CQUniversity Unit Profile
COIT12208 IT Project Management
IT Project Management
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General Information

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: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite COIT11226 Systems Analysis

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2017

Brisbane
Cairns
Distance
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

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

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

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

Assessment Grading

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

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 from Student evaluations, discussion with students, discussion with teaching team, self reflection

Feedback

Assessment

Recommendation

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.

Action

Sub-deliverables were not considered appropriate for the second assessment in Term 1, 2017.

Feedback from Student evaluations, discussion with students, discussion with teaching team, self reflection

Feedback

Course Website

Recommendation

No change. Students have noted that the course content is relevant, interesting and thought provoking.

Action

No change. Student and teaching team feedback has indicated the unit website information is appropriate and resources provided support the learning.

Feedback from Student evaluations, discussion with students, discussion with teaching team, self reflection

Feedback

Course Content

Recommendation

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.

Action

No change. Teaching team feedback has indicated the unit material is appropriate. Student feedback has noted the unit content is interesting and well structured.

Unit Learning Outcomes
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 Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation - 15%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Examination - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

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
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Presentation - 15%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 35%
3 - Examination - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Successful project management 6th edn ( 2015)

Authors: Gido, J & Clements, JP
Cengage Learning
Stamford Stamford , CT , USA
ISBN: 978-1-285-06837-4
Binding: Hardcover

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.
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Lindsay Castell Unit Coordinator
l.castell@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 06 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Project Management Concepts

Chapter

1 (plus additional material online related to Professional Bodies)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 13 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Identifying and Selecting Projects

Chapter

2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 20 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Developing Project Proposals

Chapter

3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 27 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Defining Scope, Quality, Responsibility, and Activity Sequence

Chapter

4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 03 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Developing the Schedule

Chapter

5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment item 1 commences.

Vacation Week Begin Date: 10 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 17 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Resource Utilization

Chapter

6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment item 1 continues


Presentation Due: Week 6 Monday (17 Apr 2017) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 24 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Determining Costs, Budget, and Earned Value

Chapter

7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment item 1 continues

Week 8 Begin Date: 01 May 2017

Module/Topic

Managing Risk; Closing the Project

Chapter

8 and 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment item 1 continues

Week 9 Begin Date: 08 May 2017

Module/Topic

The Project Manager; Quality Management

Chapter

10 (plus additional material online related to quality management)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment item 1 continues

Week 10 Begin Date: 15 May 2017

Module/Topic

The Project Team

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment item 1 continues

Week 11 Begin Date: 22 May 2017

Module/Topic

Project Communication and Documentation

Chapter

12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment item 1 continues


Practical and Written Assessment Due: Week 11 Monday (22 May 2017) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 29 May 2017

Module/Topic

Project Management Organisational Structures; Project Management Career Paths

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment item 1 continues

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 05 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

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) 5:00 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

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
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
  • Describe the activities in the project management lifecycle.
  • Explain why project management is important to the success of an organisation.
  • Discuss the importance of project teams in achieving successful project outcomes.
  • Describe the relationship between project management and quality assurance.
  • Apply common project planning, scheduling, budgeting and resource management tools and procedures in a project.
  • Assess the social and cultural impacts of your project on different stakeholders.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • 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) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Monday (5 June 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

Submission
Online

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

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the activities in the project management lifecycle.
  • Apply common project planning, scheduling, budgeting and resource management tools and procedures in a project.
  • Evaluate the status of a project and recommend appropriate corrective action where necessary.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
50%

Length
180 minutes

Minimum mark or grade
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.

Details
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Closed Book
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