Developing meaningful IT systems within a specified timeframe and budget requires an understanding of many complex organisational and technological factors, encompassing sufficient skills and innovative practices to identify and manage changes, and to co ordinate resources. Students will examine the relationship between Information Technology and its organisational context, and how it can be utilised to attain a strategic competitive advantage in a dynamic changing organisational environment.
This unit will provide students with an opportunity to explore various approaches to planning and managing information technology projects. Students will consider issues relating to the development and implementation of technology based on various lifecycle models, frameworks and methodologies. The main emphasis will relate to the use of the methods, tools, techniques, and processes for planning and managing IT projects from start to finish.
This unit will also expand upon PMBoK [Project Management Body of Knowledge] concepts and integrate several recent developments in relation to understanding the human side of IT project management, such as stakeholder analysis and human resources management.
Various advanced project management approaches will be discussed and students will be required to investigate one or more computer based tools used to aid the resource management and implementation strategies for information technology development. This unit will also discuss the various roles of the project manager and include their responsibilities, the project manager selection processes as well as the recruitment of the project teams.
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Demonstrate awareness of different management and control frameworks and their impact on the Project Management discipline.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of Project Management tools and techniques.
3. Apply cognitive skills and ability to identify, analyse, and articulate the importance of team building, project risk, and time cost management.
4. Using management software to help plan and manage information technology projects.
5. Communicate effectively as a professional and function as an effective leader or member of a diverse team.