• Class Number 8013
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Devin Clementi
    • Devin Clementi
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

The course will introduce project management approaches, processes and tools for succeeding in the workplace. It will attempt to provide a strategic view, as well as practical tools to better manage projects. The focus is of this course is on the development, use and integration of management tools and their adjustment to the project environment. Throughout the course, the emphasis is on taking a managerial view of the situation and implementing tools to support decision making.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of the requirements for this course, students will be able to:

  • Have an understanding of the organisational context and environment within which project management operates.
  • Have an understanding of the project management framework and common tools.
  • Have a strategic perspective with respect to the linkages and interrelationships of strategic deployment and project management.
  • Are able to examine contemporary issues in project management both globally and in Australia.

In addition, the course will provide students with an opportunity:

  • to develop oral and written communication skills through active participation in class discussion
  • the development and presentation of oral and written reports
  • formal and informal classroom debate
  • develop critical and creative thinking skills through exercises and assignments requiring analysis, evaluation, interpretation and synthesis
  • debate and classroom discussion
  • to develop leadership skills through structuring an independent group project
  • leading a project and a group exercise
  • fulfilling spokesperson duties, reporting on a group's activities to a class

Research-Led Teaching

This course will integrate the latest research on issues related to project management with practical tools and techniques. In particular, students are required to read selected research papers and participate in discussions in class. Additionally, in groups, students are required to review and analyse the literature on a topic of their choices. All these together can enhance students’ analytical capability and bridge the gap between theory and practice.

Field Trips


Additional Course Costs

There are no additional costs required for the course.

Examination Material or equipment

To be communicated on course Wattle site and via Examinations office.

Required Resources

Prescribed textbook: Meredith J.R., Mantel, J. 2015. Project Management - A Managerial Approach. 9th ed. John Wiley and Sons.

Note: an earlier or a newer version of this textbook will do. Just let me know if you cannot find the corresponding section numbers for the required readings in the earlier edition

Additional articles required will be provided on Wattle.

A copy of textbook will be available in ANU Library reserve and short loan collection.

Optional (available in ANU Library):

  1. Kerzner, H. 2009. Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling and Controlling. 10th ed, John Wiley and Sons.
  2. Project Management Institute (PMI) Standards Committee. 2008. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide). 4th ed. Project Management Institute, Newtown Square, PA.
  3. Zwikael, O., Smyrk, J.R. 2011. Project Management for The Creation of Organisational Value. Springer-Verlag, London, UK. ISBN: 978-1-84996-515-6.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  1. Feedback on in-class group exercises will be provided in the following week.
  2. Students are also encouraged to email the lecturer with their specific questions about the courses and assignments. Emails will be responded in a reasonable time frame. Please do not send the lecturer the draft assignments, but only the specific questions.
  3. Groups are encouraged to meet with the lecturer on a regular basis for the progress of group assignments.
  4. Written comments will be provided in the returning assignments.

Important: Most updates and announcements for this course will be circulated via emails and/or Wattle site. Please ensure that your official ANU email address is effective and have access to Wattle.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Lecture/In-class Exercises - Week 1: - Course introduction - Basics of projects: definition, characteristics and life cycle; - Project management overview Please see Wattle for each week's required readings, planned activities, and if applicable, assignments due.
2 Lecture/In-class Exercises - Week 2: - Project outputs vs. outcomes - Project governance model Please see Wattle for each week's required readings, planned activities, and if applicable, assignments due.
3 Lecture/In-class Exercises - Week 3: - Project initiation Please see Wattle for each week's required readings, planned activities, and if applicable, assignments due.
4 Lecture/In-class Exercises - Week 4: - Project initiation; Project planning: WBS Please see Wattle for each week's required readings, planned activities, and if applicable, assignments due.
5 Lecture/In-class Exercises - Week 5: - Project scheduling Please see Wattle for each week's required readings, planned activities, and if applicable, assignments due.
6 Lecture/In-class Exercises - Week 6: - Project resource management and human resource Please see Wattle for each week's required readings, planned activities, and if applicable, assignments due.
7 MSP Computer Lab (To be confirmed) - Week 7: - MS Project Computer lab (to be confirmed) Please see Wattle for each week's required readings, planned activities, and if applicable, assignments due.
8 Lecture/In-class Exercises - Week 8: - Project cost management and time-cost trade-offs Please see Wattle for each week's required readings, planned activities, and if applicable, assignments due.
9 Lecture/In-class Exercises - Week 9: - Project control and closure Please see Wattle for each week's required readings, planned activities, and if applicable, assignments due.
10 Group Presentations - Week 10: - A2.1: Project Presentation (Possibly an extended seminar) Please see Wattle for each week's required readings, planned activities, and if applicable, assignments due.
11 Lecture/In-class Exercises - Week 11: - Human factors in project management - Project management vs contexts Please see Wattle for each week's required readings, planned activities, and if applicable, assignments due.
12 Lecture/In-class Exercises - Week 12: - Course Summary and Review Session Please see Wattle for each week's required readings, planned activities, and if applicable, assignments due.

