• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Areas of interest Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Lynette Johns
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course introduces students to the fundamentals of project management as it applies to managing small software development. Through the course students will gain a basic understanding of the importance and role played by project management in successful software development.

Students will be introduced to the following aspects of project management related to managing small software development:

  •  the strengths and weaknesses of traditional and agile approaches to project management
  • leadership and management as applied to small teams of software developers
  • professionalism, including ethics
  • business context and its impact upon software development
  • the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) - PM Skills and Processes
  • project planning, control and reporting
  • quality and risk management
  • team work and people skills

Through the course students will gain sufficient knowledge of the basic principles of software project management that they may support a project manger to carry out the project administrative functions of a program office and understand the context in which project management is conducted.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. identify and describe the impact different project contexts will have upon all aspects of a software development project, including an understanding of the role professional ethics plays in the conduct of successful software development
  2. distinguish between the features of traditional and agile approaches to managing software development to determine an appropriate project management approach given a project?s business context and scope
  3. demonstrate through application, knowledge of key project management skills, such as scope determination, decomposition, schedule creation and tracking, and estimation; and governance including progress reporting, risk and quality management
  4. use critical thinking and reflection to build and defend an argument which is presented as a piece of concise writing suitable for presentation to senior management
  5. formulate and defend an argument through the use of critical thinking and reflection
  6. demonstrate an ability to present and defend their arguments both orally and in writing
  7. demonstrate improved teamwork and collaborative skills
Professional Skills Mapping
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Indicative Assessment

  • Written assignment 20%
  • Oral Presentation 5 %
  • Fortnightly workshop participation and reflection 25%
  • Written examination 50%

 As the written assignment and presentation are done in small groups of 3 or 4 students, individual marks are determined with the help of peer assessment, which is completed using the WebPA-x software tool .

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Thirteen two-hour lecture and workshop sessions, thirteen one-hour lectures and eight two-hour small group tutorial / workshop sessions.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed COMP2130 or INFS2024 or COMP3110

Preliminary Reading



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3276
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3272 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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