PROJMGNT 5021 - Project Management Fundamentals
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code PROJMGNT 5021 Course Project Management Fundamentals Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Intensive: 36 to 40 hours Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description This course introduces the context, rationale, strategy and tactics of project management from the perspectives of key stakeholders. The main model followed it is the international Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK - US Based PMI), however comparisons are made with PRINCE2. Participants will be expected to relate the application of PMBOK directly to projects from their experience, and as a course assignment will be able to apply what they have learnt to an actual work place project. The context and learning of the course will prepare participants with competencies to operate in a range of industries and apply the project management skills to projects in a variety of industries, including engineering, information technology, consulting, production, procurement, maintenance, logistics and supply chain, defence, construction, and manufacturing. The focus on providing competence in core areas of stakeholder, scope, time, cost and quality management, and facilitating areas of risk, procurement, HR, integration, and communication management is to provide competence in participants to confidentially deal with the ever growing challenges of modern day project management. PMBOK will be applied in developing competence suitable for a range of industries.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Indra GunawanProgram Director Contact Details: Project Management
Name: Associate Professor Indra Gunawan
Name: Tracey Dodd
Name: Ashraf Zaghwan
Name: Leonie Hallo
SE02 & SE03
Name: John Woodward
Name: Leonie Hallo
Name: John Woodward
Name: Ashraf Zaghwan
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Know and understand the basic content and techniques of the discipline of project management such that stakeholder needs, scope, time, cost, quality, risk, procurement, human resources, communications, and the integration of these are appropriately addresses; 2 Competently plan and control medium-sized linear projects appropriate to satisfying PMI’s Project Management Professional standards and assessing stakeholders’ needs and satisfy these; 3 Choose and use the models for project management and best practice in the choice of an appropriate project delivery system; 4 Competently work in teams and communicating the output to stakeholders and the community and provide leadership in the community and support of community involvement in projects; 5 Demonstrate continued learning and personal development; 6 Recognise ethical, social and cultural issues and their importance for project managers.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-3 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1, 2, 5, 6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
5, 6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesSuggested text book:
Meredith, JR & Mantel, S (2015), Project management: A managerial Approach, 10th Edition, Wiley.
A digital copy can also be purchased for a lower price.
Recommended ResourcesPMI and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc
In addition to any assigned readings from the prescribed text, you may find it useful to access information from other sources. A number of Project Management textbooks have been written over the past few decades. Most of these books are held at the University library. Please feel free to browse through the available books for alternative explanations of the relevant concepts. Please find below a list of other suggested textbooks:
1. Project Management Institute (PMI), 2017, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, Sixth Edition
(PMBOK® Guide) ©2017 Project Management Institute, Inc.
2. Gray, C & Larson, E 2000, Project management, McGraw-Hill.
3. IPMA 2006, IPMA Competence Baseline Version 3.0
4. Kerzner, H 2009, A project management: A systems approach to planning, scheduling and contracting, Wiley
5. PRINCE2TM – Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2TM, OGC London, TSO.
6. Turner, JR 1999, Handbook of project-based management, McGraw-Hill.
It is also recommended that you read relevant journal articles. In particular, you are encouraged to read the following journals:
· International Journal of Project Management
· Project Management Journal
· Journal of Project Management
The University of Adelaide’s Barr Smith Library provides a range of learning resources including texts, journals, periodicals, magazines, and access to online databases and information services. It also offers a virtual library which is accessible via the University’s website. Access to the Library's electronic resources.
Other resources: Project Management Institute
If you are a member of the PMI you will “gain exclusive access to PMI publications and our global standards*, networking options with our chapters and online communities of practice, and leadership and volunteer opportunities. You’ll also receive discounts on certification exams and renewals, as well as our professional development offerings.” Student membership details
* Log in to access complimentary read-only PDFs of all of PMI's published standards or take advantage of discounts on paperback editions.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is offered in blended learning mode with the face to face offered as intensives
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.As a guide, a 3 unit coure comprises a total of 156 hours work (this incudes face to face contact, any on-line components, and self directed study).
Learning Activities SummaryThis is a draft schedule and session dates are a guide only. The timetable may be changed during the course delivery if necessary.
Session Content 1 Introduction - Project Context and Basics 2 Project Selection and Management Models 3 Project Integration Management 4 Project Sope Management 5 Project Time Management 6 Project Cost Management 7 Project Quality Management 8 Project Delivery Systems 9 Project Risk Management 10 Project Procurement Management 11 Project Organisation 12 Project Human Resources Management 13 Project Stakeholder Management 14 Project Communication Management
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Assessment SummaryAn overview of the course assessment appears in the following table. Details appear in the following section:
PMBOK is a registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc
# Assessment Length Weighting Learning Outcomes 1 Individual short report 3,000 words max 40% 1,5,6 2 Group project plan 1 person 5,000 words min
2 people 7,000 words min
3-4 people 10,000 words min
30% 1-6 3 Project Closure Report 3,000 words 30% 1,4,5,6 Total 100%
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents should attend all classes in order to pass the course. There is considerable experiential learning in workshops during the intensive classes that build your knowledge and thus enable you to be successful in this course.
Course results are subject to moderation by the ECIC Board of Examiners
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Assessment DetailAssessment 1: Project Fundamentals (Individual)
Task: This assignment will assess your understanding of project fundamentals, including Project Context and Basics, Project Integration and Scope Management course topics.
Assessment 2: Group Project Plan (Part 1)
Task: Develop a group project plan for an approved project of choice, implementing the theoretical material covered and focusing on Scope, Time, Cost and Risk. A project plan is produced to plan a new project. Groups should ideally be of two people. If you want to vary from two people, you need to seek special approval stating reasons. This assignment is intended to be the application of theory so do not reproduce the theory, but apply the application of the theory to a project.
Scope: This assignment will assess your understanding of the Project Integration, Project Time Management, Managing Project Cost and Managing Project Risk course topics.
Assessment 3: Individual Project Plan (Part 2)
Task: Write a description of the planning and control of quality, human resources, procurement, communications and stakeholders for a project of your choice (it could be the same as the one chosen in Assignment 2).
Scope: This assignment will assess your understanding of the Project Integration, Project Quality Management, Project Human Resources Management, Project Procurement, Managing Communications and stakeholders course topics.
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