Course Title: Manage a Major Project

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: BUSM5980C

Course Title: Manage a Major Project

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5198 - Diploma of Creative Industries

Course Contact : Program Administration - Adam Lovell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925-4976

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Viv Weir
Phone: 9925-8012

Nominal Hours: 35

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

This course focuses on the skills required to develop a complex project/event within the cultural industries
This course is co-delivered with CULMS506B

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSADM04A Manage a major project


1.Define the scope of the project

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Clarify aim, purpose, product, outcome of project and the most up to date technology appropriate/available for that project
1.2 Develop a project budget and confirm with relevant parties
1.3 Determine and confirm a resources strategy for the project, including finance, personnel, equipment requirements
1.4 Determine the levels of responsibility of those working on the project or managing sections of the project
1.5 Communicate responsibilities clearly to all those involved


2.Develop overall project plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Develop the project plan including timeline, schedules, deliverables and contribution from the sections of the project
2.2 Develop a strategy for risk management, resource management including human resources and equipment, for the project as a whole and for all sections of the project
2.3 Clarify and confirm resource requirements and where they can be obtained
2.4 Specify and confirm timeline and what is to be achieved by each deadline
2.5 Consult with team members and sections managers and take their views into account when formulating plan
2.6 Inform the managers of the sections of the project, the team members and other relevant personnel of the project plan, the deadlines and how the whole project is to be organised


3.Monitor all aspects of the project

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Implement project plan
3.2 Support all those involved in the project to ensure that project outcomes can be achieved
3.3 Use sound interpersonal skills to build trust and cooperation with the project team
3.4 Assess progress against milestones and take contingency actions where and as required to ensure that project deadlines are met
3.5 Adjust project plan in line with contingencies
3.6 Establish and maintain a file of all relevant documentation and correspondence
3.7 Monitor financial control systems and take necessary action to maintain costs as planned
3.8 Provide reports to project team as required
3.9 Provide feedback to those managing sections of the project
3.10 Finalise project within the agreed timelines


4.Evaluate the whole project

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Evaluate project in terms of how well the complete project satisfied the aim, purpose and product
4.2 Evaluate the quality of the outcome/product
4.3 Include the project team members in the review process
4.4 Review the project plan
4.5 Share information from the project evaluation with appropriate colleagues and incorporated into future project planning and management

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to work with a client/stakeholder  to research a range of options for developing and delivering a simulated event.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will consist of:-

In-class activities
practical exercises
group discussions
class presentations
online research
independent project based work
teacher directed group activities

Out-of-class activities
. independent reading
on-line research

Teaching Schedule

Week Class content Elements
1Course outline/assessment
What is project management?
Project management skills
Class Exercises
(10% - ongoing)

1.1, 1.2
2Choosing a topic
Group decision making
Meeting procedures
Teamwork – setting team goals
2.5, 2.6, 3.3, 3.2, 3.3

3Project proposal
Project documentation
Why projects fail
2.1, 3.2, 3.3

2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 4.1
4Role goals
Role allocations
Role of documentation
Customer needs

Proposal plan (10%)
1.4, 1.5, 3.3, 3.6
1.4, 3.3
5Project management tools
Developing timelines/deliverables
Using project management charts – flow, pert, gantt
2.4, 3.7
3.1, 3.2
6Organising venues and equipment CUSADMO4A
1.3, 2.3, 3.4, 3.5
7Risk management – internal and external
Developing Contingency Plans
O.H. & S. issues
Deliverable 1 due (10%)CUSADMO4A
2.2, 3.4, 3.5, 3.9
8Identifying resource requirements
- staff, equipment
Internal and external budgets
1.2, 1.3, 2.3, 3.7
1.5, 2.3, 2.4,4.3, 4.4
9Legal requirements
Advertising and promotion
1.3, 2.3,
10Project work – deliverable 2  CUSADMO4A

11Change management – accepting or rejecting the changeDeliverable 2 CUSADMO4A
12Develop resources for attendees – guidance materials, activity sheets
Work on project
2.1, 2.4
4.2, 4.3
13Project evaluation – designing a feedback document CUSADMO44.1, 4.4.2, 4.3,4.4
5.1, 5.2
14Project work – final deliverable CUSADMO4A
15Product delivery
Present project/event to customer
Final deliverable Project presentation CUSADMO4A
3.9, 3.10

5.1, 5.2, 5.3
16Peer assessment
Peer assessment
Project reflection

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Dwyer, Judith “The Business Communication Handbook” Pearson Education Australia, 2009
Class handouts.


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

Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks will involves practical exercises, knowledge assessment tasks and practical individual and group projects.

Assessment Tasks

Students will complete a group communication project. Assessment will be based on involvement within each of the stages of the project. 70% of the marks will be based on group work and 30% will be based on individual effort.

Class Exercises 10% (ongoing)
Project Proposal 10% Week 4
Deliverable 1 10% Week 7
Deliverable 2 10% Week 11
Final Deliverable 20% Week 15
Presentation of Project 20% Weeks 15/16
Peer Assessment/ 20% Week 16
Final Reflection

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

Grades which apply to curriculum-based courses:
80 – 100% HD High Distinction
70 – 79% DI Distinction
60 – 69% CR Credit
50 – 59% PA Pass
Under 50% NN Fail

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

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.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

Other Information

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.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

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