PPMP20015 - Research in Project Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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

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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.

Source: Teaching team.
Feedback
Class attendance and in-class participation was relatively low.
Recommendation
Innovative measures (e.g Mentimeter) should be introduced to improve student engagement and entertainment in class. Certain marks should be allocated for class participation in the assessment design.
Action Taken
Mentimeter tool was procured by the university and introduced in the unit for all lectures. The assessment design included more stimulating graded tasks that must be performed on-campus.
Source: Teaching team.
Feedback
Some students elected to engage in contract cheating practice in this unit.
Recommendation
Assessment design should be more authentic and personalised to stimulate active participation and thus deter contract cheating.
Action Taken
Assessment design was substantially improved to be more authentic, stimulating and engaging.
Source: Student Evaluations in Moodle and student emails.
Feedback
This unit is well designed, structured and delivered. The teaching staff are very committed, approachable and engaging. The unit offers a very challenging and enjoyable environment to students.
Recommendation
Continue with current teaching and learning practices.
Action Taken
Maintain regular feedback to the school leadership about suitability of proposed staff in the unit to ensure the continuity of quality teaching.
Source: Student Evaluation in Moodle.
Feedback
Self and peer assessment has improved the understanding of assignment and attainment of learning outcomes.
Recommendation
Self and peer assessment should remain as an integral part of the assessment design.
Action Taken
Continue with current teaching and learning practices.
Source: Student Evaluation in Moodle.
Feedback
Group discussion and involvement in each others research project was limited in tutorials.
Recommendation
Tutorial activities should be revisited to ensure that group based problem solving exercises are included. Assessment design should include group-based assessments.
Action Taken
A group based assessment item was introduced in the assessment design. New tutorial activities were introduced to foster collaboration and interaction between students.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
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
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)