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ASSESSMENT 2 BRIEF

Subject Code and Title PRO100 Information Systems Project Management

Assessment Consultative Report

Individual/Group Individual

Length 1500 words

Learning Outcomes The Subject Learning Outcomes demonstrated by successful

completion of the task below include:

  1. a) Generate recommendations for information systems

project planning

  1. b) Apply Project Management concepts to contemporary

industry settings

Submission Due by 11:55pm AEST Sunday end of Module 4.2 (Week 8)

Weighting 40%

Total Marks 100 marks

Task Summary

In this assessment, you will study a project case and develop a project schedule for that project. You

are required to answer questions related to project risk management, communication management

and the project duration reduction technique.

Context:

In response to the case study provided, write a consultative report focusing on the various processes

in project knowledge areas, including the management of project schedule, cost, risk and resources.

This assessment requires you to apply various tools and techniques you have learnt in management

of project schedule, cost, risk and resources into a real-life case scenario.

You will be presented with a case study, for which you assume the role of the project manager. You

will be asked to go through a number of processes in the project knowledge areas above and generate

outputs (some subsidiary plans of a project management plan) for those processes.

This assessment provides you with an opportunity to view various processes in the planning process

as a whole and develop an appreciation of schedule-cost-scope-risk trade-off.

Instructions:

Please read the attached Assessment 2_Case Study_ABC University.

You are required to complete the following tasks during Professor Smith’s leave.

Task 1 (15 marks)

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  • Create a new ProjectLibre file, name it “Task 1”;
  • Set the start date of the project; (1mark)
  • Enter an appropriate title for this project; (1mark)
  • Set all tasks to be auto-scheduled; (1mark)
  • Enter the public holidays in the ProjectLibre file; (1mark)
  • Enter all the activities in this project preserving the hierarchy of the WBS; (2marks)
  • Make sure that the project title appears as the overall project summary at top of the

activities list. It must appear as task 0 with WBS number 0; (1mark)

  • Enter all milestones at the end of the task list; (1mark)
  • Enter task durations assuming that ONLY ONE of each type of the required resource would

be allocated to the task for now unless the task has a fixed duration. (2marks)

  • Add a “WBS Predecessors” column after the “Task Name”. (1marks)
  • Enter all the predecessor information for each task and milestone. (1mark)
  • Highlight the critical path. (1mark)
  • Create a new Microsoft Word file, and name it “ABCU Project Report.docx”. This document

will be referred to as “the Word document” in the following tasks.

  • In the Word document, report the critical path as shown in Task 1 at this stage. (1mark)
  • Allocate the required resources to each task in the schedule. For Task 1, allocate only 100% of

each resource to a task unless the task has a fixed duration. Please do not resolve resource

over-allocation issues at this stage. (1mark)

  • In the Word document, report the duration as well as the end date of this project as shown

in Task 1 at thisstage.

Task 2 (10 marks)

  • Duplicate “Task 1” and name it “Task 2”. You should have two files saved: “Task 1” and “Task

2”. Complete Task 2 requirements in “Task 2”.

  • Allocate 300% of SD to activity 4.3 assuming that the total amount of work measured in

“person-week” is unchanged. (1mark)

  • In the Word document, report the duration as well as the end date of this project post the

previous change. Report whether the additional resources allocated to activity 4.3 resulted in

any changes in the duration of activity 4.3. Why or why not? Do the additional resources

always result in a reduction of the activity to which the additional resources are allocated?

Critically explain why or why not. (3mark)

  • Resolve resource over-allocation issues (if any). For this project, do not “split tasks” and do

not allow levelling to “adjust invidious assignments on a task”. (2 marks)

  • In the Word document, report in detail how you resolved resource over-allocation issues in

ProjectLibre. Compare the duration and the end date prior and post resolving resource overallocation issues. Critically explain why there has or has not been a change. (4marks)

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Task 3 (20 marks)

In a Word document, write a brief memo to the Pro Vice Chancellor of ABCU, informing him of the

following information:

  • The completion date and the duration of this project. (1mark)
  • The estimated direct labour costs for each resource. Present that information in a table. (3

marks)

Resource Name Cost

Requirement Engineer

Business Analyst

Software Architect

Software Developer

Software Tester

Technical Document Writer

Technical Support and Trainer

  • The major risks in this project. Present at least three threats (negative risks) and two

opportunities (positive risks) in a table. (15 marks = each cell in the table worth 0.5marks)

Type Risk

Description

Owner Likelihood Impact Response type Treatment

strategy

Threat

Threat

Threat

Opportunity

Opportunity

  • Correct memo format (1 mark)

Task 4 (15 marks)

In the Word document, outline at least two strategies that can be used to reduce the duration of this

project by two weeks, and the impact on project scope, cost and risk. The total word count should not

exceed 400 words. However, you need to be specific about your strategy. For example, “reduce

duration of activity 3.1” is not regarded as specific. Why would you choose that particular activity or

activities among all the activities? How you would go about reducing the duration of that activity?

