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Project Resource Planning


The two most commonly identified critical success factors for projects are an appropriately involved and supportive sponsor and an experienced and people-savvy project manager who understands what it takes to create a performance-focused culture. This subject emphasises the people (soft) skills of project management and the qualities of effective project leadership and communication, including emotional intelligence. These comprise leadership maturity, advocacy, strategic awareness, executive presence and project planning skills. Specific topics explore the interaction between project time and human resource management, such as high-performance teams, resource planning and productivity, resource allocation and levelling using industry-leading software, ethical behaviour, positive project-corporate politics, stakeholder engagement, influence and persuasion, the art of negotiation and compromise, and conflict management. The application of 'Agile' project management is also introduced and compared to traditional project planning frameworks.

  • Academic unit: Faculty of Society & Design
    Subject code: SSUD71-403
    Subject title: SSUD71-403: Project Resource Planning
    Subject level: Postgraduate
    Semester/Year: May 2021
    Credit points: 10.000
  • Timetable:
    Delivery mode: Standard
    Workload items:
    • Seminar: x12 () - Weekly seminar
    • Personal Study Hours: x12 () - Recommended study hours
    Attendance and learning activities: Attendance at all classes is necessary to get the best from this subject with the classes building on the work of earlier sessions and pre-reading. It may be difficult to recover if you miss a day. Attendance at the classes may be monitored and non-attendance may impact the final mark in this subject.
  • Prescribed resources:


    • Mersino, A.C. (2013). Emotional intelligence for project managers: the people skills you need to achieve outstanding results. n/a, New York American Management Association
    • Day, D.V. and Antonakis, J. (2012). The nature of leadership. n/a, Sage Publications
    • Grisham, T.W. (2010). International project management: leadership in complex environments. n/a, John Wiley & Sons
    • Juli, T. (2011). Leadership principles for project success, Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. n/a, Boca Raton FL CRC Press
    • Barry, B., Lewicki, R. and Saunders, D. (2015). Essentials of negotiation. n/a, McGraw-Hill Education
    • Noe, R.A., Hollenbeck, J.R., Gerhart, B. and Wright, P.M. (2014). Fundamentals of human resource management. n/a, McGraw-Hill Education
    • Stein, S. (2011). The EQ edge: emotional intelligence and your success. n/a, Jossey-Bass
    • Uher, T.E. and Zantis, A.S. (2011). Planning and scheduling techniques. n/a, Spon Press


    • Agile project management.
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Academic unit: Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code: SSUD71-403
Subject title: SSUD71-403: Project Resource Planning
Subject level: Postgraduate
Semester/Year: May 2021
Credit points: 10.000

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.


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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:

  1. Show competency in project schedule and resource management
  2. Manage high performance project teams.
  3. Evaluate the characteristics of an effective project manager.
  4. Practise scheduling in the context of resource allocation and levelling.
  5. Show emotional intelligence in human resource management contexts.
  • Type Task % Timing Outcomes assessed
    *Class Participation Tutorial activities 20.00% Progressive 1,2,3,4,5
    Written Report Assignment 1 40.00% Class stream dependent 2,3,5
    Written Report Assignment 2 40.00% Class stream dependent 1,3,5
  • Assessment criteria

    High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
    Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
    Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
    Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
    Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

    Quality assurance

    For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Type Task % Timing Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Tutorial activities 20.00% Progressive 1,2,3,4,5
Written Report Assignment 1 40.00% Class stream dependent 2,3,5
Written Report Assignment 2 40.00% Class stream dependent 1,3,5

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Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

The focus of this subject is on project schedule management, project resource management and project planning. It primarily addresses Program Learning Outcome #3: understand the qualities and characteristics that make an effective team leader, communicator, project advocate and manager of people and other resources. All required resources will be made available on the iLearn site or direct from the lecture.

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