PROJMGNT 1001 - Foundations of Project Management

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

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 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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROJMGNT 1001
    Course Foundations of Project Management
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    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 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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Tracey Dodd

    Program Director Contact Details: Project Management
    Name: Dr. Sajad Fayezi

    Teaching Staff:
    Adelaide Semester 1 Melbourne Trimester 1
    Name: Dr Tracey Dodd Name: Manabendra Saha
    Email: Email:
    Researcher Profile Tracey Dodd
    Course Timetable

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

    Melbourne students only:
    • Students in this course are expected to attend two 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour practical (tutorial) class each week.
    • PRACTICALS (tutorials) commence in WEEK 2 and ASSESSMENT in practicals BEGINS in WEEK 2.
    • Please efer to MyUni for applicable timetable and assessment information.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1. Define the role of the project manager in general and specific terms.
    2. Identify and describe fundamental project management knowledge and concepts.
    3. Explain the value of project management processes, tools and techniques.
    4. Describe recognised project management documents.
    5. 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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3, 5

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    3, 4

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    2, 3

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1, 2, 3, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The 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.
    Recommended Resources

    Other useful books include:
    Project Management Institute (2021), A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK©Guide), 7th Edition, Project Management Institute, Philadelphia.
    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

    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. Access to the Library's electronic resources.

    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 courses utilise the Canvas platform which provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments for each course of study.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This 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 Summary
    Students 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
  • 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
    #Assessment TaskTypeLengthWeightDue DateLearning Outcomes
    1 Essay Individual 2000 words 40% Week 12 1, 2, 3
    2 Project Report Group 1500 words
    per student
    30% Week 7 2, 3, 4
    3 Quiz x 3 Individual 48 Qs total 30% Week: 3, 6, 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students 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 may be subject to moderation by the Assessment Review Committee.
    Assessment Detail

    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.

    Quizes: 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.


    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni:

    • Assignment Submission: Assignments should not be emailed to the instructor; they must be lodged via the MyUni Course site (unless specified to do both).
    • Cover Sheet: Please include in the assignment a completed University of Adelaide Assessment Cover Sheet (found in MyUni, under Modules) providing details of yourself and your team members (if applicable), your assignment, the course, date submitted, etc. as well as the declaration signed by you that this is your (your team’s) work. Note that the declaration on any electronically submitted assignment will be deemed to have the same authority as a signed declaration.
    • Backup Copy of Assignments: You are advised to keep a copy of your assignments in case the submitted copy goes missing. Please ensure that all assignment pages are numbered. If your assignment contains confidential information, you should discuss any concerns with the Course Lecturer prior to submission.
    • Assessment extensions request: An application for Assessment Extension should be made before the due date of the assignment to the Course Lecturer. Normally, extensions will only be granted for a maximum of two weeks from the original assignment submission date. Extensions will only be granted in cases of genuine medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances. See sections 3 and 7a) i. in particular on assessment extensions in the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment (MACA) Policy.
    • 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: of an assignment 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.
    • Appealing a mark or grade: If you are dissatisfied with your mark or grade, you may request a review or re-mark. There must be academic or procedural reasons for your request, so you can’t simply request a re-mark because you are disappointed with your result. For more information on the process see Assessment Grievance: Appealing a mark or grade
    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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