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Managing IT Professionals (ISYS90091)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeISYS90091
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In this subject students are introduced to the processes of information systems project management with a focus on people in the presence of organisational politics. The first half of the term discusses eight of the nine knowledge areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) - scope, cost, time, human resources, risk, quality, and 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 a learning management system (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


Having completed this unit the student is expected to:

  1. Have developed a sound knowledge and understanding of project management practice including Information Systems' processes, tools and techniques as represented in the Project Management Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK) and in general management literature
  2. Have developed and applied skills in critical thinking and systems analysis to identify, evaluate and/or communicate strategic and operational issues suited to the application of Project Management concepts and theories to real-world practice
  3. Have developed and applied skills related to business communication, interpersonal, and team skills suited to the application of Information Systems concepts and theories to real-world practice

Can demonstrate an understanding of professional codes of conduct and ethical standards as they apply to the Management of IT Professional in practice

Generic skills

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 managementCommunication skills including report writing and presentation skills to both technical and managerial audiences

Eligibility and requirements


This subject is only available to students admitted to the Master of Information Systems (Executive), or students with permission of the Master of Information Systems (Executive) Course coordinator



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Online class participation, accross the teaching period. (10%). Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1 and 2 are addressed in classes.
  • One individual assignment of about 750 words, due before mid-term break in week 5, (15%), requiring approxim,ately 19-21 hours of work. ILOs 1 are 2 are addressed in the individual assignment.
  • One group assignment, in groups of 3-4, of 3500 words, due after mid-term, in weeks 7 - 8. (20%), requiring approximately 26-30 hours of work per student. ILOs 1 and 2 are addressed in the group assignment.
  • One group based presentation (15%) with 3-4 group members of approximately 20 minutes duration, including a Powerpoint presentation of 15-20 slides, due at the end of term in week 9, requiring approximately 19-21 hours of work per student. ILOs 1 to 4 are addressed in the group presentation.
  • One written assignment of 2,000 words (40%) requiring approximately 55-60 hours of work. ILOs 1 to 4 are addressed in the assignment.

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Time commitment details

200 hours

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  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 4 September 2019