PROJMGNT 5021OL - Applied Project Management 1

Online - Quadmester 1 - 2017

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 the U.K. s 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 5021OL
    Course Applied Project Management 1
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Quadmester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact Approximately 4 hours per week over 10 weeks (interaction & preparation)
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Individual and group assignments
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Indra Gunawan

    Teaching Staff:

    Term 1 Online
    Name: Tracey Dodd

    Short Bio:
    Tracey Dodd is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Innovation a boutique advisory firm providing project management and strategic planning advice to national clients including Virgin Australia Airlines, the Australian Government, the South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Housing Choices Australia and Common Ground Adelaide.

    Tracey has over 16 years of project management experience, including overseeing large tender teams who have won over $16M in funding, as well as negotiations with the Australian Government on reform agreements totalling more than $400M.

    Tracey earned a Masters of Public Policy and Management with Carnegie Mellon University in 2009, and is now completing her PhD with UniSA. Her research, in the area of innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability, has been published by the Telecommunications Journal of Australia and the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy.Tracey has also presented her research globally, including to the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, Geneva in 2015, the Academy of Management, Anaheim and Strategic Management Society, Berlin in 2016.


    Term 3 Online
    Name:  Dr Amina Omarova

    Short Bio:
    Dr Amina Omarova was trained in a top-flight university in Moscow in aeronautical engineering with a special interest in rocket launch systems. Before migrating to Australia seven years ago Amina was employed by leading companies such as Boeing and General Electric both in Russia and the USA. Her PhD focused on complex systems analysis in the Australian Army and before that completed the Master of Project Management at the University of Adelaide. Her project management experience is linked to a number of industries such as engineering, an electrical design and construction, bespoke software development and implementation, and education. Amina has a sound grasp of applied research and experience of teaching on the project management program.

    Course Timetable

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

    Monday 9-January 2017 to Sunday 19-March 2017
  • 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
    Textbook 1
    Project Management Institute (available in ebook) (2013), A Guide To The Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide), 5th edition, Project Management Institute, ISBN-10 1935589679, ISBN-13 978-0982760857

    Textbook 2
    Andy Crowe (2013), The PMP Exam: How To Pass on Your First Try, 5th edition, Velociteach, ISBN-10-098276085X, ISBN-13 978-0982760857

    Recommended Resources

    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
    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 is USD$32 to join and USD$32 to renew.

    * 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

    LEARN is the University of Adelaide’s platform for dedicated online delivery. LEARN is a customised version of Moodle, and houses all course requirements including the course profile, announcements, additional course materials (beyond the prescribed text), assessment items, discussion forums, grading, feedback, links to various university and course resources, an internal website email system, a technical assistance facility, etc. LEARN is only accessible once the URL and a password have been provided to the student on enrolment. Students are given access to the course prior to the start date to familiarise themselves with the operational aspects and functionality of the website. 

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is offered in online mode.

    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.
    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.
    Week Content Readings Activities
    • Understand the structure of PMBOK® Guide ® Guide
    • Understand Project Integration Management
    • Understand the PMBOK® Guide chapter on Project Integration Management
    • Pass the online test on Project Integration Management.

    Online Lectures

    Chapters 1-4.
    PMI, (2013)

    Chapters 1-4
    Crowe, A. (2013)

    PMBOK® Guide Quiz 1—Integration

    Start work on Major Project
    • Understand Project Scope Management
    • Understand the PMBOK® Guide chapter on Project Scope Management
    • Pass the online test on Project Scope Management.

    Online Lectures

    Chapter 5 PMI, (2013)

    Chapter 5 Crowe, A. (2013)

    PMBOK® Guide Quiz 2—Scope

    Workshop 1—Integration

    Continue on Major Project
    • Understand Project Time Management
    • Understand the PMBOK® Guide chapter on Project Time Management
    • Pass the online test on Time Management
    • Complete the workshop on Project Scope Management.

