PROJMGNT 2001 - Project Management Methodologies and Concepts

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

This course builds on the Foundations of Project Management course. It covers project management methods, multiple projects, agile project management, lean project management, soft systems, design management, total quality control and quality assurance, project communications, information and communication technologies (ICTs), project success/ failure, lessons learned and continuous improvement.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROJMGNT 2001
    Course Project Management Methodologies and Concepts
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    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 Y
    Prerequisites PROJMGNT 1001
    Restrictions Only BPM students
    Course Description This course builds on the Foundations of Project Management course. It covers project management methods, multiple projects, agile project management, lean project management, soft systems, design management, total quality control and quality assurance, project communications, information and communication technologies (ICTs), project success/ failure, lessons learned and continuous improvement.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Sam Baroudi

    Program Director Contact Details: Project Management
    Name: Dr Sam Baroudi

    Teaching Staff:
    Name: Dr Carmen Reaiche
    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. Explain advanced project management concepts
    2. Compare and evaluate various project management methodologies
    3. Describe project quality management and processes
    4. Compare traditional and modern project communication on projects
    5. Discuss broad perspectives in respect to project success and failure
    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
    2, 5
    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
    2, 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
    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
    4, 5
    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
    4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    No textbook required
    Recommended Resources
    Project Management Institute (2017) A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®Guide), 6th Edition, Newtown Square, Pa, Project Management Institute.

    Kerzner, H. (2013) Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling.

    Burke, R. (2011) Advanced Project Management , Publisher: Burke Publishing. Print ISBN: 9780958273374, 0958273375

    eText ISBN: 9780994104007, 0994104006 . Edition: 1st

    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 via face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Students will gain a deeper insight into the field of project management and recognised methodologies that are widely held as creating successful project outcomes. Note that course materials are provided online via MyUni so that students can refer to learning materials in their own time.

    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.

    As a general guide, a 3 unit course requires:
    Total contact hours: 3 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 36 Hrs
    Total self-guided study: 10 Hrs per week x 12 weeks = 120 Hrs
    Total workload hours: 156 Hrs
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course is intended to present more advanced project management concepts to broaden student knowledge and skills. This will be become apparent during lectures, tutorials and assessments. Study will also need to be undertaken outside of lectures and tutorials to enhance student learning.
    The weekly lecture schedule is structured as follows
    Week 1 Course Introduction
    Week 2 Project Management Methods
    Week 3 Agile Project Management
    Week 4 Lean Project Management
    Week 5 Soft Systems Methodology for Project Management
    Week 6 Design Management
    Week 7 Quality Management Concepts
    Week 8 Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement
    Week 9 Project Communication Management
    Week 10 Information and Communication Technologies
    Week 11 Project Success, Failure and Lessons Learned
    Week 12 Course Revision and Exam Preparation
  • 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 TaskTypeLengthWeightDue DateLearning Outcomes
    1 Project Report 1 Individual 1500 words 30% 3rd week 1, 2
    2 Project Report 2 Group 1500 words
    per student
    30% 11th week 2, 3, 4
    3 Examination Individual 2 hours 40% Exam period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students should be aware that considerable knowledge and skills will be taught at lectures and tutorials. Hence, students should attend all classes in order to pass the course.

    Course results are subject to moderation by the ECIC Board of Examiners.
    Assessment Detail
    Project Report 1: this assessment asks each student to compare and evaluate project management methodologies or approaches. It will be expected that they report on the associated concepts, usage and benefits in respect to the nominated areas of study. The learning outcomes assessment will be based on how well the student displays their knowledge in respect to the more advanced project management concepts.

    Project Report 2: this assignment will be centre around the use of nominated project management concepts such as quality and communications within an industry based scenario. The assessment will be a group based undertaking with students equally contributing to a comprehensive report that addresses the assignment requirements. The learning outcomes will be assessed on student ability to apply relevant project management concepts to the industry scenario that is under investigation in respect to facilitating for successful outcomes.

    Examination: the examination paper will draw from topics raised within the course. It will place particular significance on the application of advanced project management methodologies and concepts in given situations. The assessment of learning outcomes will be via each student displaying their understanding in respect to the course topics and their application.
    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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