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MGT8079 Project Management Research Project

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Project Mgt Research Project
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Management and Enterprise
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 080315 - Project Management
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Jon Whitty

Other requisites

Students should have completed at least six courses in a program of 12 units or more, and four courses in an 8-unit program.
Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


An important outcome of the Master of Project Management is that a graduate should be able to plan and execute independent research which consolidates, builds upon and applies the project management capabilities developed through their program of study. Project managers work in highly volatile environments and must be able to respond to unforeseen situations and make evidence-based decisions to solve complex problems.


This capstone course will call on the student to synthesise their learning throughout their program of study in a holistic way, and focus it in the context of a selected and contemporary project which enables them to explore key aspects of their areas of interest/specialisation. Students will develop appropriate research skills and specialist knowledge which will enhance their career prospects and prepare them for an evidence-based practice approach to their profession.

This course explores complex organisational project concepts and applies them in a global context. It discusses how information from academic and professional sources can be used to critically analyse complex issues. It covers how to communicate information clearly and fluently for appropriate project stakeholders, and how to design and execute a substantial research-based approach to solving project design and delivery problems.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. consolidate and critically reflect on advanced project management principles, theories and concepts in complex environments
  2. analyse, critically evaluate and synthesise project management research literature to define and investigate an independent research problem
  3. apply knowledge and skills to examine the nexus between project management theory and practice
  4. propose and execute a substantial research project or piece of scholarship
  5. use technical and communication skills to present research project or scholarship findings to a diverse audience.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Defining problems in project management practice 25.00
2. Approaches to research in project management 25.00
3. Evaluating solutions to project problems 25.00
4. Improving project outcomes through research. 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Summers, J & Smith, B 2014, Communication skills handbook, 4th edn, John Wiley & Sons, Brisbane, Queensland.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 50.00
Independent Study 115.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 30 26 Mar 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 70 04 Jun 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments:
    Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at