PROJ6004 Assessment 1 Brief .docxPage 1 of 13 ASSESSMENT BRIEF – Assessment 1a and 1bSubject Code and TitlePROJ6004: Contracts and ProcurementAssessmentAssessment 1 Part A and Part B: Contracts and ProcurementDiscussion Board Participation review of the Case StudyProject and other Learning ResourcesIndividualAssessment 1 Part A: Discussion Board Participation.Assessment 1 Part B: Discussion Board Participation.LengthPart A: Approximately 250 words for the main post andminimum of 2 responses to other students.Part B: Approximately 250 words for the main post andminimum of 2 responses to other students.Learning Outcomes1. Critically evaluate the risks associated withcontract and procurement managementapproaches and make recommendations toglobal project sponsors with regard to ‘bestpractice’ in this area.2. Apply judgement and initiative in thedevelopment of ‘best practice’ contract andprocurement process for global project management,identifying the external factors that need to beconsidered and mitigated for in every instance.SubmissionPart A: Due in Module 2 and Part B Due in Module 3WeightingPart A – Module 2 = 15%Part B – Module 3 = 15%Total Marks30 marks PROJ6004 Assessment 1 Brief .docxPage 2 of 13Context:GeneralProcurement and contracts are integral to successful project management. Planning forpurchases and acquisitions, requests for proposal, vendor selection, contractadministration, and contract closure are integral parts of the process. Learning from CaseStudies and benchmarking against better practices, standards and excellence is vital tounderstand complexity of issues and successful strategies for procurement and contractmanagement. It will also ensure improved responsiveness to key issues, promote supplierclient relationships through proactive management of risks and ultimately deliver higherlevel of focus on performance-based outcomes.Specific (Assessment 1 Part A and Part BContext)The context of Assessment 1 is a further deep-dive discussion with other students of keyissues to better understand the principles of project procurement, challenges, risks, and todevelop key procurement themes and quantify financial exposure. Using blackboard andclass interaction to develop risk mitigation, to benchmark issues and capture lessons learnt.Discussion Board Participation based on further review of the subject Learning Resourcesand the Case Study.Students are encouraged to look at the full suite of module Learning Resources as well asotherpublic documents associated with the Case Study.Through a variety of contributing perspectives, Assessment 1 aims to encourage a furtherunderstanding of the procurement and financial risk, mitigations and benchmarking againstbetter practices and excellence reports to ensure successful completion. The specific rolesand responsibilities of project manager and procurement manager in the completions effortis also explored.Students are also encouraged to understand and explore the related organisational issues,stakeholders and the funding and other procurement aspects associated with the CaseStudy drawing upon the learnings from similar procurement projects from the EssentialLearning Resources.PROJ6004 Assessment 1 Brief .docxPage 3 of 13Instructions:There are 2 important aspects to Assessment 1 discussion boardparticipation: Protocols for postings: As a minimum requirement the student will submit a mainpost of approximately 250 words on the relevant topic, and then reply to at least 2other students. The objective to create a fluent generation of ideas and authenticperspectives on each topic. Rules for participation: a culture of mutual respect towards other students orparticipants, being timely and relevant (staying on the topic), being creative and bringingcritical thinking and thoughtful approach in the interactions. It is expected that studentcontribution to a particular discussion will be made within 3 days of start of a newModuleAssessment 1 Part A and Part B will involve discussion board contribution by individualsexploring the following key issues: Typical procurement and risks required to be managed for complex projects;Specific financial risks from the Case Study project (use research information,initiative and judgement);Possible risk mitigation actions that relate to the Case Study project and how theserelate to better practice guidelinesAreas for further vendor negotiations and management – to achieve a successfulcontract completion.Areas of key accountability for Project Manager and Procurement Manager in facilitatingsuccessful outcome for the Case Study project;The questions for discussion board are formulated to critique the above topics andbring out ideas thoughts, develop solutions and ensure students active participation,leadership, feedback, cooperation and time-management aspects. It is expected that the students will undertake sufficient research and reading to effectivelycontribute and share ideas individually during Modules 1 to 3 discussions, This is importantfor discussions to achieve sufficient depth of analysis as to provide high quality ofinformation to satisfy the requirements for the case study analysis – based on the aboveguidelines.PROJ6004 Assessment 1 Brief .docxPage 4 of 13Learning Resources: Resource on APA style:The URL/page for the TUA referencing guides is http://onlinelibrary.tua.edu.au/skills/referencing Resource on report writing:Victoria University of Wellington (2013). How to write a business report. School ofMarketing and Internal Business and Student Learning Support Service, Wellington,New Zealand.http://www.victoria.ac.nz/vbs/teaching/publications/VBS-report-writing-guide-2013-July.pdf Resource on writing case study reportsMonash University (2015). Case study report (sample). Learning Support, Languageand Learning Online, Melbourne, Australia.http://www.monash.edu.au/lls/llonline/writing/general/report/1.xmlAssessment Criteria:Assessment 1 – Discussion Board Participation (30%) Participation (20%) Leadership (20%) Feedback (20%) Cooperation (20%) Time Management (20%)See learning rubrics in the following pages for details.PROJ6004 Assessment 1 Brief 2019.docx Page 7 of 13Learning Rubrics – Assessment 1: Individual Participation in Discussion Board AssessmentAttributesFail(0-49)Pass(50-64)Credit(65-74)Distinction(75-84)High Distinction(85-100)Participation(20%)Participates in groupactivities.Participates in groupactivities but works onunrelated materials.Participates in groupactivities but is rarelyon task.Participates in mostgroup activities and ison task most of thetime.Participated fully andactively.Is always on task.Provides constructiveinput.Leadership(20%)Fails to assumeleadership.Assumes leadershipbut in a nonproductive manner.Assumes leadershipand allows others todo but oftendominates the group.Assumes leadership byhelping members stayon track andencourage groupparticipation.Assumes leadership byhelping members stayon track andencourage groupparticipation, posingsolutions to problems.Has a positive attitude.Feedback(20%)Fails to offer anyfeedback.Offers feedback butrarely constructive oruseful.Offers feedback that issometime constructiveor useful.Offers constructivefeedback regularlyAlways offers detailedconstructive feedbackthat is specific andappropriate.Offers suggestions toguide peersCooperation(20%)Treats groupmember(s)disrespectfully.Does not share theworkload fairly.Treats groupmember(s)respectfully but doesnot always share theworkload fairly.Treats groupmember(s) respectfullyand share theworkload fairlyTreats groupmember(s) respectfullyand share theworkload fairly.Shows sensitivity toothers and encouragesTreats groupmember(s)respectfully and sharethe workload fairly. PROJ6004 Assessment 1 Brief 2019.docx Page 8 of 13 the participation ofothers.Shows sensitivity tothe feelings andlearning needs ofothers.Encourages theparticipation of others.Values the knowledge,opinion and skills of allmembers.TimeManagement(20%)Fails to completeassigned task on time.Often forces the groupto make last-minuteadjustments andchanges toaccommodate missingwork.Often fails tocomplete assignedtask on time and heldup completion ofwork.Completes only half ofthe assigned task ontime.Completes mostassigned task on time.Always completes allassigned task on time.
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