Managing Large Projects

Subject ISYS90052 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours, over the semester (block mode)
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours


Students enrolled in the two year 200 point Master of Information Systems must have completed 50 points of study



Recommended Background Knowledge:

Basic knowledge of MS-Project

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:



Subject Overview:

This subject examines three advanced topics in the field of project management with an emphasis on commercial corporate practices and techniques used in the management of large projects:

  1. Project planning, scheduling, estimation and control techniques.
  2. Project management models including the use of methodologies, outsourcing, procurement and project management office arrangements.
  3. Project governance processes, models and techniques including risk management, value management, reporting and change management and stakeholder management.

This subject builds upon the knowledge acquired in ISYS90037 Advanced IS Project Management. The subject seeks to ensure students develop skills, knowledge that can be directly applied in their work as project management practitioners and that they can apply techniques and models appropriately to their work context.


Upon completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Apply a range of project management planning, controlling, scheduling and estimation techniques recognising in which context these techniques are useful to project success
  • Understand how project management methodologies assist in contributing to project success and be able to critique a methodology
  • Develop expertise in a range of techniques associated with the governance of a project. In particular students should be capable of undertaking risk assessments of their project, define the value of their project in business terms, be capable of identifying and managing the various stakeholders to the project, and be able to report project status effectively to their stakeholders
  • One 2000 word project action plan, due near the beginning of semester (30%)
  • One 4000 word project report, due near the end of semester (30%)
  • One 2-hour examination held in the examination period (30%)
  • Participation mark (10%)

Prescribed Texts:

Kerzner, Harold 2009 Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning Scheduling, and Controlling, John Wiley & Sons

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students should develop skills in:

  • Analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Independent learning
  • Confidence at presenting to a business audience
Links to further information:

Basic knowledge of MS-Project is required for this subject

Related Course(s): Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Technology
Master of Information Technology
Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Master of Science (Information Systems)
Ph.D.- Engineering

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