Professional Project Management

Module summary

Module code: COMP1770
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Computing and Mathematical Sci.
Module Coordinator(s): Aditi Rawal

Specification

Pre and co requisites

Level 4 Knowledge and understanding of systems lifecycle models

Aims

To provide thorough understanding project management principles, tools and techniques with specialisation in IT based projects. Students will have the opportunity to learn current industry practise ranging from traditional project management to adaptive, agile project management practises.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1 Understand and evaluate the drivers of a successful IT based project.
2 Demonstrate an understanding and application of project management tools and techniques.
3 Demonstrate a critical evaluation of project risk and its mitigation within the IT based context.
4 Demonstrate an appreciation of the legal, social and ethical issues in relation to IT-based projects.

Indicative content

Project, programme and portfolio management; Project Lifecycles; Traditional as well as Agile approach; Role of Project Manager; Project Appraisals; Project Charters; Business Case; Requirements; MoSCoW prioritisation; Stakeholder Management; Scope Management; Resource Planning; Costing, Scheduling; Critical Path Method (activity on node, activity on arrow), Project Risk evaluation as well as mitigation; Data Protection, Computer Misuse Act; Malicious Communications; Copyright and Intellectual property; Current software tools, including Microsoft Project.

Teaching and learning activity

Each week students will attend one 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial/lab session. In the lectures, students will be introduced to the issues discussed above.
Students will be expected to complete tutorial work as self-guided learning and present weekly tasks for formative feedback.

Assessment

Coursework - 100%
LO - 1,2,3,4.
Pass mark - 40%
3000 words.
To cover understanding and application of the project management techniques and risk.
The coursework comprises two parts – Groupwork and Individual work.
Submitting BOTH parts is compulsory for all students.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Weekly tutorials tasks closely aligned to the weekly lectures. Students are required to apply their understanding to these tasks at the allocated times and engage with the tutorial staff for feedback and peer discussion.