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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:
- Have developed a sound knowledge and understanding of project management practice including Information Systems; processes, tools and techniques as represented in the Project Management Institutes; Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK) and in general management literature
- 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
- Demonstrate an understanding of the professional codes of conduct and ethical standards as they apply to the Management of IT Professional in practice
- 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
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
Last updated: 4 June 2020