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Unit of study_

INFO6010: Advanced Topics in IT Project Management

This unit will explore the limitations of IT project management and the most promising techniques to overcome project failure. It will start by reviewing case study research showing we have reached the limits of traditional IT project management practice. The theoretical base will be completed by exploring the finding that senior management have more impact on success than traditional approaches. 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) Strategy; 2) Organisational change; 3) Project sponsorship; 4) Programme management; 5) Performance measurement; 6) Culture; 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.

Details

Academic unit Computer Science
Unit code INFO6010
Unit name Advanced Topics in IT Project Management
Session, year
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Semester 2, 2020
Attendance mode Normal evening
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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INFO6007 OR 3-5 years working experience in IT Project Management
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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Students are assumed to understand the role of IT projects.

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Simon Kar Sing Poon, simon.poon@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Bernard Wong , bernard.wong@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Open book) Type C final exam Final Examination
This is a Type C, Open Book, 2 hour exam
50% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Individual assignment
This is a 2000 word research essay.
20% Week 07 2000 word essay
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment group assignment Group assignment Presentation
This is a group presentation of the project proposal.
30% Week 10 20 min presentation with 10 min Q&A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type C final exam = Type C final exam ?
Individual Assignment Name Team-based? Weight Due Outcomes
Individual Assignment No 20% Week 7 1,2,3,4,5
Group Assignment  Yes 30% Week 10 1,2,3,4,5
Final Examination No 50% Exam Period 1,3,4,5

 

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

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.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

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.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

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The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction and Administrative. Form Groups (3 hr) LO1
Week 02 Project technology innovation (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 03 Strategic project planning (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 04 Project Change Management (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 05 The role of the Project Sponsor (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 06 Project Implementation and Controlling (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 07 Project Communication Management (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 08 Project Performance Measurement (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 09 Project Portfolio and Program Management (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 Final Presentations (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 11 Final Presentations (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4
Week 12 Final Presentations & Course review (3 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. explain promising approaches of managing IT projects
  • LO2. contribute to the body of literature
  • LO3. apply the most promising tools/methodologies to support top management and overcome project failure
  • LO4. describe the limitations of current approaches
  • LO5. evaluate future innovations to overcome project failure.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9
Updated the assessments and the schedules for this semester.

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