PROJMGNT 3010 - Project Management Research Study

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROJMGNT 3010
    Course Project Management Research Study
    Coordinating Unit Management
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Ayoosha Saleem

    Program Director Contact Details: Project Management
    Dr Sajad Fayezi

    Dr Ayoosha Saleem
    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. Critically review relevant academic literature to identify current and emerging issues in project management
    2. Identify and apply appropriate research methodologies
    3. Collect, analyse and interpret research data to formulate conclusions and recommendations
    4. 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.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    No textbook required
    Recommended Resources

    Recommended References

    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

    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
    The 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
  • 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
    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 Requirements
    Students 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 Detail
    Research 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.

    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni:

    • Assignment Submission: Assignments should not be emailed to the instructor; they must be lodged via the MyUni Course site (unless specified to do both).
    • Cover Sheet: Please include in the assignment a completed University of Adelaide Assessment Cover Sheet (found in MyUni, under Modules) 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.
    • Assessment extensions request: An application for Assessment Extension should be made 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. See sections 3 and 7a) i. in particular on assessment extensions in the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment (MACA) Policy.
    • 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: of an assignment 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.
    • Appealing a mark or grade: If you are dissatisfied with your mark or grade, you may request a review or re-mark. There must be academic or procedural reasons for your request, so you can’t simply request a re-mark because you are disappointed with your result. For more information on the process see Assessment Grievance: Appealing a mark or grade
    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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