Course Title: Manage projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: BUSM6223C

Course Title: Manage projects

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5314 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925-4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Lorna Hendry

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

This course is designed to develop the skills and knowledge required to manage a complex writing project.  This will include the co-ordination of a range of skills needed to deal with the planning, allocation of resources, monitoring, implementing of schedules and documentation of a project.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBPMG510A Manage projects


3. Administer and monitor project

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Take action to ensure project team members are clear about their responsibilities and 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 recording 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


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 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

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit you will be able to research, plan and develop  the time lines, quality standards, budgetary limits and other requirements set for a project.

Details of Learning Activities

This course is co-delivered with CUFRES401A Conduct Research.

In this course, you will learn through:

1. In-class activities:
- lectures
- teacher directed group activities/ projects
- guest speakers
- group discussion
- class exercises
- workshopping

2. Out-of-class activities:
- online and other research
- independent and group project based work
- independent study


Teaching Schedule

 Week  Class Content Assessments   CUFRES401A BSBPMG510A 

Course outline/assessment
What is a project?
Outline of project management skills
Analysis of project manager job descriptions
Project documentation
Brainstorm ideas for projects

Computer lab:
Research possible project
Create a template for your personal reflection         

   1.1-1.4 1.1-1.3.

Note-taking skills
Case study: Blueprint festival
Stages of a project
Why projects fail
Update on project ideas

Computer lab:
Library session (TBC)
Research possible project


Working in teams – group theory
Teamwork – decision making, setting goals, assigning roles, team rules
Meeting procedures
Setting personal goals

Computer lab:
Online personality typing
Research possible project and work on pitch
Personal reflection


Present pitches
Form teams

Computer lab:
Team meeting – assign roles and document meeting
Create templates for agendas/minutes/timesheets
Begin project proposal
Personal reflection

Assessment Task 1 Project pitch  4.2-4.4 2.1

Managing conflict
Identifying and managing resources

Computer lab:
Team meeting
Feedback on project proposal
Project work – deliverable 1
Personal reflection     

  1.7 3.4   

Customer/stakeholder needs
Project management tools
- Developing timelines/schedules
- Using project management charts: flow, pert, gantt

Computer lab:
Team meeting
Project work
Personal reflection


Budgeting – internal and external
Tracking and recording resources

Computer lab:
Team meeting
Project work
Prepare progress report
Personal reflection


Present progress reports
Class discussion on any issues, concerns or questions

Computer lab:
Team meeting
Project work
Personal reflection


Feedback on progress reports
Marketing and publicity

Computer lab:
Team meeting
Project work
Personal reflection



Risk management and contingency plans
Legal requirements

Computer lab:
Team meeting
Project work
Personal reflection

Assessment Task 2 Project plan:
Deliverable 1
 1.5 2.3

Feedback on project plan
Change management

Computer lab:
Team meeting
Project work
Personal reflection

  Mid-semester break: 21 September to 2 October      

Develop resources for attendees – guidance materials, activity sheets, programs, etc.

Computer lab:
Team meeting
Project work
Personal reflection


Evaluating a project – feedback sheets/survey

Computer lab:
Team meeting
Project work
Personal reflection


Presentation skills

Computer lab:
Team meeting
Project work
Personal reflection

 15 Guest speaker: TBC
Rehearse team presentation

Computer lab:
Team meeting
Project work

Assessment Task 2 Project plan:
Deliverable 2


 16 Team presentations Assessment Task 3
Team presentations

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


You are advised to check the Blackboard site for additional information and resources.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks will involve practical exercises that will lead to the development and documentation of a team project.

Assessment Tasks

This course is assessed with CUFRES401A Conduct Research.

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment and once you have demonstrated competency, you will receive a grade for Assessment Task 2 Deliverable 2 and Assessment Task 3 (refer to Blackboard for assessment criteria and grading rubric).

Assessment Tasks

1. Individual presentation: Project pitch. Due Week 4 (29 July)
You will research a potential project and make a short pitch to the class for it to be taken on as one of the class’s activities for the semester.

2. Project plan. Submitted in two (2) parts
- Deliverable 1. Due Week 10 (9 September)
     - Deliverable 2. Due Week 15 (28 October) (graded)
As a team, you will create, maintain and update a comprehensive, well-organised and professionally presented project plan that documents all aspects of your project. Individually you will write a personal reflection on the project. Deliverables will be submitted in 2 parts.

3. Group presentation. Due Week 16 (4 November)
As a team, you will present a review of your project to the class. Every member will participate actively in the presentation and some audio and/or visual content is required.

Graded assessment in this course uses the following grades:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Grading criteria for this assessment can be found on the course Blackboard site.


Assessment Matrix

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

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.
Feedback - You will receive spoken and written feedback from teachers on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.
Student feedback at RMIT

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress 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. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration.Special consideration, appeals and discipline

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism -
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity


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