Project Management: Principles of Project Management - 2020 SP2

Principles of project management - Assignment 1

This page will help you get started on the first assignment for BUSS 5142.

Assessment 1 for Principles of Project Management is an essay assignment.

It is recommended that you read Writing Essays before starting your assignment.

Please refer to your learnonline course site for detailed assessment instructions.

Assessment tasks

Select your topics
Analyse and evaluate topics
Identify and describe interdependencies
For a challenge
Foundation Topics
  • History of Project Management
  • Projects and the Importance of Project Management
  • Relationship of Project, Program, Portfolio, & Operations Management
  • The Project Environment
  • Project Management Maturity
  • The Role of the Project Manager
  • Project Management Methodologies
  • Tailoring
  • Project Life Cycle
  • Project Management Knowledge Areas
  • Project Management Process Groups

Break down your question

Before you start searching it is important to breakdown you question and plan your search. To get started, follow the steps below.

1. Define any terms you are unsure of. Use an introductory book, dictionary, encyclopedia, handbook or website.

2. Identify main concepts in your topics. These will help you form your searches. For example, for the topic "The importance of project management":

  • Concept 1: Project management
  • Concept 2: Importance

3. Identify any synonyms or similar keywords for each main concept. You may find it helpful to put these in a table.

Concept 1 Project management, PM, management
Concept 2 Importance, role, purpose, value, 

4. Add in any:

  • Word plurals: role, roles, purpose, purposes, etc.
  • Different word forms: management, manager, manage, managing, etc.
  • Different word spellings: organization vs organisation
  • Common acronyms: PM (project management), PMBOK (project management body of knowledge)

More help:

Once you have identified your key concepts, you need to combine them using AND & OR.

1. OR is used to connect synonyms or similar terms for the same concept.
For example:

Concept 1 "project management" OR PM OR management
Concept 2 importance OR role OR purpose OR value

2. AND is used to connect different concepts.
For example:

Concept 1  "project management" OR PM OR management
Concept 2 importance OR role OR purpose OR value

3. You can also use:

  • Quotation marks " " to keep words together to search for a phrase.
  • Asterisk * to search for word variations, e.g. manag* will find manage, management, managing, manager, etc.
  • Brackets ( ) to keep groups of synonyms together, e.g. (importance OR role OR purpose OR value).


More help:

What is a scholarly source?

If you are not sure what is considered scholarly information watch this short video, or see the PDF below:

Start your search

The Library catalogue is a good place to start your search. You can use it to find journal articles, papers, book chapters, and reports.


To search in the Library catalogue:

1. Type your main concepts into the search box.

  • Tip: use double quotes to keep concepts together as a phrase.

2. Broaden your search by adding synonyms using the connector OR.

  • Tip: Use brackets (...) to group synonyms together.

3. Apply filters by using the 'Tweak my results' menu (left side).

  • Tip: You may want to limit your results by adding a date range filter.


More help:

Try using Google Scholar to find scholarly sources or material from education and government websites.


To use the Advanced Scholar Search:

  1. Access Google Scholar through the Library homepage.
  2. Click the Menu button in the top left corner.
  3. Select Advanced Search to access more searching options.
  4. Look for PDF links or 'Fulltext at UniSA' links to access the resource.


More help:

Searching databases

Library databases are online collections of resources which you can use to find articles, papers, book chapters and reports that aren't listed in the Library catalogue.

Two key databases are:

 Business Source Complete



More help:

Business Source Complete

1. Start by putting each different concept on a new line:

  • Tip: use double quotes "..." around any concepts you want to keep together as phrases.

2. Add synonyms using the connector OR. This is important as not everyone refers to ideas in the same way. This will help broaden your search:

3. To look for recent scholarly articles you can apply the limits (on left):

  • Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals
  • Publication Date range

1. To search ScienceDirect select the Advanced search option (located on the right side).

2. In the field 'Find articles with these terms' enter your different concepts:

Tip: If you are not getting results, change the search terms you use for different results.

3. Use the Refine By menu (left) to filter your search by:

  • Years
  • Article type (e.g. review or research articles)

Tip: All journal articles in ScienceDirect are peer reviewed.

Writing your assignment

If you need help writing your assignment, visit:

For more assistance with assignment writing you can talk to a learning advisor.


Your assignment requires your to reference your sources in the Harvard UniSA style. Use the Referencing Roadmap to learn how to reference different sources correctly.

More help:


For more help with this assignment please contact Ask the Library or the Student Engagement Unit.