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PROJ6003 Project Execution and Control

 

ASSESSMENT 1 BRIEF 

Subject Code and Title

PROJ6003 - Project Execution and Control

Assessment

Change Management Plan

Integrated Change Control Report 

Individual/Group

Individual

Length

2000 words (+/- 10%)  

Learning Outcomes

The Subject Learning Outcomes demonstrated by successful completion of the task below include: 

a)Draw on tools and techniques of sourcing project data, develop a range of processes and measures to manage scope, change, and quality on complex global projects.

Weighting

40%

Total Marks

100 marks

Task Summary

In this assessment, you are required to write an individual report of 2000 words (excluding tables, figures, and graphs) proposing a change to be implemented in the case study, provided by the Learning Facilitator, addressing: 

Change impact analysis, tools & techniques to manage the change, integrated change control process to submit the change, and options to implement the change along with its associated risks.

A change request form must also be submitted attached to the report demonstrating how the change would be requested for the given project.

The intention of this assessment is that you take a practical approach by considering this change to be submitted to key stakeholders of the given case study.

Please refer to the Task Instructions for details on how to complete this task. 

Context

During project execution, project managers ensure that project work is completed as specified in the Project Management Plan and according to project requirements. Requirements may change throughout the course of a project. Changes need to be controlled, ensuring all of their impacts upon the project are managed effectively and are incorporated into existing management plans and project baselines.  

The process of directing and managing project work requires project managers to take on numerous responsibilities and to exhibit characteristics such as attention to detail, constant communication, and effective leadership.

Task Instructions

To complete this assessment task, you must:

1. Ensure that you have read the given case study and resources from the subject, as all as any additional research you may find relevant and that will add value to your report. Review your subject notes, as well the Lecture slides and any other information provided by the Learning Facilitator in support of this assessment.

2. The report should encompass a practical approach in addressing the following requirements:

a. Identify and propose one (1) change you believe is required for the case study and justify it by applying tools & techniques from quality management in identifying root-cause for the issues found in the case study.

b. Critically analyze the impacts of your change proposal on scope, time, cost, quality of the project.

c. Propose and justify tools & techniques used to manage the change.

d. Explain what processes are involved in submitting your change request given the scale of your change proposal and address responsibilities considering the stakeholders from your case study.

e. Identify and discuss options (at least 2) to satisfy the proposed change and any risks associated with each of these options.

f. Complete the Change Request Form (CRF) provided or one that is used from a workplace.

3. The report should consist of the following structure:

a. A Title Page with subject code and name, assignment title, student’s name, student ID, lecturer’s name, word count and date submitted.

b. An Executive Summary (150 – 200 words) providing the summary of your report, containing key findings, tools & techniques used, methodology, constraints and recommendations. This section allows the reader to rapidly become acquainted of a large portion of your material. It is usually around 10% of your report and written last.

c. A Table of Contents with the structure of the report, including page numbers and headings.

d. An Introduction (150 – 200 words) that will also serve as your statement of purpose for the report—this means that you will tell the reader what you are going to cover in your report as well as provide:

  • Background of the case study and context of the report
  • What the reader can expect to find in the body of the report

e. The Body of the Report (1350- 1600 words) in which you will cover five (5) requirements listed above (a to e). This section of your report will contain the information that is required to demonstrate your understanding of the case study and key Project Management concepts under discussion by applying them into your report.

  • The report layout should be logical and lead the reader through a story which identifies the key points being discussed and takes the reader to your conclusion. 

f. A Conclusion (150 – 200 words) summarising any findings or recommendations that the report puts forward regarding the concepts covered in the report.

  • There should not be any new information in the conclusion.

g. A list of References providing every source cited within your report. 

  • Only cited sources are listed in the References.
  • They should be listed alphabetically.
  • They need to be valid and linked with the topic/content provided within the report.

h. An Appendix that can contemplate any additional tables or information that support your report.

  • Your Change Request Form (requirement f) should be contained in here.

Format of the report

The report should use font Arial or Calibri 11 point, be line spaced at 1.5 for ease of reading, and have page numbers on the bottom of each page. If diagrams or tables are used, due attention should be given to pagination to avoid loss of meaning and continuity by unnecessarily splitting information over two pages. Diagrams must carry the appropriate captioning.

Referencing

It is essential that you use the appropriate APA style for citing and referencing research. Please see more information on referencing here in the Academic Writing Guide found via the  Academic Skills website.

Submission Instructions 

Submit Assessment 1 via the Assessment link in the main navigation menu in PROJ6003 – Project Execution and Control. The Learning Facilitator will provide feedback via the Grade Centre in the LMS portal. Feedback can be viewed in My Grades.

If submitting more than one document:

Please note during the submission process:  If you would like to include appendix items in your submission, once your first item has been uploaded, click ‘Browse Your Computer to attach your extra documents as an appendix. Then click the Final Submit button.   

Academic Integrity  

All students are responsible for ensuring that all work submitted is their own and is appropriately referenced and academically written according the Academic Writing Guide. Students also need to have read and be aware of Torrens University Australia Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure and subsequent penalties for academic misconduct.  These are viewable online.  

Students also must keep a copy of all submitted material and any assessment drafts. 

Assessment Rubric

Assessment Attributes

Fail 

(Yet to achieve minimum standard)

0-49%

Pass

(Functional) 50-64%

Credit

(Proficient)

65-74%

Distinction

(Advanced)

75-84%

High Distinction

(Exceptional) 85-100%

Analysis and

application of key

Project Management

concepts

Proposes and justifies the change proposal with critical analysis of its impacts on scope time, cost, quality of the given project.  

Proposes and justifies tools & techniques used to manage the change.  

