IT Project and Change Management

Subject ISYS90050 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject covers management of information technology projects and leading project teams and associated change management roles, tasks and processes. Topics include the project life cycle, project tasks and deliverables, project scheduling, critical path analysis, resource levelling, risk management, quality assurance and project delivery including post implementation reviews. The limits of projects as change agents will also be covered.

Indicative Content
The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).

Learning Outcomes:

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
On completion of this subject the student is expected to:

  1. Identification of requirements, functional and non-functional, for a project
  2. Development of detailed project plans, schedules, and budgets, estimate project resources, allocate/coordinate resources, and describe interface with management
  3. Application of tools and techniques of project planning and management, possibly including the use of project management software
  4. Identification, and evaluation of risks associated with projects
  5. Description of the human and organizational implications of change and explanation of the organizational change process and the limitations of projects as change agents
  6. Description of ways of overcoming resistance and handling politics
  • One 5,000 word planning report, completed in groups of three or four, due in Week 7 (35%) (Addressing Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 1, 2, 3 & 4)
  • One 1,300 word individual report critically analysing a project case scenario in Week 11 (25%) (addressing ILOs 3, 4, 5 & 6)
  • A 2-hour written, closed book examination, during the Examination period (40%) (addressing ILOs 1, 3, 4, 5, & 6)

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • Have in-depth knowledge of a specialist area through exposure and study of project management areas of knowledge
  • Reach a high level of achievement in writing, research or project activities problem-solving and communication through the writing of project analyses
  • Team-work, through working on a group project
  • Report-writing skills
  • Presentation skills
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Learning And Teaching Methods
The subject is delivered in 3 hour classes, with each class containing: a lecture presentation, collaborative discussion and activities, and self-study of research related articles.

Indicative Key Learning Resources
Students will have access to lecture slides and tutorial worksheets. The following textbooks has been prescribed:

  • Meredith, Jack R. and Mantel, Samuel J. Project management : a managerial approach / Jack R. Meredith, Samuel J. Mantel, Jr Wiley, New York : 2008
  • Marchewka, Jack T. Information technology project management. Wiley, 2009.

Careers/Industry Links
This subject is relevant to students pursuing project management roles in industry as well as IT professionals in general. Students will be discussing challenges in the practice of management projects. Real world cases of organizations attempting to manage their projects will form the background of some lectures. Industry practitioners will be invited to present their experiences to students.

Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Information Systems
Master of Engineering Management
Master of Engineering Management
Master of Geographic Information Technology
Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Systems
Master of Information Technology
Master of Information Technology
Master of Information Technology
Master of Information Technology
Master of Information Technology
Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Master of Science (Information Systems)
Master of Spatial Information Science
Ph.D.- Engineering
Postgraduate Certificate in Information Systems
Postgraduate Diploma in Information Systems
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Computer Science
Computer Science
Computer Science
Master of Engineering (Software with Business)
Master of Engineering (Software)

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