CQUniversity Unit Profile
PPMP20015 Research in Project Management
Research in Project Management
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General Information

Overview

This unit equips you with the essential knowledge, skills and techniques for planning, designing, and conducting a research project in the context of project management discipline. This unit provides a systematic approach to the planning required during the initial stages of your research project. You will develop the necessary competencies to identify a research gap and articulate research questions. You will learn how to identify and review credible literature. You will consider qualitative and quantitative approaches, and justify the most appropriate method for your project with the final outcome of the unit being the development of a full research proposal. This unit helps you develop a detailed and rigorous research project plan for the investigative study that may be undertaken in the research stream.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: PPMP20007

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2020

Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student evaluations

Feedback

Mentimetre was one of the best approaches used in this unit. The use of Mentimeter and interactive quiz feature towards the end of each lecture was a good approach to make lectures more enjoyable and engaging. It allows students to understand more than the normal lectures. Going further with these new and innovative approaches would be helpful for every student.

Recommendation

Continue with current teaching and learning practice.

Feedback from Students informal meetings

Feedback

Asana tool was user-friendly and effective in managing the project team and activities which polished student's competence in project management and better prepared students for the career. Asana should replace the private Moodle forum to make the assessment item less demanding.

Recommendation

Confine the requirements of group communication to be via Asana only and require groups to enrol their respective tutor in Asana for monitoring purposes.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply project management processes, tools and techniques in articulating, designing and planning for the execution of a research project
  2. Develop and employ ethical practices that consider social, cultural and legal responsibilities of researchers
  3. Conduct a literature search to identify a problem that warrants research within the project management context
  4. Select appropriate research approaches, methods and skills for solving the research problem
  5. Prepare a research proposal with necessary components that describe an organised, coherent and convincing statement of the research intent, significance and strategies to conduct the research.


Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQ university Library resourses for research
  • EndNote Bibliographical application
  • Mendeley Desktop
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Ziyad Abunada Unit Coordinator
z.abunada@cqu.edu.au
Lindsay Castell Unit Coordinator
l.castell@cqu.edu.au
Samer Skaik Unit Coordinator
s.skaik@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1: Introduction and Selecting a Research Topic Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture topics:
1. Introduction to PPMP20015
2. Identifying a topic to research
3. Undertaking a preliminary literature search

Chapter

Review the online resources within the relevant section of this week in Moodle site.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial for Week 1
Week 2: Framing Research Questions and Objectives Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture topics:
  1. Framing research questions and objectives
  2. Important terms

Chapter

Review the online resources within the relevant section of this week in Moodle site.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial for Week 2
Week 3: Writing a Literature Review Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture topics:
  1. What is a literature review
  2. Sources of data
  3. Types of review

Chapter

Review the online resources within the relevant section of this week in Moodle site.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial for Week 3

Week 4: Understanding Research Philosophy Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture topics:
1. Research design
2. Research philosophy

Chapter

Review the online resources within the relevant section of this week in Moodle site.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial for Week 4
Week 5: Deciding the Research Methodology Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture topics:
1. Research methodologies
2. Quantitative research methodology
3. Qualitative research methodology
4. Mixed methods methodology
5. Choosing the methodology

Chapter

Review the online resources within the relevant section of this week in Moodle site.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial for Week 5
Vacation Week: Enjoy your break Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Enjoy your well deserved break! It is also an opportunity to go through all the online resources that you have not yet read. 

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 6: Deciding Research Strategies and Methods for Data Collection Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture topics:
1. Types of data
2. Data collecting strategies and methods
3. Common strategies and methods
4. Common data collection methods

Chapter

Review the online resources within the relevant section of this week in Moodle site.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial for Week 6


Assessment 1 (Individual Submission) Due: Week 6 Monday (20 Apr 2020) 9:00 am AEST
Week 7: Collecting and Presenting Data Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture topics:
  1. Questionnaire design
  2. Sampling
  3. Presenting evidence and data analysis

Chapter

Review the online resources within the relevant section of this week in Moodle site.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial for Week 7

Week 8: Writing a Research Paper Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture topics:
  1. Preparation for writing
  2. Creating a research paper
  3. Editing the paper and writing the abstract

