Course Title: Manage a project

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: BUSM5778C

Course Title: Manage a project

School: 345T Creative Media

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4128 - Certificate IV in Music Industry (Technical Production)

Course Contact : Adam Lovell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4976

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Contact Details

Contact name: Natalie McKenna
Phone: 03 9925 4671
Fax: 03 9925 4362

Nominal Hours: 38

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

Students will learn the skills required to manage a project in the music business. The course focuses on essential
project management skills and the need to meet deadlines for outcomes and products.
It covers topics such as copyright, publishing, contracts, basic book-keeping skills, tax, self promotion and merchandising.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSADM03A Manage a project


Administer and monitor a project

Performance Criteria:

Provide detailed information on roles and responsibilities to those involved in the project
Clarify aim and confirm purpose, product, outcome of project for personnel involved
Support those involved in the project to ensure that agreed outcomes are achieved
Establish and maintain a file of all relevant documentation and correspondence
Monitor progress toward deadlines and take appropriate action where necessary to ensure timely outcomes
Complete reporting requirements as agreed
Implement and monitor financial control plans
Monitor human resources issues
Adjust plans and roles and responsibilities as required
Finalise project within agreed timelines


Determine scope of projects

Performance Criteria:

Clarify the boundaries of the project, or section of a larger project, in terms of purpose, budget, aim, product, outcome of project, and the timeline

Identify limits of own and others’ responsibility and reporting requirements

Determine available resources


Develop a plan for the limited project or section of the larger project

Performance Criteria:

Develop plan and confirm (as required): timeline, milestones, deliverables, and communication protocols
Build the reporting requirements into the plan
Clarify and confirm resource requirements and where resources can be obtained
Specify timeline and confirm and what is to be achieved by each deadline
Consult with team members and take their views into account when formulating plan
Inform the team members and other interested personnel of the project, the deadlines and how it is to be organised


Review project against plan.

Performance Criteria:

Review project in terms of:
quality of outcome
Risk management
meeting of deadlines
Involve project team members in the evaluation
Document success and factors influencing success to inform future project planning

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

  1. Face to face delivery
  2. Group work
  3. Research
  4. Make presenations
  5. Written assignments

Teaching Schedule

WEEK                                    TOPIC                                                                                          ELEMENT
WEEK 1 Course Overview of Assessments: Introduction to Project Management      2
WEEK 2 The Australian Music Industry: The DYI Model vs The Majors                         1, 2, 3
WEEK 3 What is copyright? An introduction to the fundamentals                                  3
WEEK 4 Setting up a basic Project Management Plan.                                                   1, 2, 3, 4
WEEK 5 Planning a budget - What data is needed to develop a budget                      1, 2, 3
WEEK 6 Marketing your project: How to write and submit a press release                  1, 3, 4
WEEK 7 Business and Legal Requirements of a Music Business                               1, 2, 3, 4
WEEK 8 Guest Lecture                                                                                                            1
WEEK 9 Contracts 1: Publishing and Recording Deals                                                   1, 2
WEEK 10 Contracts 2: Management and Distribution Deals                                          1, 2
WEEK 11 Oral Presentation of Music Business Topic – Assessment Week              1, 2
WEEK 12 Oral Presentation of Music Business Topic – Assessment Week               1, 2

WEEK 13 Teacher / Student Consultatations                                                                      1, 2, 3, 4 
WEEK 14 In class Presentation of your project – Assessment Week                            1, 2, 3, 4
WEEK 15 In class Presentation of your project - Assessment Week                             1, 2, 3, 4
WEEK 15 In class Presentation of your project - Assessment Week                             1, 2, 3, 4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Texts Recommended:

Simpson, Shane, 2002, Omnibus Press

Music Industry Management (the information and working documents you need to successfully manage band and solo careers, shows and tours and copyright) – Alan Gordon

Hema Wijewardena, 2002, “Amphibian Sounds—An Accounting Practice Set”, Amphibian Sounds—An Accounting Practice Set, Edition.1, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Roseville, NSW.

Web Resources

Overview of Assessment

1) oral assessment – 20%
2) written assignment – 50%
3) team project – Music Biz Quiz – 30%

Assessment Tasks


Due Week 8     Guest Lecture Report     Weighting =                              20%                          Element = 1, 2, 3, 4

(Please note this date is subject to change due to guest lecturers availability )
Prepare an assessment of guest lecturer’s business or expertise. Critically analyse the topic, the lecturer’s point of view, whether you would do things differently? What you have learned from the guest and how you can apply it to your music business.

Week 12 Oral Presentation of Music Business Topic    Weighting = 30%               Elements = 1, 2

Present your research on a music business of your choice. You should speak to the Proprietor /Director or staff within the business. How they got started? What advice they have given you.

Week 15 & 16 Written Assignment – Your Project (See attachment 1 )     Weighting = 50%               Elements = 1, 2, 3, 4

Each student will prepare a detailed project plan and present in class. Can be presented using any software package of the student’s choice. This will be part of your project plan.

All assignments are to be submitted on the due date as outlined. If you have illness or extenuating circumstances an extension can be negotiated. If you have not negotiated an extension for the above work deductions will be made for each day work is not submitted. 10% per day will be deducted for non submission.

Assessment Matrix

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