Course Title: Manage a project

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: BUSM9899C

Course Title: Manage a project

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5181 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Professional Writing and Editing Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Coordinator: Clare Renner
Telephone: 9925 4047

Nominal Hours: 50

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

At RMIT, the unit Manage a Project is contextualised by your chosen writing courses. Manage a Project is delivered and assessed along with each of your Refine Writing and Editing specialisations

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to manage a straightforward project or a section of a larger writing or editing project. It focuses on essential project management and the need to meet deadlines. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSADM03A Manage a project


1. Determine the scope of project

Performance Criteria:

1.1 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

1.2 Identify limits of own and others’ responsibility and reporting requirements

1.3 Determine available resources


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

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop plan and confirm (as required): timeline, milestones, deliverables, and communication protocols

2.2 Build the reporting requirements into the plan

2.3 Clarify and confirm resource requirements and where resources can be obtained

2.4 Specify timeline and confirm and what is to be achieved by each deadline

2.5 Consult with team members and take their views into account when formulating plan

2.6 Inform the team members and other interested personnel of the project, the deadlines and how it is to be organised


3. Administer and monitor the project

Performance Criteria:

3Administer and monitor project3.1 Provide detailed information on roles and responsibilities to those involved in the project

3.2 Clarify aim and confirm purpose, product, outcome of project for personnel involved

3.3 Support those involved in the project to ensure that agreed outcomes are achieved

3.4 Establish and maintain a file of all relevant documentation and correspondence

3.5 Monitor progress toward deadlines and take appropriate action where necessary to ensure timely outcomes

3.6 Complete reporting requirements as agreed

3.7 Implement and monitor financial control plans

3.8 Monitor human resources issues

3.9 Adjust plans and roles and responsibilities as required

3.10 Finalise project within agreed timelines


4. Review project against the plan                              

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Review project in terms of:
•quality of outcome
•risk management
•meeting of deadlines

4.2 Involve project team members in the evaluation

4.3 Document success and factors influencing success to inform future project planning

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit you will be able to manage a writing and / or an editing project

Details of Learning Activities

In this course you  learn through - 

In-class activities:
•classroom-based lectures
•class exercises
•teacher directed group activities/projects
•peer teaching and class presentations
•group discussion
•class exercises to review discussions/lectures
•class readings
•workshopping of students’ own projects

Out-of-class activities:
•independent writing and reading
•online and other research
•independent study and project work

Teaching Schedule

Manage a Project is delivered and assessed within your Refine Writing and Editing  specialisations. For example, you discuss the skills required to manage a desk-top publishing project, the develoment of a novel, an editing project etc.

See your  Refine Writing and Editing specialisation course outlines for the teaching schedule.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts for this unit.


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

All resources are supplied by the teacher for this unit. 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment includes the completion of a written exercise and demonstration of competency through your chosen writing specialisations.

    Assessment Tasks

    Manage a Project is assessed firstly through a preliminary exercise specific to the competency.  This exercise will be e-mailed to  you by the unit coordinator with directions on how to submit the assessment. The assessment is due by April 11.

    Manage a Project is also assessed within each of your Refine Writing and Editing  specialisations by your writing teachers . Successful completion of the assessment will demonstrate competency in managing a range of projects.   See Refine Writing and Editing course guides for assessment details.

    To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete all assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

    This competency will be assessed as:
    C Competent
    NYC Not yet competent

    Assessment Matrix

    The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

    Other Information

    You will receive spoken and/or written feedback by teacher on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

    Late Submissions
    Please refer to the course blackboard site for policy information on late submissions and plagiarism

    RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

    Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
    All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
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