COIT12208 - IT Project Management
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit students will develop an understanding of the key concepts in project management and learn how to apply them to IS/IT projects. They will learn how to use project management software. Industry standards, quality assurance, professional ethics, social and legal issues are also covered. NOTE: If students have successfully completed COIS13064 then this unit should not be taken.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite COIT11226 Systems Analysis

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Cairns
  • Distance
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney
  • Townsville

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 15%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 35%
3. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Assessment Student evaluations, discussion with students, discussion with teaching team, self reflection To encourage students to engage with the assessment in a timely fashion it is suggested that sub-deliverables are introduced to the second assessment item.
Course Website Student evaluations, discussion with students, discussion with teaching team, self reflection No change. Students have noted that the course content is relevant, interesting and thought provoking.
Course Content Student evaluations, discussion with students, discussion with teaching team, self reflection The positive engagement of students through interesting and thought provoking content will continue. The Microsoft Practicals will continue to be utilised as the student feedback indicates they assist students, are easy to follow and provide experience of a project management tool used in industry.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the activities in the project management lifecycle.
  2. Explain why project management is important to the success of an organisation.
  3. Discuss the importance of project teams in achieving successful project outcomes.
  4. Describe the relationship between project management and quality assurance.
  5. Apply common project planning, scheduling, budgeting and resource management tools and procedures in a project.
  6. Evaluate the status of a project and recommend appropriate corrective action where necessary.
  7. Assess the social and cultural impacts of your project on different stakeholders.

Australian Computer Society (ACS) recognises the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA). SFIA is in use in over 100 countries and provides a widely used and consistent definition of ICT skills. SFIA is increasingly being used when developing job descriptions and role profiles.


ACS members can use the tool MySFIA to build a skills profile at https://www.acs.org.au/professionalrecognition/mysfia-b2c.html


This unit contributes to the following workplace skills as defined by SFIA. The SFIA code is included:

  • Business Analysis (BUAN)
  • Project Management (PRMG)
  • Change Management (CHMG)
  • Requirements Definition and Management (REQM)
  • Program ming/Software Development (PROG)
  • Information Systems Co-ordination (ISCO)
  • Business Process Improvement (BPRE)
  • Methods and Tools (METL)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation  
2 - Practical and Written Assessment        
3 - Examination

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. Communication    
2. Problem Solving        
3. Critical Thinking          
4. Information Literacy              
5. Team Work            
6. Information Technology Competence          
7. Cross Cultural Competence            
8. Ethical practice            

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Presentation  
2 - Practical and Written Assessment      
3 - Examination    

Prescribed Textbooks

Successful project management
Author/s: Gido, J & Clements, JP Year: 2015
Edition: 6th edn Publisher: Cengage Learning
City: Stamford State: CT
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Access to Microsoft Project 2013, Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint.
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorLindsay Castell (l.castell@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Project Management Concepts

1 (plus additional material online related to Professional Bodies)

Week 2 13-03-2017

Identifying and Selecting Projects

2

Week 3 20-03-2017

Developing Project Proposals

3

Week 4 27-03-2017

Defining Scope, Quality, Responsibility, and Activity Sequence

4

Week 5 03-04-2017

Developing the Schedule

5

Assessment item 1 commences.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Resource Utilization

6

Assessment item 1 continues

Presentation Due Monday (17 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Determining Costs, Budget, and Earned Value

7

Assessment item 1 continues

Week 8 01-05-2017

Managing Risk; Closing the Project

8 and 9

Assessment item 1 continues

Week 9 08-05-2017

The Project Manager; Quality Management

10 (plus additional material online related to quality management)

Assessment item 1 continues

Week 10 15-05-2017

The Project Team

11 (plus additional material online related to cultural and ethical matters)

Assessment item 1 continues

Week 11 22-05-2017

Project Communication and Documentation

12

Assessment item 1 continues

Practical and Written Assessment Due Monday (22 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

Project Management Organisational Structures; Project Management Career Paths

13 (plus additional material online related to project management career paths)

Assessment item 1 continues

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Presentation

Assessment Title Presentation
Task Description

This is a group assignment for on-campus students (off-campus students may work on the project individually in special circumstances). Each group is to give a presentation about an aspect of project management.

