PROJMGNT 5021 - Applied Project Management 1

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 1 - 2018

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROJMGNT 5021
    Course Applied Project Management 1
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Trimester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Intensive: 36 to 40 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Individual and group assignments
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Indra Gunawan

    Program Director Contact Details: Project Management
    Name: Associate Professor Indra Gunawan
    Teaching Staff:

    Summer School

    Name: Tracey Dodd
    Email:; LinkedIn  
    Semester 1 & Trimester 1
    Professor Frank Schultmann
    Researcher Profile:
    Winter School
    John Woodward
    Phone: 0418 414 041
    Office Hours: evenings and weekends

    Semester 2 & Trimester 3 (Class Nbr: 36044)
    Name: Alex Gorod

    Trimester 3 (Class Nbr: 36272)
    Leonie Hallo
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    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)
    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
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Suggested text book:
    Meredith, JR & Mantel, S (2014), Project management: A managerial Approach, 9th Edition, Wiley.
    ISBN : 978-0-470-53302-4

    A digital copy can also be purchased for a lower price.
    Recommended Resources
    PMI 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), 2013, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, Fifth Edition
        (PMBOK® Guide) ©2013 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

    Library Resources
    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.
    Online Learning
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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This 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 Summary
    This 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
    Workshop exercises are found in the course PowerPoint files.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    An 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
    #AssessmentLengthWeightingLearning Outcomes
    1a Individual short report 1,000 words max 15% 1,5,6
    1b Individual short report 1,000 words max 15% 1,5,6
    1c Individual short report 1,000 words max 10% 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 Requirements
    Students 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

    Appropriate use of the Internet in assignments
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    The University’s Writing Centre provide excellent guides to assist in appropriate referencing and avoiding plagiarism

    Due to an increasing number of students infringing the University’s Academic Honesty Policy, Turnitin is used to check assignments.

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    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1a: Individual Assignment 1a
    Weighting: 15%

    Describe seven (7) advantages and three (3) disadvantages of using a project management approach based to
    deliver a project (specifically PMBOK and PRINCE 2). Use a project from your experience or reading and illustrate how either PMBOK or PRINCE 2 - (you choose one) will benefit your project compared to the other model (i.e. the comparative strength of the chosen model for a specific project). Also comment on how the models could be combined and how you would retain the benefits of each and correct for the deficiencies of each.

    This assignment will assess your understanding of the Project Context and Basics, Project Integration and Scope Management course topics.

    Assessment 1b: Individual Assignment 1b
    Weighting: 15%

    What is the role of integration as defined by PMBOK, and what contribution/benefit does it make in project management? Why is scope management important and how would you control scope in a project? How do integration and scope management contribute to better project management? Describe the tools that you would use to collect requirements and generate at least 20 requirements to define scope for a particular project. Describe what you would perform to assess whether five (5) of the 20 requirements had been achieved.

    This assignment will assess your understanding of the Project Context and Basics, Project Integration and Scope Management course topics.

    Assessment 1c: Individual Assignment 1c
    Weighting: 10%

    What is the value of having sound time and cost management plans when undertaking project execution? Identify at least six tools / techniques (three (3) each for time and cost management) that you would use for managing and controlling time and costs in the project and describe why you consider them to be important. Using a suitable project example from your experience or reading, make a list of activities to monitor and control that project.

    This assignment will assess your understanding of the Project Context and Basics, Project Integration and Scope Management course topics.

    Assessment 2: Group Project Plan
    Weighting: 30%

    Task: Write a Project Management Plan (PMP) for a project of your choice that covers the 10 PMBOK knowledge areas shown in MyUni.

    Scope: This assignment will assess your understanding of the 10 PMBOK Knowledge Areas
    Assessment 3: Individual Project Closure Report
    Weighting: 30%

    Develop a Project Closure Repot with a focus on:
    1. An executive summary that clearly and succinctly describes the performance of the project and any outstanding actions.
    2. Provides details of the performance of the project cost, time and scope compared to the baseline in the Project Management Plan.
    3. Provides a perspective from the Project Sponsor and Project Manager on the performance of the project.
    Scope: This assignment will assess your understanding of the process, value and outcomes of completing a formal closure of a Project, using the principles identified in Project Integration Management.
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    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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