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PPMP20015 - Research in Project Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides the essential skills and techniques for designing, implementing and evaluating research in the project management discipline. It provides an in-depth introduction to the critical thinking and planning required in the initial stages of the research project. You will undertake research problem definition and articulate a research question. Then you will learn how to design your research and you will gain many skills associated with conducting research. You will also consider qualitative and quantitative methods, and justify the most appropriate approach for your project with the final outcome of the unit being the development of a full research proposal. This unit is designed as the pre-requisite for the work you will undertake in your final year Research Project in which you will implement your developed research proposal.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: PPMP20007, PPMP20008, PPMP20009 and PPMP20010

Co-requisites: PPMP20011, PPMP20012

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 1 - 2018

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Term 2 - 2018 Profile
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Term 1 - 2019 Profile
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Online
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Term 2 - 2019 Profile
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Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
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Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
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Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
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Term 2 - 2021 Profile
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Melbourne
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Term 1 - 2022 Profile
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Term 2 - 2022 Profile
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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. 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 24.26% response rate.

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 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
Mentimeter was not fully utilised this term since some casual staff who are lecturing at various campuses do not have a Mentimeter account. Zoom break-out rooms were used whilst delivering the unit. Also, frequent drop-in sessions for informal discussion were frequently organised which helped the students during the online environment.
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
Moodle forum was used to directly communicate with students. Groups were randomly formed and a group leader was assigned by the group to lead the group work and practice the soft skills. The tutorial sessions were designed to review the progressive work of the students and ensure close supervision
Source: Students feedback
Feedback
A professional approach to teaching with very helpful explanations that make sense and make abstract topics more conceptual and clearer. The examples and the research topics are all relevant to the PM.
Recommendation
Keep the good practice of teaching that incorporate real-life examples and addresses the real research topics that investigate real issues.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Thank you for your support and care especially in such a complex situation, as well as the friendly and very kind attitude that supported our learning. Arranging drop-in sessions and called the students to make sure students understand the assessment is appreciated
Recommendation
Maintain close contact with the students and show a good level of support to the students particularly in the online environment. This includes additional drop-in sessions and informal meetings with the students to further discuss the unit content and assessment.
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