Managing IT Projects
Project management in the modern organisation is a complex team-based activity, where various types of technologies (including project management software as well as software to support group collaboration) are an inherent part of the project management process. Project management involves the use of resources from within the organisation and contracted from outside. In this module you will learn about the processes, methods, techniques and tools that organisations use to manage their information systems projects. You will gain project management skills by applying systematic methodologies for initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing projects, including PRINCE2 and agile project management methods.
You will also practice useful personal skills including CV writing, presenting and participating in interviews, and you will learn about aspects of IT professional practice through a series of “guru lectures” by leading IT practitioners from prominent organisations.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Managing IT Projects|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
The aims of the module are:
- To introduce you to the fundamentals of project management, as applied by organisations in information systems projects.
- To help you develop effective communication skills, which you will need in many of your modules and in professional practice.
- To give you practice in employability skills that will help you succeed in applying for IT jobs.
- To give a flavour of the work done by IT practitioners and the IT-related problems faced by real organisations
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. outline the foundations of project management and describe the processes, methods, techniques and tools that organisations use to manage information systems projects.
- 2. identify and use suitable software tools in support of project management
- 3. plain the legal and cultural issues pertaining to complex project contexts including external acquisition and working with global teams
- 4. demonstrate an appreciation of current issues faced by IT practitioners
- 5. apply PRINCE2 at Foundation level.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 6. demonstrate an ability to manage a project (typically less than six months, no inter-dependency with other projects and no strategic impact) including the rescheduling for deviations, the handling of review meetings and the management of problems and escalation processes
- 7. construct a project plan for a multi-threaded project
- 8. create and manage a risk register
- 9. take account of basic management considerations: prioritisation, task versus responsibility management, managing up the organisation, people considerations
- 10. follow a project management methodology
- 11. make use of the concept and application of deliverables
- 12. demonstrate the use of critical path planning and managing dependencies
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 13. demonstrate good interpersonal communication and teamwork skills
- 14. apply for a particular IT job opportunity and participate in the interview process
- 15. communicate fluently in writing, with the ability to articulate complex issues, taking into account the readers viewpoint
- 16. make concise, engaging and well-structured oral presentations, arguments and explanations of varying lengths by using various methods, with and without the use of media, taking into account the audience viewpoint at all times
- 17. summarise and critique
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||20||Lectures and tutorials|
|Guided independent study||25||Individual assessed work|
|Guided independent study||25||Group assessed work|
|Guided independent study||76||Private study|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Student presentations||5 hours||13, 16, 17||In-class feedback|
|In-class PRINCE2 test (demonstrating that a foundation certificate could be obtained; additional conditions must be met to attain to obtain the award).||5 hours preparation; 1-hour test||5||Individual marks|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Project management exercise (team-based)||25||12.5 hours||1-3; 6-12 (15)||Group marksheet|
|Seminar journal for guru lectures||15||7.5 hours||4, 17 (15)||Individual marksheet|
|PRINCE2 exercise||25||12.5 hours||5 (6-11, 15)||Individual marksheet|
|Interpersonal communication skills exercise (team-based)||25||12.5 hours||13||Group marksheet|
|Job application exercise||10||5 hours||14-16 (4)||Individual marksheet|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|As Above||Coursework||All||Timescale to be determined by examiners board - September or December referrals possible.|
Since this is assessed entirely by coursework, all referred assessments will be by the assignment of a new piece of coursework.
Deferred assignments will be done by the original piece of coursework combining elements of the module.
- Effective writing (academic and professional)
- Presentations: making, summarising and critiquing
- Interpersonal communication: interviewing, teamwork, facilitation
- Finding an IT job
- Applying for a job (writing CVs and cover letters)
- Participating in interviews
Content to be advised
Introduction to Project Management
- Project management terminology
- Project failures and project successes
- Unique features of IT projects
- What is project management?
The Project Management Lifecycle
- What is the project management lifecycle?
- Project management and systems development or acquisition
- The project management context
- Technology and techniques to support the project management lifecycle
- Project management processes
Managing Project Teams
- What is a project team?
- Project team planning
- Motivating team members
- Leadership, power and conflict in project teams
- Managing global project teams
Managing Project Communication
- Managing project communication
- Enhancing team communication
- Using collaboration technologies to enhance team communication
Project Initiation and Planning
Managing Project Scope
- Project initiation
- How organizations choose projects
- Developing the project charter
- What is project scheduling?
- Common problems in project scheduling
- Techniques for project scheduling
Managing Project Resources
- What are resources?
- Types of resources (human, capital, time)
- Techniques for managing resources
- What is project quality?
- What are the threats to project quality?
- How can we measure project quality?
- Tools for managing project quality
- What is project risk?
- What are the threats to project risk?
- Tools for managing project risk
- Alternatives to systems development
- External acquisition
- Outsourcing-domestic and offshore
- Steps in the procurement process
- Managing the procurement process
Project Execution, Control & Closure
- Managing project execution
- Monitoring progress and managing change
- Documentation and communication
- Common problems in project execution
Managing Project Control & Closure
- Obtaining information
- Cost control
- Change control
- Administrative closure
- Personnel closure
- Contractual closure
- Project auditing
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Module notes given by Lecturer(s)
Project Management for Information Systems, James Cadle, Donald Yeates, 2007, Prentice Hall, 2007
Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2, Office of Government Commerce, 2009, Stationery Office Books, 2009
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