- Class Number 3140
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic MBA
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Devin Clementi
- Prof Craig McDonald
- Devin Clementi
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
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:
- Identify the role of information systems and project management in organizational innovation. (Ask and Understand)
- Determine innovative strategies to address organizational opportunities and problems. (Acquire and Apply)
- Gauge the quality of available evidence in the domain of information system and project management. (Appraise and Analyse)
- Ascertain the appropriate course of action based on relevant approaches and evidence. (Aggregate and Evaluate)
- Recognise the organisational, social and ethical implications of the courses of action. (Apply and Evaluate)
- 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
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 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: Concept Specification Conceptual thinking and frameworks Ontology and discourse modelling Using academic literature in the technology domain|
|2||Technology: Architecture Technology theory ICT components and structure Modelling data|
|3||Technology: Systems General Systems Theory Computational thinking & process modelling Causal modelling and System Dynamics|
|4||Technology: Design Design thinking & systems development Technology ethics, security & privacy Technology quality & evaluation|
|5||Technology: and Organisational Interaction Organisational activity systems & technology Enterprise architecture Technology Management & governance||Assignment Due: Technology Topic Report (Individual) (Friday, 11 pm)|
|6||Technology: Futures Technology futures Design Science Research Review and student-led topics||Assignment Due: Technology Case Study Analysis Report (Team) (Thursday, 11 pm)|
|7||PM: Introduction to Project Management PM module overview Defining projects and project management Project governance and performance|
|8||PM: Project Initiation: From Ideas to Projects Project leadership Project lifecycle Project initiation process|
|9||PM: Project Planning: Scope and Schedule Management Project scope planning Project scheduling Project cost management|
|10||PM: Project Planning: Resource and Cost Management Project resource management Risk Management|
|11||PM: Project execution and performance evaluation Project monitor and control Project outcome realization Project performance evaluation||Assignment Due: Project Management Report (Individual) (Friday at 11pm)|
|12||PM: Contingency and Context Project management and contextual factors Project management and human factors Module wrap-up||Assignment Due: Project Management Plan (Team) (Friday at 11pm)|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Technology Topic Report (Individual)||35 %||26/03/2021||09/04/2021||1,2,3,4,5|
|Technology Case Study Analysis Report (Team)||15 %||01/04/2021||15/04/2021||1,2,3,4,5|
|Project Management Report (Individual)||35 %||21/05/2021||04/06/2021||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|Project Management Plan (Team)||15 %||28/05/2021||01/07/2021||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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Lectures may be streamed live through ZOOM or pre-recorded and made available on Echo360 and Wattle. Students are encouraged to actively participate in all in-class exercises and discussions.
There are no examinations for this course.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Technology Topic Report (Individual)
This assignment requires you to identify and research a technology topic from your current work environment or a case study provided by the lecturer. The report will be well grounded in the concepts discussed in the Technology module and in the academic literature.
Your report will be presented in 2 parts, a draft outlining the main themes of the report in week 3 and a final report in week 5. Note that the draft is for formative feedback, provided in week 4, and is not graded. The final report is graded.
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 by the end of week 2 of the semester.
The Technology Topic Report will be approximately 3500 words excluding tables, figures, references and appendices.
Submission will be via Wattle.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Technology Case Study Analysis Report (Team)
In a small team (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.
You should work on this assignment in parallel to your individual assignment.
Details about the assessment requirements and marking criteria will be provided on Wattle by the end of week 2 of the semester.
The case study report will be approximately 2500 words excluding tables, figures, references and appendices.
Submission will be via Wattle. Only one member of the team will submit the assignment, so make sure all team member names/IDs and contributions are clearly stated in the Plan.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Project Management Report (Individual)
Develop a report that leverages seminar content and academic literature to discuss one of the assigned topics. In this assignment you must discuss real world projects and demonstrate effective usage of academic literature. See Wattle for guidance on academic journal selection.
Your report will be presented in 2 parts, a draft outlining the main themes of the report in week 9 and a final report in week 11. Note that the draft is for formative feedback, provided in week 10, and is not graded. The final report is graded.
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 prior to the end of week 8 of the semester.
The Project Management Report must be no more than 3500 words excluding tables, figures, references and appendices.
Submission will be via Turnitin.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Project Management Plan (Team)
Working in a small team (same 3-4 members as Task 2), students will develop key components of a project management plan and analyse key issues facing 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 prior to the end of week 8 of the semester.
The Project Management Plan must be no more than 1500 words excluding tables, figures, references and appendices.
Submission will be via Turnitin. Only one member of the team will submit the assignment, so make sure all team member names/IDs and contributions are clearly stated in the Plan.
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Project management; Project governance; Project auditing
Prof Craig McDonald