PROJMGNT 3001 - Project Management Professional Practice

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

This course allows students to pursue an industry or field as related to their interest, experience or background. The selected area shall be studied in detail in the context of project management. It will involve developing a project charter and comprehensive project management plan in respect to a major project in the student's field of interest. This project will be investigated delivering outcomes that will assist students to understand the fundamentals and technicalities of a particular project as based within a professional process oriented project management framework.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROJMGNT 3001
    Course Project Management Professional Practice
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PROJMGNT 2004
    Assumed Knowledge Completion of all Level I and II core courses for the B. Project Management
    Restrictions Available only to B.Project Management students
    Course Description This course allows students to pursue an industry or field as related to their interest, experience or background. The selected area shall be studied in detail in the context of project management. It will involve developing a project charter and comprehensive project management plan in respect to a major project in the student's field of interest. This project will be investigated delivering outcomes that will assist students to understand the fundamentals and technicalities of a particular project as based within a professional process oriented project management framework.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Sam Baroudi

    Program Director Contact Details: Project Management
    Name: Dr Sam Baroudi
    Course Teaching staff
    Name: Sean O'Gorman

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1. Outline the requirements of a selected project in a concise way;
    2. Analyse a selected project and plan for its successful delivery;
    3. Document project management requirements in a professional manner;
    4. Communicate the project management plan to an audience.
    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
    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
    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
    3, 4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3, 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
    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
    2, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Project Management Institute (2017) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide), 6th Edition, Newtown Square, Pa, Project Management Institute.

    Recommended Resources

    Kloppenborg, T., Anantatmula, V.S., Wells, K. (2019) Contemporary Project Management, Fourth Edition, Cengage Learning, Boston. Massachusetts.

    Richman, L. Successful Project Management (2011) Third Edition, AMACOM, New York, NY.

    It is also useful to read relevant project management journal articles. In particular:

    • 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 provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments for each online course of study.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is taught on-campus utilising face to face lectures, workshops, meetings and directed study.

    The course is intended to be more practical in nature and essentially based around the successful completion of a major project management plan document hence the lecture/workshop orientation of the course will be focused on providing knowledge and information to assist students during this directed study.

    The course learning materials are found on MyUni.

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

    Students are expected to attend lectures, workshops and meetings as scheduled. Furthermore, students need to conduct their own directed study to meet the course requirements. Note that students will be required to work on three assessment pieces which will be submitted for grading. These assessment pieces are designed to be reflective of a 6 unit course.

    As a general guide, a 6 unit course requires 72 hours of structured learning with a total workload of 312 hours anticipated during the course.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course covers project management concepts that aid in the development of the course assessments and particularly the project management plan. The lectures, workshops, meetings and directed study are provided in this respect. Students will need to do considerable work outside of class to complete the course requirements.

    The weekly lecture schedule is structured as follows
    Week 1 Course Introduction
    Week 2 Project Conceptualisation and Charters
    Week 3 Objectives, Scoping, Risk and Stakeholders
    Week 4 Deliverables, Cost, Time and Team
    Week 5 Project Management Planning
    Week 6 Student Meetings and Discussion
    Week 7 Assessing Budgets and Schedules
    Week 8 Planning for Risk, Procurement and Quality
    Week 9 Student Meetings and Discussion
    Week 10 Project Team, Stakeholders and Communications
    Week 11 Project Presentation Seminar (PM Plans)
    Week 12 Course Review and Career Discussion
  • 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 Task Task Type Length Weighting Learning Outcome
    Project Charter Individual 2,000 words 20% 1
    Project Presentation Individual 15 Minutes 20% 4
    Project Management Plan Report Individual 6,000 words 60% 2, 3
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students should attend all classes in order to pass the course. There is considerable experiential learning in workshops during the intensive classes that build your knowledge and thus enable you to be successful in this course.  

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

    Project Charter: each student is expected to initiate a project idea of interest which they will focus on throughout the whole course. The project needs to be adequately conceptulaised and the lecturer will guide students in this respect. Students will set out to provide a well-developed project charter that outlines the key aspects of their project. The learning outcomes will be delivered by each student providing relevant information on their project in readiness to proceed onto the project management plan assessment.

    Project Presentation: an individual presentation is expected from each student. This will be based on each student's project that is being studied. The presentation will incorporate the project attributes and provide an overview of the proposed project management plan. Students will need to demonstrate their ability to confidently present their project management plan using appropriate visual aids to satisfy the learning outcomes.

    Project Management Plan Report: the major assessment in the course is based around the submission of a comprehensive project management plan on each student’s project. It shall be provided in report format that will follow on from the project charter to more fully explain the proposed plan to execute the project and provide for intended successful outcomes. It is expected that the report will conclude with a reflective discussion on the project and the proposed plan. The learning outcomes within this assessment will be displayed via the production of a project management plan document of professional standard.
    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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