Course Title: IT Project Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: IT Project Management

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ISYS1033

City Campus

Postgraduate

620H Business IT and Logistics

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Summer2007,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Professor Hepu Deng

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5823

Course Coordinator Email: hepu.deng@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

You will be introduced to the practical knowledge and understanding of project management processes.  Examples and activities will place a focus on project management of information technology projects.

The course is based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge Framework, published by the Project Management Institute.

The course aims to provide you with the ability to act as a project team leader or to be a manager of a small project.  Further experience and development will be needed to equip you to manage large or complex projects.

Practical work in the course involves the simulated planning and execution of a small project as part of a project team.

If you are undertaking this course in Melbourne from semester 2, 2012 onwards your teacher will advise you if you require access to a computer for the course. It is recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus outside class times.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The capabilities that are developed through the program in which you are enrolled are described in the Program Guide. This course contributes to the development of the capabilities in the following way.

It is expected that you will acquire capabilities in the following areas:

  • Business Systems Infrastructure
  • Project Management
  • Professional Practice
  • Interpersonal Skills Development

Seoul Accord
The School of Business IT and Logistics embraces the intent of the Seoul Accord. Across the world, accrediting bodies that endorse graduate qualifications if ICT are increasingly adopting the Accord.  You need to be mindful that satisfying the spirit of the Accord involves an intellectual stretch.  This is apparent in the following account of the Accord, which is quite specific about indicating what is expected from a graduate.  It requires that graduates have knowledge and skills appropriate to solving complex problems.  An aim of IT Project Management is to assist you to deal with such situations.  More about the Accord can be found at http://www.abeek.or.kr/accord/contents.jsp

Australian Computer Society Core Body of Knowledge
The ACS expects graduates of accredited courses to be well versed in a range of knowledge and skills.  To this end IT Project Management in particular seeks to have you apply and analyse relevant knowledge in the following areas drawn from CBoK:
 

  • Problem Solving Using Modelling and Abstraction
  • Professional Knowledge:
    • Ethics
    • Professionalism
    • Teamwork Concepts and Issues
    • Interpersonal Communication
  • Outcomes Management
    • IT Governance
    • IT Project Management
    • Change Management

Other aspects of the CBoK may be touched on in less depth.  Further details of the CBoK can be found at www.acs.org.au

Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA)
SFIA offers a classification of IS skills now increasingly adopted in industry.  IT Project Management seeks to have you foster skills at a level commensurate with that expected of a recent graduate in the Project Management classification.  Further details at www.sfia.org.uk


Upon successful completion of this course you may be able to:

1. Critically analyse and synthesise the Project Management Body of Knowledge formulated by the Project Management Institute (http://www.pmi.org).
2. Apply knowledge of the key areas of project management to the formulation and execution of a project plan.
3. Work effectively within a team setting, employing professional and change management skills (analytical, problem solving, and policy-making skills, communication skills, leadership and ethical practice) to manage organisational and technological change.
 


Overview of Learning Activities

You may take part in weekly lectures, quizzes and group problem solving activities.  These activities develop your Professional Knowledge and Outcomes as described in the Australian Computer Society core Body of Knowledge described above.  They also relate to the Skills Framework for the Information Age, also referred to above.
 

You will also be involved with weekly workshops involving a simulated project management exercise.  These activities also develop your practical skills described in the ACS Core Body of Knowledge and the Skills Framework.
 

You will need to read the course notes, the textbook and recommended journal articles.  This reading will develop and reinforce material presented and discussed in lectures and are required for the weekly lecture room tests.
 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT university will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
You have access to extensive course materials on myRMIT Studies, including digitised readings, lecture notes and a detailed study program, external internet links and access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources.


Overview of Assessment

The assessments may include project work and/or examinations.

The your Professional Knowledge and Outcomes developed during Lecture Room activities may be progressively assessed as part of those activities. The workshop activities and project simulation is intended develop and access your capabilities with the practicalities of managing a project and to apply theory to practice.  More specifically they relate to systems infrastructure, project management, professional practice and interpersonal skills

Feedback may be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program director or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to the RMIT university assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document Assessment Policies and Procedures manual. The 1.2.4 Assessment Charter section of this document summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.