This unit investigates aspects of professional practice and specific tasks that need to be undertaken in order to initiate and implement an IT project.
Content includes many aspects of project management, definition of a project; characteristics of IT projects; project life cycle; project team; project management aspects; scope, time, cost, quality, human resource; communications, risk, procurement, and integration management; project planning and scheduling; Critical Path Method (CPM); project execution and monitoring; project closure; project management software.

Unit details

Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
NIT1203

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Define key concepts of project management, particularly for Information Technology (IT) projects;  
  2. Prepare an adequate project plan, including all project requirements, constraints and risks;  
  3. Perform basic calculations including simple financial analyses in project management  
  4. Discuss various project execution activities, monitor and control project scope changes, risks, issues and the delivery of project team work activities; and  
  5. Apply appropriate project management principles to specific areas of a project.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Two online tests (30 minutes 10% each) 20%
Exercise Short answer and calculation lab-based exercise (1 hour) 20%
Report Project management report - progression submission with three submission dates (Group of 4) (2000 words) 50%
Presentation Group presentation (Group of 4) (15 minutes in total) 10%

Required reading

Information Technology Project Management 8th Ed.
Schwalbe, K. (2015)
Cengage Learning

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