
lessons
have you learnt
from BS project and from
your group project?
(Answer
to this question can be considered as conclusion of your report)
(2.5
marks)

Others:
Overall presentation (all topics are clearly explained, easy to
follow/clarity of language, coverage and completeness, page numbers,
table of contents), use of references and citation, conciseness: 5
marks

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