PROJMGNT 7058 - Project Management Research Project
North Terrace Campus - Trimester 3 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code PROJMGNT 7058 Course Project Management Research Project Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre Term Trimester 3 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 or ENTREP 7052 Incompatible PROJMGNT 7010A & PROJMGNT 7010B, PROJMGNT 7009 Assumed Knowledge Completion of all core courses for the Masters of Applied Project Management Restrictions Available for MAppProjMgt and MAppProjMgt(ProjSys) students only Course Description The objective is to produce a capstone study which is a critical evaluation and reflection on the Masters studies. The content covered includes building on 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: Project Management
Name: Dr Tracey Dodd
Trimester 1 and 2
Name: Dr Sam Baroudi
Researcher profile: https://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/sam.baroudi
Name: Dr Carmen Reaiche
Researcher profile: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/carmen.reaiche
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 ResourcesNo textbook required
Recommended ResourcesSuggested texbook: Saunders, Mark N.K., Lewis P. and Thornhill, A. 2015. Research Methods for Business Students PDF eBook (7e): 9781292016641 (online)
Useful 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 workshops and other course activities along with associated lecturer consultations which will help students to enhance their research studies.
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 SummaryThe schedule may be changed during the course delivery if necessary.
Schedule Week 1 Introduction: Taking on a Research Project Week 2 Project Plan: Topics and Research Proposal Week 3 Finalising Research Proposals Week 4 Self-Directed Writing and Supervisory Assistance (online) Week 5 Supervisor/Student Meetings (Round 1 - online) Research Proposals due in Week 6 Research Report: Abstract, Introduction and Literature Review Week 7 Research Report: Methodology, Results and Discussion Week 8 Supervisor/Student Meetings (Round 2) Week 9 Research Project Presentations Presentations at lecture Week 10 Self-Directed Writing and Supervisory Assistance End of Trimester Week 12 Course Completion: Final Research Report Submission Research Reports due in
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Assessment SummaryAn overview of the course assessment appears in the following Table.
Assessment Task Length Due Weighting Learning Outcome 1. Research Proposal 2000 words Week 5 15% 1-5 2. Research Project Presentation 5 minutes maximum
Week 9 15% 1-5 3. Final Research Report 9000 words Week 13 70% 1-5
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents should attend all classes in order to pass the course. There is considerable learning in the classes that build your knowledge and thus enable you to be successful in this course.
Course results may be subject to moderation by the Assessment Review Committee.
Students will develop a research project. They can be guided in the selection of the research topic.
Supervision and progress: The lecturer in charge will supervise your progress on the project. The student will be required to meet with the lecturer in order to report and discuss progress. If the student encounters problems in the development of the project, he or she must discuss this situation immediately with the lecturer.
It is highly recommended that students carry out a preliminary investigation about the research topic selected to be sure that there is sufficient content in the area.
The aim of the assessment is to assist students in developing their research reports. It is required that students prepare a proposal for the lecturer’s consideration. The proposal should include the research background, aim or purpose of the project, objectives and research questions, research methodology, milestones, budget and possible outcomes.
Research Project Presentation
The Research Project Presentation will involve each student providing a PowerPoint presentation of their work to date. The presentation will be concise and to the point displaying the student's abilty to explain their research in a limited time period to the student audience. Other students should ask questions which should be answered by the presenter.
Final Research Report
The Final Research Report is the culmination of all investigations. Completing it will demand significant time and effort. The final report should include the following sections as appropriate: Introduction, Literature Review, Research Methodology, Research Results and Discussion and Conclusions. A Reference list should also be included with ancillary items placed in the Appendices. It is expected that the report will be prepared to a professional standard.
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