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In this subject students practice the processes of information systems project management with a focus on people in the presence of organisational politics. The first half of the semester discusses eight of the nine knowledge areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) - scope, cost, time, human resources, risk, quality, communication and integration management. The second half of this subject focuses on developing skills necessary to manage projects within an organisational setting and discusses topics including project management processes; teamwork; stakeholder behaviour; conflict; change management; politics; and project success factors.
A key feature of the subject is the use of a case that spans all assignments and enables students to engage with stakeholders through an LMS forum. The case provides the vehicle for students to initiate, plan and recover a project. Student teams also have the opportunity to meet with a manager from the case’s ‘project office’ to review their work and obtain guidance prior to report submission.
Content includes: the techniques as discussed in the (PMBOK) as developed by the Project Management Institute: Myers-Briggs (MBTI) Personality Type as applied to project managers; and various organisational theories applicable to change management, group and team work, staff motivation, conflict management and negotiation.
Intended learning outcomes
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
Having completed this unit the student is expected to:
- Be capable of applying the foundations of project management practice including processes, tools and techniques as represented in the Project Management Institute’s Project management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and in the general management literature
- Be familiar with various project organisations and processes which are contingent upon the technology, organizational structures and IS methodology being used
- Have an understanding of a number of advanced and related topics including, project success and failure factors, project manager influence and power
- Have confidence in identifying problems including if a project is ‘off the rails’ and solving such problems
On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:
- Analytical and decision making skills through examination of case scenarios
- Team-work, collaboration through group work and assessment
- Problem solving skills related to project management, project risk assessment, project resource utilization and project communication management
- Communication skills including report writing and presentation skills to both technical and managerial audiences
Last updated: 3 November 2022