Course Title: Carry out complex project activities

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: BUSM8732C

Course Title: Carry out complex project activities

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5331 - Diploma of Youth Work

Course Contact : Jennifer Brooker

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4115

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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


Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to carry out complex project activities or multiple projects simultaneously. Typically this work is undertaken by project officers who are required to work on projects for multiple clients, or all aspects of larger projects. They are sometimes responsible for all the project deliverables, and at other times they work in teams on aspects of a number of projects. The course includes reviewing and confirming requirements of each project/activity, organising and undertaking project activities, managing the progress of multiple projects/activities and finalising projects/activities.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

PSPPM504A Carry out complex project activities


1. Review and confirm project requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Limits of own responsibility and reporting requirements are confirmed for each of the projects/project activities assigned.
1.2 Information and supporting materials for each project/project activity are obtained in accordance with project requirements, organisational policy and procedures.
1.3 Project plans are analysed and requirements, timeframes, roles, responsibilities and stakeholder involvement are confirmed for each.
1.4 Project management procedures and controls are confirmed in accordance with each project plan, and any required changes are negotiated according to the project plan change management strategy.
1.5 Project plans are updated with confirmed information for milestones, resources, team members and steering committee details.


2. Organise and undertake project activities

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Personal work plans are prepared to assign activities, timeframes and milestones for all projects/project activities to a single planning management framework to meet the progress requirements for each project/project activity.
2.2 Where project requirements cannot be accommodated and clashes occur, negotiations are conducted with project managers and/or supervisory staff to find a compromise satisfactory to all stakeholders.
2.3 Project tasks are accomplished in accordance with project plans and any changes are managed in accordance with the approved project change strategy.
2.4 Project data is captured and recorded in accordance with project requirements.
2.5 Specialist advice and support are provided to project managers, steering committees and stakeholders as required to achieve project objectives.


3. Manage progress of multiple projects/activities

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Project management tools are used for integration and timing of project activities and achievement of project outcomes.
3.2 Risks to progress and achievement of project objectives are anticipated and reported to project management for action in accordance with risk management plans.
3.3 Completion of project activities and progress against targets and milestones are monitored and corrective action is taken if needed, in accordance with project plans and in consultation with project managers.
3.4 Problem solving to find innovative solutions to project problems or unplanned-for contingencies is undertaken in consultation with project management.
3.5 Progress reports are provided as required by project communication plans.



4. Finalise project activities

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Project deliverables for each project/activity are completed to the required standard in the required timeframes.
4.2 Recordkeeping associated with each project is completed as required by project plans.
4.3 Project processes are evaluated, issues identified and recommendations made for continuous improvement of projects/activities.
4.4 Project reports are prepared containing required information completed to the required standard using agreed style, voice and formats.
4.5 Project hand-overs of deliverables and return of borrowed/unused materials are completed in accordance with project plans and organisational procedures.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Essential learning activities will take place during 4 classes. You will also be required to undertake independent studies. All courses and learning activities will be supported and complemented by RMIT’s learning management tool "Blackboard". You will be required to participate in on line learning activities each month using the discussion board forum. 

Teaching Schedule

Class 1 Wednesday 27 May: Outline of a project and key terms:
• Requirements
• Stakeholders – including steering committees, managers, participants, etc
• Project plans
Assessment Task 1: Case study – Colac Mentoring Program Outline.

Class 2 Wednesday 3 June: Project management tools
Evaluating a project
• Capturing the data
• Presenting the data
Assessment Task 1: Case study – Colac Mentoring Program Outline.

Class 3 Wednesday 19 August: Manage progress of multiple projects activities
• Project management tools
• Risk management plans
• Solutions for problems
• Progress reports
Assessment Task 2: Project brief.

Class 4 Wednesday 23 September: Finalise project activities
• Project deliverables
• Record keeping
• Evaluation processes
• Project reports
• Project hand-overs
Assessment Task 2: Project brief.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Additional resources will also be available in the learning management tool ‘Blackboard including relevant readings. A list of Program Specific resources, including journals and texts that may support you in the program, can also be found on the link to the RMIT Library in ’Blackboard’.

Overview of Assessment

This course focuses on the work activities required to carry out complex project activities or multiple projects simultaneously, including reviewing and confirming requirements of each project/activity, organising and undertaking project activities, managing the progress of multiple projects/activities and finalising projects/activities. Assessment activities will include:

  • Project brief
  • Case study

Assessment Tasks

There are two assessment tasks for this course; the second task is divided into two parts:
1. Case study: students will be given a case study in class and will be required to answer a set of short answer questions which will demonstrate their competency in this course. Due date 09.06.2015
2. Project brief 1: Students will answer short answer questions based on either a hypothetical or real project undertaken in the workplace. Due date: 20.08.2015
3. Project brief 2: Students will answer short answer questions which will show how they would evaluate a project undertaken in the workplace. Due date: 24.9.2015


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant course. These are available from the Program Co-ordinator.

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

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. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n


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