Course Title: Manage a project

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: BUSM9899C

Course Title: Manage a project

School: 345T Creative Media

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5181 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Professional Writing and Editing Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Clare Renner – program coordinator
Tel. 9925 4047

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

At RMIT, the unit Manage a Project is contextualised by your chosen writing courses. Manage a Project is delivered and assessed along with each of your Refine Writing and Editing specialisations

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to manage a straightforward project or a section of a larger writing or editing project. It focuses on essential project management and the need to meet deadlines. 

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSADM03A Manage a project


•    Administer and monitor the project

Performance Criteria:

Provide detailed information on roles and responsibilities to those involved in the project
Clarify aim and confirm purpose, product, outcome of project for personnel involved
Support those involved in the project to ensure that agreed outcomes are achieved
Establish and maintain a file of all relevant documentation and correspondence
Monitor progress toward deadlines and take appropriate action where necessary to ensure timely outcomes
Complete reporting requirements as agreed
Implement and monitor financial control plans
Monitor human resources issues
Adjust plans and roles and responsibilities as required
Finalise project within agreed timelines


•    Determine the scope of project

Performance Criteria:

Clarify the boundaries of the project, or section of a larger project, in terms of  purpose, budget, aim, product, outcome of project, and the timeline
Identify limits of own and others’ responsibility and reporting requirements
Determine available resources


•    Develop a plan for the limited project or section of the larger project

Performance Criteria:

Develop plan and confirm (as required): timeline, milestones, deliverables, and communication protocol   Build the reporting requirements into the plan
Clarify and confirm resource requirements and where resources can be obtained
Specify timeline and confirm  and what is to be achieved by each deadline
Consult with team members and take their views into account when formulating plan
Inform the team members and other interested personnel of the project, the deadlines and how it is to be organised


•    Review project against the plan                              

Performance Criteria:

Review project in terms of aim/purpose, budget, quality of outcome, risk management and meeting of deadlines
Involve project team members in the evaluation
Document success and factors influencing success to inform future project planning

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit you will be able to manage a writing and / or an editing project

Details of Learning Activities

1.    Lectures
2.    Presentations
3.    Guest speakers
4.    Workshopping, self-criticism of written work, providing oral critiques of others’ work

Teaching Schedule

See writing specialisation course outlines for teaching schedule.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

See writing specialisation course outlines for resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment includes the completion of a written exercise and demonstration of competency through your chosen writing specialisations.

    Assessment Tasks

    This competency is assessed within the second-year writing specialisations that students must complete to qualify for the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing. See writing specialisation course outlines for assessment details.

    Assessment Matrix

    Not applicable

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