PROJMGNT 3002 - PM Research Methods
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code PROJMGNT 3002 Course PM Research Methods 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 N Prerequisites PROJMGNT 1001, PROJMGNT 1002, PROJMGNT 1003 Assumed Knowledge Completion of all Level I and II core courses for the B. Project Management Restrictions Available for BPM students only Course Description The course provides students with practical knowledge on quantitative and qualitative research methods, techniques for critical literature evaluation, and skills to execute a research plan. Students will identify a research problem of project management relevance informed by practice and theory, and consider various research approaches and methods. On completion of this course students will be able to effectively design, undertake and communicate research issues. This course is a pre-requisite for PROJMGNT 3010
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:
- Discuss research theory in an informed and educated way;
- Identify a research problem and develop relevant research questions;
- Explain the difference between quantitative and qualitative research design;
- Develop a research plan designed to address identified research problems;
- Present a well-structured, informative, well-argued research proposal.
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
2,4 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
3,4,5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2,4,5 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
2,4 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 ResourcesNo textbook required
Saunders, M. N. (2011). Research methods for business students (5th ed.). India: Pearson Education India.
Bryman, A. (2016). Social research methods. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Saunders, M. N., & Lewis, P. (2012). Doing research in business & management: An essential guide to planning your project. Harlow: Pearson Education.
Robson, C. (2007). How to do a research project: A guide for undergraduate students. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
Sharp, J. A., Peters, J., & Howard, K. (2017). The management of a student research project. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
Eriksson, P., & Kovalainen, A. (2015). Qualitative methods in business research: A practical guide to social research. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage.
Hair, Joseph F. (2007). Research methods for business. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons
Strauss, A., and Corbin, J. (1998). Basics of qualitative research: techniques and procedures for developing grounded theory. Thousand Oaks, Calif. London: Sage.
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
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 via on-campus face to face lectures and tutorials and is intended to deliver recognised knowledge and skills in respect to conducting valid research. The course is a preparatory course for the capstone project course.
All course learning materials will be accessible to students via the online MyUni platform.
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. Students will be directed to work on three different assessment pieces and submit for grading. As a general guide, a 3 unit course requiresTotal workload hours: 12 Hrs per week x 13 weeks = 156 Hrs
Total contact hours: 3 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 36 Hrs
Total self-guided study: 156 Hrs – 36 Hrs = 120 Hrs
Learning Activities Summary
The course will cover research methods and concepts via a structured approach. Hence, students will come to understand how to think about and plan for research and the knowledge and skills that are required. The lectures, tutorials and assessments are designed to reflect the practice of good research. Students will need to study outside of lectures and tutorials to appreciate the breadth of information within this area.
The weekly lecture schedule is structured as follows Week Topic 1 Introduction to Research Methods 2 Research and Problem Definition 3 Effective Research Planning 4 Literature Reviews and Techniques 5 Research Design and Methodology 6 Qualitative Research Methodology 7 Quantitative Research Methodology 8 Research Proposals and Purpose 9 Proposal Structure: Introduction, Background, Research Problem and Questions 10 Proposal Structure:Research Design, Approach and Conclusion 11 Research Project Resources, Schedule and Ethics 12 Course Overview and Assistance
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# Assessment Task Task Type Length Weight Learning Outcomes 1 Research Theory Essay Individual 1500 words 30% 1,3 2 Research Planning Report Group 1500 words per student 30% 2,4 3 Research Proposal Individual 2000 words 40% 2,3,4,5 Total 100%
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Assessment DetailResearch Theory Essay:
Write an essay in respect to a particular area of research theory. The essay should delve into various research concepts and highlight what constitutes good and valid research. It should be supported by appropriate and relevant academic sources. The assessment based learning outcomes will have students demonstrating a good level of research knowledge understanding.
Research Planning Report:
This is a group assessment where you will need to prepare a plan on how you would execute a research project. The assessment topic will be based on a particular problem where the group will need to analyse how it would be best to conduct the research so as to inform the affected community in respect to the issues and possible solutions that may result from a research project. The learning outcomes for this assessment require you show that you understand the practice of planning for good research implementation and conduct.
Each student will develop a research proposal of relevance to project management that will serve as a basis for the Project Management Research Study course. The proposal will investigate a specific project management issue and should include an introduction, background, research aim and questions, research design, resources, schedule and conclusion. The learning outcomes will be delivered via each student displaying their ability to think clearly about a project management problem and outline a research proposal to effectively investigate it.
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