6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
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This unit focuses on a holistic approach to project management. It provides students with a high level of understanding of the processes of project management, as well as sound skills in the use of project tools. Proficiency in using key tools and concepts could give students a significant competitive advantage in the market place. The content deals with: concepts and definitions; organising and staffing the project office and team; planning, scheduling techniques; cost control; risk management; contracts and procurement; etc. Case studies, articles of interest that may appear in current media, and students' own work experiences with project management, will be discussed to optimise the learning opportunity in the unit.
On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- analyse and evaluate the role of the modern project manager in the context of IT projects;
- interpret and critique a variety of project management methodologies offered by various professional bodies including that provided by the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK);
- describe and apply the available strategies, techniques and decision tools used by project managers to manage modern IT projects based on PMBOK methodology.
Examination (2 hours plus 30 minutes reading and noting time): 40%; In-semester assessment: 60%
Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:
- Contact hours for on-campus students:
- 2 hours of lectures
- One 2-hour tutorial
- Study schedule for off-campus students:
- Off-campus students generally do not attend lecture and tutorial sessions, however should plan to spend equivalent time working through the relevant resources and participating in discussion groups each week.
- Additional requirements (all students):
- A minimum of 8 hours independent study per week for completing lab and project work, private study and revision.
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