Chapter

Review the online resources within the relevant section of this week in Moodle site.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial for Week 8

Week 9: Developing a Research Proposal Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture topics:
  1. Elements of a research proposal
  2. Basic principles and pitfalls
  3. Evaluation and improving a proposal

Chapter

Review the online resources within the relevant section of this week in Moodle site.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial for Week 9

Week 10: Applying Research Ethics Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture topics:
  1. What are research ethics
  2. Ethics in conducting research
  3. Ethics in publications

Chapter

Review the online resources within the relevant section of this week in Moodle site.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial for Week 10

Week 11: Managing a Research Project Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture topics:
  1. Projects and project characteristics
  2. Managing your research project

Chapter

Review the online resources within the relevant section of this week in Moodle site.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial for Week 11
Week 12: Executing a Research Project Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Lecture topics:
  1. Review of the unit
  2. CQU PM research stream
  3. Executing the research

Chapter

Review the online resources within the relevant section of this week in Moodle site.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial for Week 12


Assessment 2 (Group Submission) Due: Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020) 11:59 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 3 (Individual Submission) Due: Review/Exam Week Wednesday (10 June 2020) 11:59 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 1 (Individual Submission)

Task Description

Overview


This assignment requires you to identify and provide preliminary information to support a future research proposal and draws on information taught in weeks 1-5. A template will be provided that must be used in completing this assignment. You are required to choose a topic area from a given list, identify a specific gap in the published research relating to your chosen topic area and then complete each of the sections in the provided template.


The template requires you to provide a rationale for your proposed research, write a basic literature review to show your understanding of the research area, identify and describe the research question/s and objective/s for your research and explain, with reasons, whether you will use a quantitative, qualitative or mixed methodology approach in your research design. Your ability to demonstrate understanding of these processes will determine the marks you are given.


Word count between 2000 and 2500 words (excluding references).


The Unit Profile states the general referencing style for this unit is Harvard (Author-Date). However, for this assessment you MUST use the EndNote Harvard-CQU referencing style (see library webpage for instructions on how to upload this style into EndNote)


Learning outcomes assessed for Assessment 1:

3- Conduct a literature search to identify a problem that warrants research within the project management context

4- Select appropriate research approaches, methods and skills for solving the research problem


Please refer to the Assessment 1 document available in your Moodle Assessment 1 tab for complete instructions and requirements of this assessment. Assessment 1 will be released in Week 3 (Monday, 23 March 2020, 9:00 am AEST).


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Monday (20 Apr 2020) 9:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Two weeks after due date


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Your assignment will be assessed on the extent and quality to which it meets each of the following criteria:


Aspect 1 -  6 marks
Aspect 2 -  16 marks
Aspect 3 -  4 marks
Aspect 4 -  6 marks
Aspect 5 -  8 marks


Each of the above aspects will be clearly explained in the assessment document which will be given to you in Week 3 (Monday, 23 March 2020, 9:00 am AEST).


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit through the Moodle assignment page

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Conduct a literature search to identify a problem that warrants research within the project management context
  • Select appropriate research approaches, methods and skills for solving the research problem


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assessment 2 (Group Submission)

Task Description

This assessment is to be done in GROUPS (3-4 students)

For each group, the assignment that scored the highest in Assessment 1 (within the group members) will be used as the basis for the groups further work and submission for Assessment 2.

This assignment involves completing a research proposal and is based on information taught in weeks 1-12. A research proposal template will be provided. Groups must use this template in completing the assignment. You must complete all sections and provide all required appendices. The completed template will require the group to provide: an abstract of their research project, a rationale for and significance of the proposed research, a detailed literature review to show understanding of the research area, the proposed research question/s and objective/s, a detailed explanation of your research design, the completed project management components (as detailed in the template), references and all appendices. Your ability to demonstrate understanding of these processes will determine the marks you are given.


Whilst some of the sections in the research proposal template coincide with sections completed in Assignment 1, all those sections will be remarked as part of the overall marking for Assessment 2. Group members must, therefore, reflect on and revise the content of any of those sections that they believe require enhancing before becoming part of their Assignment 2 submission, including providing a detailed description of all components of their proposed research design in the relevant section.


