Course Title: Manage projects

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: BUSM6223C

Course Title: Manage projects

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5314 - Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact: Penny Johnson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4383

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 the 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 the 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 record 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


Course Schedule: Major Projects                                            




 Class Content




 Week 1

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 




 Week 2

Note-taking skills

Case study: Blueprint festival

Stages of a project

Why projects fail

Update on project ideas

Research project ideas







 Week 3

Working in teams – group theory

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

Meeting procedures

Setting personal goals

Professional conduct guidelines

Research project ideas and work on pitch

Personal reflection










 Week 4

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

– due in class




 Week 5


Managing conflict – revising professional conduct guidelines and how they apply in conflict management

Identifying and managing resources

Team meeting

Feedback on project proposal

Project work – deliverable 1

Personal reflection 




Week 6


Customer/stakeholder needs

Project management tools

- Developing timelines/schedules

- Using project management charts and software: flow, pert, gantt, Trello

Team meeting

Project work

Personal reflection 




 Week 7


Budgeting – internal and external

Tracking and recording resources

Team meeting

Project work

Prepare progress report

Personal reflection 





 Week 8


Present progress reports

Class discussion on any issues, concerns or questions

Team meeting

Project work

Personal reflection 




 Week 9


Feedback on progress reports

Marketing and publicity

Team meeting

Project work

Personal reflection 




 Week 10


Risk management and contingency plans


Legal requirements

Team meeting

Project work

Personal reflection 

Assesst #2B Project plan:

Deliverable 1 due




 Week 11


Feedback on project plan

Change management

Team meeting

Project work

Personal reflection 





Week 12

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

Evaluating a project –feedback sheets/survey

Team meeting

Project work

Personal reflection 









 Week 13


Presentation skills

Guest speaker: TBC

Group work to complete Deliverable 2

Team meeting

Project work

Personal reflection 






Week 14

Rehearse team presentation

Team meeting

Project work

Personal reflection 

Assesst #2B Project plan:

Deliverable 2 due








Week 15

Team presentations


Assesst #3 

Team presentation

– due in class






Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Resources are available in Canvas

Other Resources

All required resources will be provided by the teacher on Canvas.

The University Library has extensive resources and provides subject specialist expertise, research advice, help with referencing and support through:

The learning Lab

The Study Support Hub

English for uni workshops


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.

Students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training qualifications are assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard expected in the workplace. To be assessed as competent in this course you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.


You should refer to the assessment brief, which is available through Canvas for full assessment criteria.

Class-presentation assessments are due on the day of the class. Assessment Task 2 deliverables 1 and 2 will be due on the Sunday before the class in the relevant weeks (Week 10 and 14).

Assessment Task 1. Individual presentation: Project pitch. Due Week 4 (Thursday 30 July) You will research a potential project and make a short pitch to the class for it to be taken on as a class activity for the semester. 

Assessment Task 2. Project plan. Submitted in two (2) parts: Part A and Part B 
- Deliverable 1. Due Week 10 (Sunday 20 September)
     - Deliverable 2. Due Week 14 (Sunday 18 October)
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 (Thursday 22 October)
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.

Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessments are:


CA - Competency Achieved
NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did not Submit Assessment


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information

Information about your studies

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc.



Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised 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.



Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to assessment, (eg. applying for an extension of time):


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.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

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.  

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

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