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M2.  Commencement and collaboration – putting ideas into practice

Description:

There are many issues to address once funding for a research project has been obtained. This module explores the first year of a research project to ensure successful start-up and consolidation. The module is extremely valuable for all grant recipients. It identifies the tools and resources relevant to the commencement of research projects and explores principles of project management in the context of research projects. It should also assist you to develop management and structure plans appropriate to the research project. The tools and methods learnt in this module will help you manage change and risks associated with research projects.

Aims:

This module aims to:

  • identify tools and resources relevant to the commencement of research projects;
  • define principles of project management in the context of research projects;
  • assist you to develop management and structure plans appropriate to the research project; and
  • give you tools and methods to help you manage change and risks associated with research projects.

Learning outcomes:

After completing this module you should be able to:

  • develop a plan and a budget for the research project based on the funding available and required timelines, in order to manage risk and monitor the project;
  • recruit the appropriate project team and identify roles, responsibilities, research outcomes, timelines, respective contributions (cash and in-kind) and resources;
  • apply the process for the commencement and finalisation of contracts/agreements in support of the research project;
  • create a program badge/brand for the project through a website and linkages with collaborators nationally and globally (relevant only to larger multi-organisation projects);
  • develop a governance framework including decision-making and communication policies;
  • finalise a procurement strategy and plan (infrastructure, materials and consumables);
  • identify collaborators and develop a communication strategy for the benefit of all stakeholders.

Suitability:

  • Researchers at all levels, including PhD students and research management staff

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Updated:  21 March 2011/Responsible Officer:  Head, Research Student Development Centre /Page Contact:  FRLP Web Manager