Paper Syllabus – 2007, Semester 1

MASSEY UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OF SCIENCES

157246 Project Management and Systems Implementation

Credits Value:  15        Campus: Albany                        Mode: Internal

This syllabus course web page is at http://brianwhitworth.com/courses.html

L2Ch1, .....L3Ch2, .......L4Ch3, ......L5Ch5, .......L6Ch6, .......L7Ch7, .......L8Ch8, .......L9Ch4, .......L10Ch9,

Assignment1  Assignment2 Assignment3

Paper Coordinator: Brian Whitworth, Quad A, 2.03.  Email: bwhitworth@acm.org
Office Hours:
Friday 2:00-5pm
PUT PAPER NUMBER IN EMAIL TITLE TO ME REGARDING THIS COURSE e.g. 246

Contributing Staff, and all tutorial queries:
Tong Liu           QA 2.06               414 - 0800 Ext 9344, t.liu@massey.ac.nz
Indu Sofat         QA2.04               414 - 0800 Ext 9519, mailto:i.b.sofat@massey.ac.nz

Lectures: Tuesday, 4-6pm, Study Centre Auditorium

Optional Lab Tutorials: Lab 4, Quad B, Basement. Wed 11-12, Thursday 1-2
Lab Tutorial staff will be available for Microsoft Project help in weeks 2, 4, 5, and 6.

What you do: Each week, starting from the first, students attend one lecture, read one book chapter, and do one online WebCT quiz. In addition, the first two assignments teach you how to use Microsoft Project, as an example of project management software. Assignment 3 is done in groups as a practical application.

Aim: To familiarise students with the issues surrounding the development of computer software under tight time pressure; the factors influencing the speed, cost and quality of the delivered product, and current best practices in software development.

Description: This paper studies project planning and control together with the application of this knowledge to prject management in information systems implementation. e

Learning Outcomes:

·        Be able to prepare a work breakdown task structure

·        Estimate activity durations and resource allocations

·        Produce project management reports

·        Understand the issues affecting IS project management and implementation

·        Understanding how to use project management tools and techniques in practice using typical software

Assessment:

Assessment

Allocation

Graded Out Of

Assignment 1.

10%

100

Assignment 2.

20%

100

Assignment 3.

20%

100

Weekly Participation                      

10%

100

Final Exam    

40%

100

TOTAL           

100%

 

Requirements to Successfully Complete the Paper: Final grade depends on the aggregate.

Conditions for Aegrotat Pass and Impaired Performance:

Standard conditions will apply.

Textbook    Information Technology Project Management, Fourth Edition, with two CDs and, Kathy Schwalbe, Thomson Course Technology. See student downloads

Timetable:
Readings are from the textbook. Each week you must complete the WebCT participation quiz. When the quiz closes for the week it is closed. There is no “late” as this is a participation quiz for that week only.

You are also expected to learn MS Project.

No

Week

Theory

Read

Assessment

1.

 27/2

Introduction

Ch1

Asg 1 issued

2.

 6/3

What is Project Management?

Ch2

 

3.

 13/3

The IT project context

Ch3

Submit Asg 1 in class and in assignment box if late

Asg 2 issued

4.

 20/3

Case Study

Ch5

 

5.

 27/3

Scope Management

Ch6

 

6.

 3/4

Time Management

Ch7



 

 

EASTER AND MID-TERM BREAK

 

7.

 24/4

Cost Management

Ch8

 Asg 2 due (may take up to 3 weeks to grade)

Asg 3 issued

8.

 1/5

Quality Management

Ch4

 

9.

 8/5

Project Integration

Ch 9

 

10.

 15/5

People Management

 

 

11.

 22/5

Review and Project Time

 

 

12.

 29/5

 Wrap up

 

Asg 3 due

 

 

Study Week.

 

 

Deadlines and Penalties:

            Assignments are expected to be submitted on time. Being on time is part of being professional. Plan to complete assignments with this in mind. If you leave things until the last moment, you are predictably vulnerable to the unexpected. As in the business world, there are penalties for lateness:

·        Material received after the due date/time, will receive a one day late penalty of 5%. Note: material brought in at the end of class on the due day is one day late.

·        For each additional working day period the assignment is late, up to five days, this penalty cumulates and increases by 5% 

·        Material received on the 6th working day after the due date will not be accepted.

The late deductions are: 5%, 15%, 30%, 50% and 75% for each day late. An assignment submitted five days late and given a grade of 100% is only awarded 25% after late reductions. It is strongly suggested you plan to ensure you submit items on time for this course.

Reasons for being on time. Late submissions cause problems for the entire class, as the instructor cannot begin grading an assignment set until all items to be graded are in. Handing in assignments on time means they are returned to you on time, usually within one to two weeks after all assignments are in. We suggest students aim to finish assignments ONE DAY EARLY – giving themselves a one day "window" to account for the unexpected. There is no extra work involved in moving your schedule one day back!  "Expect the unexpected, for it commonly occurs" (Herodotus)

Copying

Anyone copying work will receive zero points for that assessment, and the case will be immediately passed on to the Department Head for resolution.

Proposed Feedback and Support for Student Learning

The turnaround time for assignments will be no more than two weeks from the due date.  This timeframe applies only to those assignments submitted by the due date, not those submitted late.

All staff involved with this paper will be available during their office hours to provide feedback to students.  Students are encouraged to contact the paper coordinator by email, telephone or in person whenever the needs arise.

Grievance Procedures:

A student who claims that he/she has sustained academic disadvantage as a result of the actions of a University staff member should use the University Grievance Procedures.  Students, whenever practicable, should in the first instance approach the University staff member concerned.  If the grievance is unresolved with the staff member concerned, the student should then contact the College of Sciences office on his/her campus for further information on the procedures, or read the procedures in the University Calendar.