Tutorial Registration

Via Wattle

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Literature review report 20 % 23/08/2019 30/08/2019 4
Group Project Plan (Presentation) 10 % 08/10/2019 22/10/2019 1,3
Group project plan (written report) 20 % 18/10/2019 25/10/2019 2
Individual Final Exam 40 % 31/10/2019 28/11/2019 2
Class Contribution 10 % 23/07/2019 25/10/2019 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


See details provided for Assessment Task 4. Participation is expected in all seminars and assessments.


See details provided for Assessment Task 3. Additional examination information will be available closer to the examination period at https://exams.anu.edu.au/timetable/

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 23/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/08/2019
Learning Outcomes: 4

Literature review report

Details of task:

Choose one topic from the following list and conduct a literature review. A topic selection activity will be arranged through Wattle. If you intend to work on a topics not included in the following list, please discuss with the lecturer.

  • For the assignment, please use recent articles to make sure that you have the most recent knowledge on the selected area. The results should add significant value to the discussions held in class, using multiple sources. The preference orders of references: A*/A journal articles, other-ranking journal articles, conference proceedings, industry standards and other online sources. Ranking of journals articles is available on Wattle.
  • Reference styles should follow APA style. More information is available: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/.
  • Report should follow the general formatting rules which is available on Wattle.
  • List of project management areas: (Note: Areas suggested below are broad. You are suggested to choose a more specific sub-topic within the selected area)
  1. Project performance
  2. Project benefit management (also known as benefit realization management)
  3. Project scope management
  4. Project schedule management
  5. Project resource management
  6. Project cost management
  7. Project quality management
  8. Project team development (note the focus on project context)
  9. Project-based organisations
  10. Others (discussed with the lecturer) (Note: Project risk management will be used for workshop; so you are not allowed to work on that topic)

Individual assessment or Group task: Individual

World limit:Less than 2,000 words (excluding tables, figures, references and appendices) with 10% flexibility.

Presentation requirements:

The written report should include the following sections:

1. Introduction.

  • The definition of your topic (e.g., what is project schedule mgmt.?)
  • The significance of the selected topic (e.g., why project schedule mgmt. is important to PM)

2. Research methodology.

  • Explain the methodology by which this literature review is conducted (e.g., the key words used and the initial search results, the article selection criteria etc).

3. Analysis of relevant literature on the selected topic.

  • Determine and define the research themes (i.e., areas of research focuses) for analysis
  • Categorize prior research into the corresponding themes; and present their key findings

4. Theoretical implications.

  • What are the research gaps and future research directions?

