- Class Number 4066
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic On-campus
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Devin Clementi
- Prof Craig McDonald
- Devin Clementi
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
This course introduces students to the principles and management of projects and information technology in a business context. The emphasis is on understanding how organisational innovation can be managed through projects and how the technologies to handle data, information and knowledge resources be managed to achieve business effectiveness. The course will provide students with a foundation for further study in project management, business information systems and other management disciplines. The course is divided into two sequential modules, covering the theory and management of technological systems and the theory and management of projects.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:
1. Identify the role of information systems and project management in organizational innovation. (Ask and Understand)
2. Determine innovative strategies to address organizational opportunities and problems. (Acquire and Apply)
3. Gauge the quality of available evidence in the domain of information system and project management. (Appraise and Analyse)
4. Ascertain the appropriate course of action based on relevant approaches and evidence. (Aggregate and Evaluate)
5. Recognise the organisational, social and ethical implications of the courses of action. (Apply and Evaluate)
6. Develop a portfolio approach to realise organisational and strategic benefits. (Assess + Create)
A research-led, practice-relevant teaching approach
This course emphasises the detection and mobilisation of current research and theoretical foundations of technology and project management to order to address particular practical problems in an evidence-based manner.
Additional Course Costs
There are no additional costs incurred by students in order to complete this course.
Examination Material or equipment
See course Wattle site for further information.
There are no additional resources required from students in order to complete this course. All required reading materials will be provided on Wattle.
There is no textbook required for this module. There are many useful introductory texts in systems (eg. Gammack, John et al (2012) The Book of Informatics). You are expected to complete the required readings (available on Wattle) prior to the weekly seminars.
Project Management Module:
There is no textbook required for this module. You are expected to complete the required readings (available on Wattle) prior to the weekly seminars.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Feedback on in-class group exercises and discussions.
- Students are also encouraged to email the lecturer with their specific questions about the courses and assignments. Emails will be responded in a reasonable time frame. Please do not send the lecturer the draft assignments, but only the specific questions.
- Groups are encouraged to meet with the lecturer on a regular basis for the progress of group assignments.
- Written comments will be provided in the returning assignments.
Important: Most updates and announcements for this course will be circulated via emails and/or Wattle site. Please ensure that your official ANU email address is effective and you have access to Wattle.
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Technology: Architecture Technology theory ICT components and structure Academic literature in the technology domain|
|2||Technology: Concept Specification Conceptual thinking and frameworks Ontology and discourse modelling Modelling data|
|3||Technology: Systems Computational thinking & process modelling General Systems Theory Causal modelling and System Dynamics|
|4||Technology: Design Design thinking & systems development Design Science Research Technology quality & evaluation||Assignment Due: Technology Analysis Report Assignment (Friday, 11pm)|
|5||Technology: Organisational Interaction Organisational activity systems & technology Enterprise architecture Management, governance & evaluation|
|6||Technology: Issues Technology futures Technology ethics, security & privacy Review and student-led topics||Assignment Due: Technology Evaluation Report Assignment (Friday, 11pm)|
|7||PM: Introduction to Project Management PM module overview Projects and project management Project performance|
|8||PM: Project Initiation: From Ideas to Projects Project life and governance model Project initiation process and outputs|
|9||PM: Project Planning: Scope and Schedule Management Project planning process and outputs Project scope planning Project scheduling|
|10||PM: Project Planning: Resource and Cost Management Project resource management Project cost management Risk management||Assignment Due: Project Management Plan (Friday, 11pm)|
|11||PM: Project execution and performance evaluation Project monitor and control Project outcome realization Project performance evaluation|
|12||PM: Contingency and Context Project management vs. organizational context Project management vs. project context Project management vs. human factors||Assignment Due: Project Management Report Assignment (Friday, 11pm)|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Technology Analysis Report (Group)||10 %||22/03/2019||29/03/2019||1,3,5|
|Technology Evaluation Report (Individual)||25 %||05/04/2019||19/04/2019||2,3,4,5,6|
|Project Management Plan (Group)||10 %||17/05/2019||24/05/2019||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|Project Management Report (Individual)||25 %||31/05/2019||14/06/2019||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|Examination (Individual, 30%)||30 %||06/06/2019||04/07/2019||1,2,3,4,5,6|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Students are encouraged to actively participate in all in-class exercises and discussions.
A formal in-person examination will simulate the situation common in organisations where you are called on to provide advice, to critique and to evaluate 'on the spot'.
Examination information will be available closer to the examination period at https://exams.anu.edu.au/timetable/
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,5
Technology Analysis Report (Group)
In a small group (3-4 members formed by students), analyse a typical information technology system and present a report which explains its components, structure, stakeholders, and organisational role. Your analysis will use the concepts discussed in the Technology module and in the academic literature. Details of the assessment requirements and marking criteria will be provided on Wattle.
The Technology Analysis Report will be no more than 1500 words excluding tables, figures, references and appendices.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5,6
Technology Evaluation Report (Individual)
Based on your work in Assessment Task 1, evaluate a topic in the field of information technology systems and present an individual report that is well grounded in the concepts discussed in the Technology module and in the academic literature. Typical topics include:
- Technological determinism and organisational flexibility
- Natural and artificial intelligence
- Surveillance and privacy
- Technology and workforce change
- Cyber warfare and humanity
You should work on this assignment in parallel to your group assignment.
Details of the assessment requirements and marking criteria will be provided on Wattle.
The Technology Evaluation Report will be no more than 2500 words excluding tables, figures, references and appendices.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Project Management Plan (Group)
Develop key components of a project management plan and analyse key issues facing project project owners and project managers in a project management context. Your analysis and evaluation needs to draw upon the concepts and lessons you learned in Project Management module with supporting evidences from academic literature. Details about the case study, assessment requirements and marking criteria will be provided on Wattle.
The Project Management Plan must be no more than 1500 words excluding tables, figures, references and appendices.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Project Management Report (Individual)
Develop a report that leverages your Project Management Plan, seminar content and academic literature to discuss one of the assigned topics. Typical topics include:
- The benefits and challenges of project governance in technology projects.
- Uncertainty management - identification, analysis and management of risks and opportunities in technology projects.
- Project decomposition - developing a comprehensive WBS, developing estimates and managing scope throughout the technology project lifecycle.
- The evolution of methodologies to support technology initiatives (e.g. Agile, Waterfall, etc.)
- You may also suggest a topic that is of interest to you and relevant to the course. Note - tutor written approval must be obtained prior to work beginning on this topic.
In this assignment you must discuss real world projects and demonstrate effective usage of academic literature. See Wattle for guidance on academic journal selection. Given the timing of assessments, you should work on this assignment in parallel to your Project Management Plan assignment. Details about assessment requirements and marking criteria will be provided on Wattle.
The Project Management Report must be no more than 2500 words excluding tables, figures, references and appendices.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Examination (Individual, 30%)
This examination covers the concepts discussed in class, required readings and assignments. More detail regarding examination structure and content will be provided in class and on Wattle.
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Project management; Executive roles in the project governance structure; Project auditing
Prof Craig McDonald