PROJMGNT 3002 - PM Research Methods

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

The PM Research Methods course is intended to provide students with the knowledge and skills to undertake the Project Management Research Study.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROJMGNT 3002
    Course PM Research Methods
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available for BPM students only
    Course Description The PM Research Methods course is intended to provide students with the knowledge and skills to undertake the Project Management Research Study.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Sam Baroudi

    Program Director Contact Details: Project Management
    Name: Dr Sam Baroudi
    Teaching Staff
    Name: Dr Larissa Statsenko
    Researcher Profile:
    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. Discuss research theory in an informed and educated way;
    2. Identify a research problem and develop relevant research questions;
    3. Explain the difference between quantitative and qualitative research design;
    4. Develop a research plan designed to address identified research problems;
    5. 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)
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    No textbook required
    Recommended Resources

    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

    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 via on-campus face to face lectures and tutorials. The course delivers recognised knowledge and skills in respect to conducting valid research. This course will be a preparatory course for the 6 unit capstone course.

    All course learning materials will be accessible 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 requires

    Total 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 PM 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
  • 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 TaskTask TypeLengthWeightLearning 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% 2-5
    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
    Research Theory Essay: this assessment asks students to 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 will be a group assessment where students will need to prepare a plan on how they would execute a research project. The assessment topic will be based on a particular problem with students needing 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 will require students to show that they understand the practice of planning for good research implementation and conduct.
    Research Proposal: 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.
    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.

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