Students must read the assignment 1 specification document on the unit website for more details about the assignment requirements and marking criteria.

Objectives

This assessment item will relate to one or more of the unit learning outcomes depending upon the choice of selected presentation topic.

In addition this assignment develops skills in communication.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Presentations will be scheduled by the local lecturer. Presentations must proceed on the allocated day (Students need to upload their presentation via the course web site assignment submission system by midnight (AEST) on Friday of the week their “presentation topic” is scheduled by the lecturer). Distance education students must submit their assignment in week 6.
Return Date to Students Release of presentation marks will depend on the date of the student presentation. Marks must be moderated by the course coordinator.
Weighting 15%
Assessment Criteria

Criteria

1. Speaker/presentation appearance and other first impressions (1 Mark)

2. Presentation structure and content (8 Marks)

3. Coping with questions/facilitating discussion during and at the

end of the presentation. (2 Marks)

Off-campus students should demonstrate facilitation of discussion by

making sure their PowerPoint script show questions designed to facilitate

discussion and summarising responses for each question. Also include at

least two questions that could be posed by the audience at the end of the

presentation. Answers must also be provided for these final questions.

4. Delivery. (1 Mark)

Off-campus students will not be marked against this criterion.

5. Visual aids, handouts, script. (2 Marks)

Off-campus students will be eligible for 3 marks for this criterion.

6. Target and audience (1 Mark)

Total of 15 Marks

[These criteria are described in more detail in the notes in the detailed assignment

specification on the unit website.]

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

All students must submit a zip file with the required files. See the assignment specification document on the unit website for more details.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the activities in the project management lifecycle.

2. Explain why project management is important to the success of an organisation.

3. Discuss the importance of project teams in achieving successful project outcomes.

4. Describe the relationship between project management and quality assurance.

5. Apply common project planning, scheduling, budgeting and resource management tools and procedures in a project.

7. Assess the social and cultural impacts of your project on different stakeholders.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Practical and Written Assessment
Task Description

Individual Case Study

This assessment item is to be completed individually.

The case study simulates a project management scenario where the student takes on the role of project manager. Students are required to use project management software as part of this assessment task. The case information is not complete so where necessary students will have to make assumptions and argue the pros and cons for any recommendations they make.

To assist students in their assessment solution development the following information is provided:

  • Product development case description.
  • Specific assessment questions that must be answered.
  • Information regarding the submission of the assessment.
  • Marking criteria.


This information can be found in the assignment specification document on the unit website. Students must read the detailed assignment specification document on the unit website.

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Monday (22-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017)
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria
Description Marks Available
Initial project schedule development in Microsoft Project. 7
Analysis of initial schedule, updates to schedule, analysis after changes. 28
TOTAL 35

Students must read the detailed assignment specification and questions on the unit website for a more detailed breakdown of the marking criteria.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

See the assignment specification document on the unit website for submission instructions.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the activities in the project management lifecycle.

5. Apply common project planning, scheduling, budgeting and resource management tools and procedures in a project.

6. Evaluate the status of a project and recommend appropriate corrective action where necessary.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - Students must get at least 40% of the total available marks in the exam (and at least 50% overall for the assignment plus exam marks) to pass this unit.
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the activities in the project management lifecycle.

2. Explain why project management is important to the success of an organisation.

3. Discuss the importance of project teams in achieving successful project outcomes.

4. Describe the relationship between project management and quality assurance.

5. Apply common project planning, scheduling, budgeting and resource management tools and procedures in a project.

6. Evaluate the status of a project and recommend appropriate corrective action where necessary.

7. Assess the social and cultural impacts of your project on different stakeholders.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

5. Team Work

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice


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