Task 5 (20 marks)

The enrolment officers and students are two important groups of stakeholders in this project. In the

Word document, report the following:

  • What are the communication methods (pull or push) you would use to communicate to either

of these two groups of stakeholders? (5marks)

  • At the commencement of this project, does either of these two groups of stakeholders need

to be notified of the commencement of this project? If so, draft an email for the Pro Vice

Chancellor of ABCU to communicate that to the stakeholder. If not, justify why that

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stakeholder should not be notified. Your answer for this part should not exceed 150 words.

(7 marks)

  • Upon ABCU accepting the end product (i.e. the online enrolment system), does either of these

two groups of stakeholders need to be notified of the status of the project at this stage? If so,

draft an email for the Pro Vice Chancellor of ABCU to communicate to that stakeholder. If not,

justify why that stakeholder should not be notified. Your answer for this part should not

exceed 150 words. (8 marks)

Referencing

It is essential that you use appropriate APA style for citing and referencing research. Please see more

information on referencing here: http://library.laureate.net.au/research_skills/referencing

Submission Instructions

submit a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) and TWO ProjectLibre files via the

Assessment 2 section found in the main navigation menu of the subject Blackboard site. The

Learning Facilitator will provide feedback via the Grade Centre in the LMS portal. Feedback can

be viewed in My Grades.

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Learning Rubric: Assessment Two

Assessment

Attributes

Fail

(Unacceptable)

0-49%

Pass

(Functional)

50-64%

Credit

(Proficient)

65-74%

Distinction

(Advanced)

75 -84%

High Distinction

(Exceptional)

85-100%

Knowledge and

understanding

(Task 1–5)

Consultative report

focuses on various

processes in project

knowledge areas.

Application of various

tools and techniques in

management of projects

schedule, cost, risk and

resources

Lack of understanding of

required concepts and

knowledge of various

processes in project

knowledge areas.

Key components of the

assignment are not

addressed. Lack of

application of tools and

techniques in

management of projects

schedule, cost, risk and

resources.

Limited understanding of

required concepts and

knowledge of various

processes in project

knowledge areas.

Key components of the

assignment are partially

addressed with limited

application of tools and

techniques in management

of projects schedule, cost,

risk and resources.

An adequate understanding of

the various processes in

project knowledge areas.

All key components of the

assignment are addressed

with an adequate level of

application of the tools and

techniques in management of

project schedule, cost, risk

and resources.

A thorough understanding

of the various processes in

project knowledge areas.

All key components of the

assignment are addressed.

Well demonstrated capacity

to explain and apply

relevant tools and

techniques in management

of project schedule, cost,

risk and resources.

An exceptional

understanding of the

various processes in project

knowledge areas.

All key components of the

assignment are addressed.

Demonstrates mastery of

concepts and application of

relevant tools and

techniques in management

of project schedule, cost,

risk and resources to the

case scenario.

80%

Use of academic and

discipline conventions

Spelling, grammar,

sentence construction,

appropriate use of

credible resources,

Correct citation of key

resources using APA

style of referencing

20%

Poorly written with errors

in spelling and grammar.

Demonstrates Inconsistent

use of good quality,

credible and relevant

resources to support and

develop ideas. There are

mistakes in using the APA

style.

Written according to

academic genre and has

accurate spelling, grammar,

sentence and paragraph

construction. Demonstrates

consistent use of credible

and relevant research

sources to support and

develop ideas, but these are

not always explicit or well

developed. There are some

mistakes in using APA style.

Written according to

academic genre.

Demonstrates consistent use

of credible and relevant

research sources to support

and develop ideas. There are

no mistakes in using the APA

style.

Well-written and adheres to

the academic genre.

Consistently demonstrates

expert use of good quality,

credible and relevant

research sources to support

and develop appropriate

arguments and statements.

Shows evidence of reading

beyond the key reading.

There are no mistakes in

using the APA style.

Expertly written and

adheres to the academic

genre. Demonstrates expert

use of high-quality credible

and relevant research

sources to support and

develop arguments and

position statements. Shows

extensive evidence of

reading beyond the key

reading. There are no

mistakes in using the APA