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ECMM417 - Managing IT Projects (2016)

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MODULE TITLEManaging IT Projects CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECMM417 MODULE CONVENERUnknown
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 12
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 13
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Project management in the modern organisation is a complex team-based activity, involving the use of resources from within the organisation and contracted from outside. In this module you will learn about the processes, methods, techniques and tools that organisations use to manage their information systems projects. You will gain project management skills by applying systematic methodologies for initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing projects, including PRINCE2 and agile project management methods.

You will also practice useful personal skills including CV writing, presenting and participating in interviews, and you will learn about aspects of IT professional practice through a series of “guru lectures” by leading IT practitioners from prominent organisations.
 

AIMS - intentions of the module

The aims of the module are:

  • To introduce you to the fundamentals of project management, as applied by organisations in information systems projects.
  • To help you develop effective communication skills, which you will need in many of your modules and in professional practice.
  • To give you practice in employability skills that will help you succeed in applying for IT jobs.
  • To give a flavour of the work done by IT practitioners and the IT-related problems faced by real organisations.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)
  1. outline the foundations of project management and describe the processes, methods, techniques and tools that organisations use to manage information systems projects.
  2. identify and use suitable software tools in support of project management.
  3. explain the legal and cultural issues pertaining to complex project contexts including external acquisition and working with global teams.
  4. demonstrate an appreciation of current issues faced by IT practitioners.
  5. apply PRINCE2 at Foundation level.

 

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:
 

  1. demonstrate an ability to manage a project (typically less than six months, no inter-dependency with other projects and no strategic impact) including the rescheduling for deviations, the handling of review meetings and the management of problems and escalation processes.
  2. construct a project plan for a multi-threaded project.
  3. create and manage a risk register.
  4. take account of basic management considerations: prioritisation, task versus responsibility management, managing up the organisation, people considerations
  5. follow a project management methodology.
  6. make use of the concept and application of deliverables.
  7. demonstrate the use of critical path planning and managing dependencies.

 

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge:

 

  1. demonstrate good interpersonal communication and teamwork skills.
  2. apply for a particular IT job opportunity and participate in the interview process.
  3. communicate fluently in writing, with the ability to articulate complex issues, taking into account the reader’s viewpoint.
  4. make concise, engaging and well-structured oral presentations, arguments and explanations of varying lengths by using various methods, with and without the use of media, taking into account the audience viewpoint at all times.
  5. summarise and critique presentations.

 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Professional skills

  • Communication skills
  • Employment skills

Project management

  • The project management lifecycle
  • Managing project teams and communication
  • Project initiation, scope, planning and scheduling
  • Managing resources
  • Managing quality
  • Managing risk
  • Procurement
  • Project execution, control and closure

Guru lectures

 

 

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 24.00 Guided Independent Study 126.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 24 Lectures and tutorials
Guided independent study 25 Individual assessed work
Guided independent study 25 Group assessed work
Guided independent study 76 Private study
     

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
In-class PRINCE2 test (demonstrating that a foundation certificate could be obtained; additional conditions must be met to attain to obtain the award). 5 hours preparation; 1-hour test 5 Individual marks
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 50 Written Exams 50 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Project management exercise (team-based) 25 12.5 hours 1-3; 6-12 (15) Group marksheet
Final Exam 50 1.5 hours 4-11, 15 Annotated Script
Professional skills exercise (team-based) 25 10 hours 13-17 Group marksheet

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
As Above Examination (100%) ALL August Ref/Def Period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

All referred/deferred assessment will be by examination.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk

Web based and Electronic Resources:

 

Other Resources:

Module notes given by lecturer(s)

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set James Cadle, Donald Yeates Project Management for Information Systems Prentice Hall 2008 [Library]
Extended Office of Government Commerce Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 2009 Stationery Office Books 2009 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 7 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Wednesday 11 November 2015 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 20 October 2016
KEY WORDS SEARCH PRINCE2; IT management, communication skills; employability skills.