Select a topic area for discussion (as it relates to project management) from the list below:
• Human side of projects (e.g. stakeholder management, PM skills, teaming, etc.);
• Intangible aspects of project leadership (e.g. social networking, influence management, politics, etc.);
• The future of project management;
• Role of the Project Office;
• Project benefits management, measurement and realisation;
• Project management and culture;
• An aspect of managing complex and/or non-standard projects (e.g. Programs/portfolios, ‘large’ projects, virtual projects, global projects, etc.).
You are required to:
1. Develop a specific research question regarding an aspect of the topic selected;
2. Adopt an explicit viewpoint in regard to the formulated question;
3. Advance written arguments to substantiate and support your viewpoint.
As a targeted literature review your initial point of view should be clearly stated at the outset (i.e. in the ‘Introduction’ section of your essay) and kept constantly in mind so that all research is directed toward gathering relevant information. The essay should then develop your ideas and reasoning in a logical and coherent manner towards a concise and well supported conclusion. Where appropriate, assumptions/definitions should be clearly stated and explained.
The essay should be 3,000 to 3,500 words of body (i.e. excluding executive summary, table of contents, references, appendices, etc.). Care should be taken to follow the guidelines presented below, particularly with regard to report style and referencing. It is envisaged reports will have at least 15 unique (and reasonably current) references from a variety of quality sources.
Marking Scheme Marks
Topic and Viewpoint • Research question falls within approved topic areas;
• Research question is clear and specific (i.e. not just open-ended and general);
• A point of view appropriate to the question is explicitly expressed;
• Point of view is reasonable for the topic area and question chosen;
• Report content clearly relates to the research question. 5
Development of Discussion • Report and topic are well introduced;
• Assumptions/limitations are clearly identified and explained;
• Rationale for choosing the research question is stated and reasonable;
• Discussion is well structured and easy to follow;
• Discussion develops its viewpoint in a logical manner;
• Discussion exhibits reasonable analysis of the research evidence;
• Interpretations exhibit insight and critical thinking;
• Report substantiates its viewpoint – it makes its case;
• Discussion is concise, without undue verbiage and/or digression.
• Conclusions reflect content and appear as natural outcomes of the discussion; 10
Evidence of Research • Reference list has a minimum of 15 (relatively current) literature sources;
• References drawn from a variety of respected sources (e.g. journal, book, etc.);
• References are in context and used effectively to clarify/support discussion;
• Statistics, quotations and factual data are cited appropriately;
• Method of referencing is internally consistent (e.g. Harvard/UTS format). 10
Professionalism • Includes title page, exec summary, TOC, heading/page numbers, labels, etc.;
• Grammar, punctuation, spelling, use of language is correct and appropriate;
• Executive summary is a real summary – not just an introduction/abstract;
• Report length meets expectations (around 3000-3500 words of body);
• Report exhibits a good communication style and is easy to read. 5
TOTAL 30 marks
Assignments are required in BOTH hardcopy and softcopy. Final-version hardcopy must be placed in the subject dropbox (CB11.05) by due time/date with softcopy submitted to Turnitin via the ‘Assignments’ tab of UTSOnline by this same time. Failure to provide a softcopy for plagiarism checking is deemed an incomplete submission forfeiting up to half of the assessment mark.
Marked hardcopy reports will be available for collection (with feedback sheets) after end of term.
Late submission will attract a 2 mark per day penalty (including Saturday and Sunday). Submissions more than 5 days late receive zero unless special consideration has been sought from, and granted by, the Subject Co-ordinator prior to the due date.
The report must have a title page stating the student’s name and number, subject name and number and the due date. This should be followed by an executive summary (approximately 200 words covering report purpose, point of view, main findings and summary conclusions), table of contents, introduction, body of the report, conclusions section, reference list and any appendices.
Students should consult the following UTS Website:
• The Bell Program Referencing Guide http://www.bell.uts.edu.au/referencing/ and follow the link to the Harvard (UTS) Reference Guide
All material derived from other works must be acknowledged.
Students are reminded of the principles laid down in the Faculty’s Statement of Academic Integrity – Good Practice and Ethics in Informal Assessment found at http://wiki.it.uts.edu.au/start/Academic_Integrity
Students should also refer to the UTS Policy and Procedures for the Assessment of Coursework Subjects, including details of assessment submission, late penalties, misconduct, plagiarism, etc.