IS/IT Research Project - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Assessment: Report - Research (Group) 10-15% , Research Design Exercise - (Group) 10-15% - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,000.00
Domestic continuing 2,512.00
International 3,250.00
International continuing 2,762.00

2016 Swinburne tuition fees are reduced for continuing postgraduate students.
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Please note: This unit was previously titled IT Project Management Research Project.

This is a flexible unit of study which allows the student to undertake a special research project. It requires research into a topic that is relevant to the program but alternative to the material included in the prescribed units.

Upon successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Develop a critical understanding of the salient aspects of a chosen area of interest.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of a contemporary and/or emerging issue in the area of IT project management, Business Analysis, or IS Management.
  3. Draw on multi-disciplinary knowledge, skills, and practice from various sources (including group members’ own professional experiences) to address the topic of interest selected for the research project.
  4. Effectively communicate and articulate ideas in a scholarly manner through the project report.
  5. Critically analyse, discuss and evaluate an appropriate research method and research design within the context of a small research project.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to conduct scholarly research on the literature and practice on a given multi-disciplinary topic and determine a group view of the key essentials.
  • Report — Research (Group) 10-15%
  • Research Design Exercise — (Group) 10-15%
  • Research Project — Report (Individual) 55-65%
  • Review — Literature (Group) 15-20%

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:

  • HIT8433 — IT Project Management Research Project

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.

Students should complete this unit in their final study period.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1IT project structures in organisations
2The relationship between IT project characteristics and industry sector
3Project roles, including stakeholder roles
4IT project, program and portfolio governance and reporting
5Evaluation of IT projects, programs and portfolios
6The project management office: its role, creation, management and contribution
7Enterprise project management
8Managing people in IT projects, including teams and stakeholders
9Managing risk in IT projects, programs and portfolios
10Delivering benefits from IT projects

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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