PROJMGNT 3010 - Project Management Research Study
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code PROJMGNT 3010 Course Project Management Research Study Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School Term Semester 2 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 1001, PROJMGNT 2021, PROJMGNT 1002, PROJMGNT 1003, PROJMGNT 3002 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 The Project Management Research Study is the program's capstone course requiring students to deliver a detailed research report based on their nominated field of interest. The research study will follow standard research processes including topic selection and introduction, literature review, research methodology, results analysis and discussion, conclusion and recommendations. The course is intended to develop student research skills and enhance understanding within their field of interest.
Course Coordinator: Dr Ayoosha SaleemProgram Director Contact Details: Project Management
Name: Dr Sajad Fayezi
Name: Dr Ayoosha Saleem
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:
- Critically review relevant academic literature to identify current and emerging issues in project management
- Identify and apply appropriate research methodologies
- Collect, analyse and interpret research data to formulate conclusions and recommendations
- Explain and defend research outcomes using both oral and written presentations
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.
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.
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.
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.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesNo textbook required
Saunders, Mark N.K., Lewis P. and Thornhill, A. 2019. Research Methods for Business Students, 8th Edition, Pearson Education Limited, New York.
Sekaran, U., Bougie, R., (2013) Research methods for business: a skill-building approach, 6th Edition, John Wiley & Sons.
Neuman, W.L. 2008. Social research methods: Qualitative and quantitative approaches, Pearson Education.
It is also important 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 ModesThe Project Management Research Study course will be taught on-campus as a directed study arrangement. In doing so it will utilise face to face lectures, workshops and meetings. The course is research oriented course and will require students to follow the lecturer’s advice in respect to their research topics and studies so that a credible comprehensive research report is submitted in the end. The course learning materials will be as usual accessible to students on MyUni. This will provide students with a reference source during the course delivery.
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 research via this directed study to fully meet the course requirements. Note that students will be required to work on three assessment pieces which will be submitted or presented for grading. These assessment pieces are designed to be reflective of a 6 unit course. As a general guide, a 6 unit course requires 36 hours of structured learning with a total workload of 312 hours anticipated during the course.
Learning Activities Summary
The Project Management Research Study course aids in the development of a research proposal, presentation and final report. Hence the activities summary below reflects these assessment requirements. Students will need to do considerable study outside of class to complete the course requirements.
The weekly lecture schedule is structured as follows Week 1 Introduction to Research Studies Week 2 Research Planning: Topics and Proposal Week 3 Self-Directed Writing and Supervisory Assistance Week 4 Research Proposal Overview Week 5 Research Study: Abstract, Introduction and Literature Review Week 6 Supervisor/Student Meetings (Round 1) Week 7 Research Study: Methodology, Results and Discussion Week 8 Report Formatting and Presentation Preparation Week 9 Supervisor/Student Meetings (Round 2) Week 10 Research Study Presentations Week 11 Self-Directed Writing and Supervisory Assistance Week 12 Course Review and Report Submission
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Assessment Task Task Type Length Weighting Learning Outcome Research Proposal Individual 1,500 words 15% 1, 2 Research Study Presentation Individual 10 minutes 15% 4 Research Study Report Individual 7,000 words 70% 1-3 Total 100%
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents should be aware that considerable knowledge and skills will be taught in the course. 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 DetailResearch Proposal
This assessment is intended to assist students in planning for their research. Students are to prepare a research proposal on their selected area of interest indicating how they plan to undertake their research. The research proposal should include the research background, aim and objectives, research questions, research approach, milestones and possible outcomes. This assessment will provide learning outcomes which displays a student’s ability to plan their research activity.
Research Study Presentation
The Research Presentation assessment will require each student to provide a PowerPoint presentation of their research study to date. The presentation will be concise and explain the student’s research to the class. Questions will be asked and these should be answered by the presenter. The learning outcome from this assessment will show the student's ability to clearly present their research.
Research Study Report
The Research Study Report will provide the student’s completed research work. The report should include the following sections as applied to their selected topic: Introduction, Literature Review, Research Methodology, Research Results and Discussion and Conclusions. A Reference list and Appendices should also be included as required. The research study report is the major assessment in this course with the learning outcomes highlighting the students understanding of good research process and execution.
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