PROJMGNT 1001OL - Project Management I

Online - Quadmester 4 - 2018

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROJMGNT 1001OL
    Course Project Management I
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Quadmester 4
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week (interaction and preparation). This course is fully online.
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Anton Jordaan

    Name: Dr Anton Jordaan

    Short Bio:
    Anton Jordaan was originally trained as an accountant and tax specialist. Five years after setting up an accounting and tax consultancy, he sold his shares to his partners and set out to establish, grow and harvest a number of business ventures in the private education and training sector. In subsequent years, one of his businesses was acquired by a stock exchange listed company; and a few years later his business was involved in an IPO. Following the IPO he served as a director of this newly listed stock exchange listed company for a period of 2 years.

    In addition to corporate strategic leadership and financial roles, Anton has 25+ years teaching experience in the delivery of education and training courses to undergraduate and postgraduate students and managers in corporations. He has delivered business improvement and capacity building courses in North America, UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Courses presented include Strategic Management, Project Management, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Accounting. Anton has been part of the MOOC team The University of Adelaide that has delivered the Introduction to Project Management, and the Risk Management for Projects MOOCS.

    After completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting, he did an Honours degree in Accounting, Master of Commerce in Business Management, MBA, Master of Advanced Business Practice, and a PhD at The University of Adelaide. Anton is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at The University of Adelaide’s Entrepreneurship Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC), as well as the Project Management Academy at QUT in Brisbane.
    Course Timetable

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

    Course commencing 8 October with weekly content until 21 December 2018.
    Details for the exam will be provided via MyUni, and will be undertaken approx. 14-18 January 2019.
    Grades will be released early February 2019.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The prime objective of this course is to introduce students to project management fundamentals.

    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)
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The following textbooks are mandatory and will need to be purchased for the course, or accessed via the University of Adelaide's MyLibrary (online library accessable by all registered students).

    Project Management Institute (2017), A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK©Guide), 6th Edition, Project Management Institute, Philadelphia.
    Recommended Resources

    Other useful books include:
    Kerzner, H. (2013) Project management: a systems approach to planning, scheduling, and controlling, 11th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, New Jersey.
    Meredith, J.R, Mantel, S.J, (2012) Project management: a managerial approach.; 8th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, New Jersey.
    Morris, P. W. G, (2011) The Oxford handbook of project management, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

    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. MyUni courses utilise the Canvas platform which provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The Project Management I course is taught online.

    The course is an introductory knowledge-based type of course and as such disseminates information that develops a foundational understanding of project management principles and concepts. The online learning material will deliver valuable project management knowledge with the following activities asking students to apply this knowledge to various scenarios.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The Project Management I course is a standard 3 unit offering of the University of Adelaide. As a guide, a standard 3 unit course comprises a total of 156 hours work. This includes learning videos, set readings, any other online components, and the required assessment work.

    Any student who experiences difficulty in keeping up with the course requirements should seek advice from the Course Coordinator as soon as possible.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Students will need to access the learning material, engage in the online discussions, as well as submit required assessments. Students will also need to do their own research to further their understandings on project management concepts and assist with their assessment work.

    Week Topic
    1 Introduction to Project Management
    2 Project Definition and Environment
    3 The Project Manager’s Role
    4 Project Management Processes and Lifecycles
    5 Project Planning and Documents
    6 Integration, Scope and Risk Management
    7 Time, Cost and Quality Management
    8 Human Resources and Project Teams
    9 Procurement Management
    10 Stakeholder Management
    11 Project Communication
    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 1500 words 25% 3rd week 1, 2
    2 Project Report Group 2000 words
    per student
    35% 10th week 2, 3, 4
    3 Examination Individual 2 hours 40% TBC (approx.
    14-18 January 2019)
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students should be aware that considerable knowledge and skills will be taught during the course, and case studies will be an integral part of the learning experience. Hence, students should engage with all components of the course in order to pass the course.

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

    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 assessments will be provided in detail in the course. Please refer to the MyUni to access assignment and examination information.

    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni.
    Please refer to step by step instructions: MyUni Learning Centre

    There are a few points to note about the submission of assignments:
    • Assignment Submission:  Assignments should not be emailed to the instructor; they must be lodged via the MyUni Course site (unless specified to do both). Note that assignments may be processed via TURNITIN, which is an online plagiarism prevention tool.
    • Cover Sheet:  Please include in the assignment a completed University of Adelaide Assessment Cover Sheet 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.
    • Extensions of Time:  An application for Assessment Extension should be made well 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.
    • 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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