This unit aims to develop an understanding of possible approaches to planning and managing information technology projects. With a focus on adhering to an agreed timeframe and budget, students learn how IT projects are managed successfully and acquaint themselves with the appropriate methods, tools, techniques, and processes to achieve this goal. Students learn to identify risk factors and means to address risks to the completion of IT projects on time and within budget. Students also familiarise themselves with change management, the roles and responsibilities of project managers and the recruitment of project teams.

Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the significance of systematic approaches to project management in achieving successful IT projects, including software development and the pertinent agile approaches
  • Apply cognitive skills to analyse the risks to the completion of projects on time and within budget and identify appropriate management strategies for specific risks
  • Discuss human factors in IT projects, team building and management
  • Discuss project management tool options and use select tools effectively for project management
  • Communicate effectively as a professional and function as an effective leader or member of a diverse team

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
2.00 12 weeks 24
2.00 12 weeks 24
Unspecified Activities
Independent Learning
8.50 12 weeks 102


Type Task Weighting ULO's
PortfolioIndividual 100% 1,2,3,4,5 


  • Project management, its objectives, significance, means and challenges.
  • IT project success factors, risks to schedule, potential for cost blowout and means to contain risks.
  • Project team selection, team member roles, human factors.
  • Digital technologies that assist in managing all aspects of IT projects

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.