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MGT8079 Project Management Research Project

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Business
Student contribution band : Band 4
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Jon Whitty


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.

Course learning outcomes

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

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%)
Date printed 27 June 2022