Course Title: Project Planning and Management Capstone Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Project Planning and Management Capstone Project

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Guinevere Gilbert

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3452

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 08.08.65

Course Coordinator Availability: Thursday and Friday 12.00pm - 1.00pm

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses:

  • BUSM3134 Advanced Project Management
  • BUSM4300 Project Management Domains
  • BUSM4302 Project Procurement Management
  • BUSM4332 Managing Complex Projects

before you commence this course.


Course Description

This capstone course provides opportunities for you to apply the knowledge and skills you have developed through your learning so far in this program and will integrate and enhance your graduate capabilities and employability skills. You will apply your theoretical knowledge and project management skills to produce a comprehensive project plan that addresses a real life industry context. In doing so, you will further develop the skills and knowledge required for effective project planning, including your ability to formulate a risk management plan, quality management plan and a communications plan. This course will develop your capacity to: respond effectively to the needs of relevant stakeholders; work effectively as a member of a project team; communicate effectively through oral and written communication; and apply problem-solving, critical thinking and analytic skills to real world projects.  

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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

  • PLO1: Determine and apply knowledge of complex project management theory to your professional practice and/or further study
  • PLO2: Professionally communicate to a range of audiences, demonstrating in depth knowledge of the discipline and of the needs of diverse project management stakeholders
  • PLO3: Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to analyse, synthesise and apply theoretical knowledge, and technical skills, to formulate evidenced based solutions to industry problems or issues
  • PLO5: Collaborate effectively with others and demonstrate intellectual independence and autonomy to solve problems and/or address industry issues and imperatives
  • PLO6: Critically examine and reflect on the profession, in local and/or global contexts, and question accepted interpretations and decision making

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. CLO1: Develop an evidenced based project management plan which addresses all elements of the project development life cycle
  2. CLO2: Critically analyse and synthesise project management theory and apply this knowledge to project management
  3. CLO3: Critically evaluate decision making and its impact on project success
  4. CLO4: Apply effective team work and communication skills to develop and communicate a feasible and strategic project plan

Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage in a range of learning activities in this course. Your learning in this course will include participation in class discussions, peer to peer review and group work.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A number of resources will be made available to assist your learning including peer reviewed readings, journal articles, and on line resources.

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.

Task 1: Exploration and evaluation of a project failure. Individual assignment.  40%. CLO2 and CLO3. 

Task 2: Manage a project for social benefit. Group assignment. 50%. CLO1, CLO2, CLO4.

Task 3: Preparation of an individual journal reflecting on the learning experiences of the program and of the course. Individual assignment. 10%. CLO3. 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Equitable Learning Services

Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provide support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability. You can contact the ELS if you would like to find out more: You can also contact the course coordinator or the program coordinator if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teaching staff.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc.