PROJMGNT 7058OL - Project Management Research Project
Online - Quadmester 2 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code PROJMGNT 7058OL Course Project Management Research Project Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre Term Quadmester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Online Units 6 Contact Approximately 4 hours per week over 15 weeks (interaction and preparation) Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Assumed Knowledge Completion of all core courses for this Masters Program 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 Sam Baroudi
Name: Associate Professor Indra Gunawan
Term 2 Online
Name: Professor Vernon Ireland
BE, BA, MEngSc, PhD, FIEAust, EngExec
From 1991-1996 Vernon was Corporate Development Director of Fletcher Challenge Construction, responsible for people and
business systems improvement in the USA, NZ, Australia, the Pacific and Asian businesses. He then became CEO of the Australian Graduate School of Engineering Innovation, an advanced engineering centre.
Prior to this he was Dean of the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology, Sydney. He was also Chair of the Building Services Corporation of NSW from 1987 to 1990 reporting to both Labor and Coalition Ministers. While an academic he completed his PhD in project management. After graduation he practised as a structural engineer for seven years.
Vernon initiated and completed the proposal to Congress and Council of Engineers Australia to establish CELM and was Deputy
Chair of the National Board for five years.
He was also President of the Sydney Division of Engineers Australia in 2004.
Vernon Ireland is currently Director of Project Management and Industry Programs for the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation
and Innovation Centre of The University of Adelaide. He is based in Sydney.
Vernon has received three medals:
· The Silver Magnolia Medal awarded by the Shanghai Government for contributions to Chinese overseas relations;
· The Rotary International Gold Medal for contribution to vocational Education;
· Engineers Australia’s Medal for contribution to engineering.
Vernon has conducted four sets of international benchmarking studies, comparing Australia’s project management performance with that of the USA, the UK, Canada, Germany, Sweden and New Zealand for two Royal Commissions.
He has recently edited a volume of the Australian Journal of Civil Engineering on the business, leadership and management of
He has been named by the Shanghai Government as one of the world 100 experts on Infrastructure.
Phone: +61 411 153 861
Term 4 Online:
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Monday 10th April to Sunday 18-June 2017
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 ResourcesM. Saunders, P. Lewis and A. Thornhill, Research Methods for Business Students, 2016, Pearson.
Weeks Readings + Activities (prescribed textbook + online readings) Books and notes PowerPoints 1 Complex adaptive systems Stacey 1995, Uhl-Bien, Marion & McKelvey 2007 1-17 2 McChrystal in Iraq in Team of Teams McChrystal, S. Team of Teams, 2016,Portfoli/Penguin 18-40 3 Alex Pentland A. Pentland, Social Physics, 2015, Penguin 41-87 4 Introduction: Taking on a Research Project -how to approach the challenges of project work
Choosing a Research Topic.
Chapter 1: M. Saunders, P. Lewis and A. Thornhill, Research Methods for Business Students, 2016, Pearson. Chapter 1 (section 1.2) 88-121
5 Research questions versus hypotheses:
Prescribed Test. Chapter 2. Table 1.1 PDF (Beins, B 2014)
122-153 6 Identifying the research topic Prescribed Test. Chapter 3. 7 Researching the Literature Textbook Chapter 3. 8 Research Proposal Design
Prescribed Book Chapter 5
Summative Assessment (for PROJMGNT 7058):
Research proposal 10%.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoAOzMTLP5s business canvas.
Reading 5.1 and 5.2 ref. course materials / course resource folder)
Reading Buckley, J. W., M. H. Buckley and H. Chiang. 1976.Research Methodology
& Business Decisions
9 Research philosophy
Understanding your philosophy and approach.
Qualitative or Quantitative?
Prescribed Book. Chapter 4 154-185 10 Research Formulation & Process: How to structure a
formal research or business plan. Ethics Process
Prescribed Book Chapter 5.
Formative Assessment: One page proposal 5%
11 Research Proposal
Writing a Research Proposal @http://www.adelaide.edu.au/carst/online-modules/
See Text C2, 3, & 5 228-301 12 Communication Plan: Project proposal &
Presentation. How to report on your project research using standard structure
See course Notes 13 How to organise your work effectively
Citation is more than referencing
14 Writing with Argument Reading 11.1 Complex project conceptualisation and argument mapping Journal article (Metcalfe. PDF) 15 16 Submit Research Project
Bakhshi, Ireland & Gorod Clarifying the Project Complexity 3 July 2016.pdf
Buckley, Buckley & Chaing Research Methods
Calman Grounded Theory PDF
Research model from engineering.pdf
Saunders_ReschMethod6e_wm copy.pdf (Downloadable)
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis 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.
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Assessment SummaryAn overview of the course assessment appears in the following Table. Details appear in the following section:
# Assessment Length Weighting Due Date Learning Outcomes 1
Online discussion group
Approx. 400 words 20% Weekly 1-5 2 Research Proposal 2000 words 15% Week 4 1-5 3 Partial final report 7,000 words 15% Week 12 1-5 4 Final Research Report 15,000+ words 50% Week 12 1-5 Total 100%
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