This unit aims to give Information Systems and Management students an appreciation of the importance of a thorough understanding of contemporary project management techniques, both technical and human. It concentrates on both the management of Information Technology (IT) projects and the use of computer software in the management of these and other projects. It also aims to show how knowledge of the appropriate application of such skills is becoming vital to Information Systems professionals and managers in the performance of their many functions in an organisation.

Unit details

Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
BCO6656

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Devise a charter and project plan that respond to an authentic business IT scenario integrating best practice project management techniques;  
  2. Critically evaluate client requirements and develop a professional standard project schedule using project management software that responds to client needs;  
  3. Examine and respond to project risks through detailed project analysis supported by the use of project management software, to identify salient issues, alternative pathways and report changing status effectively to a professional standard; and  
  4. Integrate the principles and concepts of project management to address complex contemporary IT challenges in local, national and global settings.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Project Charter Scenario 20%
Project Project Plan Scenario (25%) and Presentation (5%) 30%
Report Project Status Report Scenario 15%
Examination Final Examination 35%

Required reading

A comprehensive list of recommended readings will be provided at the commencement of the unit in the unit guide and weekly recommended readings will be highlighted in lecture materials.

Information Technology Project Management, 7th edn,
Schwalbe, K 2013,
Course Technology, Boston, MA.

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