PROJMGNT 7009 - Research in Project Management (12 units)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code PROJMGNT 7009 Course Research in Project Management (12 units) Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 12 Contact At least 70 hours Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge Completion of all core courses for this Masters Program Course Description The content is aimed at providing participants with skills in research such that they are able to conduct research at a level that they may enter PhD 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 proposal based on extending current knowledge, testing it (probably quantitatively), drawing conclusions and commenting on these conclusions. The alternate path is to produce a capstone study which is a critical evaluation of and reflection on a student's 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.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Indra GunawanProgram Director Contact Details:
Name: Associate Professor Indra Gunawan
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.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThe 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:
- research a topic of interest in the project management,
- identify, select and critically analyse relevant information for your report,
- synthesise the key points/findings and communicate them in a clear, concise and professional report,
- appreciate the benefits of continuing personal and professional development in the rapidly developing and increasingly complex field of project management research,
- 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
Required ResourcesSaunders, Mark N.K., Lewis P. and Thornhill, A. 2015. Research Methods for Business Students PDF eBook (7e) : 9781292016641
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;
- Journal of Project Management
Online LearningMyUni 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 ModesMyUni 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)
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
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).
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 SummaryThis is a draft schedule and session content are a guide only. The timetable may be changed during the course delivery if necessary.
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 Project Plan: Content design – Project Proposal Week 4 Research Formulation & Process:
How to structure a formal research.
Introduction to Business Canvas.
Week 5 The Research Process:
understanding your philosophy and approach.
Qualitative or Quantitative ?
Week 6 Researching the Literature Week 7 Communication Plan: Project Report & Presentation.
How to report on your project research
using standard structure and content
Week 8 One-to- One session:
How to organise your work effectively
Week 9 Self-directive learning:
Writing a Research Proposal http://www.adelaide.edu.au/carst/online-modules/
Week 10 One-to- One session:
Linking your data to your project
Week 11 Writing with Argument Week 12 One-to- One session:
Week 13 Self-directive writing
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An overview of the course assessment appears in the following Table. Details appear in the following section:
# Assessment Length Weighting Due Date Learning Outcomes 1 Project Proposal 2000 words 15% See MyUni 1-5 2 Online Proposal: 1.
Presentation (two components:
presentation + participation)
10 - 15 minutes presentation 15% See MyUni 1-5 3 Final Research Report 32000 + words 70% See MyUni 1-5 Total 100%
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents 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 DetailAssessment 1: Project Proposal
Due Date: Week 5
Submission Details: Online through MyUni
Task: Project proposal
The aim of the assignment is to assist you in developing your research report. It is required that students prepare a proposal for the lecturerÂs consideration.
The proposal should include the following:
Background, aims and significance.
Background: the theoretical or practical basis or proposition for your research project. The background will lead to elaborate research questions. Students also should address why this research project is important.
Aim: what is the purpose of your project?
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 explained in the task (above).
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: Online Proposal Presentation
Weighting: 15% (peer review assignment and participation component)
During Week 9 online presentation submission
During Week 9 and 10 online questions
Friday Week 10 by 5:00pm final peer reviewreport
Comments and answers:
After the submission of the online presentation, students should participate in the forum between the dates indicated above (remember that the comments and questions are part of the assessment,Â at least two questions per student)
Submission Details: Online through MyUni
The Online Proposal Presentation will be completed by students individually. Each student should upload a PowerPoint slide with voice record or a video with the research project presentation. The presentation should be between 10 and 15 minutes. Other students should review each of the presentations and pose at least two questions at the website which should be answered by the presenter.
Online proposal presentation:
The student will present to the class online seeking feedback and approval to proceed with the final report.
The online proposal 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.
Length and Presentation:
10 - 15 minutes presentation
Criteria by which your assignment 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. plan details of research activity,
6. cope with questions and arguments,
7. use of time-limit and visual aids.
Further information will be provided on MyUni.
Assessment 3: Final Research Report
Due Date: Week 13
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 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 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.
5. Empirical / theoretical results and implications.
Length and Presentation:
32,000 + words.
Criteria by which your assignment 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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