Course Title: Undertake project work

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: BUSM8720C

Course Title: Undertake project work

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5371 - Diploma of Business (Public Relations)

Course Contact: Julia Makin

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5175

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Federico Viola


Available: Mon, Wed - Fri, 9am - 5pm by appointment only

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 unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to undertake a straightforward project or a section of a larger project. This unit addresses the management of projects, including developing a project plan, administering and monitoring the project, finalising the project, and reviewing the project to identify lessons learned for application to future projects

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBPMG522A Undertake project work


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 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 in line with the project parameters 2.2 Identify and access appropriate project management tools 2.3 Formulate risk management plan for project, including Work Health and Safety (WHS) 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 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 recordkeeping systems throughout the project 3.4 Implement and monitor plans for managing project finances, resources 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 recordkeeping associated with project and check for accuracy 4.2 Ensure transition of staff involved in project to new roles or reassignment to previous roles 4.3 Complete project documentation and obtain 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 learned from the project and report within the organisation

Learning Outcomes

You will learn how to apply project-management skills and how to meet the requirement of timelines, quality standards, budgetary limits and other requirements set for a project.

Details of Learning Activities

This course is structured to provide students with the optimum learning experience. Students will participate in a combination of group and individual learning activities. These activities will be provided through a combination of face to face teacher/student deliveries plus classroom work time. Students will need to research a specific topic and next present the content to the other students with the feedback of the teacher. This is a reversal of the teacher/student role. Additional learning activities will also be provided to students to complete outside of timetabled time.

Teaching Schedule


The course syllabus provides you with information about:

  • When classes are held, and what topics are covered each week (including the relevant Unit of Competency and associated Elements/Performance Criteria);
  • What learning materials and activities need to be completed; and,

    What assessments are due






    Week 1

    Introduction to Undertake Project Work



    Week 2

    How to define a project



    Week 3

    How to develop a project plan



    Week 4

    How to administer and monitor projects


    Week 5

    1.    How to finalise a project

    2.    How to review a project




    Week 6

    Assessment 1 workshop

    (In-class test)



    Week 7

    Assessment 1 -

    (In-class test)

    Assessment 1: (In-class test)

    Due: In-class

    Week 8

    1.    Overview Assessments 2 and 3 

    2.    Project Plan Workshop



    Mid-Semester Break 


    Week 9

    Project Plan Workshop


    Week 10

    Assessment 2 workshop

    (Group written assessment)


    Week 11

    Assessment 2 workshop

    (Group written assessment)

    Assessment 2: Group written assessment

    Due: 11:59PM Sunday (online submission)

    Week 12

    Project Plan Workshop


    Week 13

    1.    Project Plan Workshop

    2.    Assessment 3 workshop (Group presentation)


    Week 14

    1.    Project Plan Workshop

    2.    Assessment 3 workshop (Group presentation)

    Assessment 3: Document submission

    Due: 11:59PM Sunday (online submission)

    Week 15

    Assessment 3

    (Group presentation) 

    Assessment 3: In-class presentation

    Due: In-class 

    Week 16






The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete this course.  This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Class notes and tutorials.

Online notes posted on Canvas

Video resources on (see course content in Canvas shell)

References Project Management Foundations by Bonnie Biafore - Project Management Foundations: Leading Projects by Daniel Stanton -

Other Resources

All resources will be available in Canvas.

Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Performance Evidence

Evidence of the skills to: 

  • communication and negotiation skills to work with team members and other stakeholders to maintain project schedules
  • communication skills to relate to people with diverse abilities and from diverse backgrounds in a culturally appropriate way
  • literacy skills to read, write and review a range of documentation
  • numeracy skills to:
  • analyse data
  • compare time lines and promotional costs against budgets
  • planning and organising skills to develop, monitor and maintain implementation schedules.


Knowledge evidence:

 organisation's mission, goals, objectives and operations and how the project relates to them

  • organisational structure, and lines of authority and communication in the organisation
  • relevant legislation and codes from all levels of government that may affect aspects of business operations, including:
  • anti-discrimination legislation
  • codes of practice
  • environmental issues
  • ethical principles
  • WHS
  • privacy laws.


Assessment Conditions

Assessment must ensure:

  • access to workplace project documentation

demonstration of all required skills, knowledge and performance in a workplace-based project.

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment Tasks


Assessment Task

Due Date


Week 7 (in class)


Week 11, Sunday (upload on Canvas)


Week 14, Sunday(upload on Canvas)

Week 15 (in class presentation)

Note: You are required to complete three tasks. You must successfully complete all three tasks to be deemed competent in this course.

Assessment Task 1: Questionnaire - Applied Terminology: Tasks and Questions

Due date: Week 7 – in class (access to a PC, laptop or tablet required)

You will be supplied with a sample brief that includes relevant information about the project, dates, tasks, stakeholders, etc. You then need to complete/answer a set of questions and tasks during class time.

Type: Individual

Assessment Task 2: Report -Project Analysis and Project Plan

Due date: Week 11, Sunday, 11pm (upload on Canvas)

You will analyse a specific project and develop a detailed project plan.

Type: Group of 3-4

Assessment Task 3: Report – Monitoring, Finalisation and Review of Project

Due dates:

  • Upload on Canvas: Week 14, Sunday, 11pm
  • Presentation in Class: Week 15

You will work on the project  with the same group as per assessment 2. You will need to develop a detailed report on how the project has been monitored, finalised and reviewed.

Type: Group of 3-4

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix that maps all the assessment is available on CANVAS.   Submission Requirements   You should:

  • Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.  
  • Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
  • When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use the Assessment task document that includes a declaration and statement of authorship.
  • Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. 

Other Information

Late Submission Procedures    You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.  If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.   More Information:   Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for Special Consideration.  Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination.   More Information:   Resubmissions:   If you are found to be unsuccessful in a particular Course Assessment Task (or you do not submit/attend) you will be allowed one resubmission.  Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission.     If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.   Grading & re-submissions   Successful re-submissions will contribute a CAG only (Competency Achieved Grading) result to your overall grade for the course.   Adjustments to Assessment    In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:   Marking Guide (Competency):    You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.   You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.    Marking Guide (Grading)    After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit and you will achieve one of the following grades:    Final Grades table:   CHD Competent with High Distinction CDI Competent with Distinction CC Competent with Credit CAG Competency Achieved – Graded CA Competency Achieved – Not Graded NYC Not Yet Competent DNS Did Not Submit for assessment   Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

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