Course Title: Manage projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: BUSM6234C

Course Title: Manage projects

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5281 - Diploma of Business (Public Relations)

Course Contact : Sally Parrott

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5175

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Alain Grossbard


This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with course Develop Public Relations Campaigns (MKTG 5846C)

Nominal Hours: 60

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

The unit focuses on the application of project management skills and the requirement to meet time lines, quality standards, budgetary limits and other requirements set for the project.

The unit does not apply to specialist project managers. For specialist project managers, the units of competency in the Project Management competency field will be applicable.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBPMG510A Manage projects


1. Define project

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Access project scope and other relevant documentation
1.2. Define project stakeholders
1.3. Seek clarification from delegating authority of any issues related to project and project parameters
1.4. Identify limits of own responsibility and reporting requirements
1.5. Clarify relationship of project to other projects and to the organisation's objectives
1.6. Determine and access available resources to undertake project


2. Develop project plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Develop project plan including timelines, work breakdown structure, role and responsibilities and other details of how the project will be managed in relation to the project parameters
2.2. Identify and access appropriate project management tools
2.3. Formulate risk management plan for project, including occupational health and safety (OHS)
2.4. Develop and approve project budget
2.5. Consult team members and take their views into account in planning the project
2.6. Finalise project plan and gain any necessary approvals to commence project according to documented plan


3. Administer and monitor project

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Take action to ensure project team members are clear about their responsibilities and the project requirements
3.2. Provide support for project team members, especially with regard to specific needs, to ensure that the quality of the expected outcomes of the project and documented time lines are met
3.3. Establish and maintain required record keeping systems throughout the project
3.4. Implement and monitor plans for managing project finances, resources (human, physical and technical) and quality
3.5. Complete and forward project reports as required to stakeholders
3.6. Undertake risk management as required to ensure project outcomes are met
3.7. Achieve project deliverables


4. Finalise project

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Complete financial record keeping associated with project and check for accuracy
4.2. Assign staff involved in project to new roles or reassign to previous roles
4.3. Complete project documentation and obtain any necessary sign offs for concluding project


5. Review project

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Review project outcomes and processes against the project scope and plan
5.2. Involve team members in the project review
5.3. Document lessons learnt from the project and report within the organisation

Learning Outcomes

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to manage a straightforward project or a section of a larger project.

Details of Learning Activities

A range of individual and group teaching and learning methods will be used as practical skills and knowledge activities which will include for this unit:
• developing a portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the student
• observation and delivering presentations
• oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of how the PR campaigns process relates to the organization’s overall mission, goals, objectives and operations
• • analysis of documentation reviewing outcomes and processes against the PR campaign scope and plan
• evaluation of project reports forwarded to stakeholders and documentation outlining lessons learnt from the PR campaign process.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 11 February Course Induction
• Course delivery and assessment details
• Course support documents – any text books or readings
• Online learning environment – go through Blackboard shell
• Grading – remind them of codes and no marks (codes at end of doc)
• Plagiarism – must have signed cover sheets on all assessments
• Appeals – take them through this process and where it is on website
• Extensions – take them through process (details on website.)
• Feedback – when they can contact you and expect a response.
• Submission requirements – how all work must be uploaded and how
• Resubmission policy – one resubmission, marked to a pass allowed
• Where to get support - Student study support details
• Student responsibilities – must check emails and bb shells weekly
Week 2 18 February Introduction - What is a project and understand the public relations aspect of managing a project.
Project initiation - Advise working groups of Industry Integrated Learning projects
Week 3 25 February Business case – project scope and terms of reference
Week 4 4 March Defining a project; Project management
Week 5 11 March Developing a project plan
Week 6 18 March Developing a project plan
Week 7 25 March Manage time and manage risk

Mid Semester Break
Week 28 March – 3 April inclusive

Week 7 1 April Maange time and risk
Week 8 8 April Manage projects ; the project budget
Week 9 15 April Major Assignment
Week 10 22 April Administer and monitor project
Week 11 29 April Administer and monitor project
Week 12 6 May Major Assignment
Week 13 13 May Major Assignment in & preparation for oral presentation
Week 14 20 May Oral presentations to clients
Week 15 27 May Return final assessment and schedule any resubmission for next week
Week 16 No classes resubmissions only

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including assignments, journals, presentation and written or test. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment Tasks

A range of assessment methods will be used to assess practical skills and knowledge which will include for this unit:
• writing a business report on the outcomes of the project which will review portfolios of evidence and third party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
• observation of presentations
• oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of how the project relates to the organisation’s overall mission, goals, objectives and operations
• review of project risk management plan and project plan
• evaluation of project reports forwarded to stakeholders
• analysis of documentation reviewing project outcomes and processes against the project scope and plan
• evaluation of documentation outlining lessons learnt from the project.

Assessment 1
Individual /groups
Length: Varies between 300 – 500 words
Analysis of public relations campaigns supplied. Individual activities are assessed that look at the function, form and strategy of different forms of public relations
Assessment 2
In Groups
Develop campaign recommendations for new pitch for a company or organisation. Group activities requiring development of strategies and creative recommendations. Report to support the recommendations.Individual
Covers students’ knowledge, skills in project concepts and strategic thinking will be tested based on lecture notes and activities covered during the semester.

Assessment 3 Major Assignment – Report and Presentation
Group Report
Length: 1500 words
Presentation: 10 minutes
Preparing, submitting and presenting to a client a full set of recommendations for the required project, event or campaign. Group activity requires presentation to client on development of strategies, creative, media and budgetary recommendations. All team members to participate in the Report and presentation. Report to support presentation and contact reports of student team meetings required.

More detailed assessment sheets for each assessment task will be disseminated throughout course delivery.
Submission Requirements: All assessment tasks need to be submitted via Blackboard.
You should:
• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available from the Student forms website.
• Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

Assessment Matrix

Full details on how this course is assessed against the Unit elements and performance criteria plus critical aspects of evidence can be found in the Learning and Assessment Tool available from your course teacher.

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