KC4006 - Managing IT Projects for Business

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What will I learn on this module?

Project Management has been recognised as a key factor in the successful delivery and operation of projects. This is especially true in terms of information technology/systems projects which are notorious for being delivered over budget, late and failing to satisfy user requirements. This module aims to address the key themes of project management and will explore planning and management methods as well as the use of project management tools to aid the project manager. It will also introduce some of the basic concepts of accounting and project finance which are key when delivering projects and carrying out an investment appraisal for the business case.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered by lecture; seminar exercises/discussion and workshops, utilising appropriate project management and financial modelling software. The knowledge and skills taught will be tested by an individual in-class test and a group project.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

This module will be delivered via a series of lectures, related seminars and workshops. Case studies will be used wherever possible, including the use of guest lecturers from industry if available. Practical workshop sessions will be utilised to enable you to use project management methodologies and software tools. You will be encouraged to reflect on, interpret and develop means of applying the taught material in the module in relation to their own needs and throughout the programme, especially on the various projects. All lecture and seminar material will be available on the eLearning Portal (eLP), but a significant part of the learning will be via directed and independent study.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1 You will be able to understand and utilise the principles of project management methods with emphasis on the IT/IS environment
MLO2 You will be able to understand the importance of management, team roles, monitoring & control and project success factors
MLO3 You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of accounting and project finance to aid decision making in IT/IS projects.


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
MLO4 You will be able to formulate, construct and revise project plans and financial reports utilising appropriate software

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
MLO5 You will develop an awareness of some of the cultural and ethical issues of managing projects.

How will I be assessed?

The summative assessment will be made up of two main assessments (one individual and one group)
These will be in the form of an exam (40%) [MLOs – 1,2,3]
and presentation based on group work (60%). [MLOs – 1, 2, 3, 4]
The exam at the end of semester one aims to ensure that all students have understood the basic components of successful project management in order for them to progress on to a group project in semester two. The group project in semester two will test the student’s ability to work as a team to develop appropriate project plans and present their business case.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Employers want graduates who have not just the technical skills but also the ability to manage completed projects.
In this module you will understand why project management is so important and learn a series of techniques and tools to use to deliver benefits to cost and within time.
Specific focus is made on teamwork and understanding the financial justification of projects.

Course info

UCAS Code GN52

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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