PROJMGNT 1001 - Foundations of Project Management
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code PROJMGNT 1001 Course Foundations of Project Management Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description This course introduces students to the basic theory and principles within generic project management. It covers project management historical context, definitions and terminologies, the project environment and project manager roles. It provides students with an understanding in respect to project proposals, project charters, project management plans and associated documents. It also introduces various tools and techniques as well as providing an overview of project management lifecycles, processes and knowledge areas.
Course Coordinator: Tracey Dodd
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Define the role of the project manager in general and specific terms.
- Identify and describe fundamental project management knowledge and concepts.
- Explain the value of project management processes, tools and techniques.
- Describe recognised project management documents.
- Describe in general terms the value of the PMBOK®Guide.
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, 2, 3, 5 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
3, 4 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
2, 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
1, 2, 3, 4
Required ResourcesThe following textbooks are mandatory and will need to be purchased for the course.
Project Management Institute (2017), A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK©Guide), 6th Edition, Project Management Institute, Philadelphia.
Pinto, J. (2016) Project Management: Achieving Competitive Advantage, Global Edition (4th Ed.), Pearson, Essex.
Other useful books include:
Kerzner, H. (2013) Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling, Eleventh Edition, Wiley & Sons, New Jersey.
Burke, R. (2010) Fundamentals of Project Management: Tools and Techniques, Burke Publishing, Ringwood.
Relevant project management 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.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is taught on-campus via face-to-face lectures and tutorials. It is an introductory knowledge based type of course and as such requires dissemination of information that develops a foundational understanding of project management concepts. Note that course materials are provided online via MyUni so that students can refer to learning materials in their own time.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Students are expected to attend lectures and tutorials as scheduled.
Furthermore, students should prepare for lectures and revise post lecture to improve understanding of each week’s course module.
As a general guide, a 3 unit course requires:
Total contact hours: 3 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 36 Hrs
Total self-guided study: 10 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 120 Hrs
Total workload hours: 156 Hrs
Learning Activities SummaryStudents will need to attend lectures and tutorials as well as submit required assessments. Students will also need to do their own research outside of lectures/tutorials to further their understandings on project management concepts and assist with their assessment work.
The weekly lecture schedule is structured as follows: Week 1 Introduction to Project Management Week 2 Project Definition and Environment Week 3 The Project Manager’s Role Week 4 Project Management Processes and Lifecycles Week 5 Project Planning and Documents Week 6 Integration, Scope and Risk Management Week 7 Time, Cost and Quality Management Week 8 Human Resources and Project Teams Week 9 Procurement Management Week 10 Stakeholder Management Week 11 Project Communication Week 12 Course Revision and Exam Preparation
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
# Assessment Task Type Length Weight Due Date Learning Outcomes 1 Essay Individual 1500 words 30% 3rd week 1, 2 2 Project Report Group 1500 words
30% 11th week 2, 3, 4 3 Examination* Individual 2 hours 40% Exam period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Total 100%
Students not achieving the minimum examination mark will be awarded an overall grade of no more than 49%. Under MACA policy 5b, a replacement examination may be offered.
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents should be aware that considerable knowledge and skills will be taught at lectures and tutorials. Hence, students should attend all classes in order to pass the course.
Course results are subject to moderation by the ECIC Board of Examiners.
Essay: the essay assessment will require students to investigate a particular project management topic and report their knowledge in respect to it. It will be for students to show how well they comprehend the role of the project manager and the usage of project management knowledge.
Project Report: the group report will require students to evaluate a real life project and discuss it in the context of project management processes, knowledge areas and associated tools and techniques. Students will be assessed on their understanding in respect to managing general project requirements.
Examination: the examination paper will be broad ranging covering all aspects of the course in respect to project management fundamentals. Students will essentially be assessed on their knowledge in respect to recognised project management principles and concepts.
The specific requirements for each of the three assesments will be provided in detail on the online Canvas course website. Please refer to the Canvas course website to access assignment and examination information.
SubmissionAll text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni.
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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
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