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IS 669 Project Management Operations (3 credits)

IS 669: Project Management Operations (3 credits)

This course is designed to give students both practical and academic insights into modern practices in the area of information systems project management. A general introduction to project management is followed by readings and exercises for topics that include:

  • Integration and scope management,
  • Time/cost/quality management, and
  • Human resource and risk management.
  • The traditional management aspects of initiating, planning, executing and controlling will also be examined.

The course will conclude with discussions involving what is involved in closing a project. Students must successfully complete IS 631, and IS 634 prior to enrolling for this course.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the theories and practice of some of the human elements of managing IS projects like team dynamics and organizational theory;
  2. Understand the principles and practices of lS project management, program management and life cycle management. This will entail examining issues such as strategic alignment, selection criteria, cost estimation techniques, and performance measurement for IS projects;
  3. Working with automated project management software, construct work breakdown structures, project schedules, and project budgets and use these techniques as management tools for project monitoring; and
  4. Examine the literature and case studies IS and software project failures and the related techniques that are available for risk mitigation and risk management in project management.

Outcome Competencies:

The student who successfully completes this course will achieve the following competencies:

  1. Understand the genesis of project management, its importance to the success of information technology projects, and its intellectual context and literature as a scholarly discipline.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of project management concepts and methodology to include the following:
    • The triple constraint of project management,
    • The project life cycle
    • Project selection methods,
    • Work breakdown structures,
    • Network diagrams and critical path analysis,
    • Cost estimating techniques and project budgets,
    • Project monitoring, included earned value analysis,
    • Risk Management, and
    • Motivation theory and team building
  3. Use project management software to plan and manage a case study information technology project in a group setting.
  4. Write essays about critical issues in information technology project management.
  5. Be familiar with current research literature and its importance to the discipline.