Identifies and discusses options to satisfy the proposed change and any risks associated with each of these options.

Percentage for this

criterion = 50%

Demonstrates limited analysis of case study and

lack of application of Project Management

concepts by

•       Lack of analysis and understanding of case study.

•       Lack of application of key Project

Management

concepts to provide the change proposal.

•       No analysis of change impact is provided.

•       No tools & techniques to manage the change are provided.

•       Key components of the assessment are not addressed.

Demonstrates knowledge of

Integrated Change control by 

•       Proposing a change

request that is not clear or ill-developed.

•       Little analysis of the change impact is provided or is superficial.

•       Tools & techniques are not fully addressed by identifying them without justification.

•       Options to satisfy change are ill-developed with no risks associated with options identified.

Demonstrates proficient knowledge of Integrated

Change Control by

•       Proposing a change

that is suitable to the project and clear.

•       Analysis of the change impact is provided.

•       Tools & techniques to manage the change are identified and justified.

•       Options and risks associated are identified.

Demonstrates advanced knowledge of Integrated

Change Control by 

•       Proposing a change

that is suitable to the project, clear and with estimations of time to complete it.

•       Presents a coherent impact analysis of the change.

•       Tools & techniques to manage the change are identified, justified and application is demonstrated.

•       Options and risks associated are identified and assessed their impact on project outcome and success.

Demonstrates exceptional knowledge of Integrated

Change Control by 

•       Proposing a change

that is innovative and suitable to the project, clear and with project schedule and cost estimations to complete this task.

•       Develops a critical analysis and evaluation of the impact of change.

•       A diverse range of tools & techniques to

manage the change

are identified, justified and application is demonstrated.

•       Options and risks associated are identified, assessed and aligned with project outcomes and stakeholder wishes, to satisfy project outcomes.

Knowledge and understanding of Integrated Change

Control process

Explains processes involved in submitting the change request and addresses responsibilities.

Provides a Change Request Form (CRF)

that is aligned with 

Percentage for this

criterion = 20%

Demonstrates lack of understanding of

Integrated Change Control

process by 

•       Providing information

that refers to Organisational Change

Management. 

•       Lack of analysis of scale of the change proposal to propose an appropriate process to manage the change in the given case study.

•       CRF was not provided

or the information is not aligned with the content within the report.

•       CRF is ill-developed.

Demonstrates a functional knowledge of the Integrated Change Control process by 

•       Providing information that resembles a recall or summary of key ideas and does not align it with the case study.

•       CRF provided aligns with content within the report with some errors in filling out the report.

Demonstrates proficient knowledge of Integrated Change Control process by 

•       Demonstrating a

capacity to explain the change control process and apply it to the case study.

•       Responsibilities are addressed but are generic and not well align with the stakeholders of the project. 

•       CRF provided aligns with content within the report.

Demonstrates advanced knowledge of Integrated Change Control process by

•       Well demonstrated

capacity to explain and justify the change control process and apply it to the case study.

•       Addresses

responsibilities that are aligned with the stakeholders of the project. 

•       CRF provided aligns with content within the report and is well developed.

Demonstrates exceptional knowledge of Integrated Change Control process by

•       Highly sophisticated and creative explanation of a tailored change control process developed to suit the needs of the project in the given case study.

•       Addresses

responsibilities that are aligned with the stakeholders of the project, including exploring further stakeholders and providing assumptions of how these would fit into the process. 

•       CRF provided aligns with content within the report and is very well developed.

Effective

Communication

 Specialized language and terminology from Project Management are rarely or inaccurately employed. 

Generally, employs specialized language and terminology from Project

Management with accuracy.  

Accurately employs specialized language and terminology from Project Management.

Accurately employs a wide range of specialized language and terminology from Project Management. 

Discerningly selects and precisely employs a wide range of specialized

Adheres to structure of report and word count requirements. Appropriate use of terminology, paragraphs, sentence construction, spelling, and grammar.  

Percentage for this

criterion = 20%

Meaning is repeatedly obscured by errors in the communication of ideas, including errors in structure, sequence, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and/or the acknowledgment of sources.  

Meaning is sometimes difficult to follow.

Information, arguments, and evidence are structured and sequenced in a way that is not always clear and logical.

Some errors are evident in spelling, grammar, and/or punctuation.  

Meaning is easy to follow. Information, arguments, and evidence are structured and sequenced in a way that is clear and logical.

Occasional minor errors

present in spelling, grammar, and/or punctuation. 

Engages audience interest.  Information, arguments, and evidence are structured and sequenced in a way that is, clear and persuasive.   

Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are free from errors.

language and terminology from Project Management.   

Engages and sustains the audience’s interest. Information, arguments, and evidence are insightful, persuasive, and expertly presented. 

Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are free from errors.

Correct citation of key

resources and evidence 

Percentage for this

criterion = 10%

Demonstrates inconsistent use of good quality, credible and relevant resources to support and develop ideas.

Referencing is omitted or does not resemble APA.

Different formats are provided, and references do not align with the content.

Demonstrates use of credible and relevant resources to support and develop ideas, but these are not always explicit or well developed.

Referencing resembles APA, with frequent or repeated errors.

Different formats are provided and references don’t align with content.

Demonstrates use of credible resources to support and develop ideas.

Referencing resembles APA, with occasional errors. 

References align with content.

Demonstrates use of good quality, credible and relevant resources to support and develop arguments and statements. 

Shows evidence of wide scope within the organization for sourcing evidence. 

APA referencing is free from errors.

References align with content.

Demonstrates use of high-quality, credible, and relevant resources to support and develop arguments and position statements. 

Shows evidence of wide scope within and without the organization for sourcing evidence.

APA referencing is free from errors.

References align with content.

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