    Online Lectures

    Chapter 6 PMI, (2013)

    Chapter 6 Crowe, A. (2013)

    PMBOK® Guide Quiz 3—Time Management

    Workshop 2—Scope

    Work on Major Project
    • Understand Project Cost Management
    • Understand the PMBOK® Guide chapter on Project Cost Management
    • Pass the online test on Cost Management
    • Complete the workshop on Project Time Management.

    Online Lectures

    Chapter 7 PMI, (2013)

    Chapter 7 Crowe, A. (2013)

    PMBOK® Guide Quiz 4—Cost Management

    Workshop 3—Time Management

    Work on Major Project
    • Understand Project Quality Management
    • Understand the PMBOK® Guide chapter on Project Quality Management
    • Pass the online test on Quality Management
    • Complete the workshop on Cost Management.

    Online Lectures

    Chapter 8 PMI, (2013)

    Chapter 8 Crowe, A. (2013)

    PMBOK® Guide Quiz 5—Quality Management

    Workshop 4—Cost

    Work on Major Project
    • Understand choice of a project delivery system
    • Understand Project Risk Management
    • Understand the PMBOK® Guide chapter on Project Risk Management
    • Pass the online test on Risk Management
    • Complete the workshop on Quality Management.

    Online Lectures

    Chapter 11 PMI, (2013)

    Chapter 11 Crowe, A. (2013)

    PMBOK® Guide Quiz 6—Risk Management

    Workshop 5—Quality Management

    Work on Major Project
    • Understand Project Human Resources and Communications Management
    • Understand the PMBOK® Guide chapters on Project Human Resources and Communications Management
    • Pass the online tests on Human Resources Management and Communications Management
    • Complete the workshop on Managing Risk.

    Online Lectures

    Chapters 9 & 10 PMI, (2013)

    Chapters 9 & 10 Crowe, A. (2013)

    PMBOK® Guide Quizzes 7 & 8—HR and Communications

    Workshop 6—Managing Risk

    Work on Major Project
    • Understand Project Procurement Management
    • Understand the PMBOK® Guide chapter on Project Procurement Management
    • Pass the online test on Procurement
    • Complete the workshop on Human Resources Management and Communication.

    Online Lectures

    Chapter 12 PMI, (2013)

    Chapter 12 Crowe, A. (2013)

    PMBOK® Guide Quiz 9—Procurement Management

    Workshop 7—HR and Communications

    Work on Major Project
    • Understand Project Stakeholder Management
    • Understand the PMBOK® Guide chapter on Project Stakeholder Management
    • Pass the online test on Project Stakeholder Management
    • Complete the workshop on Procurement.
    Online Lectures

    Chapter 13 PMI, (2013)

    Chapter 13 Crowe, A. (2013)

    PMBOK® Guide Quiz 10—Stakeholder Management

    Workshop 8—Procurement

    Work on Major Project
    10 Submit Major Project
  • 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:

    #AssessmentLengthWeightingDue DateLearning Outcomes
    1 10 competence tests of the PMBOK knowledge areas 20 minute quizzes 25% Day 7 of Weeks 1 - 9 1-5 & 9
    2 Eight workshops on PMBOK knowledge areas 1-4 ppt slides 25% Day 7 of Weeks 2-9 1-10
    3 Major Project Plan Assignment Min 5000 words 50% Day 7 of Week 10 for the final project plan 1-10
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Students must check all discussion forums weekly and to actively participate in and contribute to any ongoing online discussion threads.

    Students must complete all course assessment requirements.

    Course results are subject to moderation by the ECIC Board of Examiners.

    Appropriate use of the Internet in assignments

    The purpose of this document is to assist students with appropriate use of the material they have accessed on the Internet in assignments. The Internet is a wonderful source of information and sometimes students are not aware of how to use it properly. For example, a recent case had over 70% of words copied from over 20 other sources. Furthermore, many students think this is the appropriate use of the Internet.

    IT IS NOT.

    2014 was a bad year for students infringing University’s Academic Dishonesty Requirements with over 10 students infringing within the Master of Applied Project Management.

