IT Project Management
This course introduces students to the field of project management with particular emphasis on the management of information technology (IT) projects. Students will develop an understanding of the most common processes, tools, techniques, and theories applied to the management of IT projects. Topics that are covered include: the lifecycle, scheduling, risk management, change management, benefits management, and requirements management.. This exploration is intended to provide students with a greater understanding of how they can address some of the unique challenges associated with IT projects. Advanced topics will also be introduced throughout the course to foster greater depth of understanding, to challenge students to think about established issues in new ways, and to highlight gaps in our current understanding. The course is a mix of theory and practice: in the first weeks, the emphasis is on the theory of IT Project Management, whereas in the second half of the course, the focus for the students shifts to practicing what has been learned.
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Key Learning Objectives
- Develop an understanding of key project management concepts and principles including those associated with the planning, execution, and monitoring of projects
- Develop familiarity with some of the key findings reported upon in recent project management literature
- Acquire skills in the most common IT project management activities, such as the preparation of project management plans, progress evaluations, and risk identification and response efforts
- Improve ability to recognize and describe important information system development methods and determine their suitability to particular circumstances
- Acquire knowledge concerning some of the tools available to support project management activities
- Improve ability to recognize and effectively address threats to project success
Graduates have profound, evidence-based and up-to-date academic knowledge and understanding of theories, methods and tools in business/economics. This includes demonstrating the ability to develop new ideas.
Graduates can apply their profound knowledge and understanding to identify and solve also unstructured or semi-structured real life business/economic problems in unfamiliar environments within broader multidisciplinary contexts. This includes demonstrating analytical skills and a problem-solving attitude.
Graduates can integrate various perspectives to formulate Judgments even with incomplete information on complex theoretical and practical business/economic issues.
Graduates can effectively communicate both to specialist and nonspecialist audiences. This includes demonstrating strong presentation skills, project- management skills, interpersonal skills, a high level of argumentation and context sensitivity.
Graduates have self-directed learning skills and the ability to regulate their own learning process.
Graduates have a professional attitude. This includes demonstrating an open mind, proactive behaviour, critical reflection and accountability.
There are no specific prerequisites for the course, however it is expected that Master level students will have the general math and other skills needed for success.
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