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Student perceptions of project management: Postgraduate education in an Australian university

conference contribution
posted on 2020-03-11, 00:00 authored by S Boon, Samer SkaikSamer Skaik
There is a mounting literature advocating the need to educate and train project management professionals in order to meet the evolving complexities in projects. It is imperative, therefore, to continually examine the extent to which PM education is effective in equipping students with the requisite knowledge and skills in preparation to enter the PM workforce. This study adopts a case study approach to examine perceptions of postgraduate students about their completed graduate diploma in PM which is offered at an Australian university. The findings of the study revealed that students are generally satisfied with their learning experience in the selected course. The findings suggest that the course learning outcome that has mostly been attained by graduates is the ability to apply soft skills in managing projects and activities. Three areas for improvement were identified for further improvement: firstly, designing more assessment tasks with a primary focus on practical and technical aspects; secondly, selecting teaching staff who have a mixture of academic and industry experience; and finally inviting more industry guest lectures to share their real-world PM experience. The study contributes to the existing literature about good practices in PM in tertiary education.

History

Editor

Zhao X; Kalutara PL; Webber RJ

Start Page

181

End Page

193

Number of Pages

13

Start Date

2019-11-06

Finish Date

2019-11-08

ISBN-13

9781921047510

Location

Noosa, Qld., Australia

Publisher

Central Queensland University

Place of Publication

Rockhampton, Qld

Additional Rights

© Copyright lies with the Authors, 2019.

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Name of Conference

43rd Australasian University Building Educators Association Conference (AUBEA)

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