    There is a hierarchy of penalties, the lowest of which is the loss of some assignment marks and the student’s name being placed on the Faculty’s Academic Dishonesty Register for six months. This only occurs if I believe this occurred through error. The second level penalty is more significant which is loss of all marks for the assignment and being placed on the University’s Academic Dishonesty Register for the remainder of their time at the University. Even higher penalties can involve the University deciding the student should not graduate. This has occurred in the Master of Project Management.

    Appropriate use of the Internet is to include all directly copying of sections of other reports in ‘inverted commas’, as a quotation, and note the source of the quote. To include a group of words without use of inverted commas and without noting where the words came from is an example of academic dishonesty.

    Students may not be aware that the University has use of an international database called Turnitin in which all direct use of other material can be traced.

    On a more positive note students need to understand the points made in any paper they access on the Internet and integrate these thoughts into their argument rather than just copying large passages. Of course this takes more work but this is what tertiary education requires and, in the end, make students into better thinkers and more able to express their ideas in their assignments.

    Assessment Detail

    Assessment 1: 10 quizzes commencing from Week 1. Online test of PMBOK® Guide knowledge areas
    Weighting: 25%
    Due Date: Day 7 of each week
    Submission Details: 20 minute quizzes due by Day 7 of Weeks 1 – 9.
    Hitting theSubmit all and Finish" button will complete your attempt and submit your quiz.

    You will have 20 minutes to take the quiz once it’s opened, so plan your time so you can start and complete the quiz in one sitting.

    This assignment will assess your understanding of the course topics.

    Length and Presentation:
    A 20 minute timeframe is allowed for each attempt at the quiz. Please read the full set of instructions before attempting the quiz.

    Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
    Expresses understanding of the PMBOK® Guide knowledge areas and individual Modules.

    Assessment 2: Eight weekly group workshops commencing from Week 2 on PMBOK® Guide knowledge areas
    Weighting: 25%
    Due Date: Day 7 of the week of the workshop
    Submission Details: Via Drop Box in LEARN

    Workshop response to questions on PMBOK® Guide knowledge areas. The key activities for the workshop group are:

    a)     Complete the eight workshops – one on each knowledge area of the nominated PMBOK® Guide element.

    b)     To complete a knowledge area one person must act as chair of the group and coordinate activities; another person must submit the group's response to the assignment question; roles must rotate each week; the submitted assignment must note the people taking each role.

    This assignment will assess your knowledge of the PMBOK® Guide knowledge areas as well as your effectiveness in working with a project team.

    Length and Presentation:
    1-4 PowerPoint slides with explanatory notes or as otherwise specified in LEARN.

    Criteria by which the group assignment will be marked:
    Expresses understanding of PMBOK® Guide and application to the topics considered.

    Assessment 3: Development of a project plan
    Weighting: 50%
    Due Date: Day 7 of Week 10
    Submission Details: Via Drop Box in LEARN


    You will select a project for which you will complete a project plan using the 10 PMBOK® Guide areas. Almost any project is fine for this exercise however you will receive more benefit if it satisfies three objectives:

    1. You are very interested in the outcome
    2. Successfully completing the assignment will help you to improve an aspect of your own job
    3. Successfully completing the assignment will lead to future benefit, such as a promotion or another job.
    Areas to be considered in content
    1. Up to 10 word description of what the project is.
    2. Where is the project located?
    3. Who is the owner and sponsor (they may be the same organisation)?
    4. The name of the project manager.
    5. Your picture, vision or dream of the project’s outcome.
    6. The phase of the project.
    7. Who is the client’s representative?
    8. Who are the stakeholders?
    9. Purpose of the project:
    • a description where relevant
    • the context of the project
    • the project’s history and background
    • implementation concept
    • technology
    • market place.
    10. The objectives:
    • scope
    • time
    • cost.
    11. Requirements to be satisfied.
    12. The roles and responsibilities of people.
    13. The benefits:
    • what we are trying to achieve
    • why we should implement the project?
    14. The value proposition for sponsor.
    15. Constraints and assumptions.
    16. The implementation strategy including Critical Success Factors (Targets, KPIs and Tolerances).
    17. Risks and treatment.
    18. How phases can facilitate delivery of future phases (particularly design or constructability).
    19. Work Breakdown Structure.
    20. The impact of the project on stakeholders.
    21. Milestones and an activity schedule.
    22. Budget.
    23. Are there Enterprise Environmental Factors or Organisational Process Assets which can be used?
    24. Plans for managing (planning, monitoring and controlling IF AREAS NOT ALREADY COVERED):
    • scope
    • time
    • cost
    • quality
    • risk
    • human resources
    • communication
    • procurement
    • integration of these.

