PROJMGNT 5021 - Project Management Fundamentals
North Terrace Campus - Trimester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code PROJMGNT 5021 Course Project Management Fundamentals Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School Term Trimester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Intensive in Trimester; up to 3 hours per week in Semester 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). 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, including engineering, information technology, consulting, production, procurement, maintenance, logistics and supply chain, defence, construction, and manufacturing. Key topics covered include project scope, time, resource and quality management, risk, procurement, integration, stakeholders, and communication.
Course Coordinator: Christian HoyerProgram Director Contact Details:Project Management
Name: Associate Professor Indra Gunawan
Adelaide Summer School Name: Tracey Dodd Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Researcher Profile: Tracey Dodd Adelaide Semester 1 Melbourne Semester 1 Name: Dang Nguyen Name: MdFaiz Shah Email: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Adelaide Semester 2 Melbourne Semester 2 Name: Name: Email: Email: Adelaide Trimester 1 Adelaide Trimester 3 Name: Christian Hoyer Name: Email: email@example.com Email:
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Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Understand and apply 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 addressed; 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 Select an appropriate project delivery system; 4 Competently work in teams to generate, and communicate, project outcomes that benefit project stakeholders; 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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
1, 2, 5, 6
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesSuggested text book:
Meredith, JR & Mantel, S (2021), Project management: A managerial Approach, 11th Edition, Wiley.
A digital copy can also be purchased for a lower price. Prior editions of the textbook are also acceptable.
Recommended ResourcesIn 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 resources:
Project Management Institute (PMI), 2021, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 7th ed, (PMBOK® Guide), Project Management Institute, Inc.
Dodd et al., 2021, Introduction to Project Management (free eBook), https://www.traceydodd.com/pages/publications.php
Pinto, J., 2019, Project Management: Achieving Competitive Advantage, 5th Edition, Person.
International Journal of Project Management
Project Management Journal
Burke, R., 2007, Project management techniques -college edition. Burke Publishing.
Burke, R., 2007 Barron, Steven: Project management leadership –building creative teams. Burke Publishing.
Lowe, D., Leiringer, R. (Eds), 2006, Commercial Management of Projects: Defining the Discipline. Blackwell Publishing.
Kerzner, H., 2012, Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling, 11th edition, Wiley.
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 component 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 course comprises a total of 156 hours work (this includes face-to-face contact, any online 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 SummaryPMBOK is a registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc
# Assessment Task Task Type Length Weighting Learning Outcomes 1 Group assignment Group (3-4 students) 1,500 words per student 30% 1,4,5,6 2 Essay Individual 2,500 words 40% 1,3,5,6 3 3 Quizzes Individual 10 questions per quiz 30% 1-6 Total 100%
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Assessment DetailAssessment 1: Project Fundamentals
This assignment will assess your understanding of project fundamentals, including Project Context and Basics, Project Integration and Scope Management course topics.
Essay (PMBOK Knowledge Area)
Investigate a particular project management topic (for example, managing the project scope, project procurement, risk management, project resourcing) or any other PMBOK knowledge area
Quizzes x 3
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