Word count between 3000 and 3500 words (excluding references and any required appendices)


The Unit Profile states the general referencing style for this unit is Harvard (Author-Date). However, for this assessment you MUST use the EndNote Harvard-CQU referencing style (see library webpage for instructions on how to upload this style into EndNote)


Learning outcomes assessed for Assessment 2

1- Apply project management processes, tools and techniques in articulating, designing and planning for the
execution of a research project
2- Develop and employ ethical practices that consider social, cultural and legal responsibilities of researchers:
3- Conduct a literature search to identify a problem that warrants research within the project management context
4- Select appropriate research approaches, methods and skills for solving the research problem
5- Prepare a research proposal with necessary components that describe an organised, coherent and convincing statement of the research intent, significance and strategies to conduct the research.


Please refer to the Assessment 2 document available in your Moodle Assessment 2 tab for complete instructions and requirements of this assessment. Assessment 2 will be released in Week 7 (Monday, 27 April 2020, 9 am AEST).


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020) 11:59 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

After grade certification date


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Your assignment will be assessed on the extent and quality to which it meets each of the following criteria:



Aspect 1 - 4 marks
Aspect 2 - 12 marks
Aspect 3 - 4 marks
Aspect 4 - 8 marks
Aspect 5 - 8 marks
Aspect 6 - 4 marks


Each of the above aspects will be clearly explained in the assessment document which will be given to you in Week 7 (Monday, 27 April 2020, 9:00 am AEST).


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Submission Instructions
Submit through the Moodle assignment page

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply project management processes, tools and techniques in articulating, designing and planning for the execution of a research project
  • Develop and employ ethical practices that consider social, cultural and legal responsibilities of researchers
  • Prepare a research proposal with necessary components that describe an organised, coherent and convincing statement of the research intent, significance and strategies to conduct the research.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Assessment 3 (Individual Submission)

Task Description

You will be required to complete a set of multiple-choice quiz questions related to the learning outcomes in this unit.

Purpose

The primary purpose of this assessment item is to help you to understand the processes required in undertaking a research project. The secondary purpose of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to enhance your analysis and critical thinking skills.

Notes:

The quiz will be based on the learning from lectures Week 1 - 12. In order for you to complete the quiz, it is necessary for you to complete all learning activities prescribed in the unit.


Learning outcomes assessed for Assessment 3:

1- Apply project management processes, tools and techniques in articulating, designing and planning for the
execution of a research project
2- Develop and employ ethical practices that consider social, cultural and legal responsibilities of researchers:
5- Prepare a research proposal with necessary components that describe an organised, coherent and convincing statement of the research intent, significance and strategies to conduct the research.


Important Information:

1. The quiz will ONLY be available during the following time period:

Start: 0900 hrs Tuesday, 09 June 2020

End: 2359 hrs Wednesday, 10 June 2020

2. ONE ATTEMPT ONLY. MUST BE completed latest by 2359 hrs Wednesday, 10 June 2020

3. The quiz is an OPEN BOOK test. You may refer to the unit materials (lectures slides, your own notes etc).

4. When you attempt the quiz, 40 questions will be selected and displayed in RANDOM ORDER. It is very unlikely that two students will see the same questions.

5. The link for the quiz is now added to your PPMP20015 Moodle assessment tab and will become active on 0900hrs Tuesday, 9 June 2020. The quiz will terminate at 2359 hrs on Wednesday 10 June 2020. Please plan to complete the quiz within this timeframe.

6. There will be 40 questions to be answered in 50 minutes. Questions will be:

  • Multiple choice
  • True / False


Number of Quizzes

1


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Wednesday (10 June 2020) 11:59 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

This assignment will be marked by the Moodle computer program upon submission. Marks will only be released AFTER THE QUIZ IS CLOSED.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

  • The percentage of correct answers
  • No penalty deduction for wrong answers


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply project management processes, tools and techniques in articulating, designing and planning for the execution of a research project
  • Develop and employ ethical practices that consider social, cultural and legal responsibilities of researchers
  • Conduct a literature search to identify a problem that warrants research within the project management context
  • Select appropriate research approaches, methods and skills for solving the research problem
  • Prepare a research proposal with necessary components that describe an organised, coherent and convincing statement of the research intent, significance and strategies to conduct the research.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?