Course Title: Industry Project Investigation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Industry Project Investigation

Credit Points: 24


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BUSM4415

City Campus

Postgraduate

325H Property, Construction & Project Management

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Tiendung Le

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2675

Course Coordinator Email: tiendung.le@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

From 1 January 2016

Enforced Prerequisite: 049313 Research Design and Methods

Prior to 2016

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course BUSM1278: Project Management Practice before you commence this course.


Course Description

This course is designed as a capstone experience to enable you to synthesise, integrate and apply the specialised knowledge and skills you have developed so far in this program. You will apply contemporary project management theory and appropriate investigative tools and methods to investigate a real or simulated project based problem. Working as part of a project team, or individually, you will respond to a client problem, industry need or project organisation scenario. You will creatively explore real-world industry issues, simulating the role of project manager in the professional practice context. Your investigation may be based on a topic relating to your professional context or you may select a workplace issue, either of which will be negotiated with your lecturer.

This course will develop your high level industry based research, critical thinking and analytical skills, enhancing your capacity for independent or collaborative research. You will develop a research proposal which will investigate a real world industry case study and identify opportunities for evidenced based improvement.  In undertaking your research project you will be required to collect and analyse primary and/or secondary data from a range of sources. You will also be required to undertake a literature review which will inform the development and validation of your project including your project’s findings, recommendations and action plan.

You will be supervised by your lecturer who specialises in project management. Your lecturer will provide academic advice which will include topic selection, project design and report preparation, as well as related industry engagement requirements if applicable. Your learning will also be supported through interactive workshops in which you will critically examine a range of issues including investigative design and methods, data analysis, current industry trends and developments.

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or the community is integral to your experience.
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Determine and apply knowledge of complex project management theory, principles and best practice to applied projects to contribute to the profession and discipline of project management 
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on project management theory and recent developments, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice 
  • Professionally communicate and justify project scope, design, implementation, strategy and/or outcomes, engaging effectively with diverse stakeholders across a range of industry sectors 
  • Apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively address the diverse needs of project stakeholders, formulating innovative solutions and demonstrating independent and sound decision making related to your professional practice and the discipline 
  • Integrate and apply appropriate technical skills, research methodologies and tools to design and execute substantial applied professional practice and research projects, evaluate the outcomes and theorize about the contribution of your learning to the profession and knowledge arena 
  • Utilise specific research and technical skills to strategically develop and implement project management strategies and solutions that are responsive to complex sustainable and economic theories and enhance project value, delivery and governance      


Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Systematically investigate  a real or simulated industry issue and contribute to innovative professional practice
  • Critically analyse primary and or secondary data, published project management literature
  • Analyse and synthesise related project management theoretical concepts to critically assess project management practice 
  • Apply expert judgement and autonomy to critique interpret, recommend and professionally communicate a project management research report 
  • Develop innovative solutions and effectively advocate for change in a project based environment










Overview of Learning Activities

In addition to individual research, you will be actively engaged in learning activities that involve online class discussions and peer critique.
The course consists of series seminars/workshops in which you will be engaged in interactive activities and group and class discussions either online and/or face to face. To support your research and project design and development you will also engage in fortnightly meetings with your supervisor who will provide you with guided supervision. You will also receive feedback from industry.
 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. To further support your learning a number of resources will be provided including journal papers and web resources. You will also be required to source scholarly resources as relevant to your area of research. In order to meet the assessment requirements of this course you will be expected to source and utilise resources made available by the university Library and School.
You will also be directed to notes and readings from myRMIT.
 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.
Assessment may include, but is not limited to, reflective journal, project research reports and class presentations.
Feedback will be provided on all assessment tasks. Feedback will be given in a number of ways either through individual and group consultations and written feedback.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An assessment charter (http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf ) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc.