IT Portfolio and Program Management - 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: SP1
  • Assessment: Assignment - Individual assignment (30%) , Group Project - Presentation & report (30%) - 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

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This unit aims to develop a sound understanding of the differences between IT projects, IT programs and IT portfolios and the relationship between these. It will focus on organisational projects and their characteristics, IT programs in organisations and effective governance and reporting, and the selection of IT projects, IT portfolio balancing and IT portfolio governance and reporting in organisations.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Articulate an understanding of the concepts of IT projects, IT programs, and IT portfolios
  2. Critically analyse and evaluate the role, establishment, responsibilities and management of Project Management Offices in organisations
  3. Appreciate the relationship between business processes and enterprise project management
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of governance of IT projects, programs and portfolios
  5. Identify and articulate causes of failure in IT projects and programs, the role of the PMO in avoiding failure, and the contribution of sound governance to the prevention of failure
  6. Articulate the distinction between project risk and operational risk, and understand the bases of IT project, IT program and IT portfolio risk management
  7. Critically evaluate and develop strategy to enhance the effectiveness of the management of enterprise IT project portfolios
  8. Demonstrate the ability to conduct an independent scholarly research on the literature and practice relevant to the area of project portfolio management
  • Assignment — Individual assignment (30%)
  • Group Project — Presentation & report (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

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:

  • HIT8431 — IT Portfolio and Program 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

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

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Distinguishing and defining IT projects, IT programs and IT portfolios
2IT project structures in organisations
3The relationship between IT project characteristics and industry sector
4Project roles, including stakeholder roles
5IT project, program and portfolio governance and reporting
6Evaluation of IT projects, programs and portfolios
7The project management office: its role, creation, management and contribution
8Enterprise project management
9Managing people in IT projects, including teams and stakeholders
10Managing risk in IT projects, programs and portfolios
11Delivering benefits from IT projects

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Chat rooms
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • 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.

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