Information Technology Project Management - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Individual (20-30%) , Assignment 2 - Group (10-20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,305.00
HECS 1,305.00
International 1,555.00

This unit will provide students with an opportunity to explore various approaches to planning and managing information technology projects. Students will consider issues relating to the development and implementation of technology based on various lifecycle models, frameworks and methodologies. The main emphasis will relate to the use of the methods, tools, techniques, and processes for planning and managing IT projects from start to finish.

This unit will also expand upon PMBoK [Project Management Body of Knowledge] concepts and integrate several recent developments in relation to understanding the human side of IT project management, such as stakeholder analysis and human resources management.

Project management approaches will be discussed and students will be required to investigate one or more computer based tools used to aid the resource management and implementation strategies for information technology development. This unit will also discuss the various roles of the project manager and include their responsibilities, the project manager selection processes as well as the recruitment of the project teams. 

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate awareness of different management and control frameworks and their impact on the Project Management discipline including Project Life Cycle, Agile, Programme Management, and PRINCE2.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of IS Project Management tools and techniques such as: Product Breakdown Structures [PBS],Work Breakdown Structures [WBS], network diagrams, and critical path analysis.
  3. Apply cognitive skills and ability to identify, analyse, and articulate the importance of team building, project risk, and time cost management.
  4. Using management software to help plan and manage information technology projects
  5. Communicate effectively as a professional and function as an effective leader or member of a diverse team.
  • Assignment 1 — Individual (20-30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Group (10-20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Group (20-30%)
  • Assignment 4 — Individual (20-30%)
  • Assignment 5 — Individual (20-30%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CIS360 — Information Systems Project Management
  • INF30019 — Information Systems Project Management

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Information Technology Project Management
2Nature of projects, project management and project management frameworks
3Organisation structure and change within an organisation
4The business case and the project proposal [charter/plan]
5Project management life cycle including planning, execution, control and closure
6Managing project communication, schedule, cost, scope, procurement, quality and risk management
7Managing teams during project management
8Alternative approaches to project management
9Monitoring and evaluation of a project¿s success

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