Advanced IT Project Management I – BMIS 680

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with the essential tools needed for leading and managing information technology (IT) projects. These include the traditional processes related to initiating, planning, executing, controlling, reporting and closing a project, with a focus on the unique challenges that information technology presents. These challenges include: software application size and cost estimations, assigning work to development teams, version control and managing the organizational change process. Other topics include the changing role of the IT manager in customer and partner relationship management, outsourcing and external contracts.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

This is the first of a two-course series covering advanced topics in Project Management, cross-referenced with PMBOK concepts. Topical coverage includes: project selection and definition, aligning projects with organizational strategy/structure/culture, estimating project times and costs, developing the project plan, managing risk, and scheduling resources and costs.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss modern project management and some key environmental forces that have changed the way projects are managed.
  2. Formulate organization strategies and project selections and describe the major components of the strategic management process.
  3. Assess organization structure and culture and how it relates to the project management decision-making.
  4. Construct an effect Gantt chart for an assigned case study.
  5. Evaluate project risk and determine how project risks can/cannot be eliminated if the project is carefully planned.
  6. Schedule project resources.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each Discussion will consist of 2 parts over the course of 2 modules: weeks: an individual thread and individual replies. Each thread must be 500–750 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Each thread must reference at least 3 peer-reviewed sources that have been published in the last 3 years in addition to the course text. The student must also incorporate 1 biblical integration source into the post. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates' threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words. Each reply must be supported by at least 2 scholarly resources that have been published in the last 3 years. The instructor is looking for substantial, thoughtful, and critical interaction.

Each student will select 1 project management concept that interests him/her and will annotate 10 scholarly, academic journal articles, 5 years old or fewer that pertain to this topic. Format the annotated bibliography in current APA style and include a title page. No reference page is needed unless additional (non-annotated) resources are cited.

Case Study: Montview Stadium Assignment

Construct a Risk Response Matrix that details at least 3 risk events that are likely for the presented case, your responses to the risks, contingency plans, triggers, and the responsible party for each risk event. Create a Gantt chart that details the project schedule and answer questions pertaining to the chart and following current APA format. The student must include at least 3 resources (the text and at least 2 scholarly sources) and total 6–7-pages.

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 75-minute time limit.