Group field research assignment
MGT4302 – Human resources and communications project management
To have students make contact with project managers in industry and gain an understanding of the nature of a project manager’s job—what the responsibilities are, what the challenges are, and what makes a project manager’s job rewarding.
This is a group assignment.
Students will be formed into groups of 5-6. Each individual within the group will be responsible for finding a project manager to interview and for interviewing them. As a group, consolidate the findings from the interview to prepare and submit a report that addresses the information requested in the sections below.
This assignment is worth 15% of the final course grade.
With your team, plan out all the work that needs to be done to complete this project. Use the Group Field Research Action and Communications Plan template to report this information. Then use this plan to track your project and deliver it on time.
Design a set of interview questions that you will ask a project manager that you find in the industry of your choice. The questions that you prepare will need to help you determine the following information:
Append the interview questions as an appendix to the report.
Find a project manager who is currently working in industry or who has retired from a career of project management. Set-up an interview with this professional. You can meet with them one-on-one, or via phone or other technology. It is your choice. Think about the best method of being able to get the information you need and to optimize your learning.
Each individual within the group must find a project manager, set-up an interview with that project manager, conduct the interview, and provide written findings from the interview to the team for input into the group report. Failure to complete these activities may result in a 0% or other allocation of grade on this assignment for that individual, at the discretion of the professor.
Remember that when you contact organizations or speak with a professional, you represent Algonquin College and must act accordingly. Ensure that you are:
Each individual conducts the interview with their selected project manager, records the responses to the questions, and submits these findings to the group. Note: You must interact with a project manager. Sending a list of questions to be answered and accepting a written response is not allowed.
Create a report that addresses the information requested in section 1. Prepare for Interview above and that also contains the following requirements: