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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 a project, and identify the special characteristics of IT projects;  
  2. Describe the key elements of a project plan, including cost and time schedules;  
  3. Undertake project planning and documentation, considering all project requirements, constraints and risks;  
  4. Explain project execution activities, monitor and control project scope changes, risks, issues and the delivery of project team work activities; and  
  5. Monitor project closure, consider IT support plans and obtain final project sign-off.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Test Two tests (30 minutes 10% each) 20%
Project Group Project Implementation (2000 words) 30%
Examination Final Exam (3 hours) 50%

Required reading

Information Technology Project Management 7th Ed.
Schwalbe, K. (2013)
Thomson Course Technology

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