Submission date: 4pm, Friday (23 Aug), Week 5

Form of submission: Turnitin

Due date for return of assessment: Typically one week from the due date (subject to changes depending on the final enrollment number)

Marking Criteria: See Wattle for details.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 08/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 22/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,3

Group Project Plan (Presentation)

Details of task:

Form a group and choose a project from your organization or your personal life. Implement the proper tools and techniques covered in this course to develop a detailed project plan. Sections to be included in this plan are listed in the description of Assignment 2.2. (Note: It is highly recommended that you consult with the Lecturer before you start to work on your A2)

This assignment has two components: (1) A2.1: Group project presentations and (2) A2.2: Complete Project Plan. Detailed requirements and the marking criteria for each of them are provided separately.

Individual assessment or Group task: Group

World limit: 20 mins for each group (15 mins for presentation and 5 mins for Q&A) (Subject to change)

Presentation requirements:

*Rule of thumb: Project owner and steering committee have agreed to fund your project at a high level. You are now showing them the detailed project plan for their final approval.

Prepare power point slides (or posters) to assist you with the presentation. The presentation should discuss the key results from the topic analysis.

Each group has 15 minutes for its presentation, followed by a Q&A session for 5 minutes. As we are restricted in time, please ensure you finish your presentation within the allocated time. An unfinished presentation will result in losing points off your grade. Presentations will be recorded.

All members of a group should be involved in the presentation, but they may take different roles.

Submission date: in class, Week 10

Due date for return of assessment: Typically one week from the due date (subject to changes depending on the final enrolment number)

Marking Criteria: see Wattle for details

*The presentation will be marked by the Lecturer, as well as by all other students in class. The average of all students’ marks will count for 30% of your final presentation mark; while the Lecturer's mark will count for the remaining 70%.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 18/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 25/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2

Group project plan (written report)

Details of task: This is the complete project plan developed for your group's selected project.

Individual assessment or Group task: Group

World limit: Less than 4,000 words (excluding tables/figures/appendices/references) with 10% flexibility

Presentation requirements:

Organize your complete work according to the following sections. Detailed required information for each section will be provided in class.

1. Executive summary

2. Project background

3. Project description

3.1 Project outputs and target outcomes

3.2 Project governance model… 

4. Work breakdown structure (WBS)

5. Project schedule management plan

6. Project resource management plan

7. Project cost management plan

8. Conclusions (managerial recommendations)

Submission date: 4pm on Friday (18 Oct), Week 11

Due date for return of assessment: Typically one week from the due date (subject to change depending on the final enrollment number)

Marking Criteria: See Wattle for details

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 31/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2

Individual Final Exam

Details of task: A 2-hour exam. The exam will be closed book and a mix of short answers and scenario analysis questions. More details will be disclose during the course.

Individual assessment or Group task: Individual

World limit: more details will be discussed in class

Presentation requirements: more details will be discussed in class

Submission date: during exam period

Due date for return of assessment: After release of final grades

Marking Criteria: more details will be discussed in class

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 23/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 25/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Class Contribution

Details of task:

You are expected to attend seminars and contribute to in-class activities and discussions. This mark will be awarded based your individual contributions to in-class discussions and will be assessed against course learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 & 4. Please note that raising and answering questions and/participate in in-class discussions does not automatically guarantee a high level of contribution. Your inputs must add significant intellectual value to our discussions. Such examples may include, but are not limited to, raising and answering substantive issues and questions, sharing relevant ideas, observations and personal experiences and pointing out relationships to earlier topics and discussions.

Individual assessment or Group task: Individual

World limit: N/A.

Presentation requirements: N/A

Submission date: Ongoing

Due date for return of assessment: N/A.

Marking Criteria: N/A

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

All requests for extensions to assessment in RSM courses must be submitted to the RSM School Office with a completed application form and supporting documentation. The RSM Extension Application Form and further information on this process can be found at https://www.rsm.anu.edu.au/education/education-programs/notices-for-students/extension-application-procedure/

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

All assignments will be marked and where appropriate feedback will be provided either:

  • in written in the returned assignment, or
  • in class, or
  • in person by appointment with the course lecturer, or
  • via the course Wattle site.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

You are allowed to resubmit your assignments before the specific deadlines. Any submission done after the deadline will be considered as a late submission and the above listed penalty conditions will apply.

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The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
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