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. It 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 3 - 2019

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Sydney
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
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).

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. Critical Review 20%
2. Research Proposal 80%

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

Past Exams

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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: Student feedback in Moodle
Feedback
Decomposing the biggest assessment into smaller assessment items was very effective in helping us with planning and undertaking of the tasks.
Recommendation
Keep this arrangement in future offerings of the unit.
Action Taken
The new assessments of this unit have fully considered the given recommendation.
Source: Melbourne student feedback in Moodle
Feedback
The teaching staff is very knowledgeable and approachable which was evident in the 'one to one' discussion with us.
Recommendation
Maintain a high level of teaching quality in this unit and continuous improvement in teaching content and delivery methods to meet students' expectations.
Action Taken
All teaching staff involved in this unit were selected based on their experience and qualifications in research relevant to the project management discipline.
Source: Student feedback in Moodle
Feedback
This unit provides a great opportunity for students to develop robust research proposals to pursue further research higher degree upon graduation.
Recommendation
Noted.
Action Taken
Not applicable.
Source: Teaching staff
Feedback
Some students need 'face to face' mentoring to cope with the different nature of this unit compared with other units.
Recommendation
Arrangements will be made to provide sufficient mentoring, guidance and timely feedback to students throughout the entire process of planning their research projects. The arrangement may include group activities, peer assessments and face to face meetings with tutors.
Action Taken
The recommendations have been incorporated in the new assessment design and tutorial activities.
Source: Teaching staff
Feedback
Many international students struggle with academic writing
Recommendation
Pay more attention to improve the academic writing during the tutorial sessions. Also, Academic Learning Center and CQU Library will be invited to extend their support and offer more workshops in academic writing during each term.
Action Taken
Arrangements have been made with ALC so students were formally informed of weekly academic writing workshops across metro campuses. Also, more lecture and tutorial activities were designed to support students in improving their academic writing.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
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 - Critical Review
2 - Research Proposal
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 - Critical Review
2 - Research Proposal