    This assignment will assess your understanding, integration and application of the 10 PMBOK® Guide knowledge areas.

    Length and Presentation:
    minimum 5000 words; appendices in addition. Note - material developed by others may be included (eg schedule or estimate) provided it is referenced as such.

    How complex? The project selected for this assignment must be substantial. If participants cannot find a worthy task relevant to their current employment, or a business they may want to establish, or a new direction for their life, they may choose a substantial project such as leading a group to the South Pole, or to climb a high mountain.


    Referencing system

    Harvard referencing system is necessary in assignments, especially material copied from the internet. A correct referencing method is ‘Smith (1995:14) said…), where Smith said ‘xx xx’ appears in the text, and where Smith is referenced at the end of the assignment; 1995 is the year of the publication of Smith’s paper and 14 is the page number.

    Referencing at the end should be as follows:

    Browne, P., 2003, Project management is winning (title of article), The Management of projects, (title of book), Month of article, publisher, pages on which article occurred.

    Smith, W., 1995, The management of projects (title of book), Publisher, city (optional with large publishers).
    Font 10 point except headings

    Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
    Expresses understanding and comprehensiveness of PMBOK® Guide knowledge areas, application and relevance to the project plan area being developed.

    Project plan briefing (i.e proposal) – recommended - due Day 7 of Week 3
    It is recommended that you prepare and submit a short brief on your proposed major project plan by Day 7 of Week 3. The purpose of this is to ensure that you have identified a particular project early in the course and for you to also share your ideas with the course instructor well in advance of developing the final major assignment. This will also enable the course instructor to review your proposed project plan and provide any guidance or feedback necessary. In terms of guidance as to the structure and content of the short project plan brief, consideration should be given to areas 1-9 as listed above (and be no more than three (3) A4 pages in length).


    All text based assignments must be submitted via Drop Box in LEARN

    There are a few points to note about the submission of assignments:

    • Assignment Submission: Assignments should be lodged via Drop Box in the LEARN system. Please refer to individual assignment tasks for specific submission details relevant to each task. Note that assignments may be processed via TURNITIN, which is an online plagiarism prevention tool.
    • Cover Sheet: As part of your assignment, please add the completed University of Adelaide Assessment Cover Sheet to your assignment, providing details of yourself and your team members (if applicable), your assignment, the course, date submitted, etc. as well as the declaration signed by you that this is your (your team’s) work. Note that the declaration on any electronically submitted assignment will be deemed to have the same authority as a signed declaration. Where applicable, also include the word count excluding title pages and references.
    • Backup Copy of Assignments: You are advised to keep a copy of your assignments in case the submitted copy goes missing. Please ensure that all assignment pages are numbered. If your assignment contains confidential information, you should discuss any concerns with the Course Lecturer prior to submission.
    • Extensions of Time: Any request for an extension of time for the submission of an assignment should be made well before the due date of the assignment to the Course Lecturer. Normally, extensions will only be granted for a maximum of two weeks from the original assignment submission date. Extensions will only be granted in cases of genuine extenuating circumstances and proof, such as a doctor’s certificate, may be required.
    • Failure to submit an assignment on time or by the agreed extension deadline may result in penalties and may incur a fail grade. Note that a late penalty of 5% of the total available marks for that assessment item will be incurred each day an assignment is handed in late. Assignments handed in after 14 days from the due submission date will fail even if a 100% mark is granted for the work.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

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    Resubmission & Remarking
    Resubmission of an assignment for remarking after reworking it to obtain a better mark will not normally be accepted.  Approval for resubmission will only be granted on medical or compassionate grounds.
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