PROJMGNT 7058 - Project Management Research Project
North Terrace Campus - Trimester 1 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code PROJMGNT 7058 Course Project Management Research Project Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre Term Trimester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites COMMERCE 7039 Incompatible PROJMGNT 7010A & PROJMGNT 7010B Assumed Knowledge Completion of all core courses for the Masters of Applied Project Management Course Description The objective is to produce a capstone study which is a critical evaluation and reflation on the Masters studies. The content covered includes some basic tuition on the structure of research methodology, and information about the knowledge and skills required to develop a research project based on extending current knowledge, testing it (qualitative or quantitative secondary data), drawing conclusions and commenting on these conclusions.. The study should be a systematic and fully documented investigation of an existing problem.
Course Coordinator: Dr Carmen ReaicheProgram Director Contact Details:
Name: Associate Professor Indra Gunawan
Name: Dr Carmen Reaiche
Researcher profile: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/carmen.reaiche
Trimester 2 and Trimester 3
Name: Dr Sam Baroudi
Researcher profile: https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/sam.baroudi
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
The overall objective of this course is to introduce students to research project activities.
Research topics must be negotiated with the lecturer in charge.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Research a topic of interest in the project management; 2 Recognize, select and critically analyse relevant information for your report; 3 Synthesise the key points/findings and communicate them in a clear, concise and professional report; 4 Identify the benefits of continuing personal and professional development in the rapidly developing and increasingly complex field of project management research; 5 Clasify ethical, social and cultural issues and an understanding of the implication of these issues in the pursuit of project management research.
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)
1-3 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
1-3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
4 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
4 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 texbook: Saunders, Mark N.K., Lewis P. and Thornhill, A. 2015. Research Methods for Business Students PDF eBook (7e): 9781292016641 (online)
Recommended ResourcesUseful texts include:
- Pawar, B.S. 2009. Theory building for hypothesis specification in organizational studies, Response Books, New Delhi.
- Neuman, W.L. 2008. Social research methods: Qualitative and quantitative approaches, Pearson Education.
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
- International Journal of Project Organisation and 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
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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 a brief workshop, consultations with the lecturer and the participation in recommended workshops which can help students to improve their research activities.
Research Skill Development workshops are held throughout the year (examples: taking a critical approach, critical reading, reviewing literature, writing a proposal, and so on).
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Prior completion of the COMMERCE 7039 Business Research Methods (M) is necessary in preparartion for this course.
This course is a 6 unit offering. As a guide, a standard 3 unit course comprises a total of 156 hours work (this includes face-to-face contact, any online components, and self directed study). You can expect to commit 312 hours to this 6 unit course.
Learning Activities SummaryThis is a draft schedule and session content are a guide only. The timetable may be changed during the course delivery if necessary.
Schedule Week 1 Introduction : Taking on a Research Project - how to approach the challenges of project work Week 2 Project Plan: Choosing a Research Topic Week 3 Research Formulation & Process Week 4 Self-Directed Writing Week 5 Researching the Literature Week 6 Research Project Communication Week 7 One-to- One session Week 8 One-to- One session: How to organise your work effectively Week 9 Presentations Week 10 Self-directive writing
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Assessment SummaryAn overview of the course assessment appears in the following Table. Details appear in the following section:
Assessment Task Task Type Length Due Weighting Learning Outcome 1. Project Proposal Summative
15% 1-5 2. Research Project Presentation Summative 10 minutes +
5 minute Q&A
Week 9 15% 1-5 3. Final Research Report Summative 9000 words (max.) Week 11 70% 1-5 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.
Assessment 1: Project Proposal
Due Date: Week 5
This assignment will evaluate student understanding of the course topics presented in the first four weeks.
The aim of the assessment is to assist you in developing your research report. It is required that students prepare a proposal for the lecturer’s consideration.
The proposal should include the following points:
Background, aims and significance: the theoretical or practical basis or proposition for your research project. What is the aim or purpose of your project? Students also should address why this research project is important.
Objectives: this section includes research questions to be addressed
Design: to determine the activities to be undertaken throughout the course of your research project
Methodology: what type of methodology the student will employ?
Milestones and budget: When it will be done, and in what order, and how much it will cost to do it (only in case your research has funds)
Possible outcomes (when is it applicable) / limitations
Length and Presentation
Approximately 2,000+ words addressing the points as noted above.
The criteria by which your assignment will be marked is connected with your ability to
1. identify and summarise the problem/question to be investigated
2. identify existing, relevant knowledge and views connected with your selected topic
3. propose appropriate methodology for your research report
4. present some references which shows some understanding on the topic
Assessment 2: Research Project Presentation
Due Date: During Week 9: In class presentation
This assessment will evaluate student presentations in respect to their research project.
The Research Project Presentation will involve each student providing a PowerPoint presentation of their work to date. The presentation should be 10 minutes long with an extra 5 minutes for questions. Other students should ask questions which should be answered by the presenter.
Length of Presentation
10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions
The presentation preparation should
1. be as professional as possible
2. have the right content
3. wrap up all the relevant information
4. contain a clear action plan
The criteria by which this assessment will be marked
1. identify critical issues
2. show reasoning behind statements or ideas
3. use general or technical language in an appropriate manner
4. stimulate interest for the audience
5. discuss details of research activity
6. cope with questions and arguments
7. use of time-limit and visual aids
Assessment 3: Final Research Report
Due Date: Week 13
This assessment will evaluate overall student understanding via the finished research project report.
The Final Research Report is the culmination of all your investigations. Completing it will demand a time and effort. You will save some time if you have been following the guidelines and meeting regularly with the lecturer. This assignment should be prepared to a professional standard. Please ensure that your writing is grammatically correct, and that you use a cover page, indicate word count and that references are correctly cited as per Harvard reference system methodology. Work should be carefully proofread for errors (an over-reliance should not be made on the computer alone in this area).
A research report normally includes the following sections:
1.Introductory elements (cover sheet, title page, words count, abstract, acknowledgement, table of contents)
2. Introduction (background of the research, gaps, research problem and research questions, key definitions; research contributions, justification for the research, methodology overview, research limitations, report outline, and summary)
3. Literature review and contextual foundations
5. Theoretical results and implications
6. Discussion and Conclusions
Length and Presentation
9,000 words (maximum) aligned to the noted sections as above.
The criteria by which this assessment will be marked:
1. ability to present your findings clearly and succinctly
2. application of key relevant theories and concepts
3. research skills and use of data to support the analysis
4. recommendations identified in the analysis
5. presentation: word limit, layout, adequate structure, referencing and bibliography
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