Course Title: Manage projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

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 Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Melissa Cranenburgh


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


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


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

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


 Class Content





Course outline/assessment

What is a project?

Outline of project management skills

Analysis of project manager job descriptions

Project documentation

Brainstorm ideas for projects

Research project ideas

Create a template for your personal reflection 





Note-taking skills

Case study: Blueprint festival

Stages of a project

Why projects fail

Update on project ideas

Research project ideas








Working in teams – group theory

Teamwork – decision making, setting goals, assigning roles, team rules

Meeting procedures

Setting personal goals

Online personality typing

Research project ideas and work on pitch

Personal reflection











Present pitches

Form teams

Team meeting – assign roles and document meeting

Create templates for agendas/minutes/timesheets

Begin project proposal

Personal reflection 

Assesst #1 Project pitch





Managing conflict

Identifying and managing resources

Team meeting

Feedback on project proposal

Project work – deliverable 1

Personal reflection 





Customer/stakeholder needs

Project management tools

- Developing timelines/schedules

- Using project management charts: flow, pert, gantt

Team meeting

Project work

Personal reflection 





Budgeting – internal and external

Tracking and recording resources

Team meeting

Project work

Prepare progress report

Personal reflection 






Present progress reports

Class discussion on any issues, concerns or questions

Team meeting

Project work

Personal reflection 





Feedback on progress reports

Marketing and publicity

Team meeting

Project work

Personal reflection 





Risk management and contingency plans


Legal requirements

Team meeting

Project work

Personal reflection 

Assesst #2 Project plan:

Deliverable 1





Feedback on project plan

Change management

Team meeting

Project work

Personal reflection 






Mid-semester break: 18–29 September



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

Evaluating a project –feedback sheets/survey

Team meeting

Project work

Personal reflection 










Presentation skills

Guest speaker: TBC

Group work to complete Deliverable 2

Team meeting

Project work

Personal reflection 







Rehearse team presentation

Team meeting

Project work

Personal reflection 

Assesst #2 Project plan:

Deliverable 2









Team presentations


Assesst #3 

Team presentation




 Course review




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Resources will be made available by the course Blackboard site.

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:

  • participation in class
  • participation in individual and group exercises, written and practical
  • oral presentations
  • contribution to group project through research and writing
  • application of learned skills and insights to individual and group tasks

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).

Assessments are due on the day you have your class, either Monday or Friday.

Assessment Task 1. Individual presentation: Project pitch. Due Week 4 (24 or 28 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.

Assessment Task 2. Project plan. Submitted in two (2) parts 
- Deliverable 1. Due Week 10 (4 or 8 September)
     - Deliverable 2. Due Week 14 (16 or 20 October) (graded – 70%)
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.

Assessment Task 3. Group presentation. Due Week 15 (23 or 27 October) (graded) (30%)
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

For the assessment matrix, contact the course coordinator.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

How to submit work
Your assessment brief will specify how you should submit your work – as hard copy, digital copy or electronically through Blackboard. When you submit your work, you must include a declaration of authorship. 

For submissions on Blackboard, you need to agree to an assessment declaration when you submit.

For all other submissions, you must complete and sign a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work.;ID=x3ddsmsrwa1hz

Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises. We strongly advise that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.

We request that you speak to your teacher if regular attendance becomes difficult.

Assessment feedback
You will receive spoken and written feedback on all your work. Where relevant, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1

Student progress
Monitoring academic progress is helps us to assist you in achieving your learning potential.

Adjustments to assessment
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment satisfactorily by the due date, you can choose to apply for an adjustment to your assessment. RMIT University offers a range of adjustments designed to support you in your studies, including an extension of time to complete the assessment.

Academic integrity and plagiarism
Academic integrity is about the honest presentation of work that is your own. RMIT University has a clear policy on plagiarism (see web page for more detail).

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Credit Transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences.

Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) applies only if you have previously successfully demonstrated competence in a unit of competency, and now require to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer, RPL, or RCC for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.

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