PROJMGNT 7010B - App Project Management Project Pt B

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

The objective is to produce a capstone study which is a critical evaluation and reflection on the Masters studies. The capstone study must build on a number of courses in the program. The study must either aim to draw conclusions from the examination of a number of courses or relate these to career choices and competencies required. NOTE: students must complete PROJMGNT 7010A and PROJMGNT 7010B - it is not possible to complete just one of these courses.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROJMGNT 7010B
    Course App Project Management Project Pt B
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 12
    Contact At least 70 hours
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites PROJMGNT 7009
    Course Description The objective is to produce a capstone study which is a critical evaluation and reflection on the Masters studies. The capstone study must build on a number of courses in the program. The study must either aim to draw conclusions from the examination of a number of courses or relate these to career choices and competencies required. NOTE: students must complete PROJMGNT 7010A and PROJMGNT 7010B - it is not possible to complete just one of these courses.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Graciela Corral de Zubielqui

    Program Director Contact Details:
    Project Management
    Name: Dr Graciela Corral de Zubielqui
    Phone: graciela.corraldezubielqui@adelaide.edu.au

    Teaching staff:
    Name: Dr Carmen Reaiche

    Dr Carmen Reaiche’s main expertise is in Systems Thinking and Project Management. Carmen has held a number of senior management positions as well as academic appointments, where she has coordinated various undergraduate and postgraduate courses. In industry she designed and project managed the implementation of information systems and policy processes for businesses such as Mobil, IBM, Centrelink and Business SA. In 2006 Carmen completed her PhD in the area of Self-organising Systems, has published over 40 refereed articles and supervised 6 PhD completions. Her present research interests include systems thinking, policy making systems, social network aspects of business management models.

    Email: carmen.reaiche@adelaide.edu.au

    Course Timetable

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

    Semester 1
    Wednesdays, 3rd March to 6th-April 2016
    WEdnesdays, 27-April to 8th June 2016
    9am to 12nn
    Nexus10 Level 5, Seminar room 5.01
  • Learning Outcomes
    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.

    The research project report should demonstrate that you have been able to:
    1. research a topic of interest in the project management,
    2. identify, 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. appreciate the benefits of continuing personal and professional development in the rapidly developing and increasingly complex field of project management research,
    5. appreciate 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
    5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Saunders, Mark N.K., Lewis P. and Thornhill, A. 2015. Research Methods for Business Students PDF eBook (7e) : 9781292016641
    Recommended Resources
    A list containing supplementary readings will be provided before the course start date.

    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

    Course Notes, Readings and Powerpoint Slides
    These are all available electronically for enrolled students by download from MyUni.

    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. The University Library web page is: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/
    From this link, you are able to access the Library's electronic resources.

    Other resources
    If you are a member of the PMI (http://www.pmi.org/Membership.aspx ) 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.”

    * Log in to access complimentary read-only PDFs of all of PMI's published standards or take advantage of discounts on paperback editions
    http://www.pmi.org/PMBOK-Guide-and-Standards/Standards-Library-of-PMI-Global-Standards.aspx
    Online Learning
    MyUni is the University of Adelaide's online learning environment. It is used to support traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and workshops at the University. MyUni provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments for each online course of study (see: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au)
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This 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 workshops are available three times a year through the Researcher, Education and Development (examples: taking a critical approach, critical reading, reviewing literature, writing a proposal, and so on).
    Workload

    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 content are a guide only. The timetable may be changed during the course delivery if necessary.
    Week Schedule 
    Week 1 Introduction : Engaging with your Research Project -
    Ethics requirements
    Week 2 Project Plan: Content design – Final Project Proposal FLow  Formative Assessment
    Week 3 One-to- One session: Researching the Literature.
    Week 4 Introduction to Business Canvas and Rich Pictures. Plan your Data.
    Week 5 One-to- One session: Researching the Literature.
    Week 6 Project Diagrams: Why? Formative Assessment
    Week 7 Self-directive learning + writing:
    Writing a Research Proposal. Citations.

    http://www.adelaide.edu.au/carst/online-modules/

    Week 8 Data collection: Analysis + Reporting. A second look at field research.
    Week 9 Critical Review the Literature: Writing with Argument
    Week 10 “This report thing ain’t got no zing”
    Week 11 One-to- One session. Synthesis evidence
    Week 12 Naming and knowing:
    giving forms to things unknown
    Week 13 Self-directive writing. Summative Assessment:
    Final Research Report 70%
  • 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&2 Assessments from PROJMGNT 7010A
    in previous semester
    30%
    3 Final Research Report 32000 + words 70% See MyUni 1-5
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must complete all course assessment requirements to be eligible to pass the course.

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

    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.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 3: Final Research Report
    Weighting: 70%
    Submission Details: Online through MyUni

    Task:
    Writing your final project report will demand a time and effort. You will save some time if you have been following the guidelines and attending classes. 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 addresses:
    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
    4. Methodology
    5. Empirical / theoretical results
    6. Conclusions
    7. References
    8. Appendices

    Length and Presentation:
    32,000 + words.

    Criteria by which your assignment will be marked:
    • ability to present your findings clearly and succinctly
    • application of key relevant theories and concepts
    • research skills and use of data to support the analysis
    • recommendations identified in the analysis
    • presentation: word limit, layout, adequate structure, referencing and bibliography
    Submission
    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni.
    Please refer to step by step instructions: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/tutorials/files/AssignmentStudentSubmission.pdf

    There are a few points to note about the submission of assignments:
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    • Failure to submit: 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 (Unless otherwise stated in 'Assessment Related Requirements' or 'Assessment Detail' above) Assignments handed in after 14 days from the due submission date will fail even if a 100% mark is granted for the work.

    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.
    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.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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