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31272 Project Management and the Professional

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UTS: Information Technology: Systems, Management and Leadership
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

Requisite(s): (31269 Business Requirements Modelling AND 31266 Introduction to Information Systems AND (31265 Communication for IT Professionals OR 48230 Engineering Communication) AND (78 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10229 Bachelor of Science Games Development OR 31138 Review of IT Experience OR 72 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10143 Bachelor of Information Technology OR 78 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10148 Bachelor of Science Information Technology OR 78 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10152 Bachelor of Science Information Technology Diploma Information Technology Professional Practice OR 78 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10219 Bachelor of Business Bachelor of Science Information Technology OR 78 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10239 Bachelor of Science Information Technology Bachelor of Arts International Studies OR 78 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10245 Bachelor of Science Information Technology Bachelor of Laws OR 78 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10158 Bachelor of Mathematics and Computing OR 78 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10224 Bachelor of Mathematics and Computing Bachelor of Arts International Studies OR 78 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10327 Bachelor of Science Information Technology Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation OR 78 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10345 Bachelor of Science Information Technology Diploma Information Technology Professional Practice))
Anti-requisite(s): 31454 Project Management and the Professional AND 32541 Project Management AND 48260 Engineering Project Management

Recommended studies:

A general awareness of the systems management and development process, the nature of the IT industry and current social and political issues.

Description

This subject covers managing development and implementation of project solutions with an emphasis on information systems project management and professionalism. It considers the roles of project managers, practitioners and stakeholders within a project team; ethics and codes of conduct; organisational context of projects; and different knowledge areas contributing to the successful delivery of a project life cycle.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Identify alternative models for the management of projects and how these can be applied in practice;
2. Explain the requirements and structure of information systems project management within business environments;
3. Explain the nature of project success and the need for assuring quality outcomes;
4. Explain the social impact of information technology, responsibility of IT professionals and importance of ethical codes of conduct;
5. Synthesize, evaluate and order team member contributions while working in groups to build deadline-driven project deliverables.

Teaching and learning strategies

There will be 1½ hours of classroom interaction and 1½ hours of tutorial workshops, case studies, discussion and exercises. Prereading is provided via UTSOnline videos and access to the Lynda.com online tutorial Project Management Fundamentals, providing a foundation for subject learning. UTSOnline will be actively moderated from the start of the teaching session to incorporate responses and provide specific feedback to student queries pertaining to workshops, subject content, assessments and week-by-week discussion topics.

The intention is to build project collateral via the week-by-week student workshops. Working in collaborative teams, students prepare and facilitate the running of workshops to collect relevant information and compose reports which are then uploaded to UTSOnline for collective review. These reports are independently audited by an external assessor from week 3. Objective feedback is provided to students in these workshops and thereby supporting continuous improvement. Workshop outputs are designed to contribute to the major end-of-term group assessment item.

Case studies, accessed via UTSOnline, provide opportunities for research-inspired learning where students are given a contemporary dilemma from the public domain. They then discuss the ethics of this real-life situation, assess the event in comparison to information industry codes of conduct from Australian and international bodies and justify their determinations as a report.

Please see the section on Additional Information.

Content (topics)

The topic areas are as follows:

  1. The Project Management Process: Lifecycle; Key Approaches
  2. Project Planning: Evaluation; Selection; Planning; Initiation; Execution; Closure
  3. Organising: Resources; Teams and Human Resources; Procurement; Task Estimation; Time Scheduling
  4. Controlling: Stakeholders; Risk; Monitoring/Control; Quality; Communication
  5. Professionalism: Ethical Foundations, Codes of Conduct; Responsibility; Privacy, Legal Issues

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Ethics Assignment (individual)

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

4

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

A.1, B.6, E.1 and F.2

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Length:

Approximately 2200 to 2500 words of body (i.e. not counting title page, exec summary, toc, etc.).

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Able to conceptualise and show accurate comprehension of any ethical situation relevant to information and technology project management 25 4 A.1
Demonstrate relevant insight into ethical codes of behaviour that may apply to the situation/culture 25 4 F.2
Demonstrate research skills 25 4 B.6
Justify a personal viewpoint in regard to a situation 25 4 E.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Project Proposal (group)

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 2, 3 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

A.1, A.2, A.3, A.5, E.1, E.2 and E.3

Type: Report
Groupwork: Group, group and individually assessed
Weight: 25%
Length:

9000 to 10000 words of body (i.e. not counting title page, exec summary, tocs, reference list, etc.)

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Detailed preparation of a project proposal for a provided case study including completeness of analysis and identification of high-level stakeholder/organisational goals, project requirements and solution deliverables 30 2 A.1, A.5
Able to determine and justify selection of appropriate systems development methodology, project controls and risk assessment strategy 20 1, 2 A.3, E.3
Effective participation in group meetings, joint work undertaken and realisation of team deliverables 25 5 A.2, E.2
On-time submission of a final report exhibiting professional-level quality and communication 25 3 E.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Workshop and Class Participation (individual)

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

1, 3 and 5

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

A.1, B.1, D.1, E.0, E.1 and E.2

Type: Exercises
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 15%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Effective group preparation for, and running of, a workshop 25 1, 5 A.1, B.1
Quality and completeness of the workshop report 25 3, 5 E.0, E.2
Active and supportive participation in tutorials and online discussion forums 35 3 E.1
Quality, completeness and punctuality of submitted homework 15 3 D.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 4: Final Exam

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses the following subject learning objectives (SLOs):

2, 3 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes (CILOs):

B.1, E.1, E.3 and F.2

Type: Examination
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%
Criteria:

Passing grade (50%) in the subject final examination.

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Demonstrate comprehension of fundamental elements of the project management discipline 60 2, 3 B.1, E.3
Demonstrate comprehension of project management ethics and professionalism 25 4 F.2
Clarity of written expression and communication 15 3 E.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Minimum requirements

Students must attain minimium of 20/40 in the Final Exam and at least 50/100 for the total subject result. Inability to pass the final exam will result in a grading of 'X' (failure to meet a mandatory criteria) while inability to achieve an overall pass will be listed as 'Z' (failure to achieve a passing grade).

Required texts

Marchewka, J. (2015), Information Technology Project Management, 5th ed., John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ.

Students are expected to source information for themselves from other project management references as needed.

Recommended texts

The following texts may be useful at times as additional references:

  • Larson, E., Honig, B., Gray, C., Dantin, U. and Baccarini, D. (2014), Project Management: The Managerial Process, McGraw-Hill, Sydney.
  • Schwalbe, K. (2010), Information Technology Project Management, 6th ed., Course Technology, Boston.
  • PMI (2013), Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 5th ed., Project Management Institute, Pennsylvania.
  • Kliem, R.L. (2012), Ethics and Project Managment, CRC Press, Boca Raton.
  • Quinn, J. (2012), Ethics for the Information Age, Pearson, Boston.

Other resources

Online materials and announcements will be available via UTSOnline. A dedicated moderator will answer questions, provide help, etc. You are expected to use UTSOnline regularly so plan to devote time to this on a weekly basis: https://online.uts.edu.au/.