Introduction to Project Management

Unit code: NIT1203 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
Online Real Time
VU Sydney


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.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Illustrate 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. Demonstrate 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.

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For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

An Introduction to Project Management
Schwalbe, K. (2017)| Schwalbe Publishing

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