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INFO6010: Advanced Topics in IT Project Management (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: INFO6010: Advanced Topics in IT Project Management (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Evening
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Computer Science
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Hasan, M. Rabiul
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: INFO6007. OR 3-5 years working experience in IT Project Management
Brief Handbook Description: This unit will explore the challenges of IT project management and the most promising techniques to overcome them. It will involve case study research to identify the limits of traditional IT project management practices. It will enhance the theoretical understanding by exploring the influence of top management, project technology innovation and different methodologies on IT projects.

Participants will be introduced to and learn to apply the most promising tools and techniques needed to govern IT projects. The topics reviewed will include:

1) Project Technology Innovation

2) Strategic Project Planning

3) Project Change Management

4) Project Initiation, Implementation and Closure

5) Performance measurement

6) Program management

7) Portfolio management

8) Relevant Australian and International Standards on IT/Project Governance and new industry methodologies around portfolio, programme and change management will be reviewed.
Assumed Knowledge: Students are assumed to understand the role of IT projects.
Lecturer/s: Dr Hasan, M. Rabiul
Tutor/s: TBA.
Timetable: INFO6010 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial (applied workshop) 1.00 1 12
3 E-Learning 1.00 1 12
4 Independent Study 5.00 13
T&L Activities: Theory is supplemented with practical assignment to provide a real-life experience and therefore provide for students with a range of different learning styles.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 5)
1. Explain promising approaches of managing IT projects.
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3)
2. Contribute to the body of literature.
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 5)
3. Selectively apply the most promising tools / methodologies to support top management and overcome project failure.
4. Describe the limitations of current approaches.
5. Effectively evaluate future innovations to overcome project failure.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Group Assignment Part-A Yes 10.00 Week 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
2 Individual Assignment No 10.00 Week 7 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
3 Group Assignment Part-B Yes 15.00 Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
4 Group Debate Yes 5.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3, 4, 5,
5 Poster Presentation Yes 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 3, 4, 5,
6 Final Examination No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 3, 4, 5,
Assessment Description: Group Assignment

The group assignment will be completed by groups of approximately 4 students. The assignment will involve the application of many of the concepts covered in lectures. It will require extensive collaboration between group members. The assessment submission will be in the form a detailed written report. Students will also be asked to submit individual peer assessments that will be used to moderate marks within the group. Late assignment submissions immediately attract a 5% per day penalty (or part thereof). Submissions with more than 10 days late will receive a mark of 0. Further details will be provided with the assignment. Students must participate in group assessments in order to pass the unit.

Final Exam

It is a closed-book examination. All of the materials in the unit will be examinable. Further details of the format and expectations regarding the final examination will be provided in lectures.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Minimum Pass Requirement It is a policy of the School of Computer Science that in order to pass this unit, a student must achieve at least 40% in the written examination. For subjects without a final exam, the 40% minimum requirement applies to the corresponding major assessment component specified by the lecturer. A student must also achieve an overall final mark of 50 or more. Any student not meeting these requirements may be given a maximum final mark of no more than 45 regardless of their average.
Policies & Procedures: IMPORTANT: School policy relating to Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

In assessing a piece of submitted work, the School of Computer Science may reproduce it entirely, may provide a copy to another member of faculty, and/or to an external plagiarism checking service or in-house computer program and may also maintain a copy of the assignment for future checking purposes and/or allow an external service to do so.

Other policies

See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to Course. Form Groups
Week 2 Project Technology Innovation
Week 3 Project Selection and Initiation
Week 4 Strategic Project Planning (part-1)
Week 5 Strategic Project Planning (part-2)
Assessment Due: Group Assignment Part-A
Week 6 Project Change Management
Week 7 Project Implementation and Controlling
Assessment Due: Individual Assignment
Week 8 Project Performance Measurement
Week 9 Project Completion and Closure
Week 10 Project Portfolio and Program Management
Assessment Due: Group Assignment Part-B
Week 11 Presentation
Week 12 Presentation
Week 13 Course Review
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Examination

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Commerce 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Science 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Science (Health) 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Computational Data Science) 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Computer Science Major) 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Information Systems Major) 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Software Development) 2018, 2019
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Honours) 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Honours) 2014 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Arts 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2014 and earlier 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science)/Arts 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Commerce 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Medical Science 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Science 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Law 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology (Information Systems) 2014 and earlier 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems)/Arts 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Commerce 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Medical Science 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Science 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Laws 2015, 2016, 2017
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology 2015, 2016
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Graduate Diploma in Computing 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology 2015, 2016
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management (till 2014) 2013, 2014
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (till 2014) 2013, 2014
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management (till 2014) 2013, 2014
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (till 2014) 2013, 2014
Master of Engineering 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Master of Information Technology 2015, 2016
Master of Information Technology Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Master of IT/Master of IT Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Master of Information Technology Management (till 2014) 2012, 2013, 2014
Master of Information Technology (till 2014) 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 5) No 23.25%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 5) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 3) No 7%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 5) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 5) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 